They came from the North and fought their way through France and Spain. Now this fearless band of brothers sets sail for the greatest city in the world.
Plunging through the living hell of Pope Leo’s shattered, perverted Rome, the dragon-faced ships of Sigurd the Lucky are manned by a strange and fearsome crew: bearded Norse raiders who sacrifice their vanquished enemies to Odin, brave Greek warriors, a Moor, and an English monk. Among the Norsemen is Raven, a young man of uncertain parentage who is able—from the depths of his blood-spotted eye—to glimpse the future. Robbed of the woman he loves, Raven is destined to play a cunning role in the boldest of attacks. For the Vikings are on their way to glimmering Constantinople to put a deposed emperor back on his rightful throne—and claim the most magnificent prize of all. “A masterly achievement.”—Daily Express
“A great tale that held me spellbound.”—New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell
Praise for Giles Kristian’s Raven series
“Storming, magnificent . . . one of the best Viking series of all time . . . This is tale-telling at its rip-roaring best.”—Manda Scott, author of The Crystal Skull
Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best.
We lusted for an even greater prize… It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard… Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died and the treasures they fought so hard for have been lost. But to such men as these there is something more valuable than silver. That thing is fame — for fame is the saga-story that a Viking warrior leaves behind when he dies.
Now the sea road leads to Constantinople, which Norsemen call Miklagard, the Great City, for it is there that they might find both riches and glory. But the Great City is far away and the voyage there takes the Fellowship in to unknown waters where they face new enemies. From the wind-whipped marshes of the Carmargue to the crumbling walls and arenas of a decaying Rome, Raven must fight harder for his life than ever before. He must prove himself to others — and he must watch his back too, for an old enemy is sharpening his treacherous claws. The young warrior with the blood-tainted eye will even challenge the Norns of fate who, it is said, have spun his doom.
But the Valkyries are stalking, eager for new heroes to take to Ódin’s hall. The clash of sword and axe and spear will ring out in Miklagard and the Fellowship will pay a high price in blood for the fame they seek.