Eaters of the Dead

Eaters of the Dead

The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, Relating His Experiences With the Northmen in A.D. 922

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"In the year A.D. 922, a refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Bagdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors on their journey to the barbaric North. He is appalled by Viking customs -- the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But only in the depths of the Northland does he learn the horrifying truth: He has been enlisted to combat a terror that comes under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh...."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009.
ISBN: 9780345354617
Call Number: CRICHTON
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 19 cm
Subjects: Ibn Faḍlān, Aḥmad, active 922 -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Historical fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Vikings -- Fiction.
Northmen -- Fiction.
Middle Ages -- Fiction.
Epic poetry, English (Old) -- Adaptations.
Beowulf -- Adaptations.
Alternative Title: 13th warrior.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

János_SPPL Mar 08, 2018

Don't let the footnotes fool you! Crichton's fictional novel takes a real historical person, an Arab emissary who traveled to Russia in 921 CE, and makes him a character in a retelling of Beowulf. It makes for a fast-paced adventure with interesting historical details and intercultural contacts as an urbane Muslim joins forces with a band of Vikings to ward of a barbarous invasion. Crichton said he wrote the book to disprove a friend's claim that there was no way to make the story of "Beowulf" interesting.

Apr 01, 2015

The beginning of this book was pretty slow but it did get better after the first couple chapters.

Can't say as I thought it wonderful. I didn't like the pseudo non-fiction style of the story, it kept making me think it was real and I had to remind myself that it was pure fiction.

I did like the Norsemen, despite the lack of development to these characters, they still managed to have personality. More as a group than as individuals but the essence of their personalities was very clear. And I like Ibn Fadlan's foreignness compared to the rest of the cast, it made the story for me.

Aug 07, 2013

While ianwallace is basically correct, this is from the recorded journal of the erudite Arab traveller and courtier, Ibn Fadlen, this was not only recorded history as we know it, but the only first-hand personal observation of the Vikings at that time! Crichton does a good job, but the original author, of course, is the amateur historian, Ibn Fadlen.

Jul 05, 2011

I didn't realize this before reading the novel, but it is basically Michael Crichton retelling Beowulf with a more realistic leaning.

Feb 18, 2011

Eaters of the Dead ---- by Michael Crichton c - 1999 ---- Written from a translated Manuscript A.D. 922 ---- Very gripping and still taxing to read. ---- Not for children! ---- Good work by Mr. Crichton. ---- RichardPaul

Sep 26, 2009

My favorite novel by Crichton. Better than Jurassic Park, Sphere, Timeline, etc. I hated that they changed the name when the movie came out. This book is fantastic.


Add Age Suitability

Mar 18, 2011

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at GCPL

To Top