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Blood Will Follow

(The Valhalla Saga #2)

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Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson have won the battle for Stenvik, although at huge cost, for they have suffered much worse than heartbreak. They have lost the very thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home, looking for the place where he thinks he will be safe, Audun runs south. But both men are about to discover that they can not run away f
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published May 29th 2014)
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Mark Lawrence
Well. Lots to say about this one.

The first thing to note is that it's a very well written book, in as much as the words are fitted together well, there are arresting lines: "the silence spread like blood on a stone", and there's great description along with believable and entertaining dialogue. You get a real sense of the hostility of the Scandanvian landscape, sometimes miserable, sometimes beautiful, of the northern cold, and of the difficulty in living/traveling in such places. Also of the ro
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Blodeuedd Finland
I do love when the second book is better than the first. Now what made it so? I am always so bad with that, cos honestly it was everything that helped. It seemed to flow better, better written, better story, hey the book was better. And since book 1 was already good, the better :) I am way to used too a series going downwards instead.

Right so the big bad happened, Ulfar and Audun are now immortal. That is something I like about this book. Yes there is magic, yes the Gods walk the earth. And it f
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Matthew
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Vikings... warring factions... powerful and malevolent forces at play... what more could you want in a book? Blood Will Follow encompasses all of these and more. The sequel to Swords of Good Men, Blood Will Follow opens after the siege of Stenvik as Ulfar, Audun, Valgard and Finn all deal with the events that occurred in Swords of Good Men. They soon realise that they will have very important roles to play as the battle for supremacy between the old ways and the White Christ plays out.

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Speesh
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vikings
AD 996. Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Amgrimsson barely escaped the tumultuous, climactic battle at Stenvik at the end of ‘Swords of Good Men’ with their lives.

Well, one of them did anyway.

I’m not giving it away! It’s there at the end of the previous book and it’s here on P1. “Audun had died on that wall.” So if you’d picked up the book in a bookshop, you’d have got it before you paid over your heard-earned. So there.

Norwegian King Olav has brought Christ’s message of peace and love to Stenvik - o
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Mieneke
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Snorri Kristjansson's debut Swords of Good Men was one of my favourites of last year. So I was looking forward to reunite with Audun and Ulfar after that rather game-changing ending of the last book. Not to mention that when my review copy arrived there was this to consider, which completely made my month. Saying I started Blood Will Follow with high expectations is putting it very mildly. For the most part Kristjansson met all of them, even exceeded some of them, though the book did somewhat ...more
Shaheen
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blood Will Follow is the sequel to Swords of Good Men, which was one of my favourite fantasy débuts of 2013. We take up with Audun, Ulfar, Valgard and Finn after the siege of Stenvik, where Audun and Ulfar are separated in their efforts to somehow deal with the events of the last book.

If Swords of Good Men was a story about how far these men would go for their causes, then Blood Will Follow is about who these men are at their cores. They are tested in every way possible, and I loved the enormous
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Simon
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow an excellent second book. Its got everything you could want in a Viking story and more. I am In awe of Mr.Kristjansson's writing which is beautifully descriptive and of the style and pace changes depending on the scene. The attitude of the old gods and the way they treat the mortals they toy with is a joy to read. I eagerly look forward to Path of the gods arriving which I ordered right after finishing Blood Will Follow.
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I requested this from Netgalley and started reading this not knowing it was the second book. I am enjoying it so much I am putting it down and going back to the first one to catch up on the goings on. I think it will help everything makes sense and I will be rewarded with further insights into the characters and plot. Hip hip hooray!
Rebecca
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norse-fantasy
Although I felt a bit lost to begin with having returned to this story a good while since reading the first book I did reconnect with the trio of main characters quickly. They each got their own journey full of adventure, magic and bloodshed and like the triple knot Valknut Snorri weaves their three storylines cleverly throughout the book and tying it all fluidly and smoothly together at the end in quite a dramatic and tense clash. I was particularly impressed with how well and almost naturally ...more
Nimrodds
הספר הזה יותר טוב מהחלק הראשון, הוא יותר מפרט על השנים והאיזורים בהם מתרחשת העלילה
Tyler
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent follow up to the first book. Seemingly clearer and even better written. High hopes for the third.
Jasper
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2014...

