Blood Eye

Blood Eye

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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In ninth-century England, Viking chief Sigurd and his warriors, in order to receive great riches, set out to steal a holy manuscript from another kingdom and Osric, an orphan boy, decides to join these heathen warriors.
Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2012, c2009.
Edition: Bantam Books mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345535078
Branch Call Number: F KRI
Characteristics: 429 p. :,map ;,18 cm.


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Jun 07, 2019

I wasn't disappointed by this novel, but I wasn't impressed either. I was expecting a little more character development and Norse culture and a little less of the fighting and skull-bashing, to be honest, but as it stands, my first foray into Viking fiction was okay. Norse mythology is delved into, including the gods- Thor, Odin, Hela, Frigg, Loki, the Valkyrie and others, as well as Valhall (Norse heaven) and Ragnarok (end of days). There's also a helpful glossary and list of names to help you navigate all the players in this first installment of the Raven trilogy. There wasn't a whole lot of character development. Raven goes from being a peaceful blacksmith in an English coastal town to a testosterone filled, war-mongering Norseman in a matter of pages. There's lots of violence here. There's gratuitous battle scenes and descriptions of injuries down to the smells- so if that's a turn off for you, I'd steer clear. The plot consists of battle, travel, battle, conversation, battle, travel, etc. This caused me to lose interest about halfway through, and I really had to convince myself it was a good idea to push through to the end. The book is well written, but I felt it was missing something. There's still questions about Raven's past, so it's possible I'll read the next, but it won't be anytime soon.

Dec 02, 2017

Loved the series, Giles Kristians books keep getting better


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