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              Books by Colin Taber

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              The Landing

              The Landing (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Taber, Colin

              What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium were still there today? What if the Vikings had enjoyed a five hundred year head start on Columbus in the New World? Would the Santa Maria have ...arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Odin and Thor? What if the Vikings' descendants had gone on to become dominant just as the United States of America has in our own world? A millennium after reaching those western lands would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn? Welcome to Norse America... Following the turn of the first millennium the Vikings are expanding beyond northern Europe by way of axe and trade. Their spreading influence and settlements, founded by warriors, farmers and merchants, can not only be found in the far flung corners of the continent, but also across the Atlantic, beyond the stepping stones of the Faroe Islands and Iceland, as they establish themselves in the newly discovered lands in the west. Growing influence brings wealth, and together they fire contests of power, as the Viking Age of adventuring free spirits gives way to a world of newly rising kings. At the same time a strengthening tide of missionaries proclaiming an alien faith can be found in the Norse homelands. The agents of the White Christ, often in alliance with the new monarchs, have opened divisions between themselves and those who still revere the old ways. Such tensions lead to bloodshed and war, yet the new powers are ascendant. In this time of turmoil a young man has a vision. Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, has led his followers to found a settlement in the west dedicated to Odin and Asgard's gods. There he will build a new realm, and after tests, adventures and trials, he will leave a legacy that will grow to be the stro
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              ISBN 9780980658637
              Published NZ 1 May 2013
              Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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              The Fall of Ossard

              The Fall of Ossard (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Taber, Colin

              The dark opening of an epic fantasy, founded in a tale of coming of age. Someone is stealing the children of prosperous Ossard. Juvela uncovers the truth of the crime, and the conspiracy that feeds it, but can she stop it? There are many factions that stand against her.

              ISBN 9780980658606
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2009
              Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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              Series Ossard Trilogy
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              Red Winter: The United States of Vinland Book Two

              Red Winter: The United States of Vinland Book Two (Paperback)

              By Taber, Colin

              Over a thousand years ago the Norse reached the Americas, but never stayed. What if they had? Join us as we rewrite history, documenting the rise of The United States of Vinland. Following on from The Landing comes Red Winter. Eskil's dream of settling the newly discovered la...nds of the west to honour the Gods is under way. Godsland and Lakeland are no longer alone, as new villages grow and prosper in a world of fjords, valleys, forests and mountains, all of it claimed in the name of Odin. For over twenty years factional rivalries have also grown, but the Halls of Wolves and Ravens must face a challenge that comes heralded by crying war horns and a horizon stained with plumes of smoke. Can the young and vulnerable settlements survive such a challenge? But this is not the only trial the Norse Marklanders will face. Back across the sea in their peoplesa ancient homelands there are those who are jealous of the prosperity they see in the west. War is coming to Markland.
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              ISBN 9780980658644
              Published NZ 1 Dec 2014
              Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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              A Short Tale from Norse America: Young Ravens & Hidden Blades: 2013 Limited Edition

              A Short Tale from Norse America: Young Ravens & Hidden Blades: 2013 Limited Edition (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Taber, Colin

              ***Limited Edition*** ***Only For Sale During Supanova Brisbane & Adelaide (November 8th-17th 2013 - or while stocks last)!*** Two Norse boys, a raft, and some unbroken rules to test. Join Ulfarr and Brandr in the new Norse settlements west of Greenland, as they do what adventuro...us boys do best; push boundaries. Welcome to the early years of Norse America! *** Young Ravens and Hidden Blades is a standalone short story that reads as a boys adventure tale. If you have already discovered Colin Taber's alternate history setting, The United States of Vinland (USV), this short takes place in Markland (what we know as Labrador, around 1000 years ago), and is placed in that timeline midway between USV#1: The Landing and USV#2: Red Winter. Familiarity with the broader USV series and characters is not required. This short story is approximately 30 pages long and is a standalone ebook. For paperback readers of USV, this tale will be included in the front of USV#2: Red Winter as bonus material.
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              ISBN 9781492941682
              Released NZ 13 Oct 2013
              Publisher Createspace
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              Ossard's Hope
               

              Ossard's Hope (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Taber, Colin

              Back in 2009 The Fall of Ossard garnered thousands of readers around the world, the bulk of them in Australia, as it opened this coming of age series. Ossards Hope is the second book of The Ossard Trilogy and continues this unique fantasy tale. The wealthy city of Ossard has fall...en amidst blood, rioting and flames.
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              ISBN 9780980658613
              Published NZ 1 Oct 2011
              Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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              Series Ossard Trilogy
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