The Saga of the Volsungs by Jesse L. Byock

The Saga of the Volsungs

Jesse L. Byock with Jesse L. Byock (Translator)

fiction classics history adventurous mysterious slow-paced

160 pages | first published 1275

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One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance. Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sh...
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adventurous 100%
dark 45%
challenging 27%
emotional 27%
funny 18%
hopeful 9%
inspiring 9%
lighthearted 9%
sad 9%
tense 9%


fast 54%
medium 27%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 20%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 40% | No: 40% | Yes: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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