Giles leads readers into the grim yet fascinating world of middle age england through the character of Osric, a young man with no memory of his past aGiles leads readers into the grim yet fascinating world of middle age england through the character of Osric, a young man with no memory of his past apart from a blood ruined eye. His world is disturbed by the appearence of a group of norse traders unsettling him and his common folk. Yet the peace is further disturbed when the local priest tried to posion the Jarl Sigurd and Osric forewarns the Jarl of this trick. A fight ensues and men are killed yet Osric is spared only by the quickeness of his tongue in saving the Jarl's life. He is taken away from the land he knows of has home with the warband and so begins another new way of life for him, of praying to the old gods to calm the seas as he is brought up upon the longships, to hunger after treasure of silver and jewels but most of all the importance of the bond men as warriors forge and the fatal penalty due when any man breaks such an bond as the fellowship of norsemen.
A definite must buy and read ASAP for any fans of Robert Low and Bernard Cornwell. Giles Kristian is a new kid on the block in this genre and he is definitly as talented for telling a good saga of sword brothers as Low and Cornwell who've been masters for years....more
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 cunningThis 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 fine thrilling saga. All lovers of viking historical fiction should read this and take note of the amazing new young blooded talent that brings the lives of vikings once more into the fore of our imaginations....more
An incredibly detailed, inspiring, imaginative and eye opening insight not only into the every day lives of people growing and living through the so cAn incredibly detailed, inspiring, imaginative and eye opening insight not only into the every day lives of people growing and living through the so called Dark Ages but also why they believed what they did, how they practiced it, how it related them to the wider world or their local surroundings. Full of facts and snippets from ancient manuscripts covering ancient Germanic Tribes, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Celtic and many other cultural beliefs. I enjoyed it so much, it really was a pleasure to read and I was saddened when it ended....more
Absolutely brilliant. A fast paced enjoyable read that I finished in a record breaking two days! Well record breaking for me anyway. Witty, funny, smaAbsolutely brilliant. A fast paced enjoyable read that I finished in a record breaking two days! Well record breaking for me anyway. Witty, funny, smark, thrilling, enticing and intoxicating in some parts.
It's the much more mature adult funnier version vamp story compared to Stephenie Meyers teenage anxiety series....more
Charlaine Harris has you hooked from the start and the amazing thing is she's created a world where the read isn't keen for an insight into her fictioCharlaine Harris has you hooked from the start and the amazing thing is she's created a world where the read isn't keen for an insight into her fictional vampire modern society - instead the intense and thrilling story has a strong focus - of Sookie Stackhouse - a young lady living in a world where the paranormal is now just about acceptable yet she has her own paranormal gift but guards it secretly. You get swept away in Sookie's life private and public and the adventures she has with a vampire called Bill. Deeply satisfying, thrills give you tingles and you end up thirsting for the next chapter like Bill thirsts for blood....more
Despite the many large dollops of magical sex featured in this book you tend to make yourself blissfully ignorant of how active the Fey characters areDespite the many large dollops of magical sex featured in this book you tend to make yourself blissfully ignorant of how active the Fey characters are and come to love them despite this. It portrays an interesting world where the people of America live with Fey, faerie elf like creatures of great beauty and sexual apetite and shows how the old classic style of royal (circus like) court of the Fey clashes with that of the modern world. There is still plenty of adventure action, thrills, scares and tender moments where you bond with the characters through the story. Although for one such as me who doesn't usually read any erotic fiction of any kind it is hard to say whether women should be proud or embarassed to want to read the next one - like I do....more
Not as good as the first book I feel although there is a lot less sexual detail thankfully. She's managed to just simply describe them going to bed orNot as good as the first book I feel although there is a lot less sexual detail thankfully. She's managed to just simply describe them going to bed or leaving bed together trusting us as the reader to understand what the blank spot entails. I felt the ending was a little bit rushed as the whole climax of the story came quite quickly and all within the final two chapters. And she made it worse by doing what she did in the last one and that's describing the aftermath of the climax event in a rather lazy manner as if it's of no importance. Which hasn't given it much of a hook to entice me to read the next book which I might do just to see if it's goign to get any better or worse....more
Still has incredibly funny, witty and human as the last one. Plot isn't too complex but it really is the mix and clash of characters that makes this sStill has incredibly funny, witty and human as the last one. Plot isn't too complex but it really is the mix and clash of characters that makes this story worth reading....more
