Blood Eye (Raven #1)
The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land...
For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea rans
I decided my review of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, would not be complete unless my review of it in 2011 was brought to the table too.
So, this is a review of two parts. Two reviews of one book, but years apart. In the name of equivalence.
I have a confession. I rarely reread. I know many people that love rereading old favourites, or books they have not read for a long time or books they want to try again to see if they feel differently about them, but I hardly e ...more
I've got 3 viking sagas sat in my bookshelves, all unread, because I obsess over the Roman era and I have trouble with Viking culture, because I've always thought they didn't have one. So it took me a long time to get around to braving Raven. So that was my first stumbling block: not been keen to launch into viking t ...more
In the book one event follows the other - first this happens and then this - in a uni-linear and repetitive pattern. In each second chapter or so the author seems forced to put in a big fight or a battle; after some time it b ...more
One of the most important aspects of telling a story are characters. I certainly find myself often drawn to characters as well as a good story. Both really come hand in hand, so to separate them seems strange, but from a critical appraisal point of view it occurs a lot. My main problem with Raven: Blood Eye was the characters. What I did enjoy was the story. I'll get to both shortly.
When it comes to historical fiction, a lot of authors tend not to take n ...more
Below review was written when I first read the book in 2012..
This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. It looks the goods. Seemed promising out of the gate, but overall, it simply felt a bit flat.
The author can write well enough. There was no amateur writing to be had here, but the story, for me, was just words on a page. Nothing of note happens in a hurry through the meat of the book. Seemed to be a lot of standing or sitting around doing not much o ...more
My exposure to Viking historical fiction has been limited so far, but I'm trying to catch up, I thought Robert Low had managed to reach the pinnacle of the sub genre with the oathsworn, and then out comes the raven series to take it one step further.
The writing has true power and pace, but what also come over is a true love of the subject and the characters that th ...more
I like Vikings, for a whole parcel of reasons. I studied them at university, and married a lady Viking. I've had this lying around for aged and fancied something Norse. Blood Eye adequately captures the spirit of the era and is overall entertaining, but there are some major issues with it.
Firstly, although the ...more
Quick & Dirty: An historical voyage of an orphaned young man destined for Norse greatness.
Opening Sentence: It was April.
Blood Eye begins where all good sagas do; humbly. It starts with an orphaned boy that is not truly accepted in his small village and yet does not know to want for more. When a twist of fate and chance encounter puts him along the path to his true destiny, he begins a long and treacherous journey to greatness.
Though this story ...more
Osric/Raven the narrator - narrating in old age, so we know he survives his trials - has been found withou ...more
Raven does not know the name his parents might have given him at birth, where he was born or whether he has a ...more
In the interview in the back of my copy, Kristian says he doesn't plan his stories. He just writes. It shows. The story definitely just wanders through its plot, following our narrator. For the most part, this works. It has the feel of the old saga. It gets annoying at times, though. At least to me.
I loved the Norseman. They were a violent, eventimes cruel group, who did ...more
In 9th century England, Osric is apprenticed to a mute carpenter, the only man in a small seaside village willing to take him in when he was found two years earlier. Un ...more
I have never been a big history buff of any era.I much prefer modern to future settings or fantasy realms. But I figured a book about Vikings in the 9th century wouldn't be too far off from some fantasies that I have read.I was both right and wrong.
Blood Eye tells the story of a young man who does not know his past.He ...more
We know from the outset that Osric--or Raven as he is soon renamed--survives to be an old man, telling his tales of battle and glory. That in no way detracts from the adeventures that soon follow, as we discover th ...more
If I had to compare it to other similar novels I've read, I would probably have to place it somewhere in the gap between Bernard Cornwell's (an author, incidentally, who ...more
Full of characters you'll invest in completely, this book carries with it an authority that makes it all the more 'real'.
Fast paced and full of incident it remains a story of fellowship, even tho at times the actions of the fellowship seem ruthless they are a team, a band of brothers if you will.
I've already discussed this with Giles but if this book/ series is not adapted into an HBO format series or film franch ...more
One word: Badass
It makes me want to do away with my iPhone and laptop, and travel back in time to when boys my age would instead carry a sword rather than an xbox controller. This book has taken me so far away from the norm, and i envy Giles Kristian for his imagination and take on such a misunderstood race ...more