Schumacher’s God’s Hammer is the story of Hakon Haraldsson, a boy, who matures to become the first Christian Viking king. Sent as a gift of trust to be raised in the court of the English king Athelstan, Hakon adopts the ways of the English including the religion. Later after the death of his father, he returns to his homeland with the help of those who which to overthrow his brother Eric Bloodaxe. Hakon must again free himself as a pawn in other’s plans and create his destiny. An excellent mix of history and where the record is thin, plausible fiction completes the story. Very well done historical fiction.