Black Monastery

Black Monastery The Viking north clashes with the supernatural east in an epic historical fantasy tale of heroism and redemption Banned from his homeland Viking warband leader Asgrim Wood Nose has been declared outl

  • Title: Black Monastery
  • Author: William Stacey
  • ISBN: 9780991965809
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Viking north clashes with the supernatural east in an epic historical fantasy tale of heroism and redemption.Banned from his homeland, Viking warband leader Asgrim Wood Nose has been declared outlaw Unless he can raise a princely blood debt, he will never see his beloved Denmark again When a Saracen merchant brags of a great treasure hidden on the Frankish island ofThe Viking north clashes with the supernatural east in an epic historical fantasy tale of heroism and redemption.Banned from his homeland, Viking warband leader Asgrim Wood Nose has been declared outlaw Unless he can raise a princely blood debt, he will never see his beloved Denmark again When a Saracen merchant brags of a great treasure hidden on the Frankish island of Noirmoutier home to the Black Monastery Asgrim believes fate is offering him a chance to go home again But an ancient evil has escaped the Black Monastery, an eastern demon that wears the skins of its victims Hunted by this monstrous foe and tormented by the ghosts of those he has slain, Asgrim s only ally becomes another lonely soul, a Frankish woman abandoned by her people under suspicion of witchcraft.Beware the foe behind the strange threshold Voted Outstanding in Genre by Red Adept Select.

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    1. William Stacey

      A former soldier, William Stacey served his country for than thirty years, including multiple combat tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan William loves exercise and all things martial and is a black belt in karate.

    971 thoughts on “Black Monastery”

    1. This wonderful novel exceeded my expectations in every way, and who knew twenty pagers devoted to the building of a boat could be so entertaining? The characters are nicely done and I was so interested in what was going on with them I would forget it was a horror novel and then that's when something scary would drop. There were Braveheart-like scenes with large scale fighting and warfare but also smaller scare frightening stuff like tombs and the Black Monastery itself. I'm really glad I read th [...]


    2. Stacey combines Vikings with the supernaturals in an unmistakably unique way. I enjoyed the mixing and meeting of cultures, mythologies, and religions. Stacey has lots of intricate world building that adds to the story rather than slowing down the plot to go on a long narrative. I appreciated the little bits of history and realism that were also scattered throughout. I found the process of building the longship very fascinating. There is a sense of foreboding throughout that really kept me on my [...]


    3. What man could change his fate?William Shakespeare once said: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”Well, in Black Monastery , William Stacey took it one step further, as he showed us that, not only can a man decide his own destiny, but he can also turn the tables to his favor, even when it seems "fated" that he fails to do so.Asgrim Wood-Nose, a Viking war band leader with a hideous face - thanks to a past duel - has killed the wrong person. In order to be able to re [...]


    4. I can remember as a kid watching scary TV shows through the cracks between my fingers as I covered my eyes. Too scared to keep watching, but too interested to turn away! Reading Black Monastery by William Stacey was a lot like watching those scary shows as a kid. The book disturbed me, yet I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.Asgrim is the hero of our tale. Disfigured in a duel and unable to return home until a debt is paid, he and his crew set sail with their sites se [...]


    5. If you like your books intense, exciting, and full of graphic detail; then this is the book for you. Asgrim. A young man without a nose. Trying to defend those who were weaker than himself, he picked a fight with the wrong man, and now he must live with the consequences, now he is permanently disfigured. He is told by his father to harden his heart, as he is a Danish raider, and that is his role and his life. Asgrim and his brother Bjorn, take their crew of vikings and go to sea to raid and plun [...]


    6. If I could put this book into a nutshell it would be Vikings vs. Supernatural. However, to put it that way does not do the book justice. There is a lot more under the surface that makes this a really good read. The story is full of tense moments, moments where you want to tell the characters “Stop” or “Get out”. There is quite a bit of killing, some of which is graphic. The pacing of the story is such that it seems to fly by without having a sense of it being rushed. Overall a really goo [...]


    7. Some gore, some sex, some supernatural. This was a pretty good read that I almost wanted to be a series. If killing characters is a turn off, find something else.


    8. This is another book that has come to me through theindieview. I accepted willingly due to my interest and study of the early medieval period. It is a historical fantasy blending Viking and Eastern myth, telling the tale of a mysterious treasure located in the titular Black Monastery. However, the monks there have unleashed some ancient evils in the form of demons and ghosts.OK, I need to get this off of my chest first. Some readers have commended the author for his research and this is good, mo [...]


