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Blood Eye

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In a thrilling adventure of brotherhood, warfare, and treachery, Giles Kristian takes us into ninth-century England, a world of darkness, epic conflict, and an unforgiving God served by powerful priests. On ships shaped like dragons, bristling with oars and armor, Jarl Sigurd and his fierce Norsemen have come in search of riches. And riches they are promised, by an English ruler who sends Sigurd and his wolves to steal a holy manuscript from another kingdom.

Osric, an orphan boy, sees beyond the terror of these warriors, and somehow knows the heathens’ tongue. Renamed Raven, rechristened in blood, he will join them. They are his people. And they will be his fate.

©2009 Giles Kristian (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 01-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "ODIN DESPISES WEAKNESS"

    A MAN DOES NOT DECIDE HE IS KING, THE MEN AROUND HIM DO.
    I have always been interested in Vikings. They have always been portrayed as large men from the North who kill and pillage and rape as if it was there right to do so. My interest is in what made them think they had the right and what kind of race of man, loves killing other humans. I was reminded by this different take that history is written by the winners. Perhaps they were not the evil race of men the are suppose to be. Giles portrays them as traders, who are consistently under attack by sneaky British types. The British demand taxes and they hate anyone who worships any God other then their God. I understand how important religion was to early Christians, especially through my reading of Ivanhoe, but I found it hard to believe the extend in which they are blamed for the conflict with the Vikings.

    This is Giles first novel and it reads like a first novel. The Vikings are made to look fairly tame. They do a lot of boosting and a lot is made of Eagling a man, but I thought the whole story moved slowly and other then trash talk, their was little substance to it. There is lots of talking then a battle, then talking, then battle, repeat. Even in the battles I did not feel the horror of killing. Nor was there much Viking history, nothing new was learned.

    Harry Harrison's Hammer and The Cross does a lot better job at giving you the feel of the horrific acts of these men. Blood Eagling, making of a hemnar, quartering, tying a man's intestines to a stick and then beating him until he runs far enough to pull out his own intestines, and much more. Hemnar may be spelled wrong, but it is cutting off a man's arms and legs, but keeping him alive.

    WORDS FALL FROM YOUR MOUTH LIKE DRIPPINGS FROM A GOAT'S A**.
    Just a quote from the book, the narrator is pretty good, he just could not save the author from his own boring writing.

    HIS HEAD IS FULL OF SPIDERS.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 07-23-15
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Insta-Viking (Just Add Sword)"

    This story would have been better in graphic novel format. Take one teenager with amnesia, have some Vikings raid his village, then (presto-change-o) the boy begins speaking, cursing and fighting like a Viking professional. Never mind he's only been in this village two years and speaks the local Wessex dialect like a native. And, suspend your disbelief that the young man dumps his allegiance to his village like a hot potato. This character becomes a killing machine in a matter of weeks…and he isn't killing the Vikings that slaughtered his people…he's fighting alongside them.

    The plot of Bloodeye is plucked right from two or three other sources (TV's Ragnar Lothbrok comes to mind). This novel is riding the crest of a Viking fiction wave. However, the author experienced a big wipeout in his fist two chapters.

    Two swords down (except for Simon Prebble - who is a master of Anglo story telling).

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    Marty Whitney 06-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wolfpack"

    Sigurd the lucky, the saga continues. Packed with adventure and Norse antics, it will not disappoint. Great lead in from the original saga. Odin is smiling on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Harlow 01-10-17
    C Harlow 01-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    One of the best read performances I have listened to and this book was very well written has some good similes and analogies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-02-14
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a great book; rapist protagonist didn't help"

    Looking for something light and easy, but still fun and engaging? Do yourself a favour and keep looking!

    Even if you're able to put aside the idea of a character that rapes a woman, knowing full-well what he is doing and that she does not want it, this book is still not a good listen (the main character does this after living his life in an English village and understands what rape is, then pities himself for doing it).

    I am not comfortable with a rapist as a main character (regardless of how "bad" he felt about it), but even in spite of that part (which didn't do anything to further the character development or plot) this book is not great. It's meant to be a light-hearted romp, with some semi-historical facts peppered in, but it's just a big load of dribble. I'm sure the author did do his research, as evidenced by the parts that read like a Wikipedia entry, but the story development was stale and sadly lacking. The author relied mostly on the reputation of vikings to sell his story, without actually contributing to it in any realistic or meaningful way, and without adequately explaining/exploring the motivation for his characters (except, hey they're vikings, they do that kind of stuff and they believe in funny Gods).

    A lot (all?) of the situations in the book were quite preposterous. Almost all resolutions were due to eus ex machina, to the point that it became quite predictable. I was surprised, however, that no characters were literally struck with lightening while about to deal a death blow to the 'hero', as that's the sort of story this is.

    Even if you're bored and looking for something light and easy, I would not recommend this.


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    Barbara POTTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-05-14
    Barbara POTTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Totally enjoyed this book"

    I really enjoyed this book which gives an earnest account of how brutal life was at that time. The author was able to draw me in and keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next page.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    randy guffey 11-20-16
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    "Excellent!!!"
    What did you love best about Blood Eye?

    I love the story but Simon Prebble's performance is great!! Bring on more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    sigurd the lucky.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes.


    If you could take any character from Blood Eye out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sigurd.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Butch M. CA Bay Area USA 12-20-15
    Butch M. CA Bay Area USA 12-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best series I've encountered in a great while."

    The Raven series is in the same class as the best of Iggulden, Sidebottom, Scarrow, Pressfield, Fabbri, or Archer. Fans of historical fiction will be rewarded with a simply kick-ass story. Worth your time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Jennings 09-25-15
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    "slow start"
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    slow start, but stick with it, great story, really hooked you once it began.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-28-15
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 07-28-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Exciting tale, right mix of historical"

    This story is a very good start to the story of Raven Bloodeye, Christian captured by Vikings who ultimately becomes one of them. First in the Raven series the characters are crafted carefully and slowly at first, though this is a good thing. The different people and personalities are clear and deliberate and each character has a distinct "voice" (not speaking of the audio performance here, but the actual voice and uniqueness of each character).

    Not having read the second or third books yet I do not know if the similarities to the History Channel's show "Vikings" will continue but I can say if you are a fan of that show you will enjoy this book. The book nor the show influenced each other but there are some parallels and again I would not count that as a negative.

    The storyline is interesting as there is no clear beginning-middle-end goal the characters are after. That truly adds to the authenticity of the people and settings as Vikings, or Norsemen who go viking (a seasonal raid on another land) rarely had plans defined beyond where they were going. So the wandering nature of Jarl Sigurd's path in the first half of the book lent well to the flavor and helps to pull the reader/listener along. The wandering feeling is not aimless as each event leads cleanly from one to the next.

    Watching Raven grow from captured orphan boy who mysteriously knows the Norsemen's tongue into a curious observer and finally into a young warrior who gains the respect of his one time captors is engaging and fun. Having Raven tell the story from his perspective was probably the best call the author made as being able to see the transformation from the inside out cements the connection to the main character. At the same time it keeps the audience at a slight distance from the Viking characters which means there is never full stability in Raven's emotional footing.

    The bond that grows between Sigurd and Raven is enjoyable and is the thread that keeps all the events pulled together.

    A very good start to a tale that will be an excellent ride if from book to book the richness of the story continues to grow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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