This book entitled, "The Berserker King," is a mystical journey through the Anglo-Saxon period and captures the brutality of the time. The Berserker King, Ivar the Boneless, is unable to produce offspring and has been given his unfortunate title due to his curse. Ivar's inability to produce children sends shockwaves across the Viking clans, and ultimately create internal struggles for power and for the title of King. Hardacanut, a promising Berserker whom bears the emblem of a stallion on his wrist, cuts his way through England in ferocious battles in attempt to win Ivar's attention. Ivar takes notice to Hardacanut when he takes the life of Ecbehrt of Bamburgh. Ivar invites Hardacanut to his homestead, and offers him high position in his military ranks in hopes that Hardacanut and his reputation may ease tensions and silence the questions of his ability to rule. Hardacanut's ability to lead and input in Ivar's military allows for the Viking clans to claim most of England. Princess Ymma an ambassador of a rival Viking outfit, and Lathgertha, the sister of Ivar met in the castle courtyard after negotiatons went sour. Because of Ivar's inability to produce offspring, Ymma has no interest in him or becoming the new queen, after Queen Gertha passed. Hardacanut overheard the dispute and Lathgertha's threatening comments in defense of her brother. Hardacanut intervened in the dispute, his size and commanding demeanor impressed Ymma, but also Lathgertha. Hardacanut, caught by both women, planted his seed in both of them. Their howls echoed through the courtyard, and the sounds of soppy fornification and loud banters rang through the hollow corridors. Ivar hearing the noises, rushed to the courtyard and was furious upon finding the trio. Ivar readied his sword and lunged at Hardacanut as he was upon his sister, who was upon Ymma. Hardacanut quickly turned and twisted Ivar's sword into his own chest. Members of Ivar's military stood in horror at their fallen King, and unexpectedly kneeled before Hardacanut. Barton, one of Ivar's most trusted generals, hands Hardacanut the cloak of kings and kneels saying, "You have slain the old king, and have gave us a legacy. May you and your queens rule for thousnads of years, and unite our viking clans!" The story continues into Hardacanut's rule until his ending days. A character truly deserving of the title, "Berserker King." Hardacanut is so richly detailed, and the writer's ability to grant insight into his thoughts allows for relation and understanding of Hardacanut's life in this harsh time period. historically accurate, brutal, thought provoking, and constant problems create an intriguing tale that rivals Martin's, "Game Of Thrones." A must have for War of The Vikings players and book readers alike.