The Lords of the Wind Book Tour – Review & Giveaway

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The Lords of the Wind by C.J. Adrien

Publication Date: July 3, 2019
Runestone Books
eBook & Paperback; 339 Pages
Series: The Saga of Hasting the Avenger, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
“For indeed the Frankish nation, which was crushed by the avenger Hasting, was full of filthy uncleanness. Treasonous and oath-breaking, they were deservedly condemned; unbelievers and faithless, they were justly punished.” Orphaned as a child by a blood-feud, and sold as a slave to an exiled chieftain in Ireland, the boy Hasting had little hope of surviving to adulthood. The gods had other plans. A ship arrived at his master’s longphort carrying a man who would alter the course of his destiny, and take him under his wing to teach him the ways of the Vikings. His is a story of a boy who was a slave, who became a warlord, and who helped topple an empire. A supposed son of Ragnar Lodbrok, and referred to in the Gesta Normanorum as the Scourge of the Somme and Loire, his life exemplified the qualities of the ideal Viking. Join author and historian C.J. Adrien on an adventure that explores the coming of age of the Viking Hasting, his first love, his first great trials, and his first betrayal.


I think my favorite part of this book is that I can tell it was written with accuracy. C,J. Adrien is a historian and it showed in this story. His ability to seamlessly weave in the hardships, strife, and daily life of the time. Now don’t get me wrong, this story is filled with all the battles and bloodshed that you would expect of a viking tale. However, for me the shining moments were the moments that typically go by without a backwards glance. The day to day details that the author effortlessly picked up on and captured in the pages.

Now, I haven’t read a lot of Viking books until recently. This is a new little niche I have found for myself, and I love what I have been reading so far! Typically Viking books are shrouded in a sense of mysticism amongst all of the bloodshed. And while The Lords of the Wind has that mysticism, it doesn’t seem overly fantastical like other books I have read. Everything in this book seemed realistic for the beliefs and the lifestyles of the time, and this is something I really appreciate. This book is a true historical fiction, and while I love fantasy, this was a breath of fresh air to read! It felt like I was receiving a mini history lesson… Without the lesson being forced down my throat.

I love reading a book and feeling like it taught me something. I do not know as much about Norse mythology, with me being a Greek, so I loved getting a little peak into the myths with this book. The stories of gods, goddesses, deities, and the otherworldly beings passed down through the ages is so baffling and amazing to me. These are the stories that stuck through the ages. The stories we continue to revamp and retell, fitting them into new tales.

The Lords of the Wind is the first book in The Saga of Hasting the Avenger, and I greatly look forward to continuing this series!

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About the Author

C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking historical fiction with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. C.J. Adrien’s novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 18
Review at Al-Alhambra Book Reviews

Tuesday, November 19
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, November 20
Review at @ya.its.lit (and here!)

Thursday, November 21
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Monday, November 25
Interview at The Writing Desk

Tuesday, November 26
Review at Coffee and Ink

Wednesday, November 27
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, November 29
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Monday, December 2
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Tuesday, December 3
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, December 5
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, December 6
Review at RokinRev

Monday, December 9
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, December 12
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Friday, December 13
Review at Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Lords of the Wind! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
Giveaway Rules
– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.
The Lords of the Wind

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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