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- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
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The Terror: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Giles Kristian brings us a (very) short story of Harald in a saga he is remembering to his mead hall companions one evening. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Uncle Barbar
I loved it! Always good to get a bit of background on your favourite characters. Loki cunning and typically Viking!Published 10 months ago by Raven Mad
This was a really, really good story.
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
Once again an excellent and fairly prolific writer of Nordic/Viking fiction. Great books you more than get your money's worth whether buying paperback or kindle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Simon Duringer
A very good yarn, not quite got that extra thing for a five star rating but, I have had more books from Mr.Kristian and thoroughly enjoyed them.Published 17 months ago by Big T
Funny violent and a little bit unexpected. classPublished 18 months ago by clive oliver joseph summers