When Conn Iggulden praises a book it's more than enough for me to sit up and take notice. So, always keen to try a new author I have awaited the rele..Show More »ase of this book with more than a little eagerness. Was it worth the wait? Well, in brief Kristian has a new fan. This is fast-paced, bloody and brutal. Fans of Iggulden or Cornwell will find a happy new home for their ears in Kristian's care . . . if we can keep up of course because this is genuinely action packed!
Sigurd's rise is fast and compelling. The action scenes are excellent and the dark humour of the characters a consistent counterpoint. The narration from Philip Stevens is bang on and he brings the whole thing to life with plenty of enthusiasm. The scene of the vision in the marshes also shows how he can build a spooky atmosphere when required.
In summary if you like a fast-paced historical novel full of tough men, and women making and breaking oaths and don't mind your headphones getting a regular pelting of gore then this book is definitely one for you. For me, I pledge an oath upon Kristian's mighty sword-like pen to get the rest of his books as they are released on Audible. And he can hold me to that!
Yes Giles Kristian has continued in “Winter’s Fire” where he left off in “God of Vengeance”, with more bloody Vikings! And let’s be honest that’s jus..Show More »t how we like our Vikings, drinking, swearing and fighting at the drop of a horned helmet. The action is frequent though maybe not quite so much as the first book and remains violent and graphic. The narration is extremely good and well-matched to the story. It feels authentic with both the Vikings and the mysterious character from Alba being voiced with consummate expertise.
So, the book delivers on the Primal Scream level, is well written and engaging but it would be a big mistake to write it off just as an action story. Kristian is clever in a number of important ways above and beyond the basic story telling. The way that the vocabulary of the narrative switches to be appropriate to each character’s particular view point is meticulously observed and as we have come to expect there is great respect paid to the historical detail. There are some interesting tactics deployed to get Sigurd and his crew through some of the scrapes that they find themselves in.
I would also add though that in what could have been a male-dominated series Kristian finds room for several very strong female characters who play leading roles in their own right. A mysterious witch, the shield-maiden Valgerd and particularly Sigurd’s sister Runa all play prominent parts. It wasn’t all just about Odin back then . . .
In summary these first two books have been an excellent ride. The story is genuinely satisfying in itself even though this part leaves Sigurd with much to do to in order to fulfil his oath of vengeance. The scene is now set for a fabulous end to the series and I simply can’t wait!