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Raven: Odin's Wolves (Raven #3)

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Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best.

We lusted for an even greater prize... It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard...

Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died and
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ebook, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Bantam (first published April 14th 2011)
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Terri
I have said it before and I will say it again. I truly do love these kinds of Viking historical fiction. They are books that mingle the sagas with excellent penmanship and colourful adventure. I could read them every week for the rest of the year and be every bit the contented reader.
My journey with this series has not been without its own twists and turns and literary adventures. From the hiccup that was my first attempt with the series a couple years back, to the rediscovering of the series in
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Paul
After, for the most part, thoroughly enjoying the previous book in this series I had relatively high hopes for this book.
Sadly those hopes were pretty swiftly dashed.

For a book telling the tale of a band of roaming warriors of some reknown relatively little happens for such long periods that the prevailing effect is of generally being underwhelmed at almost all times.
Hardly anything happens for most of the first three hundred pages and when it does, it's quickly over and replaced by tiresome wi
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mixal
Now this was a Book! I have to say that I liked the earlier books in the series, but there still was something that did not exactly fit. But this book had everything that my heart desires, and the whole time I was really apprehensive seeing how I have less and less to read. One of the best books I read this year.
C.J.
I truly enjoy Giles Kristian's writing. His style flows incredibly well and his novels are quick and easy to read. He's a true pro. But I have grown accustomed to Mr. Kristian's detail and fidelity to history which, unfortunately, does not stand up to rigor in this third installment. I understand his attempt at exploring the coming about of the Norman Kingdom of Italy, but the plot ventures into an outlandish territory that, in my opinion, belongs in fantasy fiction rather than historical. I adm ...more
Meena Al-Obaydi
The third and final book of the Raven trilogy - done. And what a book it was! Did not bore me one bit. Where every chapter ended, a new adventure began in the following chapter (except when you reach the final chapter, obviously). It was a fantastic book, and a breathtakingly fast-paced one! I had to force myself to put it down a few times so I can gather my thoughts and allow some space for me to breathe.
Everything I like about a story in one, 500-paged book: vikings, blood, loss, friendship, s
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Simon Turney
So now I have come to the end of the Raven saga and it leaves me feeling a little sad. Perhaps some time, after his new series has been fully aired, Giles might return and write another Raven story. I hope so.

Each of the Raven books has followed beautifully from its previous bedfellow and has progressed the general tale and the growth of Raven himself, but also each of the books has a very individual character and addresses different themes, issues and emotions.

Odin's Wolves opens with the wolfp
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Paul Bennett
Come and join Sigurd, Raven and the rest on the Sword-Norse cruise line as they journey to new lands and exciting adventures. Go a viking and see the world.

And what a journey it is! At the end of book two, Sons of Thunder, Sigurd and his flotilla of four ships have escaped the wrath of the Franks and Karolus. They head southwest skirting the coast of northern Frankia, around the Iberian Peninsula, with a short stop for a raid, and into the Mediterranean. One more profitable raid, a layover for t
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Mr. Matt
Odin's Wolves continues the story of Raven, Sigurd, Cynethryth, and the rest of the Fellowship. It really begins right where the second book in the series ends - the silver stolen from Charlemagne is lost and the company is at a pivotal moment. Do they return to Norway and Denmark and admit failure, or do they follow the Whale Road and seek new adventures. (It's the beginning of the book so it is no surprise when they decide to seek new adventures. But that is okay.)

The story of the Fellowship t
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Ben Kane
This is top notch Viking adventure!

I'm always on the lookout for exciting new historical fiction about soldiers or warriors, and was therefore very excited about two years ago to see Giles Kristian's name appear on an Amazon recommended read list. I read his first two books in the summer of 2010 in about three days. To be honest, I tore through them! I was very pleased therefore, to be able last spring to buy Odin's Wolves. It takes up the story of Raven Blood Eye where it left off in Sons of Th
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Laurie Pringle
I adored this series. I'm not one for wordy reviews. I will simply say that I felt like part of the Sigurd and Raven's family... travelling to marvelous places, fighting for survival and riches.

I hope there will be more about Raven... I want to know where he came from!

Thanks for the wonderful read Giles. I'm looking forward to reading Sigurd's story! (but I do hope we return to Raven again someday too)
Matthew Harffy
Took me a long time to get through this, despite having ripped through books one and two very quickly. There were bits that were very good, but it didn't speed along as it should have. Some great writing in a genre I love, but for some reason, I never really latched onto the story. Maybe it was the wrong time for me, or perhaps the plot was not that strong, but for whatever reason, I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous books.
Peter Greenhalgh
Rampaging, stinking, bloodthirsty vikings are not, I'm sure, everyone's cup of mead. But, Giles Kristian is such a brilliant writer that everyone who loves superbly tailored fiction should give his books a read. My 5-star rating for the last book in the Raven series was never in doubt.
Micah Weatherl
The overall plot of this book, the action, and the descriptions were well written and entertaining. However, throughout the book there was coarse language and the decisions that the characters made were not God like. I would not recommend this book because it is not very healthy reading for a Christians mind. But, as a whole, the book was entertaining and well written. It had a good plot, interesting characters, and it was cool to read about a different culture. But, if your not willing to read ...more
Iset
This book is the third in a series, completely unknown to me when I purchased it as an on the spot impulse buy. Having jumped into the book as a total newcomer to the series, I’m happy to say that this book stands well on its own and it isn’t necessary to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one… but it probably helps. The characters repeatedly refer to their past adventures, which was tantalisingly frustrating for me, and it’s obvious that this fellowship has been built up over the pa ...more
Rebecca
If readers enjoyed Raven Blood Eye and Sons of Thunder then it's an unspoken guarantee that they will go literally beserk over the third installment of this fantastic viking saga, Odin's Wolves.
In this third adventure Raven and Sigurd and the rest of the crew along with the rescued Danes set their prow beasts in the direction of the mediterranean sea and the riches of Milkagard (aka Constantinople now known as Istandbul). They will not just have to survive new and treacherous waters but the new
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Liviu
This is the third and temporarily last (hopefully since i want more for sure) tale of the Viking ( and not only since by this volume Sigurd's band is quite diverse) adventurers under jarl Sigurd and Raven his protegee seemingly marked by Odin. Since I will add the FBC review around the publication date, I will just say that the promise of the first two books is fully realized here with a rip-roaring tale of adventure, intrigue and even occasional heartbreak, that starts on the coasts of French, ...more
John
A very enjoyable romp around the world in the 800s. A book with excellent battle descriptions, and fairly funny moments as well. Having read and re-read the previous novels of this saga in the build up to reading this book, the (often incredibly detailed and sometimes foul) deaths of some of the supporting characters struck a chord with me, as it truly seemed that another member of the 'wolfpack' had passed died, rather than just another insignificant character.

