Blood Eye

Blood Eye

A Novel

Book - 2012 | Bantam Books mass market ed.
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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
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2012.
Edition: Bantam Books mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345535078
Branch Call Number: FIC KRISTIA
Characteristics: 429 p. : map ; 18 cm.


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Jun 07, 2019

I wasn't disappointed by this novel, but I wasn't impressed either. I was expecting a little more character development and Norse culture and a little less of the fighting and skull-bashing, to be honest, but as it stands, my first foray into Viking fiction was okay. Norse mythology is delved into, including the gods- Thor, Odin, Hela, Frigg, Loki, the Valkyrie and others, as well as Valhall (Norse heaven) and Ragnarok (end of days). There's also a helpful glossary and list of names to help you navigate all the players in this first installment of the Raven trilogy. There wasn't a whole lot of character development. Raven goes from being a peaceful blacksmith in an English coastal town to a testosterone filled, war-mongering Norseman in a matter of pages. There's lots of violence here. There's gratuitous battle scenes and descriptions of injuries down to the smells- so if that's a turn off for you, I'd steer clear. The plot consists of battle, travel, battle, conversation, battle, travel, etc. This caused me to lose interest about halfway through, and I really had to convince myself it was a good idea to push through to the end. The book is well written, but I felt it was missing something. There's still questions about Raven's past, so it's possible I'll read the next, but it won't be anytime soon.

Dec 02, 2017

Loved the series, Giles Kristians books keep getting better


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