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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635180
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

Where Blood Runs Cold

The heart-pounding Arctic thriller

The Sunday Times bestselling author of Lancelot strides into the 21st century with a page-turning, heart-in-mouth survival thriller set in Norway's bleak but beautiful Arctic north . . .

Erik Amdahl and his spirited daughter, Sofia, have embarked on a long-promised cross-country ski trip deep into Norway's arctic circle. For Erik, it's the chance to bond properly with his remaining daughter following a tragic accident. For Sofia, it's the proof she needs that her father does care.

Then, far from home in this snowbound wilderness, with night falling and the mercury plummeting, an accident sends them in search of help - and shelter. Nearby is the home of a couple - members of Norway's indigenous Sami people - who they've met before, and who welcome them in. Erik is relieved. He believes the worst is over. He thinks that Sofia is now safe. He could not be more wrong. He and Sofia are not the old couple's only visitors that night - and soon he and Sofia will be running for their lives . . .
...and beneath the swirling light show of the Northern Lights, a desperate fight ensues - of man against man, of man against nature - a fight for survival that plays out across the snow and ice.

A story of endurance and of the desperate, instinctive will to survive, of a father's love for his child, of knowing when to let go - and of a daughter's determination to prove herself worthy of that love, Where Blood Runs Cold is a pulse-racing thriller from a master storyteller.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635180
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Giles Kristian

Family history (he is half Norwegian) and a passion for the fiction of Bernard Cornwell inspired GILES KRISTIAN to write. Set in the Viking world, his bestselling ‘Raven’ and ‘The Rise of Sigurd’ trilogies have been acclaimed by his peers, reviewers and readers alike. In The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury, he tells the story of a family torn apart by the English Civil War. He also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion. In his most recent novel, the Sunday Times bestsellerLancelot, Giles plunged into the rich waters of the Arthurian legend. For his next book, he continues his epic reimagining of our greatest island 'history'.
Giles Kristian lives in Leicestershire.

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Praise for Where Blood Runs Cold

Giles Kristian takes the reader into the Arctic's terrible beauty with the authenticity of a man who's been there and done that. This is a prescient, hard bitten roller-coaster of a thriller.

ANTHONY RICHES, author of Nemesis

A terrific winter chiller set in the unforgiving Norwegian mountain landscape, Where Blood Runs Cold depicts exactly how far we will go to survive - and to protect the ones we love. Utterly gripping.

AMY McCULLOCH, author of Breathless

The best Giles Kristian novel so far - and that's setting the bar almost impossibly high. Moving from the past has freed up one of our generations most creative and thoughtful writers to craft a story of generational love, of care and loss, of knowing when to let go of that to which we most want to hold on - and all within the envelope of a narrative thriller that is absolutely of our time and essential to our moving beyond where we are. It's exciting and beautiful, and inspiring and thought-provoking, all in one. Unmissable.

MANDA SCOTT, author of A Treachery of Spies

'From its slowburn start, Where Blood Runs Cold moves rapidly to become a white-knuckle, explosive ride with more twists and turns than a skiing black run. It takes you to the edge, to the awful 'what would I doto save my child' moment. First class.'

BEN KANE, author of Lionheart

'Where Blood Runs Cold is a heart-pounding survival thriller set in the starkly beautiful far north of Norway. Gripping and adrenalin-fuelled, yet also written with a tenderness that warms even the most chilling of chases.'

LUCY CLARKE, author of The Castaways

Compulsively readable, and written with real heart - I devoured this.

SAM LLOYD, author of The Memory Wood

I think Giles Kristian has a film deal on his hands here.

GERAINT JONES, author of Blood Forest

Stunning . . . spell-binding tension.


Wrap up warm! . . . this is a book which drags you in to its lethal environment.

SHOTS magazine

Impressively sustained . . . echoes of Hammond Innes's tales of adventure . . . even of Michael Crichton. But the strongest element, the crystalline depiction of the Arctic landscape, where the sapping cold is the real enemy, is all the achievement of Kristian . . . also an affecting tribute to paternal love and the power of the human spirit.

James Owen, THE TIMES 'Thriller of the Month'

Giles Kristian . . . is a superb storyteller, one of the very finest writing today . . . [he] has demonstrated that not only can he make any period of history his own but that he can also master a new genre entirely . . . a wonderful writer whose books belong on your shelf.


Riveting . . . Kristian gives this extended chase a nightmarish intensity.'

John Williams, MAIL ON SUNDAY

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