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Twilight of the Gods

(Grimnir #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In A Gathering of Ravens, he fought for vengeance. Now, Grimnir is back to fight for his survival.

It is the year of Our Lord 1218 and in the land of the Raven-Geats, the Old Ways reach deep. And while the Geats pay a tax to the King in the name of the White Christ, their hearts and souls belong to the gods of Asgardr. But no man can serve two masters.

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Published 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Dyrk Ashton
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite reads in the last ten years! I really liked A Gathering of Ravens, the first book in this series, but Twilight is even better, in my humble opinion. Oden draws on multiple mythologies, though most heavily Norse, as well as Christianity, to create one of the most creative and compelling stories I've read in a very long time. An amazing tale of a clash between the old gods and the new. Dark, action-packed, with unique characters that will scare the shit our of you, but y ...more
Jeff Bryant
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are books you pick up and reread. This book I immediately went back and read momenta after finishing it. Scott Oden has a writing style that hearkens to the pulp days of Robert E Howard ( it's no secret he is an REH fan). What's more, he would have been a contemporary of Howard and someone RE would have sought out to collaborate. Scott's gritty and earthy prose grabs you by the collar and never lets go.
Twilight continues the tale of Grimnir, the last of his kind, skraelinger, known by m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A few years ago, I read a terrific book called A Gathering of Ravens, a fantasy epic which wove together the flowing threads of myth and time. Its protagonist, Grimnir, was called orcnéas—an Orc—but regardless of the names they gave him, all saw him as a monster. Readers, however, soon saw that he was much, much more.

Now in this sequel, aptly titled Twilight of the Gods, our story with Grimnir picks up again in the early t
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog!~

This is the continuing story of Grimnir, who is the last of the kaunar, a skraelingr (he’s basically an orc) who has wandered the land for something like twelve hundred years. He’s currently living somewhat isolated among the Raven-Geats – a clan of people who, despite Christianity taking over much of the land, still worship the old gods of Asgard. That, and they have a sacred protector (guess who?!) they know as The Hooded One, who they give offerings and so on
Shreyas Adhikari
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“He is called many things, child,” she said. “Corpse-maker, Life-quencher,
and the Bringer of Night; he is the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent.
You bear witness to the last of the kaunar, child. The last son of Bálegyr
left to plague Miðgarðr. He is Grimnir, and he is all that stands between you
and the hymn-singing hordes of the Nailed God.”

I received this book from the author himself in exchange for an honest review. And the gods know I enjoyed this, enjoyed this as much as the orcish,
Tim Martin
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
Very enjoyable book, vividly written, it just sucked me into a different world and that was very much something I needed right now. Oden has just a wonderful skill with his descriptive writing, often with just a couple of words, but the right words, putting me alongside a character in say a forest besides the dark waters of a lake, a land under a heavy pall of cloud, with fat flakes of snow hissing in the greasy orange flames of a character’s torch, the character perhaps tearing into a haunch of ...more
Vincent Darlage
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Scott Oden is one of my favorite authors - I especially loved The Lion of Cairo, which is one of the best fantasy books ever written - and now he is revisiting the world of A Gathering of Ravens. This is the second book of Grimnir the Orc, set in our world at a time when Christianity was fighting the pagan in the lands of the Norsemen. Although it is a second book, it functions as a stand-alone novel as well.

Dísa Dagrúnsdottir,a 16 year old girl who longs to be a shield maiden, has been chosen
Darrell Grizzle
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every bit as good as A Gathering of Ravens, which I loved. This is the second novel about Grimnir the Orc, but it works well as a standalone. The clashes between the followers of the old gods and the “new” religion of Christianity are more violent here, and the characters and dialogue are just as captivating as the bloody battle scenes. Disa, the young village woman chosen against her will to be a servant to Grimnir, is a strong character who proves herself to be a warrior, worthy to be a leader ...more
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
I really loved this book, even more than the first one.
The conflict of religions was very intriguing. Not only is there a nice influence of Robert E. Howard but there is also a hint of Karl Wagner's Kane in Grimnr.
Well played Mr. Oden.
Miriam Michalak
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely tremendous read, loved it!
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twilight of the Gods by Scott Oden reads and feels much like historical fiction at the outset, though the sub-genre is technically historical fantasy. It is a fun and action-packed story, but it requires some investment to get to the payoff. The story starts off a little slow with detailed descriptions, so if you are not into expanding your vocabulary, this may not be for you. While one of the main characters, Grimnir, is identified as unnatural early on, it’s not clear why until later in the st ...more
"A Gathering of Ravens" was a fantastic read, and this sequel is even better.

I won't really go much into the story. You can read the blurb description on the book to get an idea of what it's all about.

What I will say is that I absolutely love Oden's writing style. His world-building, the atmosphere that he creates, the words that he chooses are just so so good. I've been sucked into both of these books and devoured them both in a very short amount of time while left wanting for another one. If y
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss
I'll be short: I love this exciting and gripping fantasy story and can't wait to read the next instalment.
Everything is excellent: the plot, the characters, the storytelling and the world building.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Don Livingston
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In-depth research, detailed battles, a pleasure to read. The saga of Grimnir continues in this must read novel by Scott Oden.
S.E. Lindberg
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review coming....
Halogen Josh
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twilight of the Gods is that remarkable sequel that surpasses the original. It's the Empire Strikes Back. In the first book, Oden builds the sandbox; in this book, he gets to play in it, and what a time he has!

In Twilight of the Gods, Grimnir is a little older, a little smaller, a little weaker, and a little more nostalgic. We find him as the guardian of a small Scandinavian village, a hold-out people clinging to their old traditions and ways, even as the ever-encroaching sea-change of Christian
Tim Putney
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great follow up, as vicious as a cornered and wounded wolverine. For this story I listened to the audio book version so I could hear all the names and lands pronounced correctly and I was mesmerized by the narrator’s fantastic weaving of this dark and grim tale of revenge, secrets and lies. A must read/listen for Norse tales fans and those that like their stories dark and bloody.
Simon Ellberger
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the rare opportunity to be one of the beta readers for this book as Scott went through the creation/writing process, and I had a fantastic time. It was fascinating and enlightening, especially to a wanna-be scribbler like myself. But to read the tale again, as a completed novel, was a revelation. I knew the story was good, hell, I've read it once already, but it's REALLY, REALLY good! I had forgotten how fast moving it was, how detailed the description, and how thunderous the action scenes ...more
Michael Goodwin
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, even better than the first in the series!
How is this terrific author not on the Best Seller list?!

Grimnor is one of the best characters I've read in a long time. Highly recommended.
Nathaniel Rich
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm pleased to say it's better than the first, and I'm excited to follow through to the third! ...more
Wes Spence
Didn't love this sequel. What bothered me was how awesome the prophecy was repeated throughout the book, to then have the ending feel very rushed. Great character development that had me both rooting for the "heroes" and villains. ...more
A.M. Justice
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A grim, grueling, and glorious tale of revenge and loyalty to family and community.

Full review here:
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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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