    9. ‘Vikings’ and lots of them, so if you enjoy reading about this era this may be something you would like to pick up.I was really taken by the main protagonists in this novel, each of them are damaged in some way, both emotionally and physically, but by working with and caring for each other they are able to begin to repair their wounds in the most unexpected of ways. Set in Viking times, I found the characters to be believable as far as my knowledge of these people went, but there were some a [...]


    10. I obtained a copy of Black Monastery from the author.This is a Viking novel laced with fantasy, horror and mythology. I enjoyed how it started out as a straight forward Viking trip, giving the reader time to adjust to the lifestyle and familiarise themselves with the culture, before Asgrim, the protagonist's, past is revealed and things start to get more complicated.The Vikings land on an island at the suggestion of others in the hope of treasure. However they instead find piles of dead, left wh [...]


    11. This isn't the type of book that I'd normally pick up and read, but thoroughly enjoyed this book nonetheless. It is very well written and easy to follow. Very nicely done, especially for a debut novel.Below is the author's summary:In 799 A.D. Viking warband leader Asgrim Wood-Nose sails his prized longship Sea Eel south along the coast of Frankia to raid the island of Noirmoutier—the Black Monastery. Banned from his homeland following a night of rage-filled murder, Asgrim has been declared out [...]


    12. I obtained a copy of Black Monastery from the author. This review contains mild spoilers.Black Monastery is a historical horror novel by former soldier William Stacey. Set at the end of the 6th century, it tells the story of a Viking raid gone horribly awry. Asgrim Wood-Nose, Viking war-chief and outlaw, sails against the Franks, raiding to raise the fortune he needs to amass in order to pay his blood-debt and return home. On the island of Noirmoutier, rather than the promised silver, he finds e [...]


    13. I received an electronic version of this book as an early reviewer through LibraryThing.A supernatural novel set among medieval Vikings, Asgrim Woodnose is desperately seeking treasure to pay a wergild imposed on him for a murder of passion. He is led to a monastery but discovers an ancient evil that lurks within instead of treasure.The strength of William Stacey's book is the historical detail and the context of Viking culture and thought which provided understanding and context for Asgrim's pe [...]


    14. I received an electronic version of this book as an early reviewer through LibraryThing.A supernatural novel set among medieval Vikings, Asgrim Woodnose is desperately seeking treasure to pay a wergild imposed on him for a murder of passion. He is led to a monastery but discovers an ancient evil that lurks within instead of treasure.The strength of William Stacey's book is the historical detail and the context of Viking culture and thought which provided understanding and context for Asgrim's pe [...]


    15. I think I wanted to like this book more then I actually did. The Black Monastery is a good historical horror novel, with an interesting perspective. The idea of mixing Vikings And Middle eastern mythology was a nice touch and the action scenes were some of the best I've read in a long time. However, At no point did I ever really get to care about any of the characters. I Know we are supposed to sympathize with Asgrim, I know this because the author goes out of his way to make sure we see that he [...]


    16. Asgrim Wood-Nose is Viking warrior bearing a scarred face. Asgrim loves The Sea Eel as captain leads his men to The Black Monastery in search of treasure. Asgrim is beset by setbacks that leave the men grumbling about his leadership. The Black Monastery is plagued with an evil spirit that drives men to behave in ways they normally wouldn't. Asgrim comes to believe that he's been tricked into seeking this treasure for unknown reasons. Meanwhile Alda wants to find her sister and leave this island. [...]


    17. Black Monastery is exactly the kind of book that belongs in my wheelhouse. It's a nice mixture of History, Mythology, and the Supernatural. The mix of different mythologies - Norse and Eastern was a nice unexpected surprise. While typically I would shy away from the semi-horrific scenes that is portrayed in this story I find it to be well written and historically accurate - though I might determine it unsuitable for delicate readers. I really enjoyed the description of the characters towards the [...]


    18. I received this book through a First Reads Giveaway.This was a great book combining both mythology (Viking and eastern) and horror. It was well-written with suspense and strong characters. The main character, Asgrim, was one of those characters whose good/bad ratio was kind of even; I never knew what to think of him. He's certainly made some bad decisions and hasn't always been the greatest guy, but at the same time, he redeems himself through other actions. It took me a little while to sort th [...]


