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Götter der Rache

(The Rise of Sigurd #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,131 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Norwegen, A. D. 785: Der Wikingerclan unter Führung von Jarl Harald steht vor einem neuen Sturm der Schwerter. Die harten Kämpfer ziehen für ihren König Gorm in die Schlacht: Drachenboot gegen Drachenboot. Doch der verräterische König lockt Harald und seine Mannen in eine tödliche Falle. Ihr Dorf wird vernichtet, Frauen und Kinder niedergemetzelt oder in die Sklaverei gege ...more
Paperback, 605 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Heyne (first published April 10th 2014)
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Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*4.5 Stars*

Breathtaking, quite simply,breathtaking! Prepare to have your 'awe' well and truly struck by this amazing Viking saga.

Sigurd's quest to avenge his family's slaughter is relentless, brutal, bloody, but utterly mesmerising. There's no let up in the action, and you barely have time to draw breath before the next event knocks you sideways. This is a glorious, passionate Viking saga that will have you rooting for Sigurd and his warriors. It has to be said that the violence is horrific but
Check out my review for God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian on Grimdark Magazine here: Grimdark Magazine


My 30th review on Goodreads... 'tis an omen it is about a viking adventure.


God of Vengeance is indeed a tale of vengeance, one that is as bloody and brutal as an evening in Valhalla. This is the first of 3 tales in the saga of Sigurd (The Rise of Sigurd) and I’m fairly certain if I had a beard as long as Olaf it would be been well and truly blown off!

“Let the enemy see the sword in my ha
A decent story of revenge, if a bit slow and lacking in emotional depth.

This is a prequel to the Raven series. I didn’t even remember owning book one and passing it on to my father, which should tell you how I felt about that one. Secondly, I wouldn’t listen to author comparisons because you may be disappointed. If you go into this book expecting a unique style of writing you will enjoy it much more.

I'll be reading the sequel since I do like the time period, and there are a few characters I hop
Stjepan Cobets
My rating 4.7

The book “God of Vengeance (The Rise of Sigurd # 1)” by Giles Kristian is a great novel about Vikings in which we follow the story of Sigurd and his struggle against a superior enemy. The plot of the book takes place in Norway in the year 785. At that time life was worth less than a speck of dust, death lurked at every turn like a thief. Cruel nature also gave birth to uncompromising Viking warriors who valued only courage and honor. In that cruel world, scams, intrigues, and betray
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is not exactly up to Bernard Cornwell's standard of writing historical fiction or shield wall drama, this first installment of the viking saga of Sigurd has all the necessary ingredients for a great story. A great tale and a good build up to book 2 and 3 as Sigurd is only into his first beard and there is plenty more to come!
How glad was I to hear that Giles Kristian was to return to the Vikings! God of Vengeance, a prequel to his fabulous Raven trilogy, is utterly immersive. Everything about it - its rich language, stunning landscapes, its mythology, as well as its men and women, warriors, mothers, priests and kings - oozes Viking. Sigurd's quest for vengeance is so exciting, brutal, bloody and driven. Without doubt, this is the historical novel to beat this year. The whole thing is such a brilliant read.


Simply Viking fiction in PEAK PRIME condition.

It is dark, it is dirty and yes there is blood. But oh the GLORY and the PASSION and the GUT-GRIPPING storytelling talent will make you enjoy every chapter, paragraph, sentence and individual words. There are some BEAUTIFUL phrases, kennings and images throughout this book.

The vikings were expert sword-smiths and wrote sagas in silver and blood.
Giles Kristian is a word-smith t
Igor Ljubuncic
I'm DNF-ing this at 15% mark. And no rating.

All in all, this could be an interesting, gritty book. A mix between Ambercrombie and Cornwell. Alas, the writing is difficult - archaic, ponderous, even biblical, and this slows down the reading and totally kills the suspense. As an example, most sentences in the book read like this:

Sven swung his sword, which was mighty and sharp, and it bit into the enemy shield with great force, for Sven was among the strongest of his clan, and he fought with feroc
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
3 chapters in and I have had enough, so badly written.

