A historical fiction with a fantasy twist

Born a Viking: Blót has been an immersive read, one which completely transported me to the era of Vikings and fierce deities. Riccardo intertwines reality with fantasy within these pages, and he does it so skilfully. When you get squeamish, purely from the words you’re reading? You know it’s good writing! It has to be a happiness boost for me, because it’s not very often I get to experience moments like this.

Although we’re obviously drawn to the world through Sigurd’s eyes, let’s talk about one of the female characters, okay? The grandmother’s life has clearly not been an easy one, having already lost one son (Harald) and knowing that Eirik could also be taken from her at any point. But she’s a canny, wily woman. And I love that Sigurd has her as one of his role models! If more stories had older women in them, I think the bookish world would be an even more interesting realm.

Riccardo’s writing gives readers an insight into the harsh world Sigurd lives in, but there’s also moments of light comic relief. It can’t be easy to add this to such a bleak world, but in Born a Viking: Blót we’re treated to a number of antics. It felt like such a gift, to witness Eirik joking with his mother. Even Odin has his moments, which surprised me! The things we learn about the god of war and death…


This historical fantasy has been a wonderful read! Some readers may feel like the beginning starts out a little slow, but persist with it, dear glitterbugs. You won’t be sorry!

Final Thoughts:

Born a Viking: Blót by Riccardo Polacci is a historical fiction with a fantasy twist, delving into the hearts of Vikings and their gods. If you love a story which will weave some magic into your bones, making you yearn to learn more about Norse history and mythology? This book will be just right for you! Love what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on any of the links below to get your own copy of this tale! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

Follow this link to read the original review by A Look Inside Book Review Blog & Podcast on their website and this link for her review on Amazon.

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