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Odin's Wolves (Raven #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,194 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best.

We lusted for an even greater prize... It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard... Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died an
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by Bantam Press (first published April 14th 2011)
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Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I just finished the final book of the Raven trilogy. I found myself staring at the book, unable to believe it's over.
It's been a while since a story has sucked me in like this one. Fantastically written! If these books are on your TBR list, move them up -- NOW!!
Giles Kristian took me into this world in a visceral way. Didn't overdo the world-building; yet, I could see it vividly. Didn't drone on-and-on about the characters; yet, I knew them intimately. Didn't gratuitously describe the violenc
I have said it before and I will say it again. I truly do love these kinds of Viking historical fiction. They are books that mingle the sagas with excellent penmanship and colourful adventure. I could read them every week for the rest of the year and be every bit the contented reader.
My journey with this series has not been without its own twists and turns and literary adventures. From the hiccup that was my first attempt with the series a couple years back, to the rediscovering of the series in
S.J.A. Turney
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So now I have come to the end of the Raven saga and it leaves me feeling a little sad. Perhaps some time, after his new series has been fully aired, Giles might return and write another Raven story. I hope so.

Each of the Raven books has followed beautifully from its previous bedfellow and has progressed the general tale and the growth of Raven himself, but also each of the books has a very individual character and addresses different themes, issues and emotions.

Odin's Wolves opens with the wolfp
Mr. Matt
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf-vikings, 2013
Odin's Wolves continues the story of Raven, Sigurd, Cynethryth, and the rest of the Fellowship. It really begins right where the second book in the series ends - the silver stolen from Charlemagne is lost and the company is at a pivotal moment. Do they return to Norway and Denmark and admit failure, or do they follow the Whale Road and seek new adventures. (It's the beginning of the book so it is no surprise when they decide to seek new adventures. But that is okay.)

The story of the Fellowship t
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
After, for the most part, thoroughly enjoying the previous book in this series I had relatively high hopes for this book.
Sadly those hopes were pretty swiftly dashed.

For a book telling the tale of a band of roaming warriors of some reknown relatively little happens for such long periods that the prevailing effect is of generally being underwhelmed at almost all times.
Hardly anything happens for most of the first three hundred pages and when it does, it's quickly over and replaced by tiresome wi
Now this was a Book! I have to say that I liked the earlier books in the series, but there still was something that did not exactly fit. But this book had everything that my heart desires, and the whole time I was really apprehensive seeing how I have less and less to read. One of the best books I read this year.
James Cox
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series ends with a bang. I'm so glad I was along for the ride!
Slavko Recek
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic Norse saga. Full of good fighting, Loki tricks
and rough men humor.
Paul Bennett
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come and join Sigurd, Raven and the rest on the Sword-Norse cruise line as they journey to new lands and exciting adventures. Go a viking and see the world.

And what a journey it is! At the end of book two, Sons of Thunder, Sigurd and his flotilla of four ships have escaped the wrath of the Franks and Karolus. They head southwest skirting the coast of northern Frankia, around the Iberian Peninsula, with a short stop for a raid, and into the Mediterranean. One more profitable raid, a layover for t
Ben Kane
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is top notch Viking adventure!

I'm always on the lookout for exciting new historical fiction about soldiers or warriors, and was therefore very excited about two years ago to see Giles Kristian's name appear on an Amazon recommended read list. I read his first two books in the summer of 2010 in about three days. To be honest, I tore through them! I was very pleased therefore, to be able last spring to buy Odin's Wolves. It takes up the story of Raven Blood Eye where it left off in Sons of Th
Meena Al-Obaydi
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third and final book of the Raven trilogy - done. And what a book it was! Did not bore me one bit. Where every chapter ended, a new adventure began in the following chapter (except when you reach the final chapter, obviously). It was a fantastic book, and a breathtakingly fast-paced one! I had to force myself to put it down a few times so I can gather my thoughts and allow some space for me to breathe.
Everything I like about a story in one, 500-paged book: vikings, blood, loss, friendship, s
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Vikings...A period that just screams to me to read it, if Rome is blood and sandals, then Vikings is Sea , Sword and sudden violence.
My exposure to Viking historical fiction has been limited so far, but I'm trying to catch up, I thought Robert Low had managed to reach the pinnacle of the sub genre with the oathsworn, and then out comes the raven series to take it one step further.
The writing has true power and pace, but what also come over is a true love of the subject and the characters that th
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoy Giles Kristian's writing. His style flows incredibly well and his novels are quick and easy to read. He's a true pro. But I have grown accustomed to Mr. Kristian's detail and fidelity to history which, unfortunately, does not stand up to rigor in this third installment. I understand his attempt at exploring the coming about of the Norman Kingdom of Italy, but the plot ventures into an outlandish territory that, in my opinion, belongs in fantasy fiction rather than historical. I adm ...more
Laurie Pringle
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this series. I'm not one for wordy reviews. I will simply say that I felt like part of the Sigurd and Raven's family... travelling to marvelous places, fighting for survival and riches.

I hope there will be more about Raven... I want to know where he came from!

