By Tom Holt
The final Norse king of Caithness, Hrolf Earthstar and his 12 champions are woken from a centuries-long sleep whilst an archaeologist reveals their grave. He comes to a decision to hold on his historical warfare opposed to the Sourcerer-King, and needs to face such perils as BBC movie crews and the Bakerloo line alongside the best way.
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I’ll omit you. It won’t be a similar, by some means. ’ ‘Sorry, Vel-Hilda,’ stated Starkad Storvirksson, returning with an empty plate, ‘but Bothvar Bjarki had the final of the seagull. There are nonetheless a number of baked mice, if you’d like a few. ’ ‘No, thanks,’ stated Hildy, ‘really. I couldn’t devour one other factor. ’ Starkad breathed a sigh of aid and went off to consume them himself. ‘I’m rather keen on just a little baked mouse,’ acknowledged Arvarodd, leaning again in his seat and pouring himself a hornful of beer. ‘I keep in mind while i used to be in Permia . . . ’ ‘Checkmate. ’ Zxerp glared at King Hrolf with deep hatred. ‘You two,’ he stated ultimately, ‘deserve one another. ’ King Hrolf rose to his ft and banged at the desk for silence. He poured a horn of beer from the decanter and drank it, then cleared his throat. Even Angantyr awakened. the corporate grew to become their heads and listened. ‘Friends,’ stated the King, ‘our paintings is completed. regardless of the perils that threatened us, we have now overthrown the facility of darkness and stored the area from evil. ’ ‘Steady on,’ acknowledged the sorcerer-king. ‘Now our time during this international, which has been unnaturally lengthy, is over, and it's time for us to visit dinner party for ever in Odin’s golden corridor. Roast pork,’ he extra ahead of Angantyr might interrupt, ‘and the entire mead you could drink. on the head of the desk sits Odin himself; at his correct hand Thor, at his left Frey. together with her personal arms Freyja pours the mead, and the best of heroes are the corporate. There we are going to meet many we now have identified, a lot of whom we've despatched there, within the outdated wars that are forgotten. they are saying that during Valhalla the lads exit to struggle within the morning, and at evening all those that have fallen stand up back to visit the ceremonial dinner, and struggle back tomorrow. there's additionally, i'm guaranteed, a swimming-pool and a sauna. in my opinion, i believe all of it sounds very dull being cooped up with loads of lifeless warriors all day, yet don’t allow me positioned you off. I intend to take an excellent booklet with me. besides, the next day we sail around the nice sea. lengthy might be our trip, prior Iceland and Greenland and into the quarter of eternal chilly, until eventually we omit the sting of the area and notice prior to us Bifrost, the rainbow bridge. ’ Hildy scratched her head. in the event that they the direction the King had defined, it sounded to her as though they'd prove at Baffin Island. yet she had stopped doing geography in fourth grade, and only in the near past figured out the place Hungary is. ‘Sorcerer-Eric and i've settled our differences,’ persevered the King, ‘and he'll be coming with us to Valhalla. ’ A murmur ran around the desk, however the King held up his hand. ‘That is settled,’ he stated firmly. ‘He has been an evil guy and our and the world’s enemy, yet in Valhalla all earthly enmities are set aside, for all who cross there, so it's acknowledged, are quickly united in universal hatred of the catering employees. in addition to, there's continuously a spot at Odin’s desk for males who're courageous and feature fought good, besides the fact that inaccurate their reason, and who can play an exceptional video game of Goblin’s enamel. ’ The murmur subsided.