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Odin's Wolves by Giles Kristian
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Jul 23, 14

bookshelves: 2011_release_read, mainstream, read_2011, t_notable_books_2011
Read from March 07 to 27, 2011

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, passes though Mooorish Spain, the Mediterranean and ends as expected in Constantinople where the throne is fiercely contested bu ambitious nobles and generals and Jarl and his fellowship may just be the ones to decide who wears the purple...

Raven is still both attracted and somewhat intimidated by the English noble girl who became unexpectedly a 'real member" of Sigurd's band and of course his occasional crazy ideas and Sigurd fierceness and bravery are put sorely to the test again

This trilogy has everything you want in historical adventure - from blood and guts to very good writing to a sense of the "known" world at its time and I highly recommend it though of course I suggest to start with the first novel if not yet read...
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message 1: by Shane (new)

Shane These sound pretty good, Liviu. Have you read Robert Low's Viking books, I was looking around, he's supposed to be good. How about Dorothy Dunnett, have you read her, are they good?


message 2: by Liviu (last edited Mar 27, 2011 03:25PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liviu Kazz wrote: "These sound pretty good, Liviu. Have you read Robert Low's Viking books, I was looking around, he's supposed to be good. How about Dorothy Dunnett, have you read her, are they good?"

I tried Robert Low and Tim Severin (both have Viking series too) and none impressed me though none disgusted me either the way some ultra-popular hist fiction does - their books just do not flow the way this series does.

I loved the Nicollo series when it was "live" - read most volumes on publication and even bought the 2 volume companion to DD' s work - but in hindsight they left me with the feeling of being a bit too pat and contrived - way too many coincidences and deep secrets that just come to surface as the series goes; however when reading them, they are very captivating


message 3: by Shane (new)

Shane Thanks Liviu, How about Cornwell's Saxon series?


Liviu not a fan but I know he is very popular; I sort of stay away from King Arthur stuff since I read too much of it many, many years ago, while in the long Anglo-French conflict from the 1330's till 1815, I tend to prefer books from the French side :)


message 5: by Shane (new)

Shane Is Kristian planning a second trilogy with the Raven series?


Liviu I think so


message 7: by Shane (new)

Shane Sounds like a plan. Thanks, Liviu.


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