Know the TV series Vikings? Well, this is kinda like it. And it is good!
The Last Viking by Berwick Coates is a multi-viewpoints historical novel. It takes place in 1066 mostly in England, and part of it in Sweden. It spans from January to October. The novel tells the story of the invasion Harald Hardrada in England.
The multiple-point-of-view storytelling was very interesting. You get to know the story of King Harold of England. Edric, a reeve (mayor) of a coastal town as well as his family. Two housecarls (military commanding officers). A band of English soldiers. A band of Vikings from the point of view of a certain Magnus who stays in England after the battle. And the Viking Queen, Elisif, and Princess, Maria.
The novel is part of trilogy. This is the second installment. However, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel, which I did and I am quite happy with it.
It is beautifully written and the plot develops nicely. It is quite enjoyable and it is easy to read. Major bonus: the cover is so very nice and so very blue. It is what caught my eye in the bookstore (Waterstones, Canterbury).
I rated it 4*/5.
All these characters gather at the end of the novel for the final battle which sees Hardrada defeated and Harold winning the war for England, at the cost of many casaulties. So it ends with a sense of relief but you know that William of Normandy will be coming and will become King of England in 1066.