Saint Magnus, the Last Viking
Publisher: Seven Swords Publications
Publication Date: 2015-11-16
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Catholic novelist Susan Peek is a wife, mother of eleven children, and a Third Order Franciscan. Her passion is writing novels of little-known saints and heroes, especially for teens and young adults (and anyone young at heart). She is an active member of the Catholic Writers' Guild, teaches creative writing in her spare time, and is currently continuing work on her series "God's Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints." Susan Peek's books include "Saint Magnus,The Last Viking," which was awarded the Catholic Writers' Guild Seal of Approval in June 2015, "A Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis," having gone through three editions and translated into Spanish, and "Crusader King", which made it onto the list of the Top 50 Most Popular Homeschooling Books in 2013. All of her books have been implemented into the curriculum of numerous Catholic schools worldwide and continue to be a favorite with young adults and homeschooling families everywhere.
When I read books one of my keys to judging them is would I share it with my children, now, or when they are older. And would I recommend it to others. This book gets a resounding yes to both of those questions. This was an excellent read and though written for the teen market, I loved the book and plan on giving it to my father to read, and when they are older reading it with my children as well. I highly recommend this book!
What a fantastic read! Although historical fiction is not the usual genre I read, I absolutely loved this fictional story of the life of Saint Magnus. It was gripping from beginning to end, and I was up late trying to find out what happens next and how the story ended. Susan Peek is a wonderful writer. I love her style and elements of humor. This book is perfect for teens. It teaches them about saints in a way that is both wildly entertaining and edifying. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Probably my favourite of Susan Peek's novels! Absolutely love the scenario, the well-written characters, and the thrilling adventure from page to page. 12/10 any day!
Saint Magnus, the Last Viking is a page-turner sure to please teens and adults who enjoy high stakes adventures. I found the story especially fascinating because it’s inspired by real historical figures, including a saint I’d never heard of before. I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to put the book down. The only reason I’m not giving this novel five stars is because of the use of modern language and expressions. It took me a while to realize that the author did this intentionally, I assume to make the story more appealing to teen readers. But the technique sometimes pulled me out of the story. Even so, I still recommend this as an engaging, informative read.
Susan Peek’s inspired account of the life of Saint Magnus stirs up the desire to live as he did, with courage, perseverance, and brotherly love, faithful to God to the end. Peek has taken the life of this little-known saint whom time may have forgotten and whose story could’ve remained hidden, and she’s re-presented it to the modern Christian.