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A Gathering of Ravens

(Grimnir #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  161 reviews
To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind--the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeanc
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Scott A version of Beowulf, yes. I played fast and loose with a few different myths when creating Grimnir's people: his father Balegyr, for instance, is the…moreA version of Beowulf, yes. I played fast and loose with a few different myths when creating Grimnir's people: his father Balegyr, for instance, is the "origin" of the Irish myth of Balor of the Eye; his brother draws heavily from Beowulf.(less)
Scott It's a stand-alone that will be part of a larger cycle. Ultimately, I envision three stand-alone novels linked by the main character, Grimnir.…moreIt's a stand-alone that will be part of a larger cycle. Ultimately, I envision three stand-alone novels linked by the main character, Grimnir.(less)

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James Tivendale
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
I received a review copy of A Gathering of Ravens in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Scott Oden and Bantam Books.

A Gathering of Ravens is the tale of Grimnir, the last orc, and is set in an alternative Europe circa the 11th century. The narrative begins when two Christians, the Danish warrior Njàll and young English hymn-singer Étaín, are forced to seek shelter overnight in a cave due to dire weather. This dwelling is Grimnir's abode and after a violent confrontation, Grimnir essent
Nick Borrelli
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Click here for my full review:

Let me first begin by saying that I absolutely love Norse mythology. I have been obsessed with it since I was a boy and remember vividly walking to the public library on the corner of my street to check out any book that I could find on the subject. I had heard smatterings about Scott Oden's A Gathering of Ravens from various social media outlets and I must admit that the cover of the book instantly caught my attention when I
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Ambitious in scope and audacious in its execution, A Gathering of Ravens spectacularly weaves together the threads of history and mythological tradition, spiriting readers away on a journey through legend and time. A master storyteller, author Scott Oden has combined elements from Norse and Celtic lore with the richness of the early medieval landscape to create a novel that is epic in every sense; we have bloodshed and tri
Nicholas Eames
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My brother has bounced off a lot of books lately, but he recently plucked this off my shelf and loved it, so when he finished I asked him if he wouldn't mind writing a review. His first one was a bit...verbose (haha), so he wrote a second that I'll post below! He really, really liked this book!

"Beowulf meets Old Boy".

Scott Oden's A Gathering of Ravens is an epic endeavour of Historical Fiction. Much like his anti-hero Grimnir, Oden's world is coarse and slick and drips with the viscera of legend
James Schmidt
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My review today is for:

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Where do I begin with this epic historical fantasy? Let’s go back a little. I struck up an internet friendship with Scott after I kept seeing mention of his book. A book with Norse myths, and an Orc as the protagonist? Sign me up! I was not disappointed. I received a very early e-arc of the book thanks to Scott. I was in a huge reading slump an
Alice (Married To Books)
For anyone who likes historical fantasy or mythology, this is the book to go to! I would like to thank Tom over at Bantem Press for the opportunity to read A Gathering of Ravens for review and taking part in a promotional tour for it. This is an adult fantasy that was pitched as a "Beowulf meets Lord of The Rings." Having not read either of those books/series, I was going into reading this not knowing much about what to expect or how the ending was going to turn out.

This is set across the years
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Tense, atmospheric, and vividly written, A Gathering of Ravens is one of those books that has been underappreciated, too overlooked, and not received nearly the attention it deserves for the incredible work that it is. If you’re a fan of historical fantasy, and you haven’t read this yet, you’re really doing yourself an injustice. Oden infuses this book for the passion of his craft, and love of the subject he writes about.

This is worth your time.”
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To start things off, this is one of the best historical fantasy novels, and one of the best books of any genre I have read in a long time. I don't read a lot of modern fantasy, as I find many of them too bloated with padding to achieve a high page count. Scott has done in some 350 pages what many a modern fantasy author fails to do in 500+ pages; entertain the hell out of me! This book simply kicks ass. The story is always moving forward, each scene informs and entertains while moving the plot f ...more
Dyrk Ashton
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orcs
ARC Review

I want to start out by saying if you love, well, anything whatsoever having to do with extremely well written fantasy, read this book. To focus that: Norse mythology, Celtic mythology, thrilling action, epic, a bit of the ol' Grimdark, fascinating characters, human and non-human, amazing locations, deep history and colorful world... I could go on. I'm going to keep this short because I want very badly to trespass into spoiler territory. So I'll just say this...

