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read & download Û eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Robert Low Us battles in the East between the rulers of Constantinople aided by hordes of Viking mercenaries and the Arabs their adventures will take them from Greece to Jerusalem across the treacherous wolf sea where only the hunting hungry dare set sailEpic adventure broad in scope and bloody in action The Wolf Sea is a stunning follow up to Robert Low’s gripping debut The Whale Road. The Wolf Sea was the recommended book for my book group I was at a bit of a disadvantage as this is the second book in Robert Harris’s “Oathsworn” series In this second novel the story centres on the eastern MediterraneanThis novel takes the survivors of a Viking band from the streets of the medieval world’s greatest city to those of its holiest city The group is united by an oath to OdinSome early adventures take place on the sea and islands however the Vikings are soon in that other “sea” where wolves roam the dry lands of the Near EastThe narrator is Orm who is now the leader of the troop A precious relic that holds the key to finding a great treasure trove has been lost and his pursuit of it brings his group into a new wave of bloody fights against Arabs and against Norse rivals The pursuit is complicated by the desire to rescue some of their men They had been captured and sold into slaveryI appreciate that Wolf Sea offers rich descriptions of the tenth century as viewed through the mind of the narrator The novel is beautifully researched and ably written However this type of book is not really for meIt is tale of fierce hand to hand fights which show no mercy and there are few checks on human savagery It seemed that the most common kindness came when a man used his sword to kill a mortally wounded friend uicklyNotwithstanding all the exotic locations and culture clashes the novel’s core is the same as that of all great war stories the deep bond between men who stand together in the face of their enemyIf you enjoy a good war story with a historical backdrop I highly recommend this book

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The Wolf Sea review Ä 103 Ö A band of brothers known as the Oathsworn committed only to each other feared by many rises again setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and gloryWashed up in a hostile city battleweary and out of luck the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader the young Orm to bring them back once to wealth and warfare B A band of brothers known as the Oathsworn committed only to each other feared by many rises again setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and gloryWashed up in a hostile city battleweary and out of luck the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader the young Orm to bring them back once to wealth and warfare But Orm’s prized sword the legendary Rune Serpent. The Wolf Sea Robert Low’s second book of the Oathsworn series continues where The Whale Road Oathsworn #1 left off The novel opens with young Orm the Viking leader of the Oathsworn with his scruffy battle weary band of men stranded in Constantinople When Orm’s sword the Rune Serpent is stolen by Starkad the Oathsworn embark on a perilous mission to retrieve the sword and rescue their captured brothers Their mission takes them across the 10th Century lands of Cyprus Syria and Jerusalem Along the way the Oathsworn get embroiled in battles between rival factions of east and west for control of land and resources Orm has to forge alliances with various groups to ensure the survival of his followers as they advance toward their goal They encounter Muslims Christians Greeks Bedouins and Danes They cross deserts and seek shelter from unremitting sand storms They enter into fierce battles and witness the gruesome horrors of torture and decapitated bodies in an atmosphere saturated with the smell of blood and haunted by flies hovering over dismembered limbs The descriptions are vivid; the brutality graphicOrm emerges as the most fully developed character He wears the mantle of leadership with a heavy heart haunted by the responsibilities of being the leader of the Oathsworn Thrust into unfamiliar territory he navigates his followers through an alien land through strange alliances and senseless killings and through betrayals by men who were once deemed blood brothers all the while straddling between the old world beliefs in Odin and the Norse gods and those of the Christ followersRobert Low has written another exciting work of historical fiction It is action packed; skillfully integrates historical fact with historical fiction; and offers a vivid description of the locations battles and culture clashes of the 10th Century eastern Mediterranean It moves at a galloping pace And perhaps therein lies a shortcoming We barely have time to accommodate to one location and its inhabitants before we are thrust into yet another battle in a different location with yet another enemy The plethora of characters some of whom are sketchily developed at best is another shortcoming Although not as strong as The Whale Road The Wolf Sea is nevertheless an enjoyable read for aficionados of historical fiction and all things VikingRecommended

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The Wolf SeaIs gone stolen by the rapacious Starkad and with it the runes writ upon the hilt that only Orm can decipherThe Oathsworn embark on a dangerous mission to reclaim their precious sword as they pursue the elusive Starkad across the turbulent wolf sea Unafraid to fight and cunning in the ways of men they wreak violence and bloody revenge on their enemiesCaught up in the treachero. From start to finish this book is a great readWe follow the Oathsworn from where we left them in the first book; depleted and divided they travel from Greece to Cyprus to Antioch and Jerusalem They meet Muslims Bedouins and fellow Danes while battling their way to Starkard in a uest to retrieve the Rune Serpent Sword he stoleJumping from action to action this book seldom stops anywhere for long Between the traveling or the fighting there was always something new to catch my attention and keep me interested My only issue with the book is minor I wonder if it was really necessary to write everything in Latin and then have Orm give us the translation Once or twice would have been fine but it just got annoying after the third time For a gritty Viking tale this is my first pick