Thanks for the wonderful read Giles. I'm looking forward to reading Sigurd's story! (but I do hope we return to Raven again someday too)
HUzzah! Finished my last series book of the year, just in time. This third book in the series was pretty good for an ending. Raven and his oath-brothers travel across the sea, seeking treasure and fame. Raven has grown from a boy to a man, killing many and finding his place amongst the brotherhood. Vikings are such an interesting lot, my favourite part is the swearing. Quite the vocabulary! I thought I would like the series much more but it is too warlike for me.
Matthew Harffy
Took me a long time to get through this, despite having ripped through books one and two very quickly. There were bits that were very good, but it didn't speed along as it should have. Some great writing in a genre I love, but for some reason, I never really latched onto the story. Maybe it was the wrong time for me, or perhaps the plot was not that strong, but for whatever reason, I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous books.
Peter Greenhalgh
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rampaging, stinking, bloodthirsty vikings are not, I'm sure, everyone's cup of mead. But, Giles Kristian is such a brilliant writer that everyone who loves superbly tailored fiction should give his books a read. My 5-star rating for the last book in the Raven series was never in doubt.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When is Raven #4 coming out?? Another great adventure with Raven and the Sea Wolves...You know Anything of Giles Kristian is going to be a great read and Odin's Wolves is no different. You get to go along with the Sea Wolves as they sail, live and fight there way along the shoreline of Spain, Frankia, Italy, Adriatic Sea, Hellspont to Constantinople. Along the way they make stops in Moor Spain then to Rome and finally to Constantinople, however there are many events in between there stops. Cant ...more
Unfortunately a bit of a let down over Giles' other books particularly for a conclusion. Still a decent read but not anywhere near the level of The Rise of Sigurd series, which I truly hope is not Giles' magnum opus.

The first half of this one is good. The second half not so much as Giles is more concerned about the vikings visiting different places for no particular reason than he is about a good character driven story.

Still the dialog is good and these are the best viking tales available.
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Rather a good rollicking yarn as a bunch of vikings and goths go on the Ground Tour of Europe in the 7th century causing a lot of break and spillage along the way as they skirt the Umayyad Caliphate of Spain, visit old Rome when still in a functioning mode and move on for adventures in Constantinople.
Tom Waters
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This three book saga has been excellent watch out Bernard Cromwell this saga was insufferable a very bloody tale good writing Tom Waters
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great conclusion to this trilogy.
I do hope at some point we meet the characters again in future books.

(will get more of GK's books!)
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vikings
A real shame it is to have come to the end of this one. Really enjoyable, really well-written, really satisfying and surely, one that's going to be really hard to beat in the whole Viking saga genre.

And, while reading books on the iPad is very convenient and generally an all-round excellent idea; how fab was it to hold the actual paperback in your hands while reading the story? Almost gives you the impression you're physically a part of the action... Quick, slap me before I start getting over-em
This book is the third in a series, completely unknown to me when I purchased it as an on the spot impulse buy. Having jumped into the book as a total newcomer to the series, I’m happy to say that this book stands well on its own and it isn’t necessary to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one… but it probably helps. The characters repeatedly refer to their past adventures, which was tantalisingly frustrating for me, and it’s obvious that this fellowship has been built up over the pa ...more
If readers enjoyed Raven Blood Eye and Sons of Thunder then it's an unspoken guarantee that they will go literally beserk over the third installment of this fantastic viking saga, Odin's Wolves.
In this third adventure Raven and Sigurd and the rest of the crew along with the rescued Danes set their prow beasts in the direction of the mediterranean sea and the riches of Milkagard (aka Constantinople now known as Istandbul). They will not just have to survive new and treacherous waters but the new
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable romp around the world in the 800s. A book with excellent battle descriptions, and fairly funny moments as well. Having read and re-read the previous novels of this saga in the build up to reading this book, the (often incredibly detailed and sometimes foul) deaths of some of the supporting characters struck a chord with me, as it truly seemed that another member of the 'wolfpack' had passed died, rather than just another insignificant character.

My only quibble with this book is,
This is the third and temporarily last (hopefully since i want more for sure) tale of the Viking ( and not only since by this volume Sigurd's band is quite diverse) adventurers under jarl Sigurd and Raven his protegee seemingly marked by Odin. Since I will add the FBC review around the publication date, I will just say that the promise of the first two books is fully realized here with a rip-roaring tale of adventure, intrigue and even occasional heartbreak, that starts on the coasts of French, ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Raven saga, and a worthy follow-up to the two others, both of which were 5* books. It is over a month since I finished the book, so some of the details are not so clear, but needless to say, I pre-ordered the book and eagerly devoured it as soon as it arrived.

The book describes the Viking band's journey from the French coast to Rome and Miklagard (Constantinople). The book really takes off from about the half-way stage and the sections describing the band's adventur
Paul Burnette
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having lost much, how does a hero respond? Sigurd, his depleted group of Norsemen, along with the decimated band of rescued Danes and several Christian souls, this proto-multicultural group, answer the question with a new quest. Do you put your tail between your legs and go home to till your farm and raise your children in safety? Not if you are a Norseman longing for a skald’s saga to be sung of your deeds, a Christian warrior seeking a second chance, a Danish sailor relishing meat and mead, or ...more
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Family history (he is half Norwegian) inspired GILES KRISTIAN to write his first historical novels: the acclaimed and bestselling Raven Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin's Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War to chart the fortunes of a family divided by that brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also ...more
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