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The Terror: A Short Story by [Kristian, Giles]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OZLEOSE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good Tale.
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A good read, highly recommend, well written and the action, which is realistic, keeps ticking over.
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Loved this short story it had me transfixed from the beginning, I was there with them every step of the way·
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2014
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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.

Highly recommend

Parm
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Yet again I found myself hooked on another of Giles Kristian's viking tales. Only wish there were more of them to come. If you haven't had the chance yet I can recommend you read all about Sigurd and raven you will not be disappointed.
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I'm not normally a fan of short stories (despite the fashion for authors to write them!) but when an author of the calibre of Giles Kristian writes one I needed to give it a read.
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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It's a common thing among writers these days to produce short stories between their main works. Heck, I do it myself on occasion. I've seen readers range from loving them and lauding them to moaning about them. But the one thing they do whether you approve or not is to allow the author to explore directions that their straightforward book series does not have room for. This is particularly the case with those writers who are published through the major traditional houses, who are more limited by their contracts than the independents.

In this case, Giles has taken an opportunity that would not fit into either his Raven series or his Sigurd series, and produced a tale that takes us back to the youth of Harald, Sigurd's father. In essence, this is a prequel to the prequels. Moreover, it has a different style to the Sigurd series, in that it is more of a light-hearted adventure tale in the Raven mould than a Nordic saga in the Sigurd one. Giles continues to expand his take on the Viking world, spreading out backwards in time.

Once again, this being a prequel, it can be read independent of Giles' other books, and would make the perfect taster if you're not sure that his writing is for you.

The story revolves around a quest followed by a group of young men in the hope of winning the hand of a beautiful girl, the daughter of a Jarl. They must locate and subdue `The Terror' and steal it from its current keeper for their own Jarl. I won't tell you about The Terror itself. I'll leave that a surprise for you, but be assured, it's good. Swimming icy waters, fighting angry warriors, wrestling dangerous creatures, and of course, drinking, swearing, farting and in-fighting, Harald is determined to make a name for himself and win the girl.
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It is AD 758 and the great hall of Harald, Viking jarl, is alive with memories retold of past adventures and deeds. Harald himself takes on the role of skald, his warriors gathering around his high seat, leaning back into their cloaks, comforted by the fire, warmed by the mead, while Grimhild, Harald's beautiful wife, nurses their newest born, Sigurd. Jarl or not, Harald is a brave man because the subject of his story is another lord, none other than Grimhild's father. As she watches on, fiercely but with a spark dancing in her eye, Harald tells his tale of daring and danger to his men and their wives, inspiring the young and the untested to seek out their own glory, but never would there be such a prize again as the prize that Harald and his friends fought for all those years ago.

What follows is a thoroughly entertaining, colourful tale of a group of young Vikings competing to out do one another on a reckless, foolhardy quest. While it initially reminds us of the high spirits of youth, timeless in any age, the mood soon turns - these are Vikings, after all - and violence and gore and mayhem will have their way. But this is also a memory, the jarl's no less, retold time and time again no doubt, and so it captures and enhances every moment. The fact that the warriors of the story are naked and hairy for much of the tale does much to add to the enthusiasm of the narrator and his listeners. As for the nature of the Terror - Harald lets the tension build.

The Terror is a perfectly formed short story by one of the finest writers of historical fiction about today, Giles Kristian.
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