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The White Raven (Oathsworn #3)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  769 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
The Oathsworn have itchy feet. Battle-hungry and tired of keeping the homestead fires burning, they are restless for action. And, being the Oathsworn, action is what they get. When their homestead is attacked by Klerkon and his men, the Oathsworn promise bloody revenge. But they didn't count on having to undertake the most dangeous journey of their lives in order to save t ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by HarperCollins UK (first published March 5th 2009)
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Terri
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yet another beauty from the mind of Robert Low. I just can't get enough of his writing style. It just really appeals to me, as do his characters.
I want to ramble on with another long, elated review, but I have been reading the series one after the other and it does not seem so long ago that I waxed lyrical about the first two books. The Whale Road and The Wolf Sea.
I think I covered everything I like about these books in those first two reviews.
Drinking, cavorting, sword wielding, blunt, smel
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Sebastian Janek
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rome
Robert Low powraca jak zawsze z nowymi pomysłami rozszerzając o nowe wątki stworzony przez siebie świat Wikingów. Autor przyzwyczaił mnie do ciągłej akcji, dobrze napisanych bohaterów oraz wyjątkowych przygód, jakie są udziałem Orma i jego paczki. Low, będąc ekspertem w tematyce dotyczącej Wikingów poszedł teraz o wiele dalej, udoskonalił bowiem bardzo dobrze przemyślany obraz brutalnego i prymitywnego świata średniowiecza, który nie ogranicza się tylko do północnych rejonów Europy zwykle kojarz ...more
Justin
I've enjoyed Low's Oathsworn series, but this third installment was my favorite. It's got all the hallmarks of a great Viking epic. Every sentence is flavored with the world these men lived in. Low pulls no punches when it comes to the brutality they both endured and dealt out, but the reader nevertheless finds characters to root for and lament.
Orm is as complicated character, something of the reluctant hero. Others, including characters who will one day become living, breathing individuals well
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Marko Vasić
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I already declared: If Mr. Bernard Cornwell writes in aristocratic fashion about vikings and their battles, from monarchistic point of view, then Robert Low brings real "smell" of vikings into his novels. And fascinating is Low's knack to mingle Slavic and Norse mythology, not in Hollywood-stage-glam-way, but in raw and original way of their utilization in everyday life.
Al
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Praise for THE WHITE RAVEN: 'Robert Low's Oathsworn trilogy is historical writing at its best and most full-blooded, with its tremendous pacing, black comedy, a wonderfully vivid and rough-hewn prose style like runes hacked into granite, and most appealingly of all, its doomy, pagan sense of comradeship-unto-death between Orm Rurikson and his band of Viking brothers' WILLIAM NAPIER Praise for THE WHALE ROAD: 'A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read' BERNARD CORNWELL

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Patricia O'Sullivan
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Viking lord, Orm Bearslayer, has spent the last six years seeking fortune and now he wants to settle down on his farm. But his enemies have heard of a fantastic treasure buried across the steppes and only Orm knows its exact location. In the race to save members of the Oathsworn who have been taken captive and tortured for information, Orm and his men encounter a nine-year-old prince with the mind of a sage, a band of warrior-women sworn to protect Attila’s grave, and a host of greedy men who wi ...more
Carmen
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Robert Low's books open your eyes to the mentality of life in the dark ages. Not so much exhausting physical and historical detail. He's actually quite minimal when it comes to that stuff. There are no long, tedious descriptions of clothes and homes and furniture. But what he excels at are getting you in the mindset of the peoples. A snowstorm is not just a snowstorm: to the vikings in the book it really is Odin's white raven shaking his wings. These people are superstitious by our definition. B ...more
Dawn
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in this series.

Orm Bearslayer wants to settle down on a farm and forget about the oath and Attila's treasure but the tale of this fantastic treasure has spread and men start to gather in the hopes of Orm leading them to it. Given no choice, Orm must lead his men back across the steppes and on the way they encounter a child with a talent for telling stories, old and new enemies and a mysterious band of women who will do anything to prevent the treasure from being taken.

This co
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Debby Kean
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
This is one of the few series where it is possible to jump in, read book 3 and enjoy it. I don't feel any great desire to find and read books 1 and 2 though. The characterisation is vivid, the plot intricate and the people who were real historical people are nicely integrated - I like that they are not main characters!
The author nicely integrates other types of people as well.
Geoff
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have a rule of starting a book series from the start. I'm glad I broke it because this is damn good and I now have another series to look forward to.
William Pontarelli
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Greattale of physical endurance, loyalty to sacred oaths and goo
d old brutal viking warfare.
David
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent book but one that was quite difficult to follow. It was in a tone you could easily imagine as old Nordic. If you like Viking sagas - this is a really good book but you need to persevere.
Laurie Pringle
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the better books in the series... Not sure how many years Orm has left in him, though :)
Adam Hunter
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Row hard for it lads 'tis a race now!
Ralph Halse
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to the next read in the saga
Judy
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Viking books--too bad there aren't more of them.
Vít
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Třetí díl hodně přidal na tempu, nenechal mě moc vydechnout. Oproti prvním dvěma je drsnější a temnější, dočkáte se narážení na kůl, nemilosrdných přepadů bezbranných vesnic, bitvy s Amazonkami uprostřed zimní ruské stepi... Zkrátka je toho opravdu hodně co musí Orm a jeho bratrstvo překonat na nové cestě za proklatým Attilovým pokladem a cena kterou musí zaplatit je vysoká.
Čtyři hvězdy, dobrá dobrodružná knížka a těším se na další dva díly.
Kenny
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This was pretty damn interesting. I didn't enjoy it as much as the last couple, but oh boy its a ride.

