Sigurd and his wolves, at the service of Dane warlord Alrik, find themselves besieged by Alrik's nemesis Guthrum. Surviving the siege, surly capture, and bloody sacrifice to the gods, Sigurd continues to follow his Odin-favored fate by turning foes into allies and raising a powerful warband to challenge the oath-breaker King Gorm Shieldshaker himself. The final confrontation is a savage affair with no quarters given, and ends Sigurd's saga as it began, in blood and gore.
Both Sigurd and Runa come of age in this 3rd volume of the trilogy, rising to the Norns' challenges despite grievious wounds, bitter setbacks and the loss of faithful comrads.
Set in a very genuine medieval Scandinavian setting, peppered with raw humor and bloodthirsty feuds, the serpentine story showcases the brotherhood of warriors in desperate times, the grim toll of faithful oaths, and the decisive value of sly cunning over brutal brawn. This Viking trilogy is my first read of Giles Kristian and has won me over as a fan!