Review: The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
Penguin 2015
£0.80 (UK)

Book review | The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue | 2 stars



Ranging across Scandinavia, England and Ireland, a Viking-age epic poets in doomed pursuit of Helga de Fair.


The story is alright. It’s not very interesting or intriguing and because of the obvious foreshadowing at the beginning of the story it’s already clear how it’s going to end. There are however, some pretty odd, yet somehow cool poetry battles going on. Yep, they do occasionally fight, but apparently poetry is used to same way. (Burn!)

Unfortunately most of the poetry is quite difficult to understand, even with the explanations next to it, it stays complicated and took me a while to figure out what they were trying to say. On top of that, especially in the first few chapters, there are so many names thrown about that you’ll get lost in those. Luckily, it’s not necessary to remember the names, because that would be impossible. Both these things make it hard to focus on the story.

This story really just wasn’t for me. However, if you’re more into poetry than I am, it might just be your thing!


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