In the third book of Giles Kristian's Raven series, the hearty band of Vikings are sailing from the French coast towards Constantinople, and their journeys have left them with losses of both their riches and their men. What drives them is glory, but as they are soon to learn, it comes at a high cost as they plunge deeper into treacherous waters. Kristian's saga is full of bloody action, and Simon Prebble embodies the colorful characters with gusto, capturing their defeats and sense of valor with nuance. He performs with an ominous thrill that makes Odin's Wolves a gripping adventure.
Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best.
We lusted for an even greater prize... It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard... Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died and the treasures they fought so hard for have been lost. But to such men as these there is something more valuable than silver. That thing is fame - for fame is the saga-story that a Viking warrior leaves behind when he dies.
Now the sea road leads to Constantinople, which Norsemen call Miklagard, the Great City, for it is there that they might find both riches and glory. But the Great City is far away and the voyage there takes the Fellowship in to unknown waters where they face new enemies. From the wind-whipped marshes of the Carmargue to the crumbling walls and arenas of a decaying Rome, Raven must fight harder for his life than ever before. He must prove himself to others - and he must watch his back too, for an old enemy is sharpening his treacherous claws. The young warrior with the blood-tainted eye will even challenge the Norns of fate who, it is said, have spun his doom.
But the Valkyries are stalking, eager for new heroes to take to din's hall. The clash of sword and axe and spear will ring out in Miklagard and the Fellowship will pay a high price in blood for the fame they seek.
©2011 Giles Kristian (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I devoured this series in a few weeks. Be warned, this is an addictive set of stories! I love Vikings, and Cornwell's Viking Chronicles were a joy, I was glad to find something in the sub genre.
I loved this series and was sorry to be done with it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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