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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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.
This was an incredible book that I just could not put down. Great writing and I cannot wait for the next one!
"Join the Blood Fray"
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!
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.
Floki whipping big ass while chained to the Weeping Stone.
"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.
"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.
Amazing! I was so excited listening to the last chapter this book I couldn't move a muscle. Can't wait to listen to the sequels!!!
"Quality Book and Worth a Credit."
Quality Book. I enjoy the satisfaction I get when an evil person gets what they deserve. The story is somewhat predictable but this is only the first book so maybe there will be more to it by the third book
"Classic Story of revenge"
A well written story that captures the religion and culture of the ancient Nordic people.
This is a very good listen and a good series, but I recently started watching the TV Series Vikings, and I can't help notice the similarities
In any event, I listened to the whole series and enjoyed it
"Viking Vengeance with a Capital V"
Really enjoyed listening to this on my iPhone while working around the house and yard. VERY Graphic Bloodletting throughout which was a little much for me but it paints a vivid picture if you can deal with it. Definitely took me into the story. Looking forward to starting the next book in the series
"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!
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
Would highly recommend .
Absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. Can not wait for the next book
"Cracking good 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!!
In my opinion, on a level with Bernard Cornwell. Will be looking for more in this series.
"swashbuckling viking stuff."
it's easy going and full of axes, trickery, blood fueds and dark age fjords . What's not to love?
I chose this book as I love historical fiction, especially Bernard Cornwells Last Kingdom series which this is very similar too.
"Move over Uthred of Bebbanburg!"
A great story, good cast of characters and extremely well read by the narrator.
This is how to do this genre.
"Could not put it down"
Hooked from start to finish, looking forward to starting the next book. Highly recommended
"An enjoyable beginning"
I suppose that the first book in a series will always be a little bit light on full story and characterisation given that much of it gets caught up in setting the scene, but this is very enjoyable and we'll constructed regardless.
"Brilliantly read and a good story"
The plot is fairly simple, but well told with a great love of detail and a huge variety of creative and suitable metaphors. Set in South West Norway the places are familiar. I could not identify too well with the hero though because although cunning at times, he was too primitive at others. The best thing about this edition was that it was perfectly read by Philip Stevens, who got every nuance spot on. A work of art and all in all worth recommending.
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