Trying to find a new series since finishing the Saxon Saga by Cornwell and even when that series was at its worst it was significantly better then this.

Badly written characters, horrendous dialogue and a writing style that is way to plain and boring for this genre.

Dropped this as it was just awful to me.
The first 20% or so I wasn't sure about this book. Sure it is starts out as your basic revenge/blood debt type of book. The story remains one of vengeance. The characters, dynamics and banter is what brings this story to life. I listened to the audio book and the narration was overall is good. I got lost a couple times before I realized a story transition had taken place. The voices of the characters are really well done.

Sigurd is the youngest son of Jarl Harold with fire in his belly to be a wa
I could have sworn, after I began this book, that I wasn't going to like it. It was written very well, which is what I always expect from this author, as he has only gotten better and better with each book he releases. The scene setting was excellent, also what I expect from this author as this Scandinavian culture is close to his heart - being directly descended from it.

However, for some reason I could not connect with what was going on. For more than 100 pages I was bored and often tempted to
Manda Scott
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giles Kristian was one of the first historical writers that I came to know: we share a publisher and we’ve shared events and I’ve loved his writing since the first of the ‘Raven BloodEye’ novels came out a handful of years ago. He wrote three of those and then took some time out and wrote a couple of cracking, fast-paced ECW novels, and now he’s back with a vengeance… yes, that was deliberate in all the senses it could be: this is by far and away the best book Giles has ever written and that’s s ...more
Mark Halse
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was dying to read this book. As an American, I've waited so long for this book to be released in the states. It just never came. This past Christmas I finally bought a paperback copy straight from the UK which took a month to arrive. A week later they released it on kindle...

But I digress. This book was great. A little muddled at times but generally what I expected from the origin story of Sigurd the Lucky. This book is centered around the most sacred aspect of Norse culture, THE BLOOD FUED.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A good voice is like a good sword or a good saga. It doesn't get made over night. It requires time.”

I haven’t really read such a badass viking story. I didn’t expect what this book gave me. I got a lot better than I hoped. As in most such stories, a great tragedy happens to the main character and he swears revenge by subjugating his enemies. Sigurd is a very strong character, at first he seems weak, though he isn't. I liked that the story wasn’t overly dramatic. Sigurd and his team are broken,
Robin Carter
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Fans of the hit “Raven” series, great news the Vikings are back, only this isn’t the Sigurd we know from the fantastic Raven Series. God of Vengeance begins a prequel series for Sigurd, his early years, how he became who he is and what molded him into the fearsome and Odin favoured warrior that he is. Its an introduction into some of the key characters such as Black Floki and Bear, and oh what an introduction.

Sigurd very quickly goes from the son of
S.J.A. Turney
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember Raven? Well you should do! Giles Kristian’s debut book and the series that followed were ground-breaking for me, being the first Viking novels I had read. They had all the action, excitement and fur-wrapped adventure – with frozen snot in your beard – as a reader could hope.

Then Giles stopped (or more accurately paused) the Viking writing to delve into the world of the English Civil War with The Bleeding Land, which was one of the deepest, most harrowing pieces of historical fiction I e
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Furiously fast paced and action-packed, this gloriously rich sweeping saga is a breathtaking masterwork!

From bestselling author of ‘RAVEN saga’ comes a startlingly compelling new Viking novel, wrought with fervent intensity and evocative atmospheric ambience. The hugely compelling tale interweaves superbly captured brutality and the power of bloodthirsty Norse battles, in all its gritty rawness and bone-shattering substance. Lavishly drawn from detailed descriptions of the blood-curdling, reali
Paula Lofting
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
4.5 stars
Brilliantly narrated, great battle and fight scenes, fabulous characters.
My only quibbles were the use of the term which a scramaseax which is Frank and not Viking. The Viking term I believe should have been knifr, and although they used the Viking Seax, am not sure if they would have called them 'seaxes' - but thats the pedant in me. The other quibble i have is the use of omnipresent author's voice which meant that I didn't get the character's experience from their point of view, but f
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
igurd, son of Harald is keen to make his name in battle. As a son of a Jarl he knows he must forge his own path if he is to emerge from his fathers shadow and weave his own name into the sagas.

