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  1. says:

    One of the biggest strengths of this young adult historicalparanormal story is the authenticity of the unusual setting the life of a gay boy growing to manhood in Viking Iceland Kol is gifted with magical abilities which lead to his apprenticeship to a local seið woman — a sorceress This gets him away from the rough life on his father's farm and brings him into the household of a boy he is becoming attracted to Thorbrand However being gay is not accepted especially for a boy like Thorbrand who will become a Chief And times are changing as the religion of the White Christ with its hatred of sorcery is moving into that part of the world Becoming a sorcerer is no longer a safe path to an honored professionThis book kept me intrigued and turning the pages I was caught up in the life of Kol his adventures in the community of sorcerers and his hidden romance with a boy whose status was going to make it difficult to give them a happy ending There is adventure here and loss and magic that is well portrayed and integrated into the religion and setting Occasionally the wonderful details of place and time while creating atmosphere also slowed the story just a bit and Kol's reserve made some of the gut wrenching things he went through less emotional but I enjoyed this Overall Seidman is well written unusual and well worth the read


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    This was a great YA title for a lot of reasons1 It isn't simplistic and it doesn't talk down to younger readers the way some YA titles do Nothing pisses me off worse than when I read a book and I feel like the author felt like it was good enough for YA A lot of the the mainstream YA books totally feel like that to me like the author doesn't think YA readers will notice the plot holes the flat characterization etc Well they do This book on the other hand feels like it was given all the attention and dedication it would have been had it been written for adults Which it could have been I'm 26 and there's plenty for adults to enjoy2 There's a plot beyond the romance And a good one It's very fast paced and plenty of action which I like a lot Parts of it read like a good action movie I especially liked the sea battles You feel a lot of tension during the battle scenes The emotion the characters experience is balanced well with the I guess the logistics of the fighting3 And this might be the best part The author cleverly weaves a variety of personal social and religious issues into the fast paced main plot It never feels preachy or overbearing though Its done as a part of the characters and their world like what it's like to be small in a society that values brute strength and how you deal with that Even though it takes place in a fantasy historical setting I could really relate to Kol and not just because he was gay because he was different and not really his society's ideal I like how religion is discussed without mostly bias There's a lot going on beneath the surface something not all YA authors bother with see #14 The relationship really feels like two 12 year old boys They wrestle and insult each other and there's very little mushiness But still by the end a real sense of their loyalty to each other5 It felt very well researched I'm not an expert and I probably will not know if something isn't accurate but at least it wasn't Viking stereotypesThis is a great book and it should be read not only by gay young men but just by kids who feel like they don't fit in I wish there had been stuff like this when I was a teenager


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    Seidman by James Erich is a wonderful read I think it takes a writer with special talents to be able to transport his reader to another continent another age to another civilization and make it seem real and honest and true to life This book should be rated with some of the greats in the historical genre for it's as good as any of them and better than a lot The writing was impeccable the plotting solid and the characters were as alive an any characters I've ever read This glimpse into Viking Age Iceland was fascinating And the journey of young Kol in his uest to become a shaman for his people was well drawn and totally believable As was his love for young Thorbrand I feared throughout the book there would be no happy ending for these two young lovers but there was which allowed me to close the book at the end with a smile If you haven't read Seidman by James Erich then you should And by the way the cover art by Anne Cain was really beautiful


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    This story is very compelling I was hooked from the very first page The book is written from Kol's point of view I thought the author did a good job keeping the overall historical timeline for the Viking era and seamlessly integrated family culture the settings the characters' lives on the farms and religion without the reader feeling like they were reading a history book A lot of research seems to have gone into it and it felt authentic I like how the author portrayed the characters including the secondary ones I like Kol's voice but sometimes I felt he was a bit immature At times I wanted him to be a in control of things Also the book dragged a bit for me during Kol's time in Norway it was hard to keep track of all the spirits and other things he was learning during his training I was relieved when that was done and he returned to Iceland The ending while not the usual HEA the MCs still had a happy ending with conditions and constraints of the time period I thought it was a realistic ending for this book Thorbrand still had to fulfill his duties as a Chieftain and the MCs were aware of the dangers they faced if others outside of their circle knew about their relationship


