The Prow Beast

The Prow Beast

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The epic and action packed sequel to THE WHITE RAVEN, charting the adventures of Orm and his band of brothers, the Oathsworn. The Oathsworn have become feared and respected throughout the Viking world. Their name goes before them and men cower in their presence. But fame comes at a price! While the Oathsworn revel in their new-found fame, Sterki, an old enemy with revenge in his heart, attacks their homestead - the Fjord Elk is sunk, old oarmates die and the Oathsworn are forced to flee into the mountains. Unused to losing, the Oathsworn retreat to lick their wounds. They have been entrusted with the care of Queen Sigrith, pregnant and soon to bear the heir to the crown of Sweden, and much though the urge for revenge is strong, Orm's first duty is to protect the queen. And Orm soon realises that revenge is not the only thing on Sterki's mind; has joined forces with Styrbjorn, nephew of King Eirik and next in line to the throne if he can only get rid of the current heir. As the Oathsworn fight to defend themselves and their newfound celebrity and fortune, they're soon to realise that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 161 x 238 x 32mm | 640g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0007298552
  • 9780007298556
  • 470,306

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'Robert Low knows his period inside out. No modern novelist knows more about the Vikings than Robert Low. In the Oathsworn series he has created a completely convincing and utterly compelling modern Viking Saga. The history, myth and fiction are folded seamlessly together: wonderful, unbeatable stuff.' Harry Sidebottom 'I've read all four Oathsworn books and I loved them all - but The Prow Beast is, I think, the best of them all: poignant, muscular, magical and impossible to put down. Hell, that's enough from me - just buy a copy, read it and see for yourself.' Angus Donald, author of Outlaw Praise for The Oathsworn Series: 'Robert Low's Oathsworn series is historical writing at its best and most full-blooded, with its tremendous pacing, black comedy, a wonderfully vivid and rough-hewn prose style like runes hacked into granite, and most appealingly of all, its doomy, pagan sense of comradeship-unto-death between Orm Rurikson and his band of Viking brothers' WILLIAM NAPIER 'A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read' BERNARD CORNWELL 'A fantastic book, one of the best I have read for years. There's a wonderful earthiness to proceedings and he creates a tangible sense of being there. There's a sturdy, lyrical and epic quality about the writing which makes it feel like the kind of saga a Viking would recount in his old age.' SIMON SCARROW
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About Robert Low

Robert Low is a journalist and writer and covered the wars in Vietnam, Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo. To satisfy his craving for action, having moved to an area rich in Viking tradition, he took up re-enactment, joining The Vikings. He now spends summers fighting furiously in helmet and mail in shieldwalls all over Britain and winters training hard. He lives in Scotland with his wife.
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3 14% (110)
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