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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007298552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007298556
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Robert Low knows his period inside out. No modern novelist knows more about the Vikings than Robert Low. In the Oathsworn series he has created a completely convincing and utterly compelling modern Viking Saga. The history, myth and fiction are folded seamlessly together: wonderful, unbeatable stuff.’ Harry Sidebottom

‘I've read all four Oathsworn books and I loved them all - but The Prow Beast is, I think, the best of them all: poignant, muscular, magical and impossible to put down. Hell, that's enough from me - just buy a copy, read it and see for yourself.’ Angus Donald, author of Outlaw

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Robert Low has been a journalist and writer since the age of seventeen. He covered the wars in Vietnam, Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo until common sense and the concerns of his wife and daughter prevailed.

To satisfy his craving for action, having moved to an area rich in Viking tradition, he took up re-enactment, joining The Vikings. He now spends his summers fighting furiously in helmet and mail in shieldwalls all over Britain and winters training hard. He lives in Largs, Scotland.

www.robert-low.com


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Eves on 12 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Master returns,Robert Low brings his passion and love of the Norsemen to the page as we pick up the saga of Orm and the Oathsworn.When you have fame and are top of the pile there are always someone who wants to knock you of the top.There are old friends, but fewer now,but there are also old enemies looking for revenge and after the lost of the Fjord Elk and the sacking of Hestreng, they are froced to flee into the mountings and this is only the start of the Oathsworn problems.Robert Low pulls you into the time,the place and before you know it you have your sea-chest stowed and you are sat with your oarmate waiting for Orm and Finn to show the way.
It`s been a long cold winter,but in a cosy chair,with a great book,a glass of the "water of life" and adventures with old friends what more could one need,if Finn would indulge me one more time and let me quote Red Njal old granny"you can have to much of a good thing".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 11 Mar. 2010
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Well as Robert Low is always keen to remind us, 'the Gods promised the Oathsworn all the riches and fame in the world, but never said they would enjoy it!'

This the fourth in the Oathsworn series finds our band of warrior brothers back at home sitting on their horde of silver and busy whelping new Viking pups. You just know there is a 'however' though, and there is, a big one!

Their blood frenzied antics come back to haunt them from their last adventure in the shape of a boat load of beserkers led by a revenge crazed jarl, into this broth stir some Norse 'king making' politics and ambition, a promised self-sacrifice to Odin, and a journey up the Oder river in full spate to retrieve a young foster son entrusted to Orm.

It's action packed, brutal, grim, tragic, funny, moving and above all else incredibly entertaining stuff.

What sets Low apart from the other great writers of historical fiction is his ability to make the charactors so individual and real rather than lumbering plot vehicles. For me only GRR Martin and Abercrombie are in the same league in this respect. That and the fact you just do not know what the heck is going to happen next. Low has no qualms about killing his characters off, so you read his books with a genuine fear, no, a knowledge, that some of the people at the start of the journey will not be there at the end, no matter how fond you are of them.

For other dedicated Oathsworn fans reading, you will be glad to hear Crowbones makes a welcome return to proceedings, and this book does not close the book on a possible 5th Oathsworn story as I feared it might, knowing the author has switched his attentions to the 'Wallace/ Robert the Bruce' story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. MCTEAGUE on 16 April 2010
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Having bought the 1st in the series on a whim I have been impressed by the realism and obvious historical accuracy of the era in which the Oathsworn series is set. You can almost imagine you were reading a blow-by-blow account of real people. I would imagine that translations so they can be published for the Scandanavian reader would result in enthusiastic reviews from the countries in which the Oathsworn is set.

Adventure, realism, imagination all set in a historical context and building up the readers relationship with the crew (many of whom die heroic or mundane deaths along the way)so that you come to care.

Bring on No. 5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Michael Simpson on 13 April 2010
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Having read the previous books in the series this book didn't lack in
excitement,detail a great adventure.
I am looking forward to reading more books from Robert low
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik N. Stewart on 28 April 2010
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Prow Beast turned out to be another exciting chapter in the travels and travails of the Oathsworn. Robert Low continues to show that he can come up with original stories and character development that keeps his plots and characters from becoming cookie cutter templates for this type of literature. All in all an excellent read!
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Robert Low's series of "Oathsworn" books have captivated me this last month, The Whale Road [book 1] was excellent...but then the books just got better and better. The Prow Beast was nothing short of sensational and I was [to use that overused phrase] "Unable to put it down'". I would compare these books as good or better than Cornwall / Iggulden at their best. Our band of Oathsworn viking warriors [or whats left of them] on a relentless chase from the baltic through Poland to among other things rescue the son of another Viking Jarl who has honoured the Oathsworn Jarl, Orm Bear Slayer with naming him foster father, who then promptly lost him to kidnap during a raid on them by another hoard.
All of these books thunder along with a pace that leaves you exhausted at times, the atmosphere the author creates, is totally believable and you feel you're suffering the horrendous hardships along with the Oathsworn and mourn with them the loss of friends to sickness or battle.You also find yourself laughing aloud as these books are not without their share of mostly dark humour.
These books really are a must for anyone who wants top notch historical fiction [which has more than a foot in fact].
I unreservedly recommend these fabulous books. I also take my hat off to Mr Low for creating such fine works, he is a credit to the genre. Shame the series has finished, yes it could have been drawn out for "just another book", but the author ended it well and I eagerly await what he will present before us next time....for I am Oathsworn to buy it!
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