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 . . .
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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. - MANDA SCOTT
A pulsating saga delivered with the sweep and power of a Norse war axe - TIM SEVERIN
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 - Steven Pressfield
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. - Robert Fabbri
A pulse-pounding tale of blood, betrayal and honour. Hereward and his spear-brothers would definitely feel at home here - James Wilde
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