The sixth instalment of Brian Wood's epic Viking series is a shorter book than the others but no less great. The title story is the weakest of the three stories here. In "Thor's Daughter", a clan leader is murdered, his land sold out to a rival leader, but his 14 year old daughter takes his helm and sword and leads his men in the charge against the coming army. The story ends with the advancing ships but I thought it was a well-balanced tale, if somewhat unbelievable.
The Hunter is the most profound story here of a man whose family has left him and moved to a large settlement leaving him alone in the country. He pursues a deer across hostile terrain, pondering his fate and seeing the deer as the only reason for still living. And then he catches up with it...
The Battle of Paris is a three part story that tells the story of Vikings who threaten Paris whose unstoppable bastion holds them off for months. They strive daily and fruitlessly to topple the tower, and the Frenchmen hold them off day after day. Until the Vikings notice the bridge keeping the tower well provisioned.
This might be the least involved book of the series as I felt the stories lacked a certain energy and vitality to them that the other books contained, but the stories here were still interesting to read and for me "Northlanders" continues to be a great series to read.
Though this is Book 6, like all of the Northlanders books each book stands alone so the new reader doesn't have to start at Book 1, they can pick up the thread anywhere making this series highly accessible to people discovering the series for the first time. But go back and read from Book 1, they're all fantastic reads and well worth your time. "Thor's Daughter" isn't a bad effort but given the quality seen in previous books, I expected better than was in here. Still a decent book though too short.