What strikes me as much a
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Originally reviewed here:

3 Stars

A Gathering of Ravens was one of the 2017 releases that I was really looking forward to. I was super excited when I was approved for a copy.

I can only be honest when reviewing, otherwise what's the point? So, here goes. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it either. I just didn't connect with it at all. I really wanted too. Everything about the blurb screamed "perfect for Tracey!!". And yet, I was underwhelmed.

Why? Is it me?
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have always been a fan of Robert Howard's Conan. Apparently, so is Scott Oden (is that his real last name or a pretentious nom de guerre?) and it shows heavily in his writing style. Conan stood as a stark barbarian alternative to the nature of "civilized" man. Conan's fighting style was a mixture of battlefield training since he was a child fighting clan wars and a well traveled mercenary. He was also tremendously strong and with superb reflexes due to his barbarian background. I am sure you a ...more
Ned Lud
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful blend of history and fantasy. Highly recommended!
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Meet Grimnir, loveable, kind, caring, eloquent, polite, well mannered, sociable and pacifist cuddle bunny.

Faugh! Meet Grimnir, snarky, foul-mouthed, bad-tempered, mean, vile, obstinate, brutal, loner, all around badass, your new favourite anti-hero and a fucking awesome character!

You know by now that whenever possible I avoid spoilers or detailed analysis of the story in my reviews
S.E. Lindberg
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-se
A Gathering of Ravens delivers an Orc with serious depth, and he carries a bloody seax too.
“Since young adulthood, I’ve wanted to write a book about Orcs—those foot soldiers of evil first revealed to us in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I wanted to write it from the Orcs’ point of view. And I wanted to redeem them.”Scott Oden, Author’s Note from A Gathering of Ravens

Scott Oden did not want to “write about a redeeming orc,” or the “redemption of an orc.” Rather, the
Eric Woods
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It has everything I love in fantasy. Well… almost everything. It’s missing a named weapon and a dragon but it has everything else. Full bodied and interesting characters, deadly creatures of myth and legend, harsh and uncompromising action, a layered story built by the character’s desires rather than plot fiat, and a sense that the world is so much larger than just the peek we get. And all of this is done without falling into the traps that much of the popular modern fantasy s ...more
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
This is my review that is also posted over at :

Grimnir is a monster, literally. The Norse call him skraelingr. To the Irish, he is the fomoraig, and to the English he is an orcneas. Born and raised to do war, for and against the old gods. Immortal, they spend their endless lives, longing for glory in the final battle of Ragnarok.

So Grimnir’s disposition is already brutal, but to add to it, he’s the very last of his kind. To say he’s a pissed-off is a gross understatement. A
C.T. Phipps
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grimdark, fantasy
A GATHERING OF RAVENS is an interesting premise for a book: a tale of a monstrous orc-like creature who is the last of his kind along with an idealistic pacifist Christian girl during the last days of paganism in the Viking Era.

It is a story which is reminiscent of the tv show VIKINGS as well as some of the writings of Bernard Cornwell. You really don't think any fantasy which includes an orc would be so serious and grim but it's more Beowulf than a Lord of the Rings rip off.

This is definitely
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Religion, monster, power, revenge, mythology.

I don't read a lot of them, but I do love historical fantasy. And this one was pretty much perfect.

It did take a little while to get going, but once Aidan was revealed I was hooked. And once we got to all of the added politics later in the second half I couldn't put it down.

I loved the setting, how vast and realistic everything felt. I loved the mix of history and mythology, and I loved how the different religions explored strengthened the pl
Eh, but this is going to be such a difficult review for me, because even though I could see the things I could appreciate, there was something about the book overall that failed to fully capture me and convert me into a diehard fan.

