Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wednesday Spotlight | The Call of Gelduur by Jack Alriksson

About the Book:
Meet Ivar Skullcleaver. Lovely lad. He likes to read. Plunder. Slaughter. Shamelessly manipulate friends and foes. And he's the hero of this lighthearted fantasy adventure. 

Start your journey in the mysterious islands of Norrland, embark on an adorable pillaging cruise, sail bravely through a fierce storm and reach the island-kingdom of Ingorle... shipwrecked and defenseless. But don't worry, it's not that bad. Not yet. Not until the soldiers of Ingorle turn you into a slave and send you up north to defend their borders from a hidden threat that only reveal itself moments before killing the beholder in a very rude way. Now it's truly bad. So, again, don't worry. It should get better. Especially since the hidden threat strikes and...OK, that's enough for spoilers. Read the book! 

- A delightful adventure in a fantasy world inspired by a Europe at the dawn of the Viking Age ;
- A story of conquest, vengeance, friendship, bravery and subtle manipulation ;
- Battles. An obscene amount of battles. Land battles, sea battles, sieges, duels, slaughter, a bit of torture (not much, though. The author is not very fond of it), basically every act that can be performed by upstanding pirates, cutthroats and murderers ;
- A war of wits. Because wars are not won simply by hurling soldiers at the enemy ;
- A big and happy smile on the cover, just to brighten your day :) ;
- Plenty of twists and unexpected turns of events that are overcome with the most powerful form of magic. The magic of the mind ;
- Definitely not the "you must love the hero because I've made him so unbelievably perfect and you must hate the antagonists because they're bad in such a cheap way" approach. Definitely not that. Feel free to love or hate the characters based on your own morality. Or lack of;
- A bit of humor and a lighthearted story. Just because the characters are busy slaughtering each other doesn't mean the tone of the novel has to be dead serious. 

You mean "I'm still unconvinced"? Then buy it "ironically". In fact, buy it "ironically" for everyone you know. There's your chance to make a change! Fight for your beliefs! Come the revolution and all that.                                                                             

Get your copies now from Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo.

About the Author:

Jack Alriksson is the famous writer of the even-more-famous-yet-unknown The Norrland Saga, a series currently consisting of one book. Because he is a lazybone and won't finish the second one. Besides, he's also working on a series of books for children, since a frightening hulk who writes about bloody Viking-inspired warriors is the perfect man for job - or so he thinks. And people let him think that 'cause, as stated previously, he's big and scary.

Seriously speaking (even though he hardly does that), Jack practices the black art of satire journalism every now and then and is a staunch believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Except for when he believes in Pizza and Beer.

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