The Year of the Warrior

Cover art by Gary Ruddell


This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN: 0-671-57861-8

Erling's Word copyright (c) 1997; The Year of the Warrior copyright (c) 2000, by Lars Walker.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

A Baen Books Original
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First printing, March 2000

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Typeset by Windhaven Press
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Electronic version by Baen Books


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A Note on Pronounciation

"Erling Skjalgsson" is pronounced "AIR-ling SHAHLG-son." "Ailil" is pronounced "Ay-LEEL" (thanks to William Letmon for helping me out on that one). When pronouncing Norse names, remember that "j" is always pronounced as a "y." The double "a," as in "Haakon," rhymes with "go." For the rest, normal English pronounciation will be wrong, but not badly wrong.