Norway, AD 785. A wild place, a place of blood, a place where the gods must be favoured . . .
Sigurd Haraldarson and his oathsworn band are winning fame and reputation. But to confront his hated enemy – the oath-breaker and betrayer King Gorm – they must win riches too.
When a daring raid goes wrong, Sigurd finds himself a prisoner of the powerful Jarl Guthrum. Bound like a slave, he is taken to the sacred temple at Ubsola to face the sacrificial knife.
But here Sigurd discovers a potent relic: Gungnir, a great spear that would give him the power to assemble a host strong enough to challenge King Gorm, and avenge the betrayal of his father and the murder of his family.
The roar of Odin and the wild hunt will be as nothing compared to Sigurd’s rage, for he and his warriors will be borne on the wings of the storm . . .
Author: Giles Kristian
Release Date: 15/06/2017
My Chosen Format: Paperback
My Rating of ‘Wings of the Storm’: 5 out of 5
Today is a sad day for me because I have finished Giles Kristian’s ‘The Rise of Sigurd’ trilogy’. I now forever say goodbye to Sigurd Haraldarson and his men. The trilogy will no doubt long remain in my top ten favourite trilogies for many reasons. Be it the story-telling, which is excellent and feels very in-keeping with how you would expect Vikings to act. The characters were top-notch as were the relationships they had with one another and the world around them in general. It could also be the raw violence and the brutal ingenuity in which Kristian wrote his battle scenes.
It could be any one of these things and many more besides, all I know is that I just wish there were more books featuring these characters. I am, however, very happy to know that I have his other trilogy to get stuck into at some point. So looking forward to more Viking goodness in my future.
As a big fan of historical war fiction, and a big fan of the Viking period in general, it was great to see this trilogy done so well. The no-nonsense style of the Vikings came flying off the page with every passing chapter. Giles’ writing style seems to fit the Viking time perfectly.
The Vikings give any author a rich amount of lore to go along with as far as society, religion, raiding etc … goes and Kristian used it greatly. I particularly enjoyed how well he captured the god-fearing ways of the people and how religious fear and the overwhelming desire to prove themselves to the gods came through.
The trilogy was filled with memorable characters both good and bad. My personal favourites being Black Floki (a man who, with a weapon in his hand, is a warrior of such skill that even the gods would think twice before fighting him). Olaf, (one of Sigurd’s father’s men and perhaps the most respected warrior amongst them. He’s always good for a bit of sarcasm and general poignant thoughts). Asgot (a godi/Viking priest who speaks to the gods and casts curses in their name). Svein, (a big, red-headed giant of a man who smashes his way through his foes) and, of course, Sigurd. Sigurd is ‘Odin-favoured’ which essentially means he is lucky and skilful to the point where men believe Odin is watching over him and sees him as a favoured champion.
At its core, The Rise of Sigurd is a trilogy of vengeance. Sigurd seeks to kill King Gorm for the king’s betrayal and butchery of his family. The only mistake the king made in killing Jarl Harald and his kin was that he left Sigurd alive. Sigurd’s quest is to find men, the fiercest of warriors, and to eventually build and army to challenge King Gorm. What ensues is three books of Viking brilliance ended perfectly with Wings of the Storm.
I’d highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Viking period and to anyone who is tempted to try and get into the dark nature of the Viking times.