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God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian
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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 warrior. Harold refuses to let Sigurd fight because he is too young (barely has a beard). Harold is honorable and a fierce warrior sworn to the king. Without going into a lot of detail, the king betrays Harold in favor of another Jarl. Sigurd's family are all slain except him and his younger sister.

Sigurd vows revenge...

Sigurd is now an outlaw but not alone. A few of Harold's most loyal followers join Sigurd in a quest to build a crew of warriors to take revenge. There are guys like Olaf, Sven, Black Loki and a stunning and fierce shield maiden.

As mentioned earlier, it is the dialog that creates the chemistry among the characters. For me, a good story and great characters, if done well, equals a great read. Now, I have to mention the banter between the characters is pretty crass and crude.

And...sometimes it is intensely funny!

Another thing I like about this book is the vivid descriptions of people, locales, brutality of battle scenes and the way of life of this time. The blood sacrifices border on horror in nature.

God of Vengeance is a great adventure read!
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2015 – Shelved (ebook Edition)
December 29, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read (ebook Edition)
August 8, 2016 – Shelved
August 8, 2016 – Shelved as: buddy-read
January 11, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 24, 2017 – Started Reading
October 25, 2017 –
October 26, 2017 –
October 27, 2017 –
17.0% "Sigurd's sword name: Troll Tickler. The story is interesting so far. It could also be used as a reference for crude insults...."
October 27, 2017 –
October 30, 2017 –
October 31, 2017 –
66.0% "" I look like a mountain goat? No, but you smell like one."

"...her eyes were the blue of glacial ice..."

Vivid descriptions..."
November 1, 2017 –
November 1, 2017 –
73.0% ""...all there is in this hall are sheep and goats..."

" are a rancid troll's fart...""
November 1, 2017 –
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-reading-challenge
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: action-adventure
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: adult
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: audio-books
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: folk-tales
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction-war
November 2, 2017 – Shelved as: vikings
November 2, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Eric After finishing the Raven series, I have been interested in starting this series. Hope it is just as good...

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Hayat I got this book a while ago and just forgot about it but I'm interested in reading it soon. I hope it's a great read. Let me know how it goes for you, Eric. :)

Eric Sure thing, Hayat. What I like about these books is they read a little like fantasy. This first book (so far) has a good deal of testosterone-driven crude talk in it. A kind of 1st century "locker room" banter. I find some of it kind of fun. I don't know how you feel about that kind of thing.

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