Book Release Announcement: “The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson”


The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson – A Novel of Vikings in Scotland is now available for purchase!

In the latter half of the ninth century A.D., Asbjorn Thorleikson, a young Norseman, prepares to leave Ireland on his first expedition to Britain.  He dreams of glory in battle and returning with tribute from the defeated Britons.  But what is supposed to be a chance for Asbjorn to prove himself as a warrior turns into a fight for survival in a strange land.

Asbjorn’s brother, Bjornkarl, is one of the berserkers, the fiercest of all Norse warriors.  He is also a bully who enjoys tormenting his younger brother.  When Asbjorn captures Caitlin and decides to keep her as his own, Bjornkarl can think of nothing other than to take Caitlin for himself.  Faced with the possibility of losing Caitlin to his brother, Asbjorn allows her to go free.

As the Norse fleet prepares to leave Dumbarton, soldiers from Alba (Scotland) attack.  Asbjorn’s ship is burned and he is captured.  Caitlin intervenes to save his life, and he is given a choice: live with the Albans and renounce his Norse heritage, or die with the rest of the Norse prisoners.  Asbjorn choses to live and is taken back to Alba by Caitlin’s clan.

In the years that follow, Asbjorn adjusts to his new home.  But when Norse raiders attack his village, he is forced to choose between the life he was born to and the life he accepted when he agreed to live with the Albans.

The Saga Of Asbjorn Thorleikson, inspired by a legend from the author’s family, is set during the events that took place during the 870’s AD in Scotland.  Most of the story takes place around Dalriada in modern-day Argyll, Scotland on the banks of Loch Fyne.  The Saga Of Asbjorn Thorleikson is a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction.

THE SAGA OF ASBJORN THORLEIKSON (ISBN: 978-1-940834-72-6 Hardback, 978-1-940834-71-9 Softback) is available on June 16, 2015.  The book can be ordered through the publisher’s website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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