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The Wolf Sea

(Oathsworn #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A band of brothers known as the Oathsworn, committed only to each other, feared by many, rises again, setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and glory.

Washed up in a hostile city, battleweary and out of luck, the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader, the young Orm, to bring them back once more to wealth and warfare. But Orm’s prized sword, the
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Published May 27th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Robert Low is such an under-rated author and it amazes me that he is not more popular. I suppose to be more popular would make him main stream and that might take some of the eccentricity out of his writing as he strives to placate a larger reader base.
Don't get me wrong, Robert Low is a popular and accomplished author, it is just that he is not as well known as say, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. Although, he is as good as them, if not better at times.
Low is a brilliant writer and he
Tamara Agha-Jaffar
The Wolf Sea, Robert Low’s second book of the Oathsworn series, continues where The Whale Road (Oathsworn #1) left off. The novel opens with young Orm, the Viking leader of the Oathsworn, with his scruffy, battle-weary band of men stranded in Constantinople. When Orm’s sword, the Rune Serpent, is stolen by Starkad, the Oathsworn embark on a perilous mission to retrieve the sword and rescue their captured brothers. Their mission takes them across the 10th Century lands of Cyprus, Syria, and ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (rounded up to four). Definite improvement over the first book, The Whale Road. Descriptive pendulum may have swung a little too far, actually. But, I'm officially hooked; have already started the next book, The White Raven.

This one was largely set in what we would call the Near-East. That's a departure (in my experience, anyway) for a Viking tale. Very interesting!

I won't deny that there were some dry spots. But the action was vivid, for sure. And I got to understand the primary
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From start to finish this book is a great read.

We follow the Oathsworn from where we left them in the first book; depleted and divided they travel from Greece to Cyprus to Antioch and Jerusalem. They meet Muslims, Bedouins and fellow Danes while battling their way to Starkard, in a quest to retrieve the Rune Serpent Sword he stole.

Jumping from action to action this book seldom stops anywhere for long. Between the traveling or the fighting there was always something new to catch my attention and
Lee Broderick
Being the leader is not all it's cracked up to be; Orm quickly discovers that as he has the leadership of the Oathsworn thrust upon him. Such responsibility would be a test for any young man but especially so in an alien land on the edge of the known world; his naivety is shown by his willingness to trust those that he knows he should have doubts about. As he searches for his own albatross, stolen from him, keeping the Oathsworn together - and alive - is a tough task as he has to negotiate ...more
Val Penny
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Wolf Sea was the recommended book for my book group. I was at a bit of a disadvantage as this is the second book in Robert Harris’s “Oathsworn” series. In this second novel, the story centres on the eastern Mediterranean.

This novel takes the survivors of a Viking band from the streets of the medieval world’s greatest city to those of its holiest city. The group is united by an oath to Odin.

Some early adventures take place on the sea and islands, however, the Vikings are soon in that other “
Howard Anders
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second volume in the series. In the first volume,"The Whale Road", a young Orm joins a group of Viking raiders - the Oathsworn. Much of this first volume deals with a search for buried treasure - the burial mound of Attila the Hun. At the conclusion of "The Whale Road" Orm becomes the leader of the Oathsworn. The start of "The Wolf Sea" finds the Oathsworn stranded in Constantinople. Orm's sword, the Rune Serpent, retrieved from Attila's treasure hoard, is stolen by the villain, ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
C2008: FWFTB: oath, sword, battles, mercenaries, Jerusalem.Slowly getting throught the back catalogue of Mr Low who I have only just recently discovered.This second book is a lot “grittier” than the first but manages to include some really interesting bits of history. Mr Low is a wordsmith. Some paragraphs seem to be written just to be read aloud and savoured. “Even the sea here was corroded, heaving in slow fat swells, black and slick and greasy as a wet hog’s back, glittering with scum and ...more
Patrick Murphy
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Low follows the same basic formula as his first Oathsworn book: a Viking mashup of picaresque and noir, traversing a richly researched and reimagined world of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean knit by trading ties and ethnic feuds, given color by the author's spare and epithet-dense style. The Wolf Sea, however, turns out to be a halfway-decent reason to push through the The Whale Road, by immediately succeeding its predecessor while surpassing it in every measure. Low's writing is more ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This floored me.

Orm is now the (reluctant) leader of the Oathsworn - and manages to loose the dragon-runed sword he gained in the last book... Lost to his great enemy Starkad...

What follows is how Orn and his Oathsword brothers bounce across the eastern Mediterranean and into the middle east trying to chase down this sword.