His opportunity comes quicker than he expects when his father is betrayed by his King and a powerful Jarl. With his home destroyed, his family slaughtered and his sister captured by his enemies, Sigurd must flee for his life.

With just a few trusted friends, Sigurd roams the seas as an outlaw, hunted by his
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word. Revenge.
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
My sea chest has been pack away for far to long,and it`s great to be back with Sigurd and the boy`s in the shield wall.After a little diviersion into the English Civil War,which i hope it will not be to long before he returns to in the future,Giles is back to were his heart is,the world of the Vikings,to tell the tale of the origins of Sigurd and his fellowship.The difference with God of Vengeance compared to the Raven books is that for me Giles,after five books has grown into a even better writ ...more
Pacey and driven, although sometimes it felt like the narrative was driven more by the need to put the band back together than the revenge plot, but it's one of my favourite bands so I shan't complain too much.
The pages drip with as much mise-en-scene as blood, the character work feels rooted in time and place; even the bit parts feel like they could have off-page inner lives of their own. I'm looking forward to more of Sigurd's Saga.
Ros Burrage
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
absolutely brilliantly written! I love these sagas. I'm always sad when they end. It was great to find out how Sigurd's wyrd started, even if it was saturated in sorrow. I'm hoping there will be more sagas to come??
Laurie Pringle
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I thought I might feel less attached - but this book increased my attachment to the characters and adventures of Jarl Sigurd and all those sworn to him.
James Cox
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viking perfection! What a read. Really, really enjoyed the characters and the action. The plot was fantastic. I want the sequel. Now. But I am a greedy bastard. lol.
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God of Vengeance, quite possibly, is the best book I've picked up up all year. Normally, the whole vengeance plot feels kind of dull to me. But this one is anything but. The author has created a rich cast of characters from the unfortunate, and hate-fuelled Sigurd to his ever-present, ever-boastful, friend Svein. My personal favourite being the grizzled, wily  veteran Olaf, Sigurd's father's (Jarl Harald) chosen warrior. 
The writing is i
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel opens with Sigurd Haraldsson, on the verge of manhood, being refused a place on his father's ship as they were leaving for war. He then witnessed a betrayal that resulted in the massacre of his father, his brothers, his father's men and afterwards, his village. Sigurd swore vengeance on all involved in this betrayal and believes that as he is Odin's blessed, he will succeed. First and foremost, however, is to rescue his younger sister and destroy the jarl who was a key in his father's ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vikings! While Giles Kristian first reached my radar with his Viking novels, the first of his works I actually read was his Civil War novel The Bleeding Land . This book, chronicling the fate of the Rivers family during the Civil War completely blew me away, as did its sequel Brothers' Fury –in fact, I'm still hoping for a third instalment. However, when God of Vengeance was announced as a new Viking novel and a prequel to Kristian's Raven series I was equally stoked, because I'd finally g ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of action! Was like rejoining old friends since I read the Raven series first. This book really gets the reader into the story...felt like I was there with them.

On to the next in the series and very much looking forward to it as I had unanswered questions in Raven that I hope to find answers with Sigurd.

The covers of these books are awesome!
I prefer reading paper and proudly displaying great stories such as these.
Daniel Jobling
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First of all I have no idea how either I completely missed the fact this book is a prequel to raven only fool me 300 pages but that's my own silliness. This is a brilliant story of the beginning and I enjoyed the setting the characters and the flow of the book no one writes Vikings better for me.
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