Well my passion for books and love of viking historial fiction got the better of me yesterday when I visited our local Waterstones book shop in town.
I only wanted the new Robert Low book 'Prow Beast' but whilst I did find that I also came across a new comer onto the scene of historical viking fiction.
His name is Giles Kristian, who has proper viking hertitage running in his viens from his Norwegian Mother's side and his first book which has got great acclaim from Robert Low and the master of historical fiction Bernard Cornwell, is titled 'Raven: Blood Eye'.
“Look how she mimics the All-Father.” Geirölul whispered, pointing out the magpies now flying in circles over the longboat before settling beside a black shrouded figure sat upon a chair beneath a red pavilion deck. “Magpies doing a Ravens job. You’d think she would get enough gossip from her darklings. I reckon she does it just for performance.”
The mention of darklings, what we nicknamed dark elves who work for Hel, I felt my stomach tense as a flash of a thought popped into my head. Would Jake be with Hel? Is that why he hasn’t surfaced for six months since he led Kate into the trap that destroyed her?
It was then that I heard a new sound but a sound I was familiar with on a smaller scale. Now that the water was calm and the magpies were silent, the endless sighs, cries, moans and groans of tortured souls tainted my ears.