Angels Whiskey eHe does God of Vengeance is a great find and it rates highly on cool factor I went ahead and bought the next few books in the series and amxcited to read them I m going to ignore my Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities early hiccup with the book and give it 5 stars out of 5 3 chapters in and I have hadnough so badly writtenTrying to find a new series since finishing the Saxon Saga by Cornwell and ven when that series was at its worst it was significantly better then thisBadly written characters horrendous dialogue and a writing style that is way to plain and boring for this genreDropped this as it was just awful to me How glad was I to hear that Giles Kristian was to return to the Vikings God of Vengeance a preuel to his fabulous Raven trilogy is utterly immersive Everything about it its rich language stunning landscapes its mythology as well as its men and women warriors mothers priests and kings oozes Viking Sigurd s uest for vengeance is so xciting brutal bloody and driven Without doubt this is the historical novel to beat this year The whole thing is such a brilliant read While this book is not xactly up to Bernard Cornwell s standard of writing historical fiction or shield wall drama this first installment of Bernard Cornwell s standard of writing historical fiction or shield wall drama this first installment of viking saga of Sigurd has all the necessary ingredients for a great story A great tale and a good build up to book 2 and 3 as Sigurd is only into his first beard and there is plenty to come 45 starsThis was the sort of Viking tale that a lot of people will find very readable It does have what I would describe as a very familiar beginning You will have seen this sort of thing in TV dramatizations where a young boygirl are shown learning various skills in the opening scenes with their peers around them Then soon after they are seen as young adults with the potential to become something great If it hasn t already then I could asily see this becoming a TV seriesThis tale is about Sigurd a young Viking whose life is about to take a dramatic change of course I won t say too much as I think people will want to find out for themselvesThere is a lot of violence and strong language in this book and a great deal of flatulence related curses too lol There are also one or two animal sacrifices so those of a genteel nature might flatulence related curses too lol There are also one or two animal sacrifices so those of a genteel nature might to skim those parts This was a really good story and I look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy when I can get hold of themThanks for reading A decent story of revenge if a bit slow and lacking in The Day Christ Was Born emotional depthThis is a preuel to the Raven series I didn tven remember owning book one and passing it on to my father which should tell you how I felt about that one Secondly I wouldn t listen to author comparisons because you may be disappointed If you go into this book 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set expecting a uniue style of writing you willnjoy it much I ll be reading the seuel since I do like the time period and there are a few characters I hope to get to know better My rating 47The book God of Vengeance The Rise of Sigurd 1 by Giles Kristian is a great novel about Vikings in which we follow the story of Sigurd and his struggle against a superior The Seventh Witch enemy The plot of the book takes place in Norway in the year 785 At that time life was worth less than a speck of dust death lurked atvery turn like a thief Cruel nature also gave birth to uncompromising Viking warriors It is wiser to stand in front of the bear than to turn his back to him After reading Giles Kristian s Raven trilogy and then Lancelot and Camelot I was certain that this would be a 5 star read I was not disappointedGod of Vengeance is book one of The Rise of Sigurd Giles Kristian s preuel trilogy to Raven This is the beginning of an pic Viking saga tale about sigurd who begins as a young man a who begins as a young man A story that was great to listen to on Audiobook narrated by t Check out my review for Go. E BETRAYAL OF A LORD BY A KINGNorway 785 AD When King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword he makes one fatal mistake he fails to kill Harald's youngest son SigurdHis kin slain his village seized his taken as slaves Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him Hunted by powerful men he is unsure who to trust and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side With them and with the help of the All Father Odin he determines to make. .
I could have sworn after I began this book that I wasn t going to like it It was written very well which is what I always xpect from this author as he has only gotten better and better with Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America each book he releases The scene setting wasxcellent also what I The Pocket Wife expect from this author as this Scandinavian culture is close to his heart being directly descended from it However for some reason I could not connect with what was going on For than 100 pages I was bored and often tempted to skip pages I simply could not connect or feign interest in what was going on despite its rich action seuences Boring is an odd thing to say seeing as the beginning of this book finds you knees deep in a long andlaborate of this book finds you knees deep in a long and The Color of Our Sky elaborate scene that must havexhausted the author to ven write it Such was the indepth and intelligent way it was woven So much going on in a vast master plan I was just starting to think that it was purely a matter of compatibility which was the case with a series the author once did that was set during the English Civil War when yes it sneaked up on me Crept up on me from behind it did Without any real up change in pace or abrupt turn about face When I thought about it at the time trying to work out why I was suddenly feeling so differently about the book I actually worked out what my issue had been The story had developed too uickly too soon for me in those arly stages Many people won t have this same problem because that is how it goes We all read differently Different brains Different visualisation Different approaches to fantasy same problem because that is how it goes We all read differently Different brains Different visualisation Different approaches to fantasy Obsession early reading of the book had me involved instablished relationships and a highly complicated battle scene before I d Cabaret: A Roman Riddle even learned who the characters were under the surface or had any investment in their lives whatsoever That s all it was in thend I did not care who lived or died in the first 150 pages or so Had no interest as I had not really been introduced to them I had been thrown into their shieldwall before we d ven xchanged pleasantries I felt no comradeship and no loyalty to ither side Character relationships while dealt with a little in the opening pages were actually shaped post battle not pre I was ice cold about what was going on This was too poignant a battle to be caught napping It was absolutely critical to the plot of the ntire book Of the whole series So if you find yourself in the same predicament keep on You need to And now my attitude changes towards the thing I kept on Knew I needed to Then to my great relief when I did know themI was in love With the story the characters Truly What a book I could hardly believe I d gone from ice cold to utter infatuation It has been a while since a group of characters has gotten under my skin this much but it was bound to happen Vikings combined with journey adventure Two of my loves As long as Giles Kristian wrote well and captured the road trip vibe that I like then I was bound to be on board The characters thankfully All Roads Lead Home ended up being rich and colourful Their story involving and fascinating Their Saga became all I cared about until the very last page Sigurd turned out to be uite the charismatic chap I am a huge fan A man who can lead others into war no doubt The female character was perfect Not helpless andmotional Gack thank goodness for that A great Shieldmaiden she was Thank you Giles Kristian for the girl power Really very character was very well drawn but my favourite character would have to be Black Flokiof course I think this might be a common xperience for readers as I see that the author might be working on a graphic novel about Black Floki with the arly illustrations by his accomplice looking very promising I don t imagine Giles would go to such lengths unless he was getting feedback that his readers were feeling the same way about Black Floki as. A glorious bloody perfect Viking saga of honour courage blood feud and revenge from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lancelot Giles Kristian Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Games of ThronesUnrelenting pace brilliant action and characters A masterwork Conn IgguldenAction packed storytelling which stirs the blood and thrills the soul Wilbur SmithEasily one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read Reader reviewIT BEGAN WITH TH. .
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D of Vengeance by Giles Kristian on Grimdark Magazine here Grimdark MagazineMy 30th review on Goodreads tis an omen it is about a viking adventureGod of Vengeance is indeed a tale of vengeance one that is as bloody and brutal as an vening in Valhalla This is the first of 3 tales in the saga of Sigurd The Rise of Sigurd AND I M FAIRLY CERTAIN IF I HAD A I m fairly certain if I had a as long as Olaf it would be been well and truly blown off Let the nemy see the sword in my hand but not The Long Dagger Which long dagger which keep behind the back For those of you who have read Giles Kristian s Raven trilogy you will know xactly who Sigurd our main POV is God of Vengeance is a preuel to the Raven tales and goes into the backstory of the lord of the crew of Fjord Elk and his rise to becoming a formidable jarl As I had read Raven s saga prior to beginning this trilogy I really loved meeting some old friends and seeing their character s when they were younger and it really added to the story for me I can imagine reading this trilogy before the Raven books will only nhance that xperience as well A warrior must learn to be patient just like he must to learn to wield a sword and a shield God of Vengeance is the story of Sigurd on the war path to kill a jarl and a king who betrayed his father Harald The pacing here is superb non stop action and tense moments that merged into the next shield wall to the next ship battle to the next gory lopping off of heads and arms I loved it As a massive fan of viking age combat I relished these scenes feeling that Giles battle scenes have improved ven since the Raven trilogy Tighter and bloodier fights that were all the xhilarating There are also some of the best duels I have read in a long time If you are a fan of battles small or large on land or at sea then here is a book for you Sword and shield flesh and bone I am your man Sigurd Haraldarson As long as the sun shines and the world Just Cause endures henceforth and forver The characters are brilliantly crafted Norseman down to the broach on their cloaks down to the bronze arm rings There are viking sayings similes metaphors reflections upon mythology and their geography verywhere It is seeping in history and authenticity the language adding to very scene The band of friends Sigurd has about him are hilarious intense being fiercely loyal to their young lord to then bantering him and others Their relationships are real and tangible written perfectlyThe story felt very Bernard Cornwell sue which is as high a compliment as I can give Whilst being an overarching plot there was also room to finish threads and have a whole story inside one book here There are no lulls in the story telling where I switched off only moments of respite and the development of relationships between a band of outlaws Your father is not bothered with the weight of silver but the weight of meaning No one wants to be under other s boot not ven the king s 55 God of Vengeance is a superior viking age tale that takes us along the weave of Sigurd a young man heartbroken who seeks his vengeance It is gory brutal hilarious and full of nordic flavour Not to mention it s bloody brilliant Raise your mead horn to a master of viking sagas and njoy the ride on this formidable drakkar of a story 45 StarsBreathtaking uite simplybreathtaking Prepare to have your awe well and truly struck by this amazing Viking sagaSigurd s uest to avenge his family s slaughter is relentless brutal bloody but utterly mesmerising There s no let up in the action and you barely have time to draw breath before the next vent knocks you sideways This is a glorious passionate Viking saga that will have you rooting for Sigurd and his warriors It has to be said that the violence is horrific but Giles Kristian is a GREAT storyteller who had me hanging on his very word Terrific rea. A king pay for his treacheryUsing cunning and war craft Sigurd gathers together a fellowship of warriors including his father's right hand man Olaf Bram who men call Bear Black Floki who wields death with a blade and the shield maiden Valgerd who fears no man and convinces them to follow him For whether Ódin is with him or not Sigurd WILL have vengeance And neither men nor gods had best stand in his way Sigurd's story continues in Winter's Fire.