A Gathering of Ravens is a story of revenge, set in the time of Vikings when the power play in between Odin and Jesus was in full swing. (And we all know who came out on top, damn it!) The historical settings, myth and magic are intertwined as Grimnir (an evil, ugly A
Joanna Park
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review can also be found at:

I loved this fantastic, gripping book! Firstly let me say that I don’t read a lot of fantasy books but I had heard so much about A Gathering of Ravens that I had to read it for myself, and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed. My main issue with fantasy books is I find they are quite descriptive and that tends to lose my interest. This book is nothing like that it intrigued me from the start with the fast pace and action
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. I'm knocked a little speechless by this one. There is so much fantasy in this book, and seemingly so much history. I'm always impressed by historical fiction in which the writer has done their research and included real events, real times and real places and written them to be entertaining on top of it all. This book starts heavily on the fantasy side, and ends heavily on the side of history. I suppose, even the fantasy aspect was part of history. The author researched his mythology and wro ...more
Liz Barnsley
A Gathering Of Ravens was really well written, a bloodthirsty tale, mixing mythology and fantasy in a really clever, engaging and often hard hitting way.

I found that I read it in short, sharp bursts rather than all at once, this worked really well for me as it was a challenging read in that the background was often murky. The two main characters here are utter opposites, one captured by the other, both though building a relationship throughout the book which I found compelling. A relationship ba
The Nerd Daily
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ephrem

Norse and Celtic mythology are beautifully woven in this historical fantasy novel set in medieval Europe, where the battle between the Old and New religions are at its peak. With his masterful storytelling skills, Scott Oden spirits the reader across different legends and lore while introducing a diverse cast of characters, including Grimnir, our not-so-normal protagonist who is the last of his kind.

The book begins in Denmark where two Christians fin
Avery (Book Deviant)
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Hi! I don't know who's reading this review, but if you're the asshole who's been sending me anonymous messages, you can kindly fuck yourself and get the hell out of my life. The review below is MY OPINION, and the fact that you're being this childish over it is pathetic. Get over it. I will not be removing it.

Original Review:

I would like to thank the people at Thomas Dunne Books for allowing me to have an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant

I'll be ke
Frank Errington
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review copy

The story in Scott Oden's, A Gathering of Ravens. takes place a thousand years in the past. It is a mix of legend, history, myth, magick, and the growing influence of Christianity. It's not the kind of fare I would usually read or review, but I'm so glad I picked this up.

An epic tale from an orc's point of view. From the synopsis of A Gathering of Ravens...

"To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christophers-rec
A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden is a one of the best books I have read in awhile. From the very first page to the very last this book held me in thrall.

A Gathering of Ravens is a book about murder, revenge, and redemption. A tale of Grimnir. Some call him Orc, some The Bringer of Night, and some Corpse-maker. From Grendel to Grimnir their kind has always been feared and hated, and because of this fear all of his kind are dead except Grimnir. The last of his kind to walk the worlds.

Grimnir em
Jeremy Jackson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fine Norse fantasy, on the lighter side of Grimdark, compellingly told and written well.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 - that was totally outside my wheelhouse and I really liked it. Longer review to come.
Shawn Wickersheim
An amazing book. It felt very much like a wonderfully written and incredibly entertaining historical fantasy/fiction novel. I'm a fan of Tolkien and Conn Iggulden and now, Scott Oden! I look forward to reading more books by this author. ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Gathering of Ravens is a skillfully woven historical fantasy that straddles legend and reality to deliver a sucker punch of an action story.

Grinmir, the last of his ancient kind, has abducted Étaín to assist him on his quest for vengeance against the one who killed the rest of his kin. He, a direct product of the world of the old Norse gods, and she, the devout follower of Christ, traverse across countries and time in a journey that will change both of them. Set in the era of Gaels, Saxons, a
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Scott Oden was born in Indiana, but has spent most of his life shuffling between his home in rural North Alabama, a Hobbit hole in Middle-earth, and some sketchy tavern in the Hyborian Age. He is an avid reader of fantasy and ancient history, a collector of swords, and a player of tabletop role-playing games. When not writing, he can be found walking his two dogs or doting over his lovely wife, Sh ...more

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