The Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed

Michael E. Wills

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The Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed

The Children of the Chieftain Betrayed The year is AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm It was a wealthy town at the centre of an interna

  • Title: The Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed
  • Author: Michael E. Wills
  • ISBN: 9781781324011
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitorThe year is 950 AD and the story starts in the town of Birka on an island in the great lake which covers a vast area inland of what is today Stockholm It was a wealthy town at the centre of an international trading network where merchants from as far afield as Turkey, Russia and Ireland met to buy, sell and barter The wealth of the island also attracted unwelcome visitors and frequently the Birka warriors had to defend their homes and families against gangs of Viking raiders The warriors always managed to vanquish the attackers until one day they were tricked by the most feared and fiendish foes, the Jomsviking These raiders had their base on an island north of what is today Poland and roamed the Baltic waters looting coastal towns and capturing men, women and children to sell in slave markets in Europe and the Orient.When the adults from the town were kidnapped by the Jomsviking raiders, Ahl, Ingir and their friends manage to avoid capture They set off in pursuit of the raiders ships on a quest to rescue the island prisoners They avoid capture by a treacherous sea captain and eventually come face to face with the Jomsviking.The novel has been long listed in the 2016 Historical Novel Society Competition

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    1. Justin on said:

      Good story, appropriate for mid-grade and YA readers. Very short, and the language was stilted at times. Could have used more fleshing out.

    2. Jo Barton on said:

      I have a great passion for historical fiction and can remember quite clearly when I was an early reader at primary school racing through stories of great adventure and of the thrill of being transported back in time. I am sure that modern day children are no less excited by the tales of derring-do and that even in this computer age, the majority of kids can appreciate a good story when they see one.When asked to read and review Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed, I agreed eagerly as I have alre [...]

    3. Layla on said:

      this book by Michael E. Wills was really good! I feel like at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, because it takes a while to for the action to really get going, as there seemed to be a bit of ‘set-up’ before the action and story starts. Honestly that prologue slows the action to a screeching halt and it is way too much ‘telling backstory’ right off the bat that makes it really hard to get into. But things picked up with chapter 1, and kept getting better. Once I got into th [...]

    4. Jhonni Parker on said:

      "Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed” by Michael E. Wills is one awesome adventure that I will not soon forget! And even though I literally had NO idea what the book was about when I started (I didn’t read the description as I wanted to be surprised), as the story began to unfold and become clear where it was going, I was like, “YES!!!” so much awesome! Love the YA heroes-quest-fantasy-adventure-type tale. It was also intelligently written and kept me hooked with all the interesting hist [...]

    5. Megan on said:

      4.5 starsthis was the first book I’ve read by this author Michael E. Wills but I certainly hope it’s not the last! (Where’s the next one? Haha) He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the minds of the characters experiencing the action, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of tee [...]

    6. Brenda on said:

      wow, I definitely enjoyed “Children of the Chieftain”. I thought it was very well-written and kept my attention from beginning to end – no easy feat usually! There seems to be something of almost everything… danger, mystery, thriller, action….It wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I thought for the most part the pacing and prose was solid. (A bit of a slow start with the prologue, but then it picks up…)There are some great themes that Mr. Wills covers in this book – bravery, frien [...]

    7. Laura on said:

      "Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed” was a terrific novel, and even though it basically sets us up right in the title, I was still surprised by some things that happened! That’s how convincingly the author Michael E. Wills writes, drawing us into this historical world that seems so real, and is created with great detail and engaging characters where I felt like I was almost like watching a movie or something. Enjoyed the element of the Vikings so much, it actually inspired me to look up som [...]

    8. Nicole on said:

      I was really impressed with this book, “Children of the Chieftain” by Michael E. Wills. It had a riveting plot and interesting storylines that will definitely appeal to teens and even adults as well. The descriptions were vivid and atmospheric – I really felt transported to another time and place, and the conversations felt authentic – how teens would really talk. It had perfect editing (I notice these things) and the shorter chapters gave it a nice, fast pace. Loved all the Norse Myth! [...]

    9. Paul Bennett on said:

      In another first for this humble scribbler of book reviews, I was tasked with reading a book intended for children. While I wasn't sure at first what to expect (it has been years since I read to my children), my initial concerns were set aside by this well crafted and entertaining book. The story follows a group of children as they set out on a dangerous mission; a mission that will see them battle against overwhelming odds and betrayal. The story is at once an adventure tale and an accelerated [...]

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