My only quibble with this book is,
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Ian
This is the third book in the Raven saga, and a worthy follow-up to the two others, both of which were 5* books. It is over a month since I finished the book, so some of the details are not so clear, but needless to say, I pre-ordered the book and eagerly devoured it as soon as it arrived.

The book describes the Viking band's journey from the French coast to Rome and Miklagard (Constantinople). The book really takes off from about the half-way stage and the sections describing the band's adventur
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Speesh
A real shame it is to have come to the end of this one. Really enjoyable, really well-written, really satisfying and surely, one that's going to be really hard to beat in the whole Viking saga genre.

And, while reading books on the iPad is very convenient and generally an all-round excellent idea; how fab was it to hold the actual paperback in your hands while reading the story? Almost gives you the impression you're physically a part of the action... Quick, slap me before I start getting over-em
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Robin Carter
Vikings...A period that just screams to me to read it, if Rome is blood and sandals, then Vikings is Sea , Sword and sudden violence.
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
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Amy
Apr 16, 2014 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Viking Sagas as much as I
Recommended to Amy by: Goodreads
The best one yet!! I am so disappointed that the book is finished. I want more!

If you are a lover of Vikings and historical fiction, I suggest you RUN to the bookstore or library and get this series NOW! The battle scenes were epic. The cunning and the skill of the Wolfpack unmatched. By the end of the series, I felt as much a part of the Wolfpack as they are. You really get to know the individual characters, and have your favorites and dislikes. You laugh with them, you feel their pain and disa
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Scott
I read all three of these and I am saved my review until the end of this trilogy.

This was an interesting series. I liked the perspective it was written from. This was also different from many of the other writers I normally read.

It was also a different genre. If you are interested in the person telling an account of their life, but the story is written like it is happening live.

Character development is excellent. Characters die off and new ones brought in. The setting changes throughout the enti
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David
The final(?) novel in Giles Kristian's Raven series of books, this continues - and, maybe, ends - the story first began in Raven: Blood Eye.

Again presented as the older titular character retelling the tale of his younger years, this sees Sigurds wolf-pack of the sea continue their voyage, moving down now into Europe proper, before experiencing Rome and finally ending the tale in the city of Miklagard (i.e. Constantinople). If you've read any of the precious entries in the series, you'd know pret
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Rob
Love the Raven trifecta, but the 3rd book was not as good as the previous two. Of course if you like the first two then you absolutely have to finish up the story.

On the whole - Raven, Sigurd, & company's journey across Europe ending in Constantinople was a neat ride. But some it was also a bit of a rambling tale with no real surprises nor plot. I just needed something more to pump up my rating.

However, Giles Kristian does know how to create likeable characters with a rough edge. His band of
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Brandon Nava
This was a great book, the detail and research the author did for this book was great. ODIN!
Warren
"Raven: Odin's Wolves" by Giles Kristian is the third chapter of the saga. It is a splendidly told account of the adventures of Jarl Sigurd, Raven (his protogee) and a horde of Norsemen seeking fame and fortune from the coast of France, to Rome and finally, Miklagard (Constantinople...the Great City). A vividly told tale of Viking rage, ruthlessness and barbaric savagery. Rarely does a third chapter of a trilogy exceed its previous chapters. This is historical fiction at its very best...Giles Kr ...more
Judy
I'm really sorry that there's only three books in this series!
George
Another action packed adventure in the Raven saga. The characters aren't too deep and are fairly generic, but the story is a ton of fun, pretty historically accurate, and packed with action. Unlike the first two books in this series this one didn't end with an obvious cliffhanger to segue into another story, although there is an indication that there will be more story to come. This was obviously the conclusion of the first set of adventures with a promise that there will be more in the future. ...more
Winnie
The third and final part of the Raven trilogy. Talk about saving the best for last - this was spine-tinglingly good - an emotional roller-coaster of a read. I found it both uplifting and emotionally shattering. The description of the first sighting of Micklagard(Istanbul) is breathtaking and I thought that no-one but Bernard Cornwell could adequately paint such an evocative picture of what it must have been like to stand in a shield wall. Absolutely brilliant. I hope that this is not the last we ...more
Alana
I have really enjoyed this series of books and Odin's Wolves is the perfect conclussion. Easily the best of the three, I enjoyed Raven's account of their journey to Constantiople and the fighting in the amphitheatre of Rome. Beautifully told and with wonderful and accurate references to Norse mythology. Ideal for anyone who enjoys a rip roaring historical adventure and likes Vikings a lot! I'm sad that I've come to the end of this series. :(
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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 fa ...more
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