Storytellers by Bjorn Larssen#Blog Tour. Rachel’sRandomresources#

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In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember him – they already don’t. All he wants is peace, the company of his animals, and a steady supply of his medication. Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own. He’s about to find out.

Sigurd – a man with a plan, a broken ankle, and shocking amounts of money – won’t talk about himself, but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed. The blacksmith’s other “friends” are just as eager to write him into stories of their own – from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar, then marry him, his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention, The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar’s “heathen ways” – even the wretched elf has plans for the blacksmith.

As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?
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My Thoughts And Review:

This was an interesting read. Set in Iceland in two timelines. Iceland in the 1800’s and 1920. If you like this type of read then this maybe for you!

In 1920 Iceland. Gunnar a blacksmith barely making ends meet. is surprised to have a visitor who goes by the name of Sigurd. The only things Gunnar knows about Sigurd is he is old, says he has come from America and has a broken ankle. The rest is a mystery and Sigurd remains an enigma.  March in Iceland,  is a land of short days and long dark nights. A perfect setting for story telling. It is a land of Sagas after all. This is what Sigurd proceeds to do.

Gunnar is the reluctant host to his unwanted guest and is also beset by villagers, especially the female variety; who wish to stop his alcoholism, cut his hair, shave his beard and marry him off to a member of the fair sex.

As Gunnar gets embroiled  in Sigurd’s story and is best on all sides he feels he is losing control of his life which is falling into the hands of others.

As I said earlier an interesting read, with top quality and descriptive writing. The reader can find him/herself in the harsh, stark landscape. The book initially starts as dual timelines which draw ever closer and reach a satisfying conclusion.

I urge you to read it.

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Author Bio –
Bjørn Larssen was made in Poland. He is mostly located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one. Since then his short stories and essays were published in Rita Baum Art Magazine, Writer Unboxed, Inaczej Magazine),,, and Holandia Expat Magazine. He is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors and Writer Unboxed.
Bjørn has a Master of Science degree in mathematics, worked as a graphic designer, a model, and a blacksmith. He used to speak eight languages (currently down to two and a half). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland, even though he hates being cold. He has only met an elf once. So far.
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