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"In Odin's Name", This is not a bad Book!
on 30 June 2010
Hooray, at last we have an author who can give the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Tim Severin a run for their money. I recently read Paul Watkins Viking adventure "Thunder God" where belief was well and truly suspended to Mount Everest heights, and was not overly impressed. Well now, Low does suspend belief a bit on occasions in his dark tale, but on the whole I love his mix of gritty action based on solid historical facts. It is clear that Low has a good deep knowledge of the Vikings about whom writes so vividly. He seems to have taken a leaf out of Simon Scarrow's books by having our heroes use the colourful universal language of soldiers from time immemorial. "By Odins hairy a**" is one popular expletive that the Oathsworn like to use. But most importantly of all, Low does what a good author should do and keeps you turning the next page over.
The story follows up from "The Whale Road", so should not be read before that book. The remnants of the Oathsworn, a disparate band of treasure seeking Vikings, are stranded in the great city of Miklagard/Constantinople. They commence an epic quest across the ocean to the middle East to recover a mythical sword stolen from Orm their deep thinking leader. It is a story worthy of the greatest sagas. On the journey to strange lands they cross many enemies both old and new. The Oathsworn are forced once more into the way of the sword, which is of course the thing they do best.
Low's first book "The Whale Road" was an excellent tale to begin his Oathsworn series. It was a highly entertaining page turner. But in this book he goes one better and raises the bar even higher. Okay, perhaps towards the end things get a little bit silly but that is a minor criticism. The exotic locations where incidentally the Vikings did journey to, give this book that little extra spice. The body count as always keeps rising. It is no surprise that the Oathsworn always need new recruits, and by the end of this story they will need a few more to swell their ranks for the next book. I look forward to having more adventures with the Oathsworn in what promises to be an exciting and highly entertaining series. Keep it up Mr Low!