THE RAVEN TRILOGY - BLOOD EYE, SONS OF THUNDER, ODIN'S WOLVES
The historical novel has been my favourite fiction genre since childhood when I cut my teeth on the likes of Walter Scott, RL Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas, and the dark ages and early medieval periods hold a special fascination for me.
The re-emergence of interest in the genre over the past ten years or so (long may it continue) has brought to the fore many new and exciting authors and Giles Kristian has the promise to become one of the best.
This trilogy chronicles the adventures of a young man taken in and adopted by a Norse raiding party and follows their travels from England to Frankia and Miklagard seeking wealth and glory.
The story battles furiously onward at a breathtaking pace but is never-the-less presented in a style which is easy to read and absorbing. The combat action, skirmishes and battles are many and described in all their grim detail without unwanted sensationalism or become a succession of repetitive gore fests. The dialogue has the feeling that it is delivered by a character of the period without being dressed up with misplaced archaic words and phases, nor is it ripe with glaring modern grammatical errors as are many books of the genre. The characters are memorable with good depth and their dialogue crackles with that unique sense of fun and humour that from my experience is universal to all soldiers.
From the angle of historical accuracy, I would say that the author's knowledge of the period and subject is sound with every evidence of good research.
Full marks Mr. Kristian......well done for holding the series to a trilogy, well written and paced, too often authors are persuaded by their editor to continue a series long after the storylines have become stale and unbelievable. Do return to the dark ages/feudal/medieval period in time...you obviously have a genuine feeling for this era.