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Sons of Thunder: The Second Raven Adventure (Raven #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,074 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The sequel to Giles Kristian's acclaimed historical debut, Raven: Blood Eye, this brutal, bloody and unputdownable novel continues the story of the Viking Raven and his warrior brotherhood.

Never betray a Fellowship and expect to get away with your life...

Raven and his Wolfpack of Norsemen have been double crossed. The traitor Ealdred seeks to sell a holy book to the Empero
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Bantam Press (first published April 2nd 2010)
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Seal Stew Anyone?
I probably say this too often and now here I go again. Journey adventures. This is my favourite type of historical fiction. I loathe being stuck in the one place in a book, ie a castle, an army camp, a ship.
My imagination feeds on colourful journey adventures where the main characters travel from one exotic place to another, meeting one exotic person or groups of people after the other.
Somehow I think it hearkens back to the first time I saw Star Wars - the ultimate in journey a
Jan 05, 2014 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better then the first book. Solid story telling. But, why only four stars? Simple, I did not like the main character (Raven). His selfish, arrogant, inconsiderate attitude was more fit for an antagonist then a protagonist.

Putting my dislike to the narrator of the story aside, I do find myself admiring the rest of the crews. Their roles were the ones that making this book an enjoyable read.
Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf-vikings, 2013
A much stronger second novel. Suns of Thunder is everything the first book is but much, much better. This time the author nails it.

The story picks up immediately on the heals of the previous book. Raven, Sigurd, Cynethryth, and the Fellowship are chasing after the treacherous Saxon, Ealdred, and, more, importantly, the jewel encrusted sacred book written (I believe) by Saint Jerome. Ealdred gets captured (of course) and instead of killing him outright the Vikings make the decision to instead us
No Remorse
Apr 20, 2012 No Remorse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wpww
"...turning Norsemen into Christians would be more like changing wine into piss." - Giles Kristian (Raven - Sons Of Thunder, Pg.25)

"'Soft as hot horse shit, you lot. Like all young men these days. Ódin knows what the world's coming to and I wager it makes his one eye weep.'" - Giles Kristian (Raven - Sons Of Thunder, Pg.158)

"Only a fool lets his blade dull or waits to watch the rust spots appear before cleaning it." - Giles Kristian (Raven - Sons Of Thunder, Pg.422)
T.D. McKinnon
Feb 23, 2012 T.D. McKinnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Sons of Thunder’ is a rollicking 9th century adventure, and the continuing story of Raven, in the sequel to ‘Raven: Blood Eye’.

Giles Kristian obviously loves this period in history as, I must admit, do I. In first person narrative he takes the reader with him on his adventures with his band of 9th century Norsemen, brigand, pirate raiders; of course they sound much nobler if you call them Vikings.

To be fair, in 9th century Europe, the options were fairly limited; for the most part subsistence
Jan 13, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vikings
Great story and characters, but the author sure does like using similes. Here are a few examples:

“Then perhaps that explains why our jarl’s luck is dripping away like snot from a troll’s nose.”

Mauger drew his great sword and roared like the opening of Hel’s gates.

We looked at one another like half-wit trolls.

“For three pounds of silver the old bitch would have climbed aboard and humped you dray as a dead man’s fart!”

…one slip and your boat with make a bid for freedom faster than an Irish thrall
Simon Turney
May 03, 2012 Simon Turney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed the first Raven book that I wasted little time launching into the second. It started just as I expected, launching into a continuation of the story from Blood Eye, with just as much 'oomph'. I was hooked.

However, Sons of Thunder is a different novel. Not what I expected and certainly not just a continuation of the story, though it does do that admirably too.

The first book had been a rip-roaring constant barrage of action and battle, heroics and betrayal, sneak attacks and audacious
Excellent follow up to the author's Raven: Blood Eye debut; I actually re-read that first and i was even more impressed with it since I saw how the viking world created there was immersive and pitch perfect.

