March, 1920. The Icelandic nights are long and cold, a time to exchange stories by the fire. When an injured stranger appears on hermit blacksmith Gunnar’s farm, he has an epic tale to tell. Alas, the listener must die before the last chapter…
Gunnar’s “friends” are eager to write him into stories of their own. Overbearing Brynhildur wants to ‘fix’, then marry him. The doctor keeps asking disturbing questions. The Conservative Women of Iceland aim to rehabilitate Gunnar’s ‘heathen ways’. Even the wretched elf has an agenda.
As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?
Storytellers was everything I wanted it to be, and then some. It is the kind of book that is next to impossible to put down. One more chapter was not enough — I had to read on. I had to find out what happened next. It is addictive to the extreme. This is the kind of book that will keep you reading long into the night. […] The realism in this story is almost tangible. I cannot praise this book enough. I loved every syllable, every word, every sentence. Storytellers is a real treat. – Mary Anne Yarde, Coffee Pot Book Club
I loved this book – it was a delight to read, an unusual debut novel by a writer with much talent. […] This a work of literary art that I recommend most highly; Bjørn Larssen is, indeed, an Icelandic storyteller. – Terry Tyler (author of the Project Renova series)
The book was reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, in both theme and mood. Both books deal with the unreliability of memory; both are largely melancholy books. And perhaps there is allegory in them both, too. Storytellers is a book to be read when there is time for contemplation, maybe of an evening with a glass of wine. It isn’t always the easiest read, but it’s not a book I’m going to forget easily, either. – Marian L. Thorpe (author of the Empire’s Legacy series)
Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here – this story is amazing, and also very incredibly real. Sometimes too real. I have never read anything that has so perfectly embodied the issues faced when dealing with depression and anxiety: loneliness, denial, addiction, suicidal thoughts, doubt, an unwillingness to accept offered help simply because you feel you’re not worthy of it. […] But at its heart, Storytellers is a tale of evading the darkness, bearing with the pain of tragedy, and living to see the sun rise another day. – Whispers and Wonder
Larssen’s perceptions are sharp and not unsympathetic. He elevates the lives of farmers in the small closed community to the level of sagas – focused on family histories and common identity. The readers are immersed in the day-to-day monotony of life, social norms and conventions, and moving beyond the village – political undercurrents of the historical period. Bjørn Larssen is a brilliant storyteller. His first novel is gripping, atmospheric, chilling and moving… Very highly recommended. – Chez Maximka
The setting of Iceland in the late 19th/early 20th century is absolutely beautiful. Bjørn Larssen’s descriptions of both the geographical setting and the time period are absolutely breathtaking. It created such immersiveness for this story and created a new fan of this author. – Jessica Belmont, book blogger
This book blew me away. It’s a terrific story within a story, both of wich have rich characters and are very compelling. There are characters you hate to love, and love to hate. There’s action and adventure. The twists and turns made this book one I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Bjorn Larssen because I need MORE! – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kelly (Goodreads)