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The White Raven (The Oathsworn Series, Book 3) [Hardcover]

Robert Low
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5 Mar 2009 Oathsworn (Book 3)

The epic and action packed sequel to The Wolf Sea, charting the adventures of Orm and his band of Viking brothers, The Oathsworn

The Oathsworn have itchy feet. Battle-hungry and tired of keeping the homestead fires burning, they are restless for action. And, being the Oathsworn, action is what they get.

When their homestead is attacked by Klerkon and his men, the Oathsworn promise bloody revenge. But they didn’t count on having to undertake the most dangeous journey of their lives in order to save two of their number.

Packed with epic adventure and bloody action, The White Raven is Robert Low at his very best.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007262566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007262564
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The White Raven:

‘Robert Low’s Oathsworn trilogy is historical writing at its best and most full-blooded, with its tremendous pacing, black comedy, a wonderfully vivid and rough-hewn prose style like runes hacked into granite, and most appealingly of all, its doomy, pagan sense of comradeship-unto-death between Orm Rurikson and his band of Viking brothers’
WILLIAM NAPIER

Praise for ‘The Whale Road’

'A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read' BERNARD CORNWELL

'A fantastic book, one of the best I have read for years. There's a wonderful earthiness to proceedings and he creates a tangible sense of being there. There's a sturdy, lyrical and epic quality about the writing which makes it feel like the kind of saga a Viking would recount in his old age.'
SIMON SCARROW

‘A stirring Viking series of blockbuster battles and religious intrigue.’
Publishing News

‘All the right ingredients are firmly in place…above all there is the storyline itself; told in an earthy, rough-and-ready stylewhich perfectly compliments this saga for the 21st Century.’
Yorkshire Evening Post

‘A fascinating read’ The Glasgow Herald

‘The Hangman humour of the band of sworn brothers gives Low’s epic but brutal tale real humanity and the detail of 10th century life is wonderfully vivd. The action is fast and furious…shockingly believably so. Low’s debut novel hits the mark with maximum impact.’
Bridlington Today

About the Author

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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Conclusion 31 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book concludes the 'Attil's Howe' trilogy but perhaps not the Oathsworn story. This episode finds Orm, now in his twenties sitting uncomfortably with his increased 'Jarl' status and surrounded by companions eager to be off a 'Viking'. The call of the sea and lure of the horde of silver they discovered in the 'Whaleroad' takes them off on the seas again but others too have their eyes on the silver!

I will say no more about the plot for spoiling reasons but safe to say those who liked the first two books will find much to enjoy here. My only negative point is the story loses a bit of momentum in the middle section. So Robert if your reading... the influence of the Danes on the formation of modern Russia is very interesting and I sense where the further story of the Oathsworn lies but please no more trekking accross the steppes.

But this is a great trilogy! No one else can do the fireside camaraderie of the warrior band like Low. He draws you into the group and makes you one of them, though he makes no bones or apologies for the Viking lifestyle. I also love the constantly self doubting hero Orm, a refreshing change from some of the indestructable all perfect central charactors in other histroical fiction.

Great stuff a trilogy for all lovers of historical fiction and especially Vikings.

Since I have written this the author has corrected me via the comment box and I should therefore point out it is not a trilogy but a series and a fourth Oathsworn book will follow! Glad to clear this up not only to be factual but because he is into Viking re-enactment and I live close to the sea!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Wolf Sea , but close. 20 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
White Raven is the third book in the Oathsworn series. Low ha created a wonderful and vivid world filled with the action and adventure of the whale road. As with the previous two novels Low's character or well written and the backdrops all well realised. There are plenty of new characters to get our teeth sunk into, my personal favourites were Crowbone and the Amazon warriors. Personally I prefer the second novels to both this one and the first, but for any fan of Vikings or Historical fiction in general, this is a gem of a series well worth reading.

