Review: Wayward Heroes by Halldór Laxness

Wayward Heroes
Wayward Heroes by Halldór Laxness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wayward Heroes follows the story of Þormóður Bessason and Þorgeir Hávarsson. The book, written by Icelandic Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness, is a retelling of Saga of the Sworn Brothers and Saga of Saint Olaf.

Ultimately this is a story about brotherhood, loyalty, friendship, power, and revenge. I loved the story and it was told really well. It takes place around the 10th and 11th century, the time period of one of my other favorite books, The Long Ships, and takes you on the adventures of Vikings. Halfway through, the book becomes a story about revenge and power. The first half of the book tells the story of Þormóður Bessason and Þorgeir Hávarsson as they make their way as Vikings. The last half of the book focuses on the political powers that are controlling the areas of England and Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden). The pace of the book is done really well and the political atmosphere was told in a way that didn’t feel bogged down or long-winded. A great story and I’m looking forward to reading more of Laxness’ other books.


Hello, my name is BB. I created this blog to talk about books and other book-related news. A little about myself. I am currently working at a public library part-time while going to school for my MLIS. I enjoy reading all types of genres and love reading anything Nordic. A couple of my goals for this year is to complete Stephen King’s bibliography and to read as many of the Icelandic Sagas as I can get my hands on. I hope to be able to share new and old discoveries through this blog and connect with fellow bloggers and visitors to the site. Happy reading everyone!