**spoiler alert** As always you're gripped by the story the moment you start reading the first page and as it says on the title ('Sookie Stackhouse Va**spoiler alert** As always you're gripped by the story the moment you start reading the first page and as it says on the title ('Sookie Stackhouse Vampure Mystery) - the mystery this one begins with is maybe too typically a mysterious murder of one of the Merlotte's employees. Andy Bellefleur the cop is involved rather unfortunately by chance. But Sookie doesn't have time to wonder about that mystery as the vampires of Dallas require her services to solve one of their own. Sookie ends up getting deeper involved than she thought and makes some new supernatural aquaintances. The story is very smooth flowing and gripping although the first murder mystery set up at the beginning is forgotton about once Sookie and Bill are in Dallas revealing a further insight into vampire culture amongst the humans and even a darker side to the human acceptance of their existance that was not shown in the first book. It is however picked up on again near the end and solved in a rather suprising and brutal manner due to the appearance of some mythical paranormal woman who preys on the drunk and prideful and has a strange madness for blood which makes vampires seem tame. But there is one more little suprise at the end not just Sookie identifying the murderer from the beginning. Very much looking forward to reading the next book and see if Sookie and Bill's relationship can still go strong or will the influences of the vampire culture force them apart? ...more
Well I'm sad to say that the pace in this book compared to the previous ones in the series becomes as fast as paint drying on the wall. Important stuffWell I'm sad to say that the pace in this book compared to the previous ones in the series becomes as fast as paint drying on the wall. Important stuff happens but about half the book covers only a few days and nights and it merely shows characters dealing with one problem or another and of course there is always some form of sex involved in the solution. The only real action and drama occurs right near the end where Merry has a show down with Andias over her brutality with her Ravens and then another series of court show downs as the courteirs of the Unseelie court show their true colours not only regarding Merry's status as heir but also Andias's rule. Over all it's a fairly disappointing read with the plot proving worthy only at the end which makes it feel like the rest of the book is a waste of time and not really worth the effort to get to the end. After this disappointment I'm not going to bother reading the rest of the series....more
This book in my opinion is a lot more gripping than the original two but I guess the first two in this series could be a gentle and very humerous intrThis book in my opinion is a lot more gripping than the original two but I guess the first two in this series could be a gentle and very humerous intro into the world of Betsy Taylor and the Vamps. In this book the plot is a tad more complex and deep, a new character is introduced but like all the others tend to be a contradiction of their stereotype -daughter of the devil- but that's what make the characters so strong. They're all uniquely different, they have their own charms, motive, attitude towards thing and so even with the rather simple plot line in the previous two you can't help but want to read on if only to find out how they react to what occurs next. Even Betsy reveals a dark side to herself and it reveals how human she acts when it comes to all the problems of her trying and sometimes failing to be a good vamp, good friend as well as Queen of the Vamps. As usual the humour and wit in Betsy's thoughts, experiences and dialogue is very well timed and never seems to get tiresome. Definitely worth reading and greatly enjoyed it....more
**spoiler alert** This book wasn't as action packed as the third one and had a good strong focus on Betsy and Sinclairs relationship as lovers, friend**spoiler alert** This book wasn't as action packed as the third one and had a good strong focus on Betsy and Sinclairs relationship as lovers, friends, King and Queen and most crucially as vampires. Ghosts are making more of an appearence due to Betsy's developing powers which creates some adventure although it does feel a bit forced into the plot as the issue with a serial killer is very swiftly delt with causing no real big fuss apart from introducing yet another character (I do believe Betsy is definitly growing her own courtiers) and bring back Detective Nick Berry into the mix. On the whole though the plot is good as after three books of bickering between Betsy and Sinclair it's nice to see them having relationship troubles now that they are not only officially together but are also getting married. Still wity and funny as ever, Betsy's attitude just gets bigger and better throughout and still settles on a nice expectant note to encourage you onto the next one....more
**spoiler alert** This book, when started come as bit of a shock due to the sudden appearence of another character and how much George aka Garret the**spoiler alert** This book, when started come as bit of a shock due to the sudden appearence of another character and how much George aka Garret the Fiend has developed. I actually had to double check the booklist to make sure I hadn't accidentally skipped one by accident. But no this is indeed book number 5. The appearence of non-changing werewolf fortune teller and George's recovery is briefly and quickly explained but as they don't feature too much in the story over all it is perfectly acceptable to simple glean over those facts. The real suprise is the first book actually becomes an inanimate feature of the series due to a certain character doing a misguided bio on Betsy and secretly sending to a publishers. It seems literature has become a little mini joke as in book 4 Undead and Unreturnable Betsy actually gets her own advice column in a supposedly secret vampire newsletter. Which also managed to get into the public domain via a newspaper just like the book. The main anatagonists are old european vampires and another of Betsy's friends who has a severe grudge against one of them for a very good reason. It proves quite a problem for Betsy as Queen to serve both of them equally and not have heads roll. Plus Betsy learns a devestating secret about her best friend. All in all it's yet another emotional roller coaster for Betsy and it's a great pay off to see how she adapts and comes through it all the same....more