Blood Eye is the first book in Giles Kristian’s Raven saga
Orsic didn’t know who he was, didn’t know his parents or where he came from. He was an outsider in his own village. Apprenticed to Ealhstan the carpenter, he is shunned by the rest of his fellow villagers, the blood clot on his eye further alienating him. He may of spent the rest of his life in this miserable existence but his life is changed for ever when a strange ship appears of the coast.
As the heavily armed and menacing men waded ashore, Orsic is the first to meet them and soon realizes these are the fabled Norseman, he is also stunned to discover that he understands their strange language.
After the Norsemen attack his village, they take Orsic with them. Re-naming him Raven, the Norseman lead by Sigurd introduce him to the world of sailing and raiding. Raven must grow up fast and learn to fight as Sigurd leads them into battle against treacherous English Earls, savage Welshmen and traitors within their own brotherhood. On the journey, Raven learns that he has a talent for death and ends up falling in love with an English princess. Can Raven survive everything thrown at him?
This is a brilliant book, the author has a real passion for the Norsemen and has created a fellowship which even when they are up to their elbows in blood, you still think of them as the good guys! The relationship between the members of the fellowship is one of the real strengths of this book and battle scenes involving them are very well written. If you like Norsemen, buckets of blood and a cracking story then this is the book for you!