Raven: Blood Eye (Raven 1)
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Raven: Blood Eye (Raven 1)

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The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land...For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky. Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood, and a young man must become a killer to survive...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 34mm | 320g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B & W map
  • 0552157899
  • 9780552157896
  • 52,099

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"A gripping, bloody narrative." BBC History magazine "A powerful, lightning-paced tale of the Norsemen in England; an astonishing and riveting debut" -- Bernard Cornwell "An unabashed carnival of bloodletting, betrayal and rough sex...Kristian has a knack for writing real blokes living their lives" Daily Telegraph "Plenty of interest for fans of Norse tales, with battles galore and the promise of more to come" Daily Mail "A gripping tale of action and treachery which splendidly conjures up the sounds, sights and smells of Dark Age Britain. It creates a believable world of men fighting, feasting and braving the sea, a time when the Christian and Norse gods were very real and very close in the thoughts of mankind. It leaves the reader keen for the sequel" -- Harry Sidebottom, author of Warrior of Romeshow more

About Giles Kristian

Having Viking ancestors himself,Giles Kristian believes that the story of Raven has always been in his blood - waiting, like the Norsemen, for the right time to burst upon the world. Inspired by both his family history and his storytelling heroes, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden, Giles began writing a thrilling tale of an English boy's coming of age amongst a band of marauding warriors from across the grey sea. This novel, Raven: Blood Eye, was published to great acclaim, including a wonderful accolade from Bernard Cornwell. Giles currently lives in Leicestershire where he writes full-time, though he enjoys nothing better than working in his family cottage that overlooks the mist-shrouded Norwegian fjords. To find out more about Giles and his writing, visit his website:www.gileskristian.com.show more

Review Text

"A gripping tale of action and treachery which splendidly conjures up the sounds, sights and smells of Dark Age Britain. It creates a believable world of men fighting, feasting and braving the sea, a time when the Christian and Norse gods were very real and very close in the thoughts of mankind. It leaves the reader keen for the sequel"show more

Back cover copy

For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. Then raiders from across the sea ransack his village and Osric is taken prisoner by this ruthless band of warriors. Immersed in the Norsemen's way of life and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural fighter and forges a deep bond with their chief, Sigurd the Lucky, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood, and a young man must become a killer to survive. It seems the path Raven has chosen is a dangerous one indeed...show more

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