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    A young adult novel stars Kol a young man in Iceland in 994 AD not far off the voyage Leif Erickson made to what we now call the Maritime Provinces in North America He lives on a typical Icelandic sheep farm with his brother mother and a father who disparages him as weak because he is subject to seizures at odd times When the sorceress Alfdis visits his family she recognizes his psychic potential and makes him her apprentice This means he must live with her family which suits him just fine as he is in love with the eldest son ThorbrandThe two boys develop a strong relationship that has become sexual but the old woman must take him to Norway to meet with the other leaders of the worship of the Old Gods in a time when the influence of the White Christ threatens to destroy it King Olaf Tryggevesson is bent not so much on conversion of pagans but on conversion to dead of anyone who may pose a threat to his power Kol manages to escape being burned alive and travels with his friend Ari until they find an opportunity to join the forces allied to defeat the opportunistic king Who should arrive with the warriors but Kol’s love Thorbrand Thorbrand is now a chieftain forced to marry so he can maintain the respect of his thingmen or allies Whether the two succeed and return to Iceland together is the aim of this excellent novelThe author’s meticulous research into the history of a brutal but exciting time and the way of life in Scandinavia is inspiriting but it does not take away from the feeling that you know and understand Kol and the values he and Thorbrand must learn to accept In a hypermasculinist warrior society he portrays relationships between men exist as they must always have but in the primitive and violent world a man must be strong and he must marry and have an heir The author manages to paint a picture of two men who live and love in secret but nevertheless they live and loveThe spread of Christianity is generally represented as a sort of benevolent and glorious coming to recognize the Truth and I appreciated the author’s careful representation of how much force was involved in subjugating people to a new religion Like so many other military and religious powers of the day the message was “Christ is the bringer of peace and everlasting life and you’d better follow him or I’ll kill you and you will go to Hell” Pagan societies were hardly just or beneficial but the encroaching oppression of supposedly gentle faith was far universalKol represents the last of the sorcerers called Seidmen in this telling who has the Sight and therefore knows the future and its inevitability James Erich pulls off a simple love story where the protagonists are able to scratch out some happiness for their short time on Earth Young readers and older will find plenty to draw them in with this novel of Vikings sorcerers shapeshifters and the conflict that comes from greed even than intolerance


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    This falls as a middle of the road story for me I liked it but the pace was a little slow for my taste And while I loved all of the historical elements they were a a little teach y at times at didn't feel as well integrated into the story as I would have liked They often took me out of the flow of the story and were repeated numerous times so they began to feel repetitive Overall I'd give this 35 starsOn the other side I really did enjoy Kol His youth and his confusion and growth were well balanced in this story I felt like I grew with him as he figured out how to be a man in a world that was going through some very dramatic changes His way of life was being changed from the outside and his powers made him into the target of a lot of those changes The new regime in religion wanting to wipe out the old isn't a new theme but would have been a very dangerous time to live in Christianity never tolerated the remainder of the old religions I liked the straight forward presentation of Christianities inroads into the Viking culture while still presenting their gods as real and an active part of their world I enjoyed my read and this does do a good job of balancing in the MM elements of the romance in this story It's fitting for a YA story the time period's beliefs are prevalent and an obstacle to overcome but yet not overpowering for the story The final view spoilerbattle at the end of the story hide spoiler


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    I have to admit that when I saw this novel and read the name I thought I was in for a very boring book But after reading the first pages I knew I had made a big mistake I judged a book by its cover Seidman stars Kol Now Kol is a little farm boy that never seemed to fit in with his family His dad found him weak and his brother hated him for being weak But one day he meets Alfdis a powerful sorceress and his life completely changesI don't want to give the story away but this novel takes place during the Viking Age So you might find the names of several persons places and things a little bit confusing What I loved about this novel was the paranormal element in it I found the goddesses gods and spirits fascinating and thrillingI absolutely loved Kol He was like the Viking Harry Potter of his era He was very shy but incredibly brave Even when death was staring him in the face he stood stall and strong I loved Thorbrand There was something in him that I loved Maybe it was the way he was so overprotected of Kol He won my heart completely and the ending was very thrilling and exciting especially the final battleI recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a very entertaining and historical book depicting young love magic and adventure Trust me you will not be disappointed


