In 782 AD, a beast prowls the forests of northern Germany. He is Wulfhedinn, wolf demon - scourge of the Christian Franks. He is also Gerwulf, the man, a wretched outcast and bastard of a Christian woman and pagan father.
Gerwulf emerges from the shadows to escape his demons and seek deliverance. To redeem his mortal soul, he serves the legendary Charlemagne in a savage Holy War against the pagan Saxons.
Gerwulf's quest pits him against the dark powers of a mysterious Saxon shield maiden and leads to his greatest battle - reclaiming his humanity in a dark age when beasts lurk inside all men.
And the Raven, The Eater of Souls, she soars above...hungering to feast on the blood guilt of all.
©2016 Catherine Spader (P)2016 Catherine Spader
Feast of the Raven was one of those stories that, despite my love of historical fiction and vikings, that wasn't to my taste. One of the biggest things that bothered me was that the verb tense would shift from past to present whenever the story shifted to the main character's thoughts. It seems like such a small thing, but it kept bothering me so much that I wish it was past tense the whole way through. The best part of the story however, was the main character's interactions with the likes of Pitel and Vala. The way both of them challenge the main character and makes him think about his identity was really great! Another complaint was I would have preferred the author take time to describe the world that the story takes place, Like describing the forests, camps, and castles that dot the land of the Saxons. These lacking descriptions made it hard for me to imagine where the events of the story were happening. The narrator had a booming, authoritative voice, which is great for a wolf warrior of the north, however I remember him giving a Pitel what seemed like an Irish accent at the beginning of the story, then his accent changed about a quarter through the story, which was distracting.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Narration is really good throughout, narrator has a different style than most. Story is good, main character's alter ego reads like prose. This was differently different, but a good listen nonetheless.
This is an interesting book, mixing fantastic elements with a little written about period of history. It has interesting characters and an exciting plot that keeps the listener engaged. The narration is decent, if a little flat in places, but overall, this is a book worth checking out.
I was voluntarily given a review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher through Audiobookboom.
I owe the narrator a huge apology right from the start, I saw his avatar photo and made unwarranted assumptions. Please accept my apologies Richard Rieman, your voice was just what this story needed. The author is new to me, but I look forward to more stories in this series. You are a true word craftswoman, but you write with the heart and soul of a beast. Awesome.
Note: This was a review copy given to me by the narrator... How do I repay such a fine gift? Thank you.
I liked the idea that someone can try redeem themselves despite what may be beyond a person's control.
I hated the repetitiveness of the story. The same phrase would be used multiple times in a short amount of time.
I would listen to another story of Spader's, but if it was as repetitive as this one I wouldn't again.
This is the first one I have listened to that he preformed. I believe he did an excellent job despite my overall feelings toward the book.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.
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