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on 24 February 2010
Well, I thought the first book `Raven: Blood Eye' was an excellent debut novel and was curious as to how Kristian would surpass this feat with his second instalment. I can safely say all my expectations have been blown out of the water with this truly superb and exiting second book. This time we see Sigurd and Raven travel deep into Frankia in an attempt to recapture their longships and the holy book which took so much effort to obtain in book one!
Those of us who have bemoaned Bernard Cornwell's lengthy hiatus before releasing his highly anticipated annual novel need fear no more - Giles Kristian is here to fill the gap! Kristian writes in a way which will be very familiar to Cornwell fans and this will therefore aid the reader's transition from Cornwell to Kristian as each author releases books at different times of the year. That is not to say that Kristian has imitated Cornwell in a copycat fashion, far from it. Kristian has his own style which has been influenced but not subjugated by the historical fictional heavyweights such as Cornwell, Iggulden etc.
Kristian's `Fellowship' feels authentic and the differing human personalities on board the ships are wonderfully described. Norsemen in all their glory are portrayed not as twenty first century `new age metrosexuals' but as hard, brutal and often blood thirsty savages (compared by today's standards anyway!) This book is believable as it doesn't have that "nice factor" that other books in the genre sometimes contain, where Norsemen are portrayed as sensitive, caring, moralistic, dripping charlatans.
Kristian is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors and I hope that he maintains this excellent standard in his future work. I would recommend Kristian to anyone who is interested in the adventures of Norsemen particularly when Norse religion comes into conflict with followers of the `White Christ'. Be prepared for a gory, often brutal journey as the author certainly doesn't spare the blood and guts!
Keep up the excellent work Mr Kristian!