Beowulf Meets The Lord Of The Rings In An Epic Novel of Vengeance, Faith And The Power Of Myth…….
To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; 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?
Firstly I would like to thank the author Scott Oden and publisher Bantam Press for the ARC copy of this book, in return for an honest review.
I need to say that I loved A Gathering of Ravens! I’ve always had wide reading tastes even when a child. But from an early age historical and fantasy novels have always been my favourites. So give me a book that combines the mythical elements of Beowulf and the epic fantasy of Lord of The Rings and I become one very happy reader!
I loved the way the writer Scott Oden combined both these elements and yet wrote a story, that while paying homage to his love of English and history, was orginal and addictive to read.
He has given us a hero in Grimnir who reminds me of some of the great hero’s of epic fantasy stories such as Lord of The Rings. He strides through this novel with a commanding presence. In short I found him to be glorious. I know some people would find it wierd to find a monster such a heroic figure, but to describe him in one word is difficult. He is multi layered as all great characters are. He seeps into your soul and catches hold of your heart. Grimnir withour doubt is one of my favourite characters within the genre of epic historical/fantasy epics. He maybe gruff, he maybe consumed by the need for revenge, but he is simply inspiring. For me, he is the heart and soul of this incrediable read.
If you loved Lord of The Rings, then you will adore and be excited by A Gathering Of Ravens. It’s written with passion. The writer understands what makes this genre work. They need writers who can emerge themselves within the fantasical world they have created and Scott Oden does that. He most certainly is a up and coming star and I hope he carries on writing such glorious book.
I must admit, I think I love him a little for giving me Grimnir, the son of a wolf and brother to a serpent.
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SCOTT ODEN was born in Indiana, but has spent most of his life shuffling between his home in rural North Alabama, a Hobbit hole in Middle-earth, and some sketchy tavern in the Hyborian Age. He is an avid reader of fantasy and ancient history, a collector of swords, and a player of tabletop role-playing games. When not writing, he can be found walking his two dogs or doting over his lovely wife, Shannon.Oden’s books include the historical fantasy, The Lion of Cairo, and the historical novels, Men of Bronze and Memnon.