    19. I really loved this book! The story of Asgrim, is told from a Viking perspective and is an excellent combination of dark and heroic. Asgrim, disfigured at a young age in battle learns to live his life on boldness and bravery rather than the charming good looks of his younger brother. All of his hardwork has paid off when he is chosen to lead a very important raid on Ireland. When things don't go as planned, Asgrim's aims change to take on the biggest raid yet, the Black Monestary. Leaving one ev [...]


    20. This was an enjoyable enough read once you got past the How To Build a Long Boat lesson in the beginning. I enjoyed the complexity of the main character, in that he is not a nice man. Neither are any of his men. They're a Sword-Danes, Vikings. Murder, rape and pillage is the name of the game. But we're given enough of a glimpse of Asgrim's beginnings to know that he could have, in other circumstances, been a kind person. The fact that he isn't makes him hard to relate to and empathize with, howe [...]


    21. I enjoyed reading Stacey's Black Monastery. Being a fan of both medieval historical fiction and fantasy, I think he did a great job of creating a great setting with lots of detail and adding just enough "magic" to be believable. Nice mix of Viking, Frank and Middle Age Arab cultures mixed in, very good description of the fighting and a monster that truly was evil. This book is very dark, however, without throwing out a spoiler, the good guys win but not until everyone else is butchered. My only [...]


    22. I won my copy of Black Monastery from and right from the beginning I was totally enthralled with the story. Set in an era when Vikings ruled, Black Monastery has it all. Plenty of twists, turns, action, sorcery and a Viking-hero called Asgrim Wood-Nose. William Stacey has written a wonderful story that actually takes the reader on a journey of a lifetime. His detail to the time period is right on, and all the true to life characters really stand out. Every once in awhile a great adventure-actio [...]


    23. Pretty good retelling of the classic horror story. Standard fare for plot line, disgraced hero, band of warriors trapped on an island with horrible foe. It culminates in a physical and supernatural battle between the hero and the Evil Being. What sets this book apart is that the historical element is NOT backstory. Stacey keeps his feet firmly in the Historical Novel Genre for this Gem of Horror. He does a great job of getting you into the minds of the viking raiding party, he gives them charact [...]


    24. Asgrim Stone-Nose and his crew sail to an island where he has been told there are riches at the Black Monastery. Upon arrival, they find everyone in the monastery dead with the priests and soldiers that were to protect them apparently attacking each other. Why would they do this? As Asgrim and his crew search for the riches, mysterious things happen to crew members and others. What is causing this to happen? Will any of them survive?This book was not exactly what I was expecting. (spoiler alert! [...]


    25. Vikings. If you know me, you'd know that I'd probably have a better-than-average chance of liking this book. And you would be correct.I thought that Black Monastery was a gripping and exciting story about a Viking captain looking to redeem himself. The characters were well-developed, and true to the typical Viking worldview (as portrayed in the the Eddas and other sagas). There is a nebulous dark magic present, which was exciting, and even a touch of (Viking) romance thrown in. All in all, I tho [...]


    26. This story held me captivated from the start. The story follows Asgrim Wood-nose, a viking, on a raid to find enough silver to pay a hefty price on his head. What he finds on this raid is far beyond what he expected, or what I expected for that matter. It is terrifying and yet you can't put the book down, because you want to know how it ends. There are some very "adult" scenes in this book, so I would not recommend it for younger readers. Other than that, it is a good read.


    27. This is my first ever book review (well except for highschool) so bare with me. Overall I enjoyed the book. The book started with our main character as a child for one chapter and then jumped to his life many years later. I felt the jump could have been handled a little better. I found that I was a little confused at first but a chapter or two later I was ok. Once I was about half way through the book I was hooked. I hope to read many more stories by William Stacey


    28. This was better than I expected, and I had high expectations to begin with. It's a Viking story with the addition of spirits. This is not a book with lots of magic and supernatural things, just something very specific. The story is well developed, has good pacing, action, worthy characters and opponents, and a dash of sexy. This is the first novel I've read from this author and it won't be the last.


    29. This is a really good read.Sure the viking purists will tell you that 'such and such' didn't happen until year 1000 so this is all bunk, but you know, it is just a great read. The hero of the story is deeply flawed, and that is great. Who wants a perfect character?And I like an ending that wraps up the story well, and leaves the slightest possibility of further adventures.Well done!


    30. *** I received a copy of this book via a LibraryThing Giveaway***If you're in the mood for some hair raising adventure, gritty and graphic writing you definitely want to get this book. It has a little of everything, romance, Paranormal, Fantasy and Action all set in the violent (Yet you want more) world of the Vikings.


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