As I have mentioned before 2013 saw a lot of great debuts and another one that really stood out was Swords of Good Men. A book that was different from the mainstream fantasy and featured an interesting storyline, blood battles and lets not forget plenty of Vikings. Snorri Kristjansson introduced some relatable characters like Ulfar, Sigurd and Audun with their respective stories in Stenvik and one hell of a premise for an story. Norse
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Andy
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very typical middle book for a trilogy...... the big battle has been fought in the first & now the major players go their separate ways on individual “quests”, meet other players on their adventures & then all start to converge again come the end of the book for the final part of the trilogy...... it does what it says on the tin & with me ripping through it in 2 days it’s a decent enough romp / adventure for all followers of Vikings with a good smattering of Norse mythology & f ...more
Danamanian
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: vikings
Page-turner checked out from LA Public Library. Vikings fighting Vikings. Two immortal Norsemen (why? see previous book in series) go through difficulties and adventures; lots of blood and profanity, with an occasional appearance by one of the old gods. King Olav is on the march to bring the religion of the White Christ to the North, but there are always factions and various double-dealing schemes. Cliff-hanger at the end, so must read the final book in the trilogy. The huge LA public library do ...more
Maryanne
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun read with great action sequences. Particularly like the landscape descriptions, including the snow-bound north and the mystical ones, and the mystical elements woven into the story. Improved writing with fewer random POV changes. Narrative still confusing - couldn't tell through the whole book if 'forkbeard' was a nickname for King Olav or someone else entirely, possibly on the other side. One better female character - Helga - who may or may not be a god in disguise.
Gio C
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good installment to the saga. It explains things a lot better in this one than the first novel. Very bloody graphic at times. Shows just how hard life is during this time period. A lot more jumping around to the different characters. May be hard to follow at times as some of the chapters are happening before the chapter you just finished. Still a good story and I can't wait for the next installment.
Diane Cranson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vikings
I actually didn't finish this one. I read half then skimmed the rest. I liked the way it ended though, with a couple of characters I liked from the first book coming back in. I may like the third book better, but busy reading other things right now.
Tomasz
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pokój zawitał do Stenviku, wykrwawionego i zniszczonego miasta południa. Król Olaf Tryggvasson – zaprzysięgły chrześcijanin, zdeterminowany zelota zaprowadził porządek, czy komuś się to podobało czy nie. W końcu to tylko jeden z przystanków na drodze zjednoczenia Skandynawii pod sztandarami Białego Chrystusa. Stare moce jednak nie śpią. Tajemniczy starzec o kaprawym oku przemiesza trakty strzeżony przez dwa potężne psy, młodzieniec o czarnych włosach i ostrych rysach knuje i jątrzy… W tym wszyst ...more
Daniel
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.75 of 5

I seem to have a knack for requesting review copies of books that are in the middle or at the end of a series. This is often because publisher's aren't particularly good about letting the reviewer know it's the middle of a series. Such is the case here.

Blood Will Follow is book two in "The Valhalla Saga." Two vikings have won a battle (Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson), though it wasn't easy and they lost many fri
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Callum Shephard
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second book of the Valhalla Saga, Blood Will Follow sees Ulfar and Audun separated as they flee from the influence of the Old Gods. However, they soon discover that the deities are far from finished with the duo, as Christian King Olav continues to extend his influence across the land.

In the manner of George R. R. Martin, Kristjansson ensures the story is extremely well grounded. Focusing primarily upon the threat Olav poses and the power plays, political manoeuvring and manipulation of his
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Paul
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Snorri did it again. The book is nicely fast paced , characters are great and the violence suitably graphic.
The book is very different in many ways to the first one.
There is less of the continuous battle and more of a journey book, following the main characters as they disperse from the Stenvik , the site of book ones battles.
The occasional glimpse of the old Gods interfering and prodding are suitably interesting to give the mythical side of the book the right tone.The book settles down to thre
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Fantasy Literature
In my review of Snorri Kristjansson’s first Viking book, Swords of Good Men, I pointed to how the action was generally a positive but issues of pace, POV, and characterization made the book fall somewhat short (I gave it three stars). Now his follow-up, Blood Will Follow is out, and while it improves in some areas, some flaws still carry over while the action has become, I thought, less compelling. I’m still giving this one three stars, but it’s a bit more shaky. Warning: spoilers for book one t ...more
Beau
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My one gripe with the first book in the series is how we don't really get to see things from the old gods faction viewpoint in a very positive light. It's all, skargrim is going to kill everyone because the witch lady said so. In this book we really address that balance and I find myself rooting for them! King olav remains as dastardly as ever, and his public acts of vandalism are wonderfully thought out. I did get annoyed a few times as things were vaguely alluded to; ie something would happen ...more
Ruth
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2014: FWFTB: immortal, kings, hammer, belt, wolf. A nice follow up to Swords of Good Men . There is a tad more fantasy in this book as opposed to the first one which could have been a bog-standard Vikingish novel. This is quite a gripping and fast-paced read with blood and gore all over the place. There are some funny lines though - gallows humour - but funny nonetheless. I think there is a lot more to come for Ulfar (my favourite) and Audun and looking forward to the 3rd in the series. Definit ...more
Shane Kiely
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable follow up to a book I'd kind of forgotten about a little bit in the interim since reading it. Transforms from being quite a contained narrative of multiple perspectives on the same events, to a a trio of separate but still quite cleverly connected stories. Strikes a similar balance between straight Viking historical fiction & Norse mythology that I thought the first few MD Lachlan books did so well (though perhaps not on the level of those books at rid best). I feel the details of ...more
Wulfrun Andy
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
loved it, but with mixed feelings too...

this is one of those books that I found hard to get into, and didnt "£consume" its pages like i tend to with thins kind of book...

More so, I kept reading the odd 10 pages... the story, the book, is very good, the characters have good depth... but personally, I found it very... disjointed? (is that even a real word? it is isnt it? lol)

but I did love it at the end... and would like to get the next book of the trilogy... but cant see if its out in paperback y
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Glen Hoos
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's truly great about this story is that the characters actually struggle with the events of the last book, and it results in a wonderfully character driven story. At the same time, the over all plot of the books begins to grow much deeper, with the fantasy elements of the story coming more fully into play, drawing you more into the story driving you to keep reading so you can find out what's going on.
Jack
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Valhalla Saga trilogy - and there are some new twists and surprises.
Ulfar and Audun are still making people's lives miserable - that's cool. But...there are some interesting turns to the story.
I liked it. and I'm off to buy the their book.
I really like the cast of characters the author has created. They live and breath.
Cindy
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review will be online soon!
Christopher Taylor
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Better than the first book. Excellent word smithing. Interesting and full of wonderful Norse Viking lore.
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