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The White Raven (Oathsworn #3)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  441 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The Oathsworn have itchy feet. Battle-hungry and tired of keeping the homestead fires burning, they are restless for action. And, being the Oathsworn, action is what they get. When their homestead is attacked by Klerkon and his men, the Oathsworn promise bloody revenge. But they didn't count on having to undertake the most dangeous journey of their lives in order to save t ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by HarperCollins UK (first published March 5th 2009)
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Sebastian Janek
Robert Low powraca jak zawsze z nowymi pomysłami rozszerzając o nowe wątki stworzony przez siebie świat Wikingów. Autor przyzwyczaił mnie do ciągłej akcji, dobrze napisanych bohaterów oraz wyjątkowych przygód, jakie są udziałem Orma i jego paczki. Low, będąc ekspertem w tematyce dotyczącej Wikingów poszedł teraz o wiele dalej, udoskonalił bowiem bardzo dobrze przemyślany obraz brutalnego i prymitywnego świata średniowiecza, który nie ogranicza się tylko do północnych rejonów Europy zwykle kojarz ...more
Yet another beauty from the mind of Robert Low. I just can't get enough of his writing style. It just really appeals to me, as do his characters.
I want to ramble on with another long, elated review, but I have been reading the series one after the other and it does not seem so long ago that I waxed lyrical about the first two books. The Whale Road and The Wolf Sea.
I think I covered everything I like about these books in those first two reviews.
Drinking, cavorting, sword wielding, blunt, smel
Patricia O'Sullivan
Viking lord, Orm Bearslayer, has spent the last six years seeking fortune and now he wants to settle down on his farm. But his enemies have heard of a fantastic treasure buried across the steppes and only Orm knows its exact location. In the race to save members of the Oathsworn who have been taken captive and tortured for information, Orm and his men encounter a nine-year-old prince with the mind of a sage, a band of warrior-women sworn to protect Attila’s grave, and a host of greedy men who wi ...more

Praise for THE WHITE RAVEN: 'Robert Low's Oathsworn trilogy is historical writing at its best and most full-blooded, with its tremendous pacing, black comedy, a wonderfully vivid and rough-hewn prose style like runes hacked into granite, and most appealingly of all, its doomy, pagan sense of comradeship-unto-death between Orm Rurikson and his band of Viking brothers' WILLIAM NAPIER Praise for THE WHALE ROAD: 'A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read' BERNARD CORNWELL

I've enjoyed Low's Oathsworn series, but this third installment was my favorite. It's got all the hallmarks of a great Viking epic. Every sentence is flavored with the world these men lived in. Low pulls no punches when it comes to the brutality they both endured and dealt out, but the reader nevertheless finds characters to root for and lament.
Orm is as complicated character, something of the reluctant hero. Others, including characters who will one day become living, breathing individuals well
Robert Low's books open your eyes to the mentality of life in the dark ages. Not so much exhausting physical and historical detail. He's actually quite minimal when it comes to that stuff. There are no long, tedious descriptions of clothes and homes and furniture. But what he excels at are getting you in the mindset of the peoples. A snowstorm is not just a snowstorm: to the vikings in the book it really is Odin's white raven shaking his wings. These people are superstitious by our definition. B ...more
Another great book in this series.

Orm Bearslayer wants to settle down on a farm and forget about the oath and Attila's treasure but the tale of this fantastic treasure has spread and men start to gather in the hopes of Orm leading them to it. Given no choice, Orm must lead his men back across the steppes and on the way they encounter a child with a talent for telling stories, old and new enemies and a mysterious band of women who will do anything to prevent the treasure from being taken.

This co
I love Viking books--too bad there aren't more of them.
Debby Kean
This is one of the few series where it is possible to jump in, read book 3 and enjoy it. I don't feel any great desire to find and read books 1 and 2 though. The characterisation is vivid, the plot intricate and the people who were real historical people are nicely integrated - I like that they are not main characters!
The author nicely integrates other types of people as well.
An excellent book but one that was quite difficult to follow. It was in a tone you could easily imagine as old Nordic. If you like Viking sagas - this is a really good book but you need to persevere.

I have a rule of starting a book series from the start. I'm glad I broke it because this is damn good and I now have another series to look forward to.
William Pontarelli
Greattale of physical endurance, loyalty to sacred oaths and goo
d old brutal viking warfare.
Laurie Pringle
One of the better books in the series... Not sure how many years Orm has left in him, though :)
Ralph Halse
Looking forward to the next read in the saga
Adam Hunter
Row hard for it lads 'tis a race now!
c2008. FWFTB: silver-itch, Oathsworn, hostage, tomb, steppes. I am really enjoying this series. Although, historical, there are some esoteric touches that make it much more than your bog standard historical novel. Interestingly, I have been watching a brilliant BBC documentary about the Vikings and it is amazing how much of this novel touches on the documented finds of very recent archaelogical digs in Russia. And I learnt all about Birka who's downfall is one of the key reasons for some of the ...more
I enjoyed this book less than the previous two in the series, although it did keep my interest all the way through. It starts off with a pretty gruesome description of an old torture, and that sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I did like the introduction of the character of Crowbone, and I expect we'll see a lot more of him as the series progresses. One thing that's a little odd about this series is that these Vikings don't seem to do an awful lot of Viking-like things. They spend more ti ...more
Well I liked the story and the characters but not a whole lot really happened along their trek through the snow and ice. Well written and like I mentioned, the story was great. If I can find book 4, I will continue to read. I prefer a book to ebook and book 4 is hard to find.
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Excellent read, well blended into the history of the time (love the following historical notes). Will read the next book in the series very soon.
The story was difficut to follow
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Robert Low is a Scottish journalist and historical novelist, with novels based on the Viking Age. He was war correspondent in Vietnam and also several other locations, including Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo, until "common-sense, age and the concerns of my wife and daughter prevailed". Now he writes novels full time. He's also a historical reenactor performing with the Scotland-based group, the Vik ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Oathsworn (5 books)
  • The Whale Road (Oathsworn, #1)
  • The Wolf Sea (Oathsworn, #2)
  • The Prow Beast (Oathsworn, #4)
  • Crowbone (Oathsworn #5)
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