This is fantastic writing, and absolutely chock full of battle, betrayal, bloodshed (all that good stuff), and has even better characterisation that his last book (the Whale
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

A band of brothers known as the Oathsworn, committed only to each other, feared by many, rises again, setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and glory.

Washed up in a hostile city, battleweary and out of luck, the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader, the young Orm, to bring them back once more to wealth and warfare. But Orm’s prized sword, the legendary Rune Serpent, is gone, stolen by the rapacious Starkad, and with it the runes writ upon the hilt that only Orm can

Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
An engrossing if unlikely Viking adventure in the Middle East. Life for Robert Low's turn-of-the-millennium raiders is brutish, nasty, and short, and he certainly doesn't shy away from vivid descriptions of the era's violence. However, his battle explanations leave a lot to be desired, and are usually over in a paragraph or two. But fear not, there is plenty else to keep you eagerly turning the pages, from pillagings to sand storms, from rune swords to talking ravens, and everything in between. ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a bit more than The Whale Road. It is amazing the number of characters who die off. I guess that's why the author doesn't do a whole lot of character development with them. One minor annoyance is the map in the book is almost worthless. It didn't contain all the places named in the book and really served no real purpose. Hopefully the next book will have a better map. That being said, all in all, I'm really enjoying this series!
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Started brightly in the first couple of chapters, after which the pace diminishes somewhat. The novelist knows his history, and is fiercely original in his approach to the various scenes in this novel. He can also conjure up hilarity out of the darkest of situations. Felt a little bit more rushed than the first instalment in the series, but Orm the Bear Slayer and his band of merry rogues remain an endearing and intriguing bunch.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Wolf Sea is a fast-paced tale that takes the Oathsworn from Constantinople to Cyprus, Antioch, Damascus, Jerusalem, and ultimately the peak of Masada. I did not like the Wolf Sea as much as the Whale Road, but that is a hard standard to surpass. Nevertheless the Wolf Sea is very good read with many complicated characters and storylines.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This entire series is simply epic. Less about heroics and more about basic human motivation and period depiction of life, feelings and culture is simply awesome. Gripping storyline keeps you moving at a great pace, but the joy of discovery is the best piece.
Laurie Pringle
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not as easy a read as the first book, but entertaining. Hoping for a little smoother read in book 3!
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Orm and the Oathsworn fight their way through the empire of Constantinople to Jerusalem.
Bloody, grim, and compelling, just like the first one. Few bring a world to life like Robert Low. I'll be sure to read on to the next novel.
Kris Davidson
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing the saga of the oathsworn, the only thing lacking was bloodshed
Adam Hunter
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The voyage continues forward to the unknown and continues well!
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vikings stuck in the Mediterranean. They pick up a friar who spouts Latin phrases that are handy.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Taking the oathsworn into the Mediterranean and all of the problems that entails - very messy. lots of historical intrigue.
Ralph Halse
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent saga of Viking life & times
Audrey Cornelison
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this one just as much as the first, and I really loved the Goat Boy and Brother John. And Finn is growing on me too. Can't wait for the next one!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a fun, unapologetic, irreverent read. Just the way I like them! Loads of violence, plot twists (some were a tiny bit obvious but it did not take away from the story line so that is easily forgiven). My ONLY complaint is the stupid priest quoting latin all the time. It just seemed out of place and interrupted the flow a bit. I did appreciate the research put into the middle east during this time period. There was slightly too much emphasis on religion for my taste but all in all I ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second book in Robert Low's Oathsworn series of Vikings on a global quest.
Low weaves historical figures and events into the background as a ragged group of weary warriors quest for riches fame and glory, but all seem to secretly want to get home as well.

There's several more in the series, very enjoyable. I'll continue reading.
Tina Hileman
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love Robert Low's writing. The Whale Road and The Wolf Sea are complex, action packed, and meaningful stories. I am always surprised at the intricate story and ending that I did not see coming.
Diane Cranson
I love Robert Low's stories and writing. I don't understand why he isn't better known. Blood, sea-foam, grit and poetry in a heady mix. Looking forward to the next in the series
Janice Bonczek
The follow up to Robert Low's first book in the Oathsworn series: The Whale Road.

Another great viking adventure on a truly epic scale. Anyone interested in historical fiction, vikings, or this time period (late 900s) will be interested in this book.

We continue the tale of Orm and the Oathsworn, chasing after his ancient (possibly magical) sabre. A great story, but truly a tragedy.

I am definitely going to read the whole series.
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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 ...more

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