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Giles Kristian

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Leicestershire, The United Kingdom


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Family history (he is half Norwegian) and his storytelling hero, Bernard Cornwell, inspired Giles Kristian to write his first historical novels, the acclaimed and bestselling Raven Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War. The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury follow the fortunes of a divided family against the complex and brutal backcloth of a conflict that tore this country apart and ended with the killing of a king. In his new novel – God of Vengeance – Giles returns to the world of the Vikings to tell of the beginnings of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship.

Average rating: 4.08 · 3,294 ratings · 388 reviews · 8 distinct works · Similar authors
Blood Eye (Raven #1)
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,611 ratings — published 2009 — 15 editions
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Sons of Thunder (Raven #2)
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 718 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Odin's Wolves (Raven, #3)
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 535 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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God of Vengeance
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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The Bleeding Land (Bleeding...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 163 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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The Terror
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Wings of the Storm
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Ever wanted to be part of the fellowship?

Now is your chance!

Simply think of a Viking name that would sit well amongst the characters in the Raven series, tell us a little bit about their personality and what they might look like (perhaps it’s yourself!) and the winning entrant will sit down with the author and talk about how their idea can be written into God of Vengeance, due for publication n... Read more of this blog post »
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Blood Eye Sons of Thunder Odin's Wolves
Raven (3 books)
4.075418994413408 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 2,864 ratings

The Bleeding Land Brother's Fury
Bleeding Land Trilogy (2 books)
3.9347826086956523 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 230 ratings

God of Vengeance
God of Vengeance (2 books)
4.373563218390805 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 174 ratings

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"Very good story! I have been wanting to read some of Mr. Kristian's work, and this was a great way to start! I will defiantly be purchasing the Raven series and starting the God of Vengeance when it is available in the US. I have always loved Viki..." Read more of this review »
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" Daniel wrote: "I just picked up Sons of Thunder as well. Looking forward to slotting it in. Might read it as 'medieval' next month if my library delay ...more "
" Terri wrote: "Giles wrote: "Regardless of which one wins this poll (I'm sure Dissolution is the better book!)I would be happy to answer questions read ...more "
Which book would you most like to represent the MEDIEVAL or Later Historical Fiction section of the group in our 2013 AUGUST GROUP READ?

They voted for: Raven: Blood Eye
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“The dark warrior jumped high into the air, his knees almost striking his chest, then landed in a crouch and leapt back up spinning around, his sword slicing the air. And I wondered how it was possible for him to move like that in mail...

Beynor just stood there, rooted to the ground like an ash. "Heimdall's hairy ballsack," he said, "he's a giant flea!”
Giles Kristian, Odin's Wolves

“Even war gods fear their wives, then, Sigurd reflected sourly. 'She is already warping my ear for taking three sons into the same fight,' Harald went on. 'If I took you too she would make what you did to Olaf look like a kiss on the cheek.' He frowned. 'Look now! Her eyes are into us like cat's claws.”
Giles Kristian, God of Vengeance

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Proud Book Nerd Thank you for accepting my friend request. I really enjoyed Blood Eye!

Rebecca Muwahahaha didn't I tell you that there is no escape from me :P Nice to know there are various ways I can "stalk" ahem I mean follow and support you :)

Roll on July!

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Giles Kristian Dear Lucinda, I'm so glad you won a copy of my first novel, RAVEN Blood Eye! Thanks for entering the giveaway, and I hope you enjoy the tale. Now pack up your sea chest, grab yourself an oar and get rowing! ;-)
All the best, and may the Norns weave you a fine wyrd.

message 2: by T.D.

T.D. McKinnon Hi Giles,

This is just short note to thank you for accepting my friend request. I hope that 2012 is your best year yet, as it is for me.


Lucinda Dear Giles,
I would like to thank you for being my friend on Goodreads which is a fantastic site where i am able to converse with likeminded people both authors and readers. I am also so pleased to have been chosen to win your first novel 'Blood Eye' that caught my attention a while ago and which i cannot wait to read as it looks amazing, just from reading the various book reviews on it! Thank you so much once again and i shall write a review on your book as soon as i have read it.
Lucinda Xx

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