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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 Between a Pair of Headphones 13/03/2016
    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 13/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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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!

    10 of 10 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
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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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    swartz 14/11/2017
    swartz 14/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this one"

    Fab story telling and characterisation.
    excellent story full of excitement Can't wait for the second part

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    John uk 06/11/2017
    John uk 06/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Saga of Sigurd "

    Fantastic book gripped from beginning to end really enjoyed it. Narrator did a fantastic job of bringing of bringing it to life !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rusmat Ahmed 24/10/2017
    Rusmat Ahmed 24/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Beware!"

    Willful Sigurd, Odin-blessed son of a Viking Jarl, warned of treachery by ravens watches calamity unfold. Thrust into a quest for revenge with his band of loyal warriors, Sigurd must face the perils of demonically stilted dialogue, wickedly plodding plot and brooding dark forces of author's total 'over-writing' to … to reach who knows what?

    This reader never found out, as Freya the feisty goddess of heroic sagas and gripping yarns removed the audio book from my device in act of charity and mercy.

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    TLL 05/10/2017
    TLL 05/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    Switched off every time I had this on - just dialogue and descriptions of fighting. I have no idea what the plot was and didn't care about anyone in it, so decided to quit on it.

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    D. P. Pegg UK 02/10/2017
    D. P. Pegg UK 02/10/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic "

    One of the best books I have listened to. Riverting, superbly written and
    narrated. Have already purchased the other two in the series.

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    KEVIN 23/06/2017
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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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    "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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    Anonymous 30/05/2017
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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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  • 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.

    5 of 5 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!

    5 of 5 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
  • 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
  • Revenant
    21/12/16
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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.

    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
  • Kindle Customer
    06/07/16
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    "Best read I've had in a long time!"

    Best read I've had in a long time! Fans of Bernard Cornwell will Love it!

    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
  • F3EN
    PERU, IN, United States
    12/12/17
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    "Need for Mead"

    Well I gave this a chance an I really enjoyed it. Had me engaged.Bit of humor. Lots of action.
    Philip Stevens did a great job bringing the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Smith
    Santa Rosa, CA United States
    30/11/17
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    "Outstanding storytelling"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the immersion that both the author and narrator provided. The world was real enough to smell, hear, feel, see. Thank you for such a fine experience, I will be listening to the rest in this series, and any other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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