What I love about this series is that it is historical fiction in the best way þ not the detailed descriptions of clothing and places, or sudden appearance of well known historical figure to pop in and say hi.. No, this is presenting a completely different mindset which is really compelling to follow, and makes me re-examine what I thought was "ordinary".

Orm is trying to settle down after his ad
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Kyle
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book less than the previous two in the series, although it did keep my interest all the way through. It starts off with a pretty gruesome description of an old torture, and that sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I did like the introduction of the character of Crowbone, and I expect we'll see a lot more of him as the series progresses. One thing that's a little odd about this series is that these Vikings don't seem to do an awful lot of Viking-like things. They spend more ti ...more
Ruth
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
c2008. FWFTB: silver-itch, Oathsworn, hostage, tomb, steppes. I am really enjoying this series. Although, historical, there are some esoteric touches that make it much more than your bog standard historical novel. Interestingly, I have been watching a brilliant BBC documentary about the Vikings and it is amazing how much of this novel touches on the documented finds of very recent archaelogical digs in Russia. And I learnt all about Birka who's downfall is one of the key reasons for some of the ...more
Sarah
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ungeschönt wird vom Leben der Wikinger erzählt. Es wir geraubt, geschlachtet und gefurzt. Der Autor erzählt dies ohne jeden Vorwurf, denn es war damals eben so (wie wir alle wissen). Die Charaktere sind gut beschrieben, einige Feinheiten erfährt man und der Autor gibt zu, dass er hier und da etwas erfunden hat. Tut der Sache aber keinen Abbruch. Es ist spannend und geht ans Herz. Das einzig Negative sind ein paar Widersprüche/Fehler, die sich in die Handlung eingeschlichen haben, fällt aber nich ...more
Tanya Bhatia
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yet another beauty from the mind of Robert Low. I just can't get enough of his writing style. It just really appeals to me, as do his characters.
I want to ramble on with another long, elated review, but I have been reading the series one after the other and it does not seem so long ago that I waxed lyrical about the first two books. The Whale Road and The Wolf Sea.
I think I covered everything I like about these books in those first two reviews.
Drinking, cavorting, sword wielding, blunt, smell
...more
Brian Turner
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of a series, although it made sense without having read the other two books.
The Oathsworn are a group of Vikings under their leader Orm Bearslayer. They have the secret of the largest hoard of treasure known, but others seek it from them as well.
They end up trekking across the Russian steppes to go and find it while tracking down others from their group.

Well written characters, a weaving of Norse mythology and their gods, and the bond that keeps them going when one of their own needs them
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Barbara Ann Perry
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I love the stories in this series. My only complaint is all the unnecessary descriptions of names. Very hard to follow at times. I am going to read b four because the stories are fascinating. I wish history was taught like this so people would cry victim. History is brutal and the fit survived.
Dustman
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dustman
Well I liked the story and the characters but not a whole lot really happened along their trek through the snow and ice. Well written and like I mentioned, the story was great. If I can find book 4, I will continue to read. I prefer a book to ebook and book 4 is hard to find.
Matt schmm
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't get enough

The best mix of battle and adventure as the oathsworn gain Odins gift of silver and most important fame. To be respected and feared in equal measure and long remembered in sagas throughout the ages
Janice Bonczek
Another great book in the Oathsworn series. Love it, won't stop reading until Orm's tale is finished.

Recommended for fans of historical fiction, viking age, Norse mythology, etc.
Abir Flatland
by what i heard of i think its nice
Mavis Hewitt
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Read Wolf Sea first (picked it up in charity shop), enjoyed this more
Erling
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The story was difficut to follow
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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 Vik ...more
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Oathsworn (5 books)
  • The Whale Road (Oathsworn, #1)
  • The Wolf Sea (Oathsworn, #2)
  • The Prow Beast (Oathsworn, #4)
  • Crowbone (Oathsworn #5)
“I had forgotten that, while Thor hurls his Hammer from storm-clouds, Odin prefers his strike to come out of a calm sky.” 4 likes
“I was a couple of summers past twenty but I felt there were stones under that frozen, dun earth that were younger than me.” 0 likes
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