Author(s): Giles Kristian
For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky. Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood, and a young man must become a killer to survive...
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A gripping tale of action and treachery which splendidly conjures up the sounds, sights and smells of Dark Age Britain. It creates a believable world of men fighting, feasting and braving the sea, a time when the Christian and Norse gods were very real and very close in the thoughts of mankind. It leaves the reader keen for the sequel. Harry Sidebottom, author of Warrior of Rome Kristian's first novel is a rip-roaring viking saga in the glorious, blood-soaked tradition of Low's 'The Whale Road' and the Severin 'Viking' trilogy. Raven is a complex, engaging hero, trying to carve a path through a world that is satisfyingly confusing while still retaining the bedrock of all good sagas: a woman to fight for, a church treasure and a duplicitous priest. Fine, powerful, thrilling stuff! Manda Scott A powerful, lightning-paced tale of the Norsemen in England; an astonishing and riveting debut. Bernard Cornwell Plenty of interest for fans of Norse tales, with battles galore and the promise of more to come Daily Mail An unabashed carnival of bloodletting, betrayal and rough sex...Kristian has a knack for writing real blokes living their lives Daily Telegraph
Having Viking ancestors himself,Giles Kristian believes that the story of Raven has always been in his blood - waiting, like the Norsemen, for the right time to burst upon the world. Inspired by both his family history and his storytelling heroes, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden, Giles began writing a thrilling tale of an English boy's coming of age amongst a band of marauding warriors from across the grey sea. This novel, Raven: Blood Eye, was published to great acclaim, including a wonderful accolade from Bernard Cornwell. Giles currently lives in Leicestershire where he writes full-time, though he enjoys nothing better than working in his family cottage that overlooks the mist-shrouded Norwegian fjords. To find out more about Giles and his writing, visit his website:www.gileskristian.com