- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1056 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OZLEOSE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Terror: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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The Terror is a short story set in Giles Kristians fantastic retelling of 8th Century Norway, following the early exploits of our later (in the series) hero Sigurds, father Harald. A retelling of a tale from his youth, the rush or youthful desire and exuberance to win the ultimate prize, the woman he loves.
Giles is a master storyteller, in my other reivews, EG: God of Vengeance i have waxed lyrical about his skill with words and his deep knowledge and love of history. He is at heart a viking, longing to pull at the oars and stand in the shield wall, but more than that, i feel he would always have been a skáld.
The Terror while slotting nicely into the world of Sigurd and his farther, is a lot lighter than other work by Giles Kristian, and it should be, its a small book, a short story. In that story you need pack in a complete tale, start, middle and end and from what i have seen with short stories this is often harder to achieve than writing a full novel, brevity is also a skill. The beauty of this book is in how its just an everyday tale of young men doing daft things, but in the harsh world of the Norse 8th century, that can lead to deaths and injuries, also there is a real light hearted fun element to the story, bare arsed naked swimming, bits dangling in the chill laden breeze. Giles has fun with this story and yet delivers some more background to his Viking defining series.
I cannot in comparison give this 5 stars, because id be comparing it to GOD of Vengeance which deserves 10 / 5 its that good. but i can give it a good 4/5 and say go buy it. if you’re a fan then enjoy the return to the Norse saga, if you’re new, well use this to dip your toe, and then dive into the series.
Set in a time before "God of Vengeance" and starring Sigurd's father, Harald it tells the story of the quest Harald and his friends are set to win the hand of the beautiful Grimhild.
I have to admit to being a huge Giles Kristian fan and as usual he doesn't disappoint. Despite being too short this is a great story from, in my opinion the best Historical fiction writer working today.
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I've not read any of the books in the series this short story is related to, so I have nothing to compare it to in that respect.Read more