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    Also posted at Chaos Reads The YA Fiction Forum James Erich is definitely one of my favorite authors in the YA LGBT genre of writingI tentatively read his other trilogy Dreams of Fire Gods just last month and i was a bit apprehensive simply because I usually dislike Fantasy books or books from other time periods as the language and slang is hard for me to wrap my mind around I fell in love with the trilogyDONEGH FTW3 and I became a fan of his so it was only obvious to me that I'd read from himSeidman is uite different from DREAMS and it did sort of reintroduce some difficulties i had with Fantasy books and books that are form other time periods But I also love this book1 Plot WritingThese Characters introduced in this book are absolutely amazing Kol is such a sweet boy with an amazing soul and heart and Thorbrand is the strong fiery tempered boy who will do whatever it takes to protect Kol and his familyThis story isn't really about a romanceIt is there but it is secondary It is a gritty but eually beautiful coming of age story for two boys with two very different paths in life who are slowly at an age where they don't understand the feelings they have for each other But they Know they care for each otherThorbrand has to come to terms with being a leader a man and he has to follow the legacy of his family and not his heart which means he has to give up the person closet to him These are VikingNordic times and Homosexuality is not something a man should be defined asKol has his own legacy to come into and it could very well lead to his death but Kol just wants to be happy and wants to be loved by the guy he loves The writing is very detailed I know little to nothing about Vikings and Christianity but you can tell James did his research when writing These aren't just two teen characters thrown into a time periodThey act just like you'd imagine teens from Barbaric time periods to talk The word Gay is not used nor anything similar to it but you know it is not something that men are supposed to beIt really felt just like I was a Viking or what have you and I enjoyed the sceneryThe funniest part of this book was when Kol saw his first black person who was black as soot and inuired is he ill? P Idk why but i laughed for a good few minutes2 Characters There are a lot of characters in this book but the main CHARACTER is Kolthe focal one and ThorbrandKol is thought of to be a sickly boy who is not good enough by his father's standards to be a farmer and his brother is kind of an ass to him But he has a good energy about himself and he doesn't let his sickness define him He then begins to realize that he isn't sick and there is to him than he realizes As the book goes on we see the scared boy who was passive begin to develop a fire in himself He grows strong and he realizes who he is and he accepts it Kol is a great character because even when the odds are against him he doesn't give upThorbrand is the other main character who is the complete opposite of Kol He is very strong courageous and a natural born fighter with the instincts to lead and battle those who come in his way He is a good guy but he has fighting in his blood Thor begins the book as a boy with an innocence about himself but as the book carries on and he begins to suffer loss he begins to fall into anger He is not someone who is easily able to express his feelings least of all about loving another boy He doesn't understand it and he pushes it away and represses the thoughts as much as possible But Thor is someone who can't run from the truth for too much longer and despite his title as a leader he is someone who desperately just wants to be happy being a leader but also being with Kol whatever way they canThey are two well defined characters though I wish we could have gotten some Focal Point of View on Thorbrand just because Thor is an electric characterThe secondary characters are very useful and they challenge our main two boys to better themselves Ari is someone I just loved reading about He was a good guy through and through As well as Thor's thingmensoldier whose name I am unable to actually spell lol I also enjoyed the time we spent with Kol as he learned his magic from Thor's sorceress aunt She was a feisty old lady with a lot of spirit3 OverallWhile I did enjoy DREAMS I can't really compare Seidman with dreams because they are so different With DREAMS the romance aspect was a bigger part along side the pending war and battlesthis book is focused on discovering your purpose in life and who you are and not forgetting that even when a tyrant is going through countries trying to convert you to his way of thinking or killing you if you refuseMy only complaint is that this is a Standalone and OH MY GODit needs seuelsAt least a trilogy COME ON JAMES PWith it being a standalone we are showcased the boys and their lives over a period of a few years as they start as young pre teens to adult men and at times it did feel a LITTLE RUSHED As well as I wanted focus on Kol and Thora lot of the book they were apart from each other and I Understand why but I wanted to see from them but I enjoyed the ending of the book It is not something that is just a Happily ever after It is the perfect ending to describe the best you can have in a time period like thatJames you are phenomenal and I look forward to your next books in the futureBut can we get a Seidman Seuel por favor?


  10. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book It's suitable as an introduction to the subject but also for someone like me who has spent time studying Scandinavian myths and sagas I won't speak for scholars D It's not a perfect book but it is one I will keep and treasure because it's a story rarely told We know that non heterosexual people have lived throughout history and the way that fits into the dynamics of a culture where masculinity was highly prized is a not so secret area of fascination of mine So this book scratched a very particular itch for me I'm thrilled that I found it D


