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Book Review: Blood Eye

Vikings are the stuff of legend and this book brings those legends to life with the story of Raven, an orphan boy turned warrior. You’ll travel back to ninth-century England and become immersed in the culture and history of the Norsemen and the violent, dangerous lives of those who called themselves Vikings.

Although it gets off to a bit of a slow start, once the story gets moving you will find this a quick read that will likely keep you up turning pages long after you should be asleep. It tells the story of Raven, an orphan boy originally named Oscric. He lives a lonely life as a virtual outcast by a village who knows nothing of his origins and fear him for a blood spot in his eye.

An invading band of Norsemen destroys his village and take Osric for their own, eventually training him as a warrior. Unlike the villagers, these fierce warriors see the blood spot in his eye as the mark of Odin. As the newly renamed Raven proves his worth, he gains the reverence of his fellow warriors.
This first book in the Raven trilogy starts off what is essentially a historical action adventure series. It is not a light story, but a dark and gritty tale of the Vikings. If you’re a fan of the time period, you’ll find historical references to real kings of the time woven into this work of fiction.

The violence of the time and its graphic portrayal reminded me of the books based on the Spartacus series that runs on Starz. There is nothing held back and nothing romantic to this portrayal of life as a Viking warrior. There’s a fantastic trailer for the book that makes me wish it was a series.

Blood Eye: Raven Book One ($7.99) by Giles Kristian is now available with books two and three due to follow over the coming months.

I received this book for review purposes.


One Response to “Book Review: Blood Eye”

  1. Sounds like this first book in the Raven series is really fantastic!

    Thanks for being on the tour. (I'm a huge fan of the Spartacus TV series too!)

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