That the raven saga has been a pleasure to read because of fine craftsmanship in the nature of of the genre I can attest. However, despite having enjoyed the characters and the action initiated by their natures, I have a hard time accepting the the destinations of their voyages. Sure they are adventurers, warriors, and even mercenaries out for treasures and fame, but there is a more human side lacking among this fellowship which needs developing: real homes and family. Without a peopled place that calls for their return, these vagabonds lack real-life development. More real loves replete with waiting lovers, wives, children, and extended family and clans would add verisimilitude. It is not enough to reference skalds in mead halls. Nor is it enough to voyage here-to-there without a cause to die for besides the "oath-swarn brotherhood." To be a great saga, future Raven novels might include more of what it means to be human: more than the play things of gods.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! I did enjoy these books and recommend you to read. I'm only disappointed in the direction the story went in the end .
I loved Raven killing the xxxx.
I would have liked to see Raven develop into more of a killing warrior. These stories were after all about Raven. Others should have been more helpful in his training and skills to make him into a warrior to be feared not ridiculed. I disliked Asgot controlling Cynethryth and turning her into whatever and then Asgot putting Ravens feather in the bag was totally predictable. Being a godi he had to know his own fate and that part I did like.
Come and join Sigurd, Raven and the rest on the Sword-Norse cruise line as they journey to new lands and exciting adventures. Go a viking and see the world.
And what a journey it is! At the end of book two, Sons of Thunder, Sigurd and his flotilla of four ships have escaped the wrath of the Franks and Karolus. They head southwest skirting the coast of northern Frankia, around the Iberian Peninsula, with a short stop for a raid, and into the Mediterranean. One more profitable raid, a layover for the winter and then they're sailing up the Tiber for a visit to Rome. At this point I am going to have to be careful...don't want to spoil anything. Suffice to stay that their stay in Rome is full of adventure and surprises; not only in what they do but in who they meet. Eventually they arrive at Miklagard(Constantinople) where the action really heats up. The climatic scenes that brings their quest to fruition are tense filled page turners. But wait, there's more after that. The ending chapters tie up a loose end that has been with us since book 1 and the author does not disappoint in the telling.
As in the first two books of the Raven series, I was mightily impressed with the authors descriptive powers and I'm not just talking about the battle scenes which are well done indeed. One example: "White sails were everywhere, and it was a hard thing not to wriggle into brynjas, put men and axes at the prows, and see what we could pilfer. Bothvar said it was like laying a slab of meat before a hound and telling it not to lick its lips, and he was right, for patience in a raiding man is as rare as a happy marriage. Even if he tries to cling to it, it almost always proves as fleeting as a belch." Over and over again the author draws word pictures that kindle the readers imagination and breathes life into the many tales this story has to tell. I was impressed with book 1, enthralled with book 2 and mesmerized by book 3. So as Raven tells his listeners in the prologue, " Take the whale's road and see something of the world. Stand at the prow and feel the salt spray on your faces. I am telling you, it is the best feeling you will ever have." 5 of 5 stars for this wonderful end to an amazing series.
I could not put these books down, thanks to my kindle I was able to purchase all three one after another. Spent many late hours reading, often until 4-5am! Thank God for retirement lol, wife was ready to send a rescue team after me. These were so well written, it kept me wanting more, just one more page I would say which turned into another hour of reading or more (no I am not a slow reader), I highly recommend this trilogy, I have loved books since I was a little kid and would close my eyes and imagine what I had read, the places, the people's etc. Giles, thank you so much for your gift of this tale and of a time long past but mostly for letting me be with the Wolf Pack.
Giles Kristian's writing improves with every new book. Odin's Wolves, the final in his trilogy, is brilliant.
I would recommend all three books to those who are interested in Norse history and legends and seek adventures in a type of storytelling style that totally captures the reader's interest and imagination.
Giles writes in a very fluid style that allows the reader to get fully immersed in the story rather quickly. His superb descriptions of battle scenes, characters, landscapes and human emotions keep the reader fully captivated throughout the novel. To his credit the author avoids difficult prose or an overload of detail.
I look forward to reading future books by this author.
This was the last and final book of the series. I enjoyed each and every one of them. Kristian has a formula, which works really well for his writing. There are several minor characters, but I never lost track of who they were or their roles. I read The Norsemen Saga by James L. Nelson and loved those. I didn't think I could get into another Viking series, but Kristian erased those thoughts. This was enjoyable and an easy read.
Another action packed adventure in the Raven saga. The characters aren't too deep and are fairly generic, but the story is a ton of fun, pretty historically accurate, and packed with action. Unlike the first two books in this series this one didn't end with an obvious cliffhanger to segue into another story, although there is an indication that there will be more story to come. This was obviously the conclusion of the first set of adventures with a promise that there will be more in the future. And I'm really looking forward to more.