Sons of Thunder continues the same, taking off where Blood Eye ended following the band of adventurers led by Jarl Sigurd and containing our narrator, Odin-marked Raven, as well as several unlikely companions including an English girl, a priest that made his life-mission to convert Sigurd and
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Burnette
Nov 30, 2015 Paul Burnette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mind or memory, Hugin or Munin, which raven is this? Young Raven’s relationship with Cynethryth moves through new levels as the adventurers reach for more treasure but greater danger in the realm of Charlemagne. That Sigurd’s fate is tied to both Black Floki’s and to Raven’s is a fulcrum for the plot this time. Strong contrasts are portrayed between the code of honor guiding the Norsemen and the misguided Christianity that seeks the destruction of each of the central characters as odds are overc ...more
Chris Harvey
Jan 20, 2016 Chris Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways Sons Of Thunder is not as good as Bloodeye but in other ways it is much better. I got a little annoyed when I kept being told what happened in the previous novel and felt that it took a while to get going. When it did some of the action seemed rather rushed. That said, I really felt a sense of nostalga for the charaters from the previous book. Parts of it were rather predictable though and in many cases I could guess what was coming next. The only reason I am giving it four stars is ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're jonesing for the History Channel show "Vikings", this Giles Kristian series is a good substitute.
Jun 21, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been enthralled by this saga. An absolutely thrilling tale of not only a strong brotherhood of men but a coming of age story for a young man that is unlike many others.

I'm happy this book ended not on a need for vengeance but on a need for adventure, fame, and treasure. Giles does a wonderful job of weaving a yarn like a skald would in any age and that is what makes this tale so engaging. I already have the third book sitting by my side ready to go because I knew from the start of this t
Jan 13, 2014 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a thoroughly enjoyable continuation of the saga that began in book 1, Raven: Blood Eye. This book picked up right where the first one left off and just kept going. It was almost more like a chapter break than a break between two books, even though the first book wrapped things up pretty nicely. You definitely need to read the first book to understand everything happening in this book since the entire plot of Sons of Thunder is based on what happened in Blood Eye, but I found this book e ...more
Janice Bonczek
The second book in the "Raven" series by Giles Kristian. This book is the life-story of the character Raven, told by himself as he is an old man. He seems to be sitting in a pub, telling his story to the young people of the town, though we only hear him speaking in the present during the beginning and end of the book. Throughout the rest of the story he is narrating his younger days.

In this book, we hear of Raven's tale as they head to Frankia (France). At this point in time, it was the empire
Mar 26, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Viking Sagas as much as I
Recommended to Amy by: Giles Kristian
Let's just say that I put sleep on hold today because I couldn't put this book down until the last page! Absolutely riveting! Raven continues to come into his own by his own hand and with a little help of his Wolfpack Fellowship. It's amazing to see just how far he's come from just being a feared and rejected orphan from the village of Abbotsend, England to the fearless warrior that he is today!

The story of Raven and Jarl Sigurd's Wolfpack continues on from Wessex, England to Aix-la-Chapelle, Fr
Paul Bennett
Jul 22, 2013 Paul Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was only a few pages into the first book of this series that I knew I would be reading the second one, Raven Sons of Thunder; an excellent decision. Once again the author has crafted a superb tale of Sigurd the Lucky and his Sword Norse wolf pack. In this installment, Raven, Sigurd and the rest of the crew have their sights set on making a deal with the King of the Franks, Karolus/Charlemagne, by selling him a valuable Christian relic that will make them richer than they can imagine. This req ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Speesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vikings
Raven. Sons of Thunder.
This is number two in the Raven series. There are three out (so far), the third still being in hardback, as yet. As I have an aversion to hardback books (an environmentally damaging waste of paper, waste of bookshelf space, etc), I'm still waiting for the paperback version of the third, so I don't know if that will be the last in the story, or if it will continue on.
You don't need to have read the first book, 'Raven: Blood Eye', to enjoy this one, but it helps. The story i
May 20, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A step above the previous book in the series, the opener 'Blood Eye', there is some serious talent on display here by the author.
There are shades of Bernard Cornwell's evocative plot manipulating, Conn Iggulden's evocative scene setting and a downright earthy believability to the characters that's all the authors own.
The most superior Viking-centred series you could read (excluding Cornwell's Warrior Chronicles which actually features Saxons more prominently) and this, so far, is the standout b
Richard Radgoski
May 29, 2013 Richard Radgoski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid continuation of Raven:Blood Eye. In some respects, a better book than the first. In the earlier book, the narrative jumped from episode to episode and it was harder to see where the story was going. In this novel, the Story followed a tighter path. It picks up right after the first novel, with the Serpent giving chase to Fjord-Elk, stolen by Ealdred and father to Raven's love interest. The story progresses to the shores of France, and then up river to Paris and beyond. While I do believe t ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es un libro para aprender, es un libro como ver Rambo y vikingo. Lo he disfrutado, si; casi con sentimiento de culpa es la verdad, porque el autor y el traductor son ricos en sus metáforas y la historia es fácil.

