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"Thom did a great job of bringing her characters to life. They felt so real, as if they were really in that time period. I also loved the setting of this story. She must have done an amazing amount of research to make her story so accurate (or be part Viking herself)!" JJ Phillips: Readers' Favorite 5*
"Shadow of the Raven is a great debut for this series. Thom's knowledge about this ancient period is evident and she has successfully turned it into an engrossing story." Lit Amri: Readers' Favorite 5*
"I was pulled into the story right away and liked how Millie Thom writes - so effortless, it seems, but very descriptive and authentic, from the language to the tone. I was impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect." Tabitha: Book Razor 5*
"I was mesmerized by the world Millie Thom creates, one so realistic and vivid, where we really feel like we are in another era, another time and place all together. But it feels so normal and real." Samantha Book Razor 4.5*
"Not only did I really enjoy reading this, I actually feel like I learned something more about this time period that I didn't know before. The flow was perfect, and keeps us hooked right until the end (loved it, btw - go Ulf!)" Esse Harmon: Book Razor 5*
"This book had much more depth and substance than many I've read, touching on issues like family religion, relationships, survival against all odds, life and death situations, heartbreak and redemption... so many layers it's hard not to become addicted. It is profound, provocative and eye-opening, and the way that Thom infused them with believable, flawed characters and a compelling story line based on real historical events - makes it feel that much more incredible." Laura: Book Razor 5*
- ASIN : B00YFPOIMW
- Publisher : Millie Thom; 1st edition (May 27, 2015)
- Publication date : May 27, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 954 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 439 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,247 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book (series, actually) came highly recommended to me. The ninth-century, when the Danes raided Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, is a time that I had only the vaguest knowledge about, emphasis on the word “vague.” The author’s extraordinary and rich storytelling was as gripping to me as it was educational.
It was especially interesting to learn how the status of a person could drastically change depending on events that transpired … such as being the son of a King in Mercia to a thrall to a Dane. Relationships are always complex things, ever-changing, especially when they are not established as mutual choice of both parties, and when circumstances completely transform a child’s life and determine his or her future. The author beautifully weaves Issues of loyalty, trust, and revenge into her characters, as these are most certainly central themes in history.
What I really enjoyed what that I learned so much but never felt that the author was putting in a lot of detail for the sake of it, yet, in the telling of this story, she infused such rich detail and even for a reader like me who knows so little about this time, I never was without a visual in my head – the mark of a great storyteller like Millie Thom.
When time permits, I want to read more in this series. Considering all that I learned from this book along, I know I won’t be disappointed. Highly recommend!
The story shows a culture clash in very human terms. The Mercians were Anglo-Saxon Christians who lived in the English midlands, while the Danes came from the north and worshipped many gods including Thor, Odin, and Frey. The Danes believed sacrifices and raids pleased the gods and they used this reasoning to plunder villages, taking riches and slaves wherever they could be found.
One of the many things I loved about this novel is that both sides are seen as human, and as a mixture of good and evil. Both sides have their holidays and traditions. They all love their families and try to do what’s best for them. But they’re also very different, and a culture clash changes the lives of the characters.
I felt for the characters as they tried to cope with the changes and forces that were beyond their control. The camaraderie between Eadwulf and Bjorn perfectly shows the possibilities of friendship, while also illustrating irrevocable differences in heartbreaking ways.
Thom immerses readers in the 850s, with all the sights, smells, delights and tastes of home life and sea voyaging. The historical details are well researched while seamlessly woven into the story so that readers truly feel like they’ve traveled back in time. I’m already looking forward to my next voyage.
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If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in the mid 800’s this book will certainly take you there. The events take place in England and Denmark so you get a wonderful insight into their conflicting cultures and customs. The writing style in both narrative and dialogue is excellent without being heavy, and cleverly contributes to the atmosphere of the era. It held my attention to the last page – which is clearly not the end of the story. It’s an enthralling adventure which moves along at a good pace without padding. Although Shadow of the Raven is fiction it is obvious that Millie Thom did a huge amount of research to ensure its authenticity.
I found it beautifully written, fascinating and educational (I like that in a book) with adventure and suspense. I constantly wanted to know what happens to Eadwulf next, so the pages kept turning. Consequently I’m now compelled to read this continuing epic in Book 2 and 3 of the Sons of Kings series.
I highly recommend ‘Shadow of the Raven’ as a darn good read and give it a well deserved five stars.
This is a tale set in Anglo-Saxon England and Denmark, which tells the story of the sons of kings and how they are surrounded by conniving, treacherous, despicable, murderous, sadistic, conniving characters the like of which you would hope you'd never meet. Luckily, there are just about enough descent people around who are happy to take risks for our heroes, to make their lives bearable. This is all set against a well researched historical background. A real page turner.
It is the first book I have read by this author and I found it fascinating. The story is set in the early years of Alfred of Wessex, mid-ninth century. It is not surprising that Thom is so knowledgeable about this period. The author is a former history teacher. her expertise is evident which can be seen in the facts while combining these with imagination. For example, Eadwulf is a totally invented character.
There is plenty of adventure which Thom combines with accounts of family relationships. A cleverly written book. I believe this is the first book of a series. I hope to read any follow-ups as well when they are published.