By Giles Kristian
In an exhilarating event of brotherhood, conflict, and treachery, Giles Kristian takes us into ninth-century England, an international of darkness, epic clash, and an unforgiving God served through robust clergymen. On ships formed like dragons, bristling with oars and armor, Jarl Sigurd and his fierce Norsemen have are available seek of riches. And riches they're promised, through an English ruler who sends Sigurd and his wolves to scouse borrow a holy manuscript from one other state. Osric, an orphan boy, sees past the fear of those warriors, and in some way is aware the heathens’ tongue. Renamed Raven, rechristened in blood, he'll sign up for them. they're his humans. and they'll be his fate.
“Astonishing and riveting, a strong, lightning-paced tale.”—New York instances bestselling writer Bernard Cornwell
“A gripping story that wonderfully inspires the sounds, points of interest and scents of darkish Age Britain.”—Harry Sidebottom, writer of the soldiers of Rome series
“[Kristian] compares favorably with writers like Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.”—Historical Novels Review
“A rip-roaring Viking saga . . . fantastic, robust, exciting stuff.”—Manda Scott, writer of The Crystal Skull
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He knocked one of them down. And then they tied him, here, and put him on a horse. And set off again. ” Zelikman said. ” “Perhaps they did. ” “And Hillel? Yes. ” He sat down under the blasted tree, and Amram could see him sinking, as a man watches the sun sink into the western sea, into the darkness of his thoughts. As little chance as they had stood of catching Hillel, their situation was now more hopeless still, for even if they somehow managed to catch the party of man-hunters, they would find themselves faced with odds of at least a dozen to one.
There was no sign of Filaq, or of the bag of gold. They climbed down from their horses, and the giant unshouldered his ax. On one side of the road there was a sheer rock face and on the other a long, gentle rise to the pass. The rise was brown and treeless and could be concealing no one. They waited until it was dusk, and then as the bats began to circle they led the horses almost to the top of the rise, where they tied the animals and crept along on foot until they could see over the crest. Below them, widening like a horn, stretched a steep-sided valley that ran, in terraced ripples that were crosshatched with vineyards, all the way to the sea far below.
The stripling spoke a few words in a language that sounded like the speech of Turks and then astonished Zelikman by murmuring a dreamlike phrase in the holy tongue of the Jews. His barbaric accent rendered the words indecipherable, but they remained pregnant with longing, and in Zelikman they stirred a strong desire to see the fabled kingdom of wild red-haired Jews on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, the Jewish yurts and pinnacles of Khazaria. ” said the mahout sharply, alert to the stratagems and deceits of his young charge.
Blood Eye (Raven, Book 1) by Giles Kristian