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In Viking Age Iceland where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors there is little place for a sickly twelve year old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið woman a sorceress and becomes her apprentice Kol travels to the sorceress’s home where her grandson Thorbrand takes Kol under h One of the biggest strengths of this young adult historicalparanormal story is the authenticity of the unusual setting the life of a gay boy growing to manhood in Viking Iceland Kol is gifted with magical abilities which lead to his apprenticeship to a local seið woman — a sorceress This gets him away from the rough life on his father's farm and brings him into the household of a boy he is becoming attracted to Thorbrand However being gay is not accepted especially for a boy like Thorbrand who will become a Chief And times are changing as the religion of the White Christ with its hatred of sorcery is moving into that part of the world Becoming a sorcerer is no longer a safe path to an honored professionThis book kept me intrigued and turning the pages I was caught up in the life of Kol his adventures in the community of sorcerers and his hidden romance with a boy whose status was going to make it difficult to give them a happy ending There is adventure here and loss and magic that is well portrayed and integrated into the religion and setting Occasionally the wonderful details of place and time while creating atmosphere also slowed the story just a bit and Kol's reserve made some of the gut wrenching things he went through less emotional but I enjoyed this Overall Seidman is well written unusual and well worth the read Operation Kangaroo Trap grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors there is little place for a sickly twelve year old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið woman a sorceress and becomes her apprentice Kol travels to the sorceress’s home where her To Charles Fort, With Love grandson Thorbrand takes Kol under h One of the biggest strengths of this young adult historicalparanormal story is the authenticity of the unusual setting the life of a Fearful Symmetry gay boy Bon Appetit, Yall growing to manhood in Viking Iceland Kol is The Beast on the Brink gifted with magical abilities which lead to his apprenticeship to a local seið woman — a sorceress This The 6 Stages of Sissyhood gets him away from the rough life on his father's farm and brings him into the household of a boy he is becoming attracted to Thorbrand However being Concubine gay is not accepted especially for a boy like Thorbrand who will become a Chief And times are changing as the religion of the White Christ with its hatred of sorcery is moving into that part of the world Becoming a sorcerer is no longer a safe path to an honored professionThis book kept me intrigued and turning the pages I was caught up in the life of Kol his adventures in the community of sorcerers and his hidden romance with a boy whose status was Flower and The Beast 2 going to make it difficult to I Do, Two give them a happy ending There is adventure here and loss and magic that is well portrayed and integrated into the religion and setting Occasionally the wonderful details of place and time while creating atmosphere also slowed the story just a bit and Kol's reserve made some of the Lasers gut wrenching things he went through less emotional but I enjoyed this Overall Seidman is well written unusual and well worth the read

REVIEW Seidman By James Erich

Seidman By James Erich

Is wing Before long Kol discovers something else about himself that is different something else that sets him apart as unmanly Kol has fallen in love with another boyBut the world is changing in ways that threaten those who practice the ancient arts As Kol’s new life takes him across the Norse lands he finds that a new r This story is very compelling I was hooked from the very first page The book is written from Kol's point of view I thought the author did a good job keeping the overall historical timeline for the Viking era and seamlessly integrated family culture the settings the characters' lives on the farms and religion without the reader feeling like they were reading a history book A lot of research seems to have gone into it and it felt authentic I like how the author portrayed the characters including the secondary ones I like Kol's voice but sometimes I felt he was a bit immature At times I wanted him to be a in control of things Also the book dragged a bit for me during Kol's time in Norway it was hard to keep track of all the spirits and other things he was learning during his training I was relieved when that was done and he returned to Iceland The ending while not the usual HEA the MCs still had a happy ending with conditions and constraints of the time period I thought it was a realistic ending for this book Thorbrand still had to fulfill his duties as a Chieftain and the MCs were aware of the dangers they faced if others outside of their circle knew about their relationship Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy, good job keeping the overall historical timeline for the Viking era and seamlessly integrated family culture the settings the characters' lives on the farms and religion without the reader feeling like they were reading a history book A lot of research seems to have Aquinass Way to God gone into it and it felt authentic I like how the author portrayed the characters including the secondary ones I like Kol's voice but sometimes I felt he was a bit immature At times I wanted him to be a in control of things Also the book dragged a bit for me during Kol's time in Norway it was hard to keep track of all the spirits and other things he was learning during his training I was relieved when that was done and he returned to Iceland The ending while not the usual HEA the MCs still had a happy ending with conditions and constraints of the time period I thought it was a realistic ending for this book Thorbrand still had to fulfill his duties as a Chieftain and the MCs were aware of the dangers they faced if others outside of their circle knew about their relationship

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Eligion is sweeping through them and King Olaf Tryggvason is hunting down and executing sorcerers When a decades old feud forces Thorbrand to choose between Kol and his duty to his kinsman Kol finds himself cast adrift with only the cryptic messages of an ancient goddess to guide him to his destiny and possibly to his deat I have to admit that when I saw this novel and read the name I thought I was in for a very boring book But after reading the first pages I knew I had made a big mistake I judged a book by its cover Seidman stars Kol Now Kol is a little farm boy that never seemed to fit in with his family His dad found him weak and his brother hated him for being weak But one day he meets Alfdis a powerful sorceress and his life completely changesI don't want to give the story away but this novel takes place during the Viking Age So you might find the names of several persons places and things a little bit confusing What I loved about this novel was the paranormal element in it I found the goddesses gods and spirits fascinating and thrillingI absolutely loved Kol He was like the Viking Harry Potter of his era He was very shy but incredibly brave Even when death was staring him in the face he stood stall and strong I loved Thorbrand There was something in him that I loved Maybe it was the way he was so overprotected of Kol He won my heart completely and the ending was very thrilling and exciting especially the final battleI recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a very entertaining and historical book depicting young love magic and adventure Trust me you will not be disappointed