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Part 3 of a short story series set in mythic Viking Age Finland. The midsummer is the time for midnight sun, festival fires and rituals for the future. Bright is the future for Vierra as well, as she sets off to hunt as her mothers have done before her in the same ancient tradition. But the fate of one woman can be a fickle thing. It can change as fast as the northern weath Part 3 of a short story series set in mythic Viking Age Finland. The midsummer is the time for midnight sun, festival fires and rituals for the future. Bright is the future for Vierra as well, as she sets off to hunt as her mothers have done before her in the same ancient tradition. But the fate of one woman can be a fickle thing. It can change as fast as the northern weather — or the mood of ancient spirits. We welcome you to step into the dark northern forest. A place where no plow had touched the ground this far in the wilderness. Where the tall shapes of Viking ships struck terror and awe everywhere they set their sails. This was the age of dreams and legends, of powers now long forgotten. Tales carried by whispers in the cold wind in this dark land. Vierra is a young woman among the Kainu people, a tribe of age-old traditions and ways. Hers is the grim and solitary existence of a woman cursed with greatness and destiny. Can she break her path painted in stone and find a place for herself in her tribe and in her turmoil-filled world? Or will she become 'the Fargoer?' Fargoer is a series of fantasy short stories that draws its power from the harsh yet beautiful nature and folklore of Finland. The combination of fast-paced action and wonder for the long lost worlds of yesterday borrows heavily from pulp-literature of the 1930's... with a bit of human touch and drama in the middle.


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Part 3 of a short story series set in mythic Viking Age Finland. The midsummer is the time for midnight sun, festival fires and rituals for the future. Bright is the future for Vierra as well, as she sets off to hunt as her mothers have done before her in the same ancient tradition. But the fate of one woman can be a fickle thing. It can change as fast as the northern weath Part 3 of a short story series set in mythic Viking Age Finland. The midsummer is the time for midnight sun, festival fires and rituals for the future. Bright is the future for Vierra as well, as she sets off to hunt as her mothers have done before her in the same ancient tradition. But the fate of one woman can be a fickle thing. It can change as fast as the northern weather — or the mood of ancient spirits. We welcome you to step into the dark northern forest. A place where no plow had touched the ground this far in the wilderness. Where the tall shapes of Viking ships struck terror and awe everywhere they set their sails. This was the age of dreams and legends, of powers now long forgotten. Tales carried by whispers in the cold wind in this dark land. Vierra is a young woman among the Kainu people, a tribe of age-old traditions and ways. Hers is the grim and solitary existence of a woman cursed with greatness and destiny. Can she break her path painted in stone and find a place for herself in her tribe and in her turmoil-filled world? Or will she become 'the Fargoer?' Fargoer is a series of fantasy short stories that draws its power from the harsh yet beautiful nature and folklore of Finland. The combination of fast-paced action and wonder for the long lost worlds of yesterday borrows heavily from pulp-literature of the 1930's... with a bit of human touch and drama in the middle.

29 review for Of Fire and Stone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Abbott

    The story continues to unfold... and in "Of Fire and Stone" it takes a darker turn again. If you had remembered the prophetic words spoken to the two girls back in the original story, "End of Innocence", then this might not come as a surprise. Certainly the series is not going to settle down into a happy-ever-after fairy tale. Again Petteri has blended ingredients from timeless myths and poetry together with fast-paced story-telling in order to achieve his narrative purpose. For me, this combinat The story continues to unfold... and in "Of Fire and Stone" it takes a darker turn again. If you had remembered the prophetic words spoken to the two girls back in the original story, "End of Innocence", then this might not come as a surprise. Certainly the series is not going to settle down into a happy-ever-after fairy tale. Again Petteri has blended ingredients from timeless myths and poetry together with fast-paced story-telling in order to achieve his narrative purpose. For me, this combination works extremely well. Vierra, the central character of the stories, and the Fargoer of the series title, has become a vivid and real person. The triumphs and tragedies of her experiences shape the way she approaches life, but the core of her personality remains intact - just about. To some extent "Of Fire and Stone" is a transitional story, bridging what would otherwise be a huge gulf between the end of "Autumn Flames" and the start of "The Roots of Evil". I guess you could say that even the name gives that away! It is also a little shorter than some of the others. I carried on reading "The Roots of Evil" straight after getting to the last page of this story. But it is also able to stand on its own as a pivotal event, where as so often in this series the natural and spiritual worlds overlap and mirror one another. Well worth reading, especially for those who have already read the first two episodes, and well worth five stars in my view. I read this story not as the stand-alone version but as one section of a collected edition.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.) This story is once again about Vierra. It is time for the ‘Fire fest’, and she goes into the woods alone to hunt and make a sacrifice to her gods. This story was more emotional than the previous ones, but is also quite a sad story. It’s nice that the story continues to follow Vierra, but I wish that she would have more good fortune! 6.5 out of 10.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sabine Oellig

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miika Hannila

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eli Adelholm

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily Alburns

  11. 5 out of 5

    D.E.M. Emrys

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leeland Artra

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sonette Bosch

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Luhtala

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roy Huff

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sisinins

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gamz Marr

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Biju

  23. 5 out of 5

    J.M. Northup

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sally Ember

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sahara Foley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zach Abrams

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  29. 4 out of 5

    Goguno

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