Ormm wants to settle down on his homestead and raise his horses, but the oathsworn are getting itchy feet, they can hear the call of the whale road and the adventures and wealth it promises. Also still in the back of their mind is the huge sums of silver left in Attila's tomb, it isn't until their homestead is attacked is Orm forced to take steps to leave his home. From when they leave, the oathsworn will face battles on land and sea and a race to the tomb of Attila.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell with snot! 14 Aug 2011
By Luke B
Format:Hardcover
Overall, I've found the three books of the trilogy entertaining reading. Low does create an interesting, if somewhat depressing, picture of the life of the Viking. Seems to have been be a fair bit of snot about; someone or other is always blowing snot out of their nose! I thank the gods for Kleenex today! Interesting how he manages to make you feel some degree of empathy for an essentially pretty unlikeable bunch of characters, whose lives centre on drinking, fighting and rape. No books or tv in those times, see? You can imagine why the Vikings were feared and loathed so much, reading these books. But they have held my interest sufficiently to want to read them all. Quite a flavour of Bernard Cornwell, with more snot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking fun! 11 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you like historical fiction related to this era try Robert Low. As well as being a good writer he is a member of the modern day Vikings and as such has personal knowledge of fighting styles and other facets of their lives as well as his researches. Well worth a read and great value
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, i am thinking. 24 Oct 2009
By Jamie.W
Format:Paperback
At last! Finaly an adventure for the Oathsworn which involves the snowy landscape of the North. This book, for me, has the best storyline and is generaly the most well written. you dont loose track of who's who and you dont find yourself realising that you have no idea what's going on.
If you have read the others then you are sure to love this. If you havent, why not?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oathsworn ride again 12 April 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you've followed the previous exploits of the Oathsworn by Rob Low then you know that this is going to be a crucial tale as we return to the Sea of Grass and the burial mound of the ancient warrior. Forced by circumstances beyond their control it seems the Norns weave the fates of this band of warriors to be haunted by their exploits. What makes this a series worth the reading however is the practical archaeology that appears within the books garnered from long nights of experience by the author (who if you haven't seen the article yet has written a piece on why he likes to be a Viking in this very issue.) Its engaging, its addictive and above all you really want a conclusion for this band of warriors worthy of the runes. All this and more appear within the hallowed pages and its with great sadness that this portion of the life of Orm Bearslayer and his crew passes into the pages of history. I'll look forward to seeing what Rob returns with for his next series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The White Raven 6 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
The third book of Robert Low's exhilarating Oathsworn series continues the story of Orm and his crew five years after the events of "The Wolf Sea", as they venture back out onto the steppe in search of Atil's howe and the legendary treasure hoard once again.

Like its predecessors, "The White Raven" is fast-paced, gritty and utterly enthralling. Low certainly doesn't shy away from graphic descriptions of medieval atrocities, or from crude humour; but both of these elements simply add to the wonderful sense of realism which pervades the book and makes it such an engaging read.

The crew of the original Oathsworn has dwindled significantly by this point in the series, which has allowed Low to introduce a large number of other characters to the tale. Some have been met before - Brondolf Lambisson, Jon Asanes (Goat Boy) - and others, such as little Prince Olaf Crowbone, are completely new to the Oathsworn. As ever, Low's wonderful gift for bringing his characters to life is a key to the story, with Crowbone, Red Njal, Sigurd and Thorgunna only a handful of examples in the book.

While Low's decision to place the action in mid-winter lets him avoid repetition of the crew's journey across the steppe - and demonstrate more of his incredible knowledge of the Viking world - "The White Raven" will not disappoint fans of the previous Oathsworn books, or indeed anyone who appreciates a good saga tale.
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Published 25 days ago by William Goldie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series of
on time, as described, brilliant series of books
Published 29 days ago by Rolf Trendell
4.0 out of 5 stars three down & two to go
Once more a book has managed to captivate a dyslexic none reader, part three of Orm the white bear slayers continuing saga is moving enough to bring a tear & make the hair stand... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Haines
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing
After reading this book I have lost my good opinion about R. Low's talent as a writer. I hate books filled with empty words written for the sole purpose of selling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHITE RAVEN
Same as the Prow Beast not read it yet but it should be a good book to read, I like this kind of book
Published 3 months ago by freckle face
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
Part of a series of five stories about the Vikings in C10th. A great mix of fact and fiction with believable characters and situations. Compulsive reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Gwen Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read....
Once again Robert Low delivers the goods in his latest Oathsworn book -very believable, brutal and grim throughout -his vivid descriptions of a band of Norse Warriors battling... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cass Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I really enjoyed the previous novels in this series and this is no exception, great story and characters another winner. Read more
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