God of Vengeance
“Epic in character, atmosphere and deed” Toby Clements, Telegraph literary critic
My forthcoming book, God of Vengeance, is the first of a new Vikings trilogy and is out April 24th, available to pre-order now. Thanks for your interest, Giles Kristian
Norway 785 AD. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king . .
But when King Gorm puts Jarl Harald’s family to the sword, he makes one terrible mistake – he fails to kill Harald’s youngest son, Sigurd.
On the run, unsure who to trust and hunted by powerful men, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him: his kin are slain or prisoners, his village attacked, its people taken as slaves. Honour is lost.
And yet he has a small band of loyal men at his side and with them he plans his revenge. All know that Ódin – whose name means frenzy – is drawn to chaos and bloodshed, just as a raven is to slaughter. In the hope of catching the All-Father’s eye, the young Viking endures a ritual ordeal and is shown a vision. Wolf, bear, serpent and eagle come to him. Sigurd will need their help if he is to make a king pay in blood for his treachery.
Using cunning and war-craft, he gathers together a band of warriors – including Olaf, his father’s right hand man, Bram who 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 his vengeance. And neither men nor gods had best stand in his way . . .
“A masterwork” Conn Igguldon, bestselling Author, UK
“A saga that grabs you and doesn’t let go” Steven Pressfield, bestselling Author, USA
“A pulse pounding novel” James Wilde, bestselling Author, UK
“Rich with the poetry of the Skald, ripe with blood and glory, vengeance and heartbreak” Manda Scott, Novelist, Columnist, Broadcaster
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