Long before the History Channel brought us the TV series Vikings, stories of Viking adventure and romance have been making blood race and hearts flutter. When we say “long before,” we mean long before. The Viking storytelling tradition goes back to ancient times, when skalds told their tales of gods and kings around roaring fires. Over a thousand years later, what’s the appeal of these ancient adventurers?
For one thing, Vikings have the market cornered on the tall, blond and handsome angle. What woman wouldn’t like to find someone who looks like True Blood’s Eric Northman between the covers…of a great book? Whether flaunting barbarian chic of their own era or transplanted to modern times, as in Sandra Hill’s two Viking time travel series, Vikings stand head and shoulders (literally) above the competition. Strong, fit, able to fight and :ahem: love with vigor, Vikings fit the bill for readers looking for a natural alpha type.