Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Blood Eye: Raven, Book One’ by Giles Kristian

Blood Eye: Raven Book One

by Giles Kristian

Random House

Pub. Date:   August 28, 2012 (Paperback- American release)

Book received from: Publisher via TLC Book Tours



Genre:  Historical Fiction/Viking/ Adventure/ Fantasy

Cover:  Perfect for the story

Characters:  Well-written

Worth the read?  Yes- if you love the Vikings and adventure stories

Tagline:   Some called them wolves of the sea, other simply called them Vikings


Blood Eye follows the story of a young man, Osric, who is unable to remember his past due to an accident, which also left him with a bloodshot eye (hence the title).  Because of this, he is feared by many in the village in which he now lives, and is said to be cursed.  When Norse warriors come into his village, Osric finds himself able to communicate easily, leading to many seeing him as a traitor.  This is the story of his transformation from Osric, a meek orphan, to Raven, a brave Norse warrior.

I will admit that I did not finish this book.  However, it really was a great read, and filled with interesting historical context of medieval times and Viking goings-on.  It is full of action and interesting characters, and the only reason that I did not finish is because it simply was not for me.  I wanted to try something out of my reading comfort zone, and I am glad I did.  In the end, it did not keep my interest- but not for the lack of being interesting.

The writing style is easy and comfortable, the story was adventurous and informative, and the characters were fun and slightly humorous.  I am just not an adventure reader.  This is what I have come to discover through this read, once and for all.  However, if I did love adventure fiction, this would be a fantastic and epic story, and I would surely be waiting for the next in the series.  So, if you are an adventure fan, or just want to try something different, give this one a shot.




The publisher has generously offered a copy of ‘Blood Eye’ for one lucky reader.  To be entered, simply comment below & tell me: Are you an Adventure fan?, with your e-mail address in the comment.   
Must be at least 17-years-old and live in the US/CAN.  I will pick a winner by random September 14, 2012.




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‘Blood Eye’ can be purchased at, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Giles Kristian, go to his website here.


8 thoughts on “Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Blood Eye: Raven, Book One’ by Giles Kristian

  1. I like adventure provided there is a sense of danger. I have almost no interest in reading about someone traveling the world in a yacht. I have an immense amount of interest in reading about someone shipwrecked after their yacht crashed…or pirates came…or something like that.

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