Hola guys! Today I’m taking part in the Blog Tour for a new release, A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden.
To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.
Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.
Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.
But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?
Scott Oden’s A Gathering of Ravens is an epic novel of vengeance, faith, and the power of myth.
This was a HUGE book to read, or that’s what I found anyways. It took me a little while to get into the book, mainly because of the names of the characters, something which adds depth to the book, which is set many, many years ago in Old England and Denmark.
I have a soft spot for Historical books, being a bit of a History buff, I enjoy reading about the past and how things were different (which definitely makes me a little bit grateful about living in this time!) And this book really does have a load of History thrown in for good measure.
I’m not saying it’s completely accurate (I think, unless you actually lived through that time, you cannot accurately say that something happened the way it did) but reading it, makes you feel like your in that time, although why you’d want to be… I don’t know why.
There’s definitely a character development for the ‘Demon’ of the book, and it’s interesting to see how he changes throughout and his ‘foundling’, both change their thoughts and feelings towards each other’s beliefs and religion, and it’s rather interesting to watch.
Fans of Beowulf or even something as intriguing as Bernard Cornwell series, would really enjoy this book, it’s one hell of a ride and of course, it wraps things up (although not completely) at the end.
Follow along with the blog tour on twitter and be sure to give this book a read if you ever come across it!