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Giles Kristian
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18 Feb 2010 Raven (Book 2)

If you betray a Fellowship you are a dead man, and Ealdorman Ealdred of Wessex had betrayed us.

With revenge on their minds, Raven and the Wolfpack plough the sea road in pursuit of the traitor Ealdred. Having left the Fellowship for dead, the ealdorman has sailed in search of the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne and the promise of riches beyond his imagining. In following Ealdred, Raven and his sword-brothers find themselves in the heart of a Christian empire that would wipe their kind from the face of the earth. And danger waits round every bend of the great river up which they travel - Sigurd will fight for his life while Raven will be betrayed, imprisoned and left to rot...

A mysterious young man with no memory and a blood-tainted eye, Raven has found friendship and purpose amongst this fierce brotherhood. He has proven himself in battle and is certain now that Viking blood flows in his veins, but to survive, his cunning must now be as sharp as his blade.

This thrilling new chapter in the Raven saga confirms that, in Giles Kristian, action-packed historical fiction has a new master.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593061640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593061640
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This thrilling new chapter in the Raven saga confirms that, in Giles Kristian, action-packed historical fiction has a new master." (The Greenock Telegraph)

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The sequel to Giles Kristian's acclaimed historical debut, Raven: Blood Eye, this brutal, bloody and unputdownable novel continues the story of Raven and his Viking warrior brotherhood...

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding second 24 Feb 2010
Well, I thought the first book `Raven: Blood Eye' was an excellent debut novel and was curious as to how Kristian would surpass this feat with his second instalment. I can safely say all my expectations have been blown out of the water with this truly superb and exiting second book. This time we see Sigurd and Raven travel deep into Frankia in an attempt to recapture their longships and the holy book which took so much effort to obtain in book one!

Those of us who have bemoaned Bernard Cornwell's lengthy hiatus before releasing his highly anticipated annual novel need fear no more - Giles Kristian is here to fill the gap! Kristian writes in a way which will be very familiar to Cornwell fans and this will therefore aid the reader's transition from Cornwell to Kristian as each author releases books at different times of the year. That is not to say that Kristian has imitated Cornwell in a copycat fashion, far from it. Kristian has his own style which has been influenced but not subjugated by the historical fictional heavyweights such as Cornwell, Iggulden etc.

Kristian's `Fellowship' feels authentic and the differing human personalities on board the ships are wonderfully described. Norsemen in all their glory are portrayed not as twenty first century `new age metrosexuals' but as hard, brutal and often blood thirsty savages (compared by today's standards anyway!) This book is believable as it doesn't have that "nice factor" that other books in the genre sometimes contain, where Norsemen are portrayed as sensitive, caring, moralistic, dripping charlatans.

Kristian is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors and I hope that he maintains this excellent standard in his future work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Ages 'Booze Cruise' 27 Feb 2010
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Well a Saga holiday certainly meant something different in Norse times! Young Raven hits the waves from the get go in this second episode of the series and ticks all the Viking boxes in the process. Blood feuds, raiding, confrontation in the warrior circle, daring escapes and open battle! Nice!

Kristian this time fleshes out the crew a bit more than in the first outing and it is the warrior bands Jarl 'Sigurd' that stands out as the most graphically portrayed character, a hero you can really get behind. The author also tempers Raven himself with a bit more human fallability this time which I felt made him much more realistic and someone who I could sympathise with a lot more.

The story is fast moving, and has it's fair share of action though is by no means an epic, and can be easily digested in a couple of sittings. I did recognise one scene that had been 'borrowed' from Frans Bengtsson's 1950's classic 'The Longships', though that may in turn may have been taken from an original Viking saga, in which case fair enough.

This is excellent writing from a relatively young author that promises great things for the future and as Rob Low's 'Oathsworn' have reached the end of their saga, I still have an annual Viking adventure to look forward to!
Book me a journey chest and oar for the next voyage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker 21 Mar 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I loved the original tale by Giles so when I heard of this second outing for Sigurd, the Wolfpack and Raven I just had to commandeer a swift trip to the nearest bookshop, pillage my way through the stacks and stop for a flagon of Mead at the tills. That done, it was a swift trip on the Whale road home and with a roaring fire, a huge mug of tea and of course some biscuits to keep my strength up I knew that I had an adventure on my hands.

What Giles brings to the fore is well written and with characters that really do jump off the pages into the readers imagination and whilst his descriptive prose are a tad spartan in style, it only adds to the mystery and wonderment of the journey. A cracking tale of daring as the crew venture in the lands of the Franks to sell a manuscript at the court of Charlemagne which can only be akin to sticking your head in the dragons maw for this band of heathen worshippers.

Definitely a tale to keep the spirits of the reader up and one where you'll pray for the crews survival as things go not only pear shaped but spectacularly so. Finally add to the mix that Giles' plays for keeps and you know that you've got a tale to please even the most blood thirsty reader. I'll await the next instalment with bated breath.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE BIRD TO THE RESCUE 22 Feb 2010
This was just more then i expected,the first book Blood Eye was great and any second book has a lot to live up to and Sons of Thunder does in more ways than one.Giles has started to put meat on the bones of the character of Raven and the rest of the Wolf Pack.He shows him to be more than a good man to have in a sheild wall and that the pack are coming to respect his judgement when times are dark.The Holengary between Sigurd and Mauger who go toe to toe with no quarter given in a bloody fight to the death,had me on the edge of my seat.I was there,you could feel the pain,the sweat and in the end the exhaustion,great writing.Later in the book there is a outcome that if it happen in histoy "Fantastic" if not "Brilliant" it`s in my title of this review.More please Giles as soon as possible.
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