Raven: Blood Eye
In a thrilling adventure of brotherhood, warfare, and treachery, Giles Kristian takes us into ninth-century England, a world of darkness, epic conflict, and an unforgiving God served by powerful priests. On ships shaped like dragons, bristling with oars and armor, Jarl Sigurd and his fierce... show more
In a thrilling adventure of brotherhood, warfare, and treachery, Giles Kristian takes us into ninth-century England, a world of darkness, epic conflict, and an unforgiving God served by powerful priests. On ships shaped like dragons, bristling with oars and armor, Jarl Sigurd and his fierce Norsemen have come in search of riches. And riches they are promised, by an English ruler who sends Sigurd and his wolves to steal a holy manuscript from another kingdom. Osric, an orphan boy, sees beyond the terror of these warriors, and somehow knows the heathens’ tongue. Renamed Raven, rechristened in blood, he will join them. They are his people. And they will be his fate. “Astonishing and riveting, a powerful, lightning-paced tale.”—New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell “A gripping tale that splendidly conjures up the sounds, sights and smells of Dark Age Britain.”—Harry Sidebottom, author of the Warriors of Rome series “[Kristian] compares favorably with writers like Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.”—Historical Novels Review “A rip-roaring Viking saga . . . fine, powerful, thrilling stuff.”—Manda Scott, author of The Crystal Skull
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Bantam (imprint of Random House)
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Raven (#1)
Really enjoyed this. If I had more time I'd have finished this much sooner. Just a solid, solid book. Great Norse Saga and I can wait to read the next ones, and the prequel!
Review to come... but may not happened until after I read #2. :-)
I will admit upfront that books with a heavy bent toward violence, war, and brotherhood of men aren't really my thing. But now and then, I get a hankering for some 'guy' fiction -- like Clive Cussler or Mickey Spillane -- because I want an action movie type of read, and in this case, Blood Eye was ...
Dedication: Raven is for Sally, with whom I have crossed oceansOpening: The hearth is spewing more smoke than flame, seething angrily and causing some of the men to cough as they hunker down amongst the reindeer furs.Raven: Blood EyeFirst in a series and it will be my last; it was with great relief ...
A well written epic story with just the right amount of history and some nice unexpected turns. The only complain I have is that there's no real plot other than the main characters fighting everyone they cross paths with. There's nothing wrong with bloody encounters but by the sixth battle in a row ...