A Viking adventure, packed with battles, blood, and gore; Raven is historical fiction at its very best, and marks the debut of an outstanding new talent.
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...
“A powerful, lightning-paced tale of the Norsemen in England; an astonishing and riveting debut.”
“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 Rome
“Kristian's first novel is a rip-roaring viking saga...Raven is a complex, engaging hero, trying to carve a path through a world that is satisfyingly confusing while still retaining the bedrock of all good sagas: a woman to fight for, a church treasure and a duplicitous priest. Fine, powerful, thrilling stuff!”
“Plenty of interest for fans of Norse tales, with battles galore and the promise of more to come”
“An unabashed carnival of bloodletting, betrayal and rough sex...Kristian has a knack for writing real blokes living their lives”