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Raven | Hardback

Released on 26 February 2009

Author: Giles Kristian | Format: Hardback

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For two years Osric has lived a simple life, apprentice to the mute old carpenter who took him in when others would have him cast out. But when Norsemen from across the sea burn his village they also destroy his new life, and Osric finds himself a prisoner of these warriors. Their chief, Sigurd the Lucky, believes the Norns have woven this strange boy's fate together with his own, and Osric begins to sense glorious purpose among this Fellowship of warriors.Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a blood bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood and where a young man must become a killer to survive. When the Fellowship faces annihilation from ealdorman Ealdred of Wessex, Raven chooses a bloody and dangerous path, accepting the mission of raiding deep into hostile lands to steal a holy book from Coenwolf, King of Mercia. There he will find much more than the Holy Gospels of St Jerome. He will find Cynethryth, an English girl with a soul to match his own.And he will find betrayal at the hands of cruel men, some of whom he regarded as friends...

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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.

 Not original, but certainly hard to put down.

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Well written story (although the concept has been used in book and film many times before) which flows well and kept me bound up in this 8th century world for a couple of days. Its a shame that there are no surprises and no real plot twists though. Dissapointed with some of the 'Battle' scenes as well, the one at night with a surprise attack by the welsh appeared to stop mid fight with the protaganist, about the be killed quite badly is all of a sudden safe!! Didn't really make a lot of sense, but the rest of the story is entertaining. I look forward to more stories of Osric from Mr Kristian.

AuthorGiles Kristian
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (UNITED KINGDOM)
FormatHARDBACK - 320 Pages