No hay sorpresas, no hay giros extraordinarios, pero fluye y atrapa un poco. Es para esos días atareados que necesitan relax. En resumen, dejamos al chico del ojo rojo como el preferido del Jarl Sigurd y ahora crece, se hace hombre y muestra un talento y picardía y se gana un lugar e
miha ha
Sep 06, 2015 miha ha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audioknjige, 2015
jp ta je bla bolš kt prva :)

Sploh mi je blo všeč kako so se rešil iz ujetništva, en se je šou tepst zato da ga vržejo zraven in jim pol pomaga zbežat, ko so drugi na ptice prpel tleča peresa da so Frankom zažgal hiše - supr. Pa obramba z velikansko verigo čez celotno reko - tud čist nora ideja

V nasledni knjigi se pa nameravajo odpravt v Grčijo, tam da so cela mesta narjena iz zlata. Že poslušam :)

"I go where the wind takes me and where there is no wind I will row."

Jun 08, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
c2010: FWFTB: cunning, traitor, Christian, river, duel. A solid read and good sequel to the first book. I think the duel and the porting of the ship over land will stay with me for a while. Recommended to the normal crew. "He will need it more than he needs food or ale or a woman in his bed. He will wonder how he has managed to live without it and he will give anything to have it."
Raven and his Fellowship of Wolves are back in this sequel to Blood Eye. We start with Raven and the Wolves trying to outflank their Wessex foes before they reach France.

I found the story entertaining but not fulfilling, I love that the characters are so fleshed out and personal hygiene isn't so over sanitized as other fiction books like to do but the story once Sigurd and the Fellowship met Charlemagne was pretty rote. (view spoiler)
Thank heavens, I wasn't sure if I was really going to get it read this time but I did! I like all of the aspects of this book, good characters, interesting time period, action oriented without endless details of the countryside. However, as I think about it, it's that I don't feel strongly connected with Raven and the wolves. Not enough to pick it up and root for their struggles and dream their dreams. I know it's about a guy, written by a guy, but I need a little more in the writing that tells ...more
Lucia Schiffer
Dec 12, 2015 Lucia Schiffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los lobos de Sigurd, son mas salvajes de como los recordaba... son geniales! , muchos hombres buenos murieron por la plata que al final se quedo en el fondo del mar para alimentar a los peces, o probablemente se quedo con los francos, estaba esperando desde el libro anterior la aparición del "rey mas grande de todos los tiempos" , Carolus, o Carlo magno,aunque solo salio unos momentos, no decepciono, mis respetos para Giles Kristian quien pudo contar de una manera interesante y amena esta histor ...more
Laurie Pringle
Feb 24, 2014 Laurie Pringle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book... I'm in love with the entire fellowship. Each personality comes alive and you can see and feel that you know them all. You feel their cuts and bruises, their joys and pain. I'm even growing to like that old christ slave :p
Jul 25, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical viking fiction
This book really does triumph as a sequel to Raven: Bloodeye. There's more drama, tension, suprises, battle and death as well a nice dollop of cunning in the new series of adventures experiecnes by Raven and his fellowship of Sigurd the Lucky. There's a even a bit of love thrown in for Raven but it has turned tainted and sour by the end of the book. And one character meets his ill-fated death by the hand of no norseman which is one of the many satisfying twists and turns Gile's weaves into his f ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Jean-luc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consolidate my first impressions on the author. Plenty of action, some good humor. You can still see a lot of influence from Bernard Cornwell in the dialogue. But that's a good thing.
Jan 25, 2014 Troy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglo-saxons
This is an immensely enjoyable tale and perhaps I've been mean by not giving it 5 stars.

It isn't quite as good as the first book in the series in terms of developing the character of Raven but it does have lots of action and a very real and gritty feel about it.

I'll definitely be reading the third book of this series.
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Family history (he is half Norwegian) 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 to chart the fortunes of a family divided by that brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also ...more
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