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God of Vengeance Audiobook

God of Vengeance: The Rise of Sigurd 1

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Publisher's Summary

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king....

King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

With them - and with the help of the All-Father, Odin - he determines to make a king pay in blood for his treachery.

Using cunning and warcraft, Sigurd gathers together a fellowship of warriors - including his father's right-hand man, Olaf; Bram (whom men call Bear); Black Floki, who wields death with a blade; and the shield maiden Valgerd, who fears no man - and convinces them to follow him.

For whether Ódin is with him or not, Sigurd will have vengeance. And neither men nor gods had best stand in his way....

God of Vengeance is a must-listen for all who enjoy thrilling, action-packed fiction - from Bernard Cornwell to George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones.

©2015 Giles Kristian (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/03/2016
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/03/2016 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Blood, Betrayal, and Violent Vengeance"

    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 release 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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J. Ambler UK 06/06/2016
    Mr. J. Ambler UK 06/06/2016 Member Since 2014

    Mister A

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    "Superb"

    Loves it. Rips along with the pace that a cracking yarn should. Lots of characters, but it's a testament to the writer that they don't overwhelm the plot.
    Fans of Gemmell won't be disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KEVIN 23/06/2017
    KEVIN 23/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "God of Vengance"

    excellent book. rivoting from start to finish. Cant wait to get boos 2 snd 3.

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    Russell Tomlinson 21/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A saga worth listening to"

    An engrossing story of revenge which is well narrated.As soon as I have written this review I will be pressing on to the second part.Excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 30/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great story, great listen, also a great narrator!"

    loved this, I'm into viking history and stories, I would definitely recommend this if you love a viking story! onto the next.

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    Ryan 27/05/2017
    Ryan 27/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "blood curdling"

    a wonder that there are any Dans left. that much fighting. the story took us into a time when everything was decided with a spear or sword

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    Louis Hall 13/04/2017
    Louis Hall 13/04/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "I've read the first so will have to read them all!"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Giles Kristian? Why or why not?

    Yes, the next book in the series, got ... to ... finish ...


    Any additional comments?

    Fast paced, lots of gore, lots of fighting, vikings everywhere. A very easy listen Turn your brain off, and let the blood lust flow over you. This is not a great book, I wish I had not started, but I know that I will listen to them all now, it is strangely addictive.

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    Nick 22/03/2017
    Nick 22/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book"

    Would highly recommend .
    Absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. Can not wait for the next book

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    Judy Bristol, United Kingdom 08/03/2017
    Judy Bristol, United Kingdom 08/03/2017 Member Since 2005
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    "Cracking good story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the delivery of this story, the reader really got into the feel of it. Perhaps a little too graphic with some of the gory details, but not so much that it worried me!!


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, on a level with Bernard Cornwell. Will be looking for more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E 04/01/2017
    E 04/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "swashbuckling viking stuff."

    it's easy going and full of axes, trickery, blood fueds and dark age fjords . What's not to love?

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  • David Groveman
    29/09/16
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    "Really good!"

    I read a lot of Bernard Cornwell and I felt that this was in some ways better than even his. Lots of action, lots of blood and characters you care about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Wakefield
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    "Absolutely Amazing!"

    This was an incredible book that I just could not put down. Great writing and I cannot wait for the next one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elsa K.
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    30/05/16
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    "Join the Blood Fray"
    Would you listen to God of Vengeance again? Why?

    Giles Kristian is a fabulous story teller and Philip Stevens totally brings this to life! If you haven't had your fix of stories where words like Blood-Rage, Blood-Fray, Iron-song, and Thor's Hairy Ass make regular and frequent appearances, then this is a book for you. Blood, intrigue, action, and violence come fully loaded in this one!


    What other book might you compare God of Vengeance to and why?

    God of Vengence is the prequel series to the unbelievably awesome Raven Series (Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder, Odin's Wolves). Here we meet Sigurd and learn of his story. Unlike many other Viking books that seem to be based on the Viking series on TV, this was very unique. Not only do we learn about Sigurd, but also about his very unusual crew, that he recruited here and there. Floki, Bram, Olaf...they all have very cool stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Floki whipping big ass while chained to the Weeping Stone.


    If you could take any character from God of Vengeance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Floki


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Revenant
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    "Fun book "

    Pretty OK book. Some factual inaccuracies, and the author has a thing for chopping people's hands off...like all the time hehe. But he got most name places right though.

    Being from Norway myself, some of the narrator's pronounciations were, well, weird sounding.

    But all in all enjoyable.

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  • David M. Schrepfer
    09/07/17
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    "This is where it begins"

    I first learned of Sigurd when I listened to Giles Kristian's 'Blood Eye'. I immediately became infatuated with the the story and characters. at the end of the series I was saddened. That was until I found this book 'Blood of Vengeance: the Rise of Sigurd'.

    This book is the beginning story of the early life of Sigurd and how he became to be the warrior and leader we know and love him to be.

    The narration was full of energy and passion. Making you feel as though you were standing in the shield wall yourself with the iron smell of blood filling your nostrils.

    If you like viking sagas, then you will love this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Adrian
    04/03/17
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    "Fine adventure tale"

    Plenty of battle action and excellent pacing and character development. Use of marine-related metaphors and similes is first rate. Not quite up to Bernard Cornwell, but not far off. Fans of epic type historical fiction will be deep in their element.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louis
    07/08/16
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    "not bad, but could be better"

    Not sure how much was the reader and how much is the writer but it took me some time to get into the story. Giles is no Bernard Cornwall yet... but the general story is good and hopefully his writing improves with each book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ride
    Salt Lake City, Ut United States
    13/08/17
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    "Loved the series"

    Writing equal to that of Cornwell. Great characters. A story about heroes, cunning, violence, courage, revenge. The reader is perfect, able to create many consistent and diverse characters...you can always tell who the speaker is, even before the "said___". Perfect pace, great intonation. I loved the series from beginning to end!

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  • Bryan
    10/08/17
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    "worth every min."

    A well written, action packed heroic story and the performance was great. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    24/06/17
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    "Typical coming-of-age revenge story"

    However, in-depth details about viking life and norse religion, frequent action, great characters, excellent writing and superb narration. It's worth it, but violent if it's not your thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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