- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (24 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593066189
- ISBN-13: 978-0593066188
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
God of Vengeance Hardcover – 24 Apr 2014
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"Action-packed storytelling which stirs the blood and thrills the soul" (WILBUR SMITH)
"What elevates Kristian above the many pretenders to Cornwell's crown is the style and swagger of the prose. He is a modern skald, borrowing the old rhythms to create a brutal, absorbing tale" (Antonia Senior THE TIMES 'Books of the Year')
"Unrelenting pace, brilliant action and characters. A masterwork." (CONN IGGULDEN)
"A glorious, bloody, perfect Viking saga, rich with the poetry of the skald, ripe with blood and glory, vengeance and heartbreak. The characters stride from the page, alive, hungry, real . . . this is Viking writing at its very best" (MANDA SCOTT)
"This is the best kind of storytelling – a saga full of blood and thunder that grabs you and doesn’t let go until long after the final page is turned" (STEVEN PRESSFIELD)
The author of the bestselling Raven saga returns to the world of the Vikings with this stirring story of Sigurd and his Fellowship - a thunderous tale of honour, courage, bloodfeud and revenge!See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Then Giles stopped (or more accurately paused) the Viking writing to delve into the world of the English Civil War with The Bleeding Land, which was one of the deepest, most harrowing pieces of historical fiction I ever read. A sequel spawned to that, and here was I awaiting the third of those novels. But no. Giles is of Norwegian descent and clearly he was, to quote a famous scene, pining for the fjords. As a surprise, instead of a third civil war novel, or even a fourth Raven one, we are given… (insert drumroll here) A PREQUEL!
Enter God of Vengeance. For those of you who haven’t read the Raven books, you’re in luck. This could be read without any prior knowledge. In fact perhaps it would even be better. For those who have, this novel tells the tale of our Raven fave Sigurd as a young man and treats us to his introduction to several of the solid characters who will make up his crew in Raven (including the excellent Black Floki.)
Sigurd is too young to accompany his father to war as part of King Gorm’s war on the rebel Jarl Randver. Instead he travels to a clifftop with family and friends to watch the sea battle unfold. To his horror, instead of seeing his father win easy glory, he watches as King Gorm betrays his father and the three ships are overwhelmed.Read more ›
Fortunately, there is also quite a bit more to this book, at least for those that also like a few other things in addition to hard fights, blood and gore. First of all, and although it is a prequel to Giles Kristian’s “Raven” trilogy, it can easily be read on its own. Second, it depicts a rather grim, hard, cruel “Norse way” of life, with settlements of farmer/warriors constantly preying on and raiding each other. Although presented as the way to earn fame and reputation, it was also, and perhaps foremost, a ruthless competition for rare resources in a rather hostile environment.
The third, and perhaps the most important part, because it is the dominant theme of the whole book and is illustrated by its title, is the concept of the blood feud, and the attachment and bonds to family, clan and followers. The whole book is about Sigurd’s drive and relentless vengeance against those who have traitorously vanquished and slaughtered his father and mother, his brothers, and their followers, partly because they coveted their lands and partly because they may have become a bit too powerful for their own neighbours’ safety.Read more ›
Sigurd must prove himself, as a wearer of rings let alone a giver of them. He must find his small band a ship worthy of their quest. He must prove godly favour through ritual and magic and he must win new followers to join his men.
So begins a quest that will hold the reader spellbound. Over land and sea, Sigurd sets his course of vengeance to jarldom, conquering the obstacles placed in his path by gods and men, overcoming the challenges, by axe or guile, in a series of adventures, most of which end with blood shed but each a vital step on Sigurd's journey. Sigurd, though, is a hero we've met before and how good it is to sail with him again.
Three years ago I devoured in one weekend, back to back, Giles Kristians' Viking trilogy, Raven. Sigurd the Lucky is a fearsome jarl, ferocious and brave, honoured by his men, favoured by Odin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gripping read and worthy of the time needed to read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and something different to read.Published 8 days ago by Mrs Fiona miller
Great read. Highly reccommended to fans of Raven series and Last Kingdom series. When you start you cant stop readingPublished 10 days ago by Barbara
A cracking 1st book in the Rise of Sigud series. This is not for the squeamish with plenty of action, vivid descriptions of action with swords, axes and knives destroying bodies. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Colin
Really good story, did not think reading about Sigurd could get any better but it has. Very exciting stuff loved it.Published 23 days ago by Mrs. Christine Jaques
Good read well written nice pace. No unbelievable plot linesor twists and lots of blood and gore. Looking forward to the next onePublished 1 month ago by G. Smith
Enjoyed this book and look foreword to other publications from this authorPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer