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God of Vengeance

Giles Kristian

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Published by Corgi, part of Transworld Publishers

Format: Paperback


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Available to pre-order for 20 Nov 2014


EAN: 9780552162425
Published: 20 Nov 2014


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Norway 785 AD. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king . . .
But when King Gorm puts Jarl Harald’s family to the sword, he makes one terrible mistake – he fails to kill Harald’s youngest son, Sigurd.
On the run, unsure who to trust and hunted by powerful men, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him: his kin are slain or prisoners, his village attacked, its people taken as slaves. Honour is lost.
And yet he has a small band of loyal men at his side and with them he plans his revenge. All know that Ódin – whose name means frenzy – is drawn to chaos and bloodshed, just as a raven is to slaughter. In the hope of catching the All-Father’s eye, the young Viking endures a ritual ordeal and is shown a vision. Wolf, bear, serpent and eagle come to him. Sigurd will need their help if he is to make a king pay in blood for his treachery.
Using cunning and war-craft, he gathers together a band of warriors – including Olaf, his father’s right hand man, 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 his vengeance. And neither men nor gods had best stand in his way . . .

A must read for all who enjoy thrilling, action-packed fiction fiction - from Bernard Cornwell to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.

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What the critics say

Unrelenting pace, brilliant action and characters. A masterwork.

Giles Kristian is back in his natural element, a history where he walks with the gods in every scene, where the boundaries between the worlds open up and men grow to be more than mere mortals. This is a glorious, bloody, perfect Viking saga, rich with the poetry of the skald, ripe with blood and glory, vengeance and heartbreak. The characters stride from the page, alive, hungry, real . . . this is Viking writing at its very best.

A pulsating saga delivered with the sweep and power of a Norse war axe

Whether you’re a Viking enthusiast or not, this is the best kind of storytelling – a saga full of blood and thunder that grabs you and doesn’t let go until long after the final page is turned. I felt I was there, fighting alongside Sigurd and his fellow warriors as they seek to fulfil their destiny in a brutal but beautifully evoked pagan world

I loved this. It’s for people who like their historical fiction high-octane. I was totally immersed in the world of the Sword-Norse and cheered Sigurd and his fellowship every step of the way in this superb, brutal story that pulls no punches.

A pulse-pounding tale of blood, betrayal and honour. Hereward and his spear-brothers would definitely feel at home here

About the Author

Family history (he is half Norwegian) and his storytelling hero, Bernard Cornwell, inspired Giles Kristian to write his first historical novels, the acclaimed and bestselling Raven Viking trilogy - Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin's Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War.The Bleeding Land and Brothers' Fury follow the fortunes of a divided family against the complex and brutal backcloth of the conflict that tore this country apart and ended with the killing of a king. In his new novel - God of Vengeance -Giles returns to the world of the Vikings to tell of the origins of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship.
Giles lives in Leicestershire. To find out more, visit www.gileskristian.com

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