Fighting in Sweden for an ambitious warlord, Sigurd Haraldarson and his small but loyal band of oath-sworn warriors are winning fame and reputation. But Sigurd knows that to take on his hated enemy, the oath breaker King Gorm - the man who betrayed his father, a man Sigurd has vowed to kill - he must earn riches enough to build an army.
Many believe Sigurd to be Óðin-favoured, but his exploits have drawn the eye of another god, too: Loki the Trickster. And when a daring assassination attempt goes wrong, Sigurd finds himself a prisoner of the powerful Jarl Guthrum. Bound like a slave, his luck having seemingly deserted him, Sigurd is taken to the sacred temple at Ubsola, a place where the blood of human sacrifice flows to appease the gods.
It is at Ubsola that Sigurd will face the sacrificial knife. And it is here that he will find a powerful relic, the great spear that was said to have once belonged to Óðin himself.
With such a spear in his possession, Sigurd might now assemble a host strong enough to challenge King Gorm and wreak the revenge he craves. For, like Óðin, Sigurd will be the Wild Huntsman tearing through the sky on his fearsome steed, and the rage of his passing will be the sound of wings of the storm.
With Wings of the Storm, one of our finest young historical novelists brings his extraordinary Viking saga - an adventure that is sure to satisfy any Game of Thrones fan - to a triumphant close.
©2016 Giles Kristian (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
I was looking desperately trying to find a series of books I could listen to and randomly picked these..... result.
He describes the events as though you visualise them happening before you.
Secretly hoping that in a past life you were brave enough to have stood in a shield wall.
Great books highly recommend from someone who is always looking for a good story to listen to !
If you liked the other books, you'll like this one. It does drag a bit,almost as if they padded the trilogy out to four books to squeeze a bit more money out of the concept. But perhaps I'm too cynical.
Giles Kristian tells a good story .. The dialogue is great and the battle scenes are exciting .. This could have had a 5 star but I feel the main character Sigurd gets lucky too often and doesn't have enough redeeming moments .. he seems to go from blunder to blunder
But that's me being picky .. very well written and a great story
Can't wait for the next Giles Kristian release
Simply fantastic stuff! What a journey that was! From the treacherous beginning to the vengeful ending. My limbs ache for I have taken every step, fought beside the pack, made very sure to keep on the right side of Black Floki and fallen in love with Valgard, Runa (and most of the other warrior sisters). More! More!
I've read the books and listened to the Audio books, I can't get enough. Is there any chance of the Raven series being set to audio?
great stuff from start to finish. great heroes and villains . could have been written by Odin himself. one of those books that you wish would never end.
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
Oh yes! The clash of steel, the smell of blood and the ever-sharpening malice of the Gods! Giles Kristian brings his quite stunning Viking saga to a fittingly violent and bitter conclusion. If you liked the previous books there is little to fear in terms of disappointment here. Possibly it does stretch realism a bit with Sigurd's latest set of adventures but everything that is good about the earlier installments is present again in spades.
It all builds to a real crescendo as Sigurd closes in on his heart's desire of Vengeance against the Oathbreaker. This is a fine series for anyone who likes the genre and I was particularly delighted that Kristian gives his full cast of characters a "good" end. As I have mentioned before the female characters are brought to the fore in what is often a totally male-dominated style of tale.
Excellent, what will he come up with next I wonder?
"I was there"
I loved wings' #2 the performances were believable it was well read and I love a book that takes me there. I actually felt like I was right there. Good Book
I have never heard such a story. it was everything I wanted it to be. great fights and an intricate story. I just want the story of Sigurd to keep going.
"In good company with Cornwell"
I've listened to all three Sigurd sequels and have been equally impressed by Giles Kristian, keeping me guessing as to the fate the gods have in store for Sigurd and his friends. It's a fun series. If you like Bernard Cornwell's Saxon tales, you should probably like this, too.
"SO FREAKING GOOD!"
Easily the best book in this series and one that i would recommend on its own. The writing is superb and the story line is fantastic. The narrator did an outstanding job too! Just an overall damn good book.
It helps if you have read the other two and are invested in the characters a little more than just picking up this as a single book.
I did want a little more out of one of the characters, but you can't have everything.
Seriously, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK.
I loved the Rise of Sigurd series. All three books were page turners and the books were hard to put down. The narrator did an excellent job of reading the text, changing his voice for each character so that it was easy to forget it was the same narrator doing all the voices.
"What a disappointment !! After reading the raven series I was psyched about the prequel !! Don't waste your time. Potboiler!"
Getting my $$$ back. Major waste of listening time. Giles has lost me !! Can not believe he wrote the 3raven series!!
Amazing desriptive writing and story telling form the narrator will probably read or listen to the rest of the authors books.
such a good series loved every second of each book I would love to see more come.
"saved the best for last"
masterfully done. great series as a whole. couldn't ask for any better story!!! vengeance reigns
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