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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
On Viking Seas is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre and is the third book in the Forerunner series. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by author Jay Veloso Batista. Inspired by legends and myths from across European culture, the book continues the saga of the Agneson family in the aftermath of the battle of Ethandun. Between slavery, arranged marriage, the sudden acquisition of a pet dragon, shipwrecks, and a battle to break an ancient curse, the family members must overcome these trials alone unless their forerunner can find a way to bring them back together again.
One of my favorite things about this novel, and the wider series in general, is the use of unique and different mythological creatures. I really enjoyed the use of new creations alongside more well-known ones and found this an interesting twist, a feature that certainly sets the book apart from other fantasy novels in this genre. Author Jay Veloso Batista balances the gritty and darker nature of the book extremely well with the lighter and more comedic side, giving you a welcome break from the more intense scenes in the book. The author is a master at world building, making it easy for you to imagine yourself in the world alongside the characters. The characters themselves were diverse and relatable and despite the large cast, I found myself invested in each and every one of them. I would not hesitate to recommend On Viking Seas and the series to those who are fans of fantasy novels with a twist of realism.