Raven 3: Odin's Wolves Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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"Kristian can really write...his battle scenes are bone crunchingly good, his descriptions of the Viking world bright and evocative...a great storyteller." (BEN KANE, author of The Forgotten Legion)
"If this is the last we see of Raven Bloodeye - and I really hope it's not - this is a storming, magnificent end to what has been one of the best Viking series of all time. Authentic, bloody, visceral action, a beautiful, lyric prose that sweeps off the tongue like the old norse sagas, this is tale-telling at its rip-roaring best." (M. C. SCOTT)
"Giles Kristian captures the lyrical cadences of Anglo-Saxon verse in his poetic narrative. It's a masterly achievement, full of blood-drenched battle scenes, yet with tender moments too. The young narrator Raven earns his spurs among grizzled older Vikings as they maraud Mediterranean shores. Kristian evokes the warriors' stubborn camaraderie and their own strange code." (DAILY EXPRESS)
The thrilling, blood-stirring, blood-soaked new chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors.See all Product Description
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In my opinion, a good Viking novel should be exciting, low down and dirty, and full of blood and guts. All of Kristian's books definitely meet those criteria. Yet they do far more than that. These are no hack and slash novels. Kristian can really write. His words have a lyrical quality, and simply flow across the pages. These are thrilling stories filled with realistic, gutsy characters whom the reader comes to care about greatly. Kristian weaves in rich historical detail with a light touch, which is not easy to do. His battle scenes are bone crunchingly good, his descriptions of the Viking world bright and evocative. In my mind, this makes Giles Kristian a great storyteller. I look forward to reading his books for many years to come.
Ben Kane, author of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome.
In Raven: Odin's Wolves, Sigurd and his men (now not just Norsemen, but including Danes, Wessex men and Moors), continue their journey around the edges of the world to Rome and Miklagard (Constantinople). They have it in their power to place an emperor back on his throne while winning untold riches and stories that will be sung around halls for generations. But silver and gold aren't everything. The pull of mead and wine (as they grow accustomed to it), women, and glory in combat lead the men to stay in Rome, amongst the remnants and ruins of a city of giants. As the Norsemen learn the stories of the past might of Rome from Egfrith they seek to win their own glory in the arena of the Colosseum. But finally they must make their way further east to even more elaborate walls and palaces - and even more deviant foes. But the price is very high indeed.
The descriptions of Rome and Constantinople in Odin's Wolves are superb. Every bit as compelling as the battles are the scenes in which Christians, Muslims and Norse circle one another, with their different languages, beliefs, gods and values.Read more ›
My exposure to Viking historical fiction has been limited so far, but I'm trying to catch up, I thought Robert Low had managed to reach the pinnacle of the sub genre with the oathsworn, and then out comes the raven series to take it one step further.
The writing has true power and pace, but what also come over is a true love of the subject and the characters that the author is writing. With this series i did something i have never done before i waited until all 3 books were out before starting them and read them back to back, so by the end of book three i felt part Viking, I felt exhausted, and i had felt the kindred spirit of the crew, the losses, the pain and the loves, such is the power of Giles Kristians writing.
as debut series go this is up there as one of the better i have read, and i will be looking out eagerly for what comes next.
Very highly recommended. (Parm)
Finally add to this a great conclusion and some long deserved justice that the reader has been crying out for and you know that Giles' latest title is his best to date. Whilst this will be his latest in his Raven series, at the end Giles has hinted at allowing his crew of marauders the chance to rest up and get their breath back as he'll take us to the time of musket balls and woods, so whether it's the American Civil War or their fight for independence we'll have to wait to find out.
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Excellent story to bring Ravens saga to a close (hopefully for the moment)
Would love to see the next instalment of this if it happens. Read more