Download Book ✓ Crowbone Î ç The long awaited return to Robert Low's Oathsworn series Island of Mann 979AD A man lies dying with a message he cannot take to his grave a sworn secret that must be passed on only to Olaf Tryggvasson kin of Harald Fairhair of the Yngling line and true prince of Norway also known as Crowbone When the message fNd for Crowbone to gain what is rightfully his the crown of Norway With a band of Chosen Men Crowbone begins an unforgiving journey that will see him face the challenge of new enemies and confront his suspicions of treachery from old friends Looming over all is his ultimate rival; Gunnhild the Witch Mother of Kings Crowbone's arch enemy who will stop at nothing to p Another great tale of high adventure Not much of Orm Bear Slayer in this one which was a shame but Crowbone is enough of a character to keep the show rolling at breakneck speed anyway And Orm was great when he was around As usual we travel to many lands and meet many different folk A few storylines close but some are left open Will there be ?
Reader ð ´ Robert Low
The long awaited return to Robert Low's Oathsworn series Island of Mann 979AD A man lies dying with a message he cannot take to his grave a sworn secret that must be passed on only to Olaf Tryggvasson kin of Harald Fairhair of the Yngling line and true prince of Norway also known as Crowbone When the message finally arrives so begins a uest to discover its meaning a ‘Crapbone’ A complete load of cliched old cobblersWhat a disappointment What a big fat arrogant bloated disappointment this was I couldn’t uite put my finger is on why has it taken me so long to start reading this one but as soon as I got about 100 pages in I managed it A memory came back to me from the end of ‘The Prow Beast’ #4 in the ‘Oathsworn’ series that it seemed like things were going astray That this Crowbone imbecile was the wrong character to develop And I was right Crowbone does nothing to endear himself to us in erm’Crowbone’ for all his odd coloured eyes supposedly signifying Deep Meaning He comes over as nothing than a petulant boy stamping his little foot saying “I am king of Norway I AM and missing his mother's skirts to hide in And the constant meaningless story telling Enough with that Does nothing Show me someone who diesn’t skip those bitsAnd then show me someone who isn’t stopped dead by stuff like this “There was silence profound as snow; the bleeding men dripped uietly” Or who isn’t irritated by his having a character think things through but end the paragraph on “and he said as much” Again and again And again I lost count of how many times he used that Clearly Robert Low’s answer to Anthony Riches’ ‘raised an eyebrow’ Tourette And if they’re not doing that they’re scowling at each other It’s on almost every scowling page Sometimes receiving a scowl in return Or a group scowl Or an eyes to heavenO wait that’s from meWhilst writing he’s clearly had the 'Great Viking Story Writer’s Book Of Cliches Revised and Updated’ open at his side Page one of that states “In Viking Times it rained non stop And blew a gale All the time Rain authentic Viking story Sunshine Hollywood nonsense Nothing says ‘Evil Deeds Being Done or Planned in Viking Times’ better than bad weather” So as “the wind hissed out of the dark thick with sea salt and fear” we pretty much get a something that for much of its interminable length resembles the start of Macbeth all the way through “Ooh looks like clearing up weather help me get the washing on the line Ragnar” just isn’t gonna cut it in Real Viking CirclesSo he’s covered the story with so much superfluous crap it’s hard to get through to what is actually trying to write about It’s obvious that when he’s written some of this bloated nonsense that he’s sat back hugged himself picked crumbs from his beard stroked the cat and thought “That’s great They’ll never understand that” “‘They are Oathsworn’ he reminded them and saw the cat and dog chase of that across faces until they worked out the power of the oath they had sworn” Come again?So apart from being set in Viking Times in the rain obviously where exactly is all this taking place? They wander aimlessly around Great Britain and may even end up in Lapland it’s hard to tell Though wait I think at some point they’ve washed up as the result of storm most likely in Ireland I’m not too sure as I kind of lost track of where they were several times Let’s see if the book can give any clues”’Dómnall Claen mac Lorcán’ the High King declared blearily ‘Sure it is good to have you back among us so it is’ Yup they are in modern day I mean Viking Time IrelandAnd “plootering”? Is that authentic Viking speak? Anywhere?Is there anything to justify Harry Sidebottom’s lofty claim on the front that ’no modern novelist knows about the Vikings than Robert Low’? A little He like Harry Sidebotton does in Latin includes a few Norse Words You Don’t Understand with helpful translationthat make you wonder why he’s putting them in if he’s gonna translate them anyway Most are right How do I know? Because I speak Danish He gets the ‘eyeblink’ one right as in Danish we use ‘øjeblik’ to signify a very shory period a moment Some are close to their modern usage One was wrong but I nodded off and forgot to write it down Oh and he really wants us to know he can play ‘Hnefatafl’ The last ‘Viking’ book I read ’The Sea Road’ by Margaret Elphinstone was effortlessly better in every way Mood nuance interest Norse knowledge every way possible I suggest Harry Sidebottom read ‘The Sea Road' and reconsider his rather rash commentsWhether it’s based on actual history as he hints at at the end it’s hard to say It’s hard to care It’s hard to summon up any feelings really Apart from irritation That’s two weeks I’M not getting back All the superfluous over elaborate verbal nonsense is just that nonsense Does absolutely nothing to get the story across and ends up getting in the way of whatever the story might have been “In the name of Odin Are there NO good points?” you say Well as if he knows he is proving my starting point the best bits are at the end Not the fact that I’ve reached the end in itself a good thing but the reappearance of Orm the main character of the first three ‘Oathsworn’ tales Suddenly the whole thing is transformed has meaning stops meandering has interest and I care about what is happening for the all too few pages Orm and Finn are present THIS proves that Crowbone was the wrong way to go If he ever carries on with Crowbone I’m off If Orm came back I’d come backMore world class reviews on Speesh Reads
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CrowboneRevent him from knowing what and where this secret is In the fifth installment of his Oathsworn series Robert Low is back to his full blooded Viking best this time visiting the harsh terrain of the North Sea coast in a tale about one man's uest for survival and the unexpected alliances that emerge as the very bonds that tie the Oathsworn together are put to the test I enjoyed this book for the further insight in to some different areas other than Orm's Oathsworn It was a great book to see the perspective through someone other than Orm I have to say though that when Crowbone was introduced in the previous books he irritated me as a bratty kid that even though he had a traumatic past was still perched on his high horse looking down on youThis book further reinforced that for me Crowbone was not my favorite character in this but it was interesting to see how he had grown and see through his eyes and hear his thoughts On a side note it was interesting also to see other lands that had not been touched upon before by the author Ireland and i believe briefly Scotland was very interesting The game of kings lets say plays a huge part in this tale decisions are not always made based on sound judgment or moral standing on where and what it gets you Which Crowbone being the brat he is played expertly To summarise this was a brilliant book to further flesh out the oathsworn series Whereas in my opinion Crowbone was a bit of a dick throughout it still was a good tale and with the guest appearances of some of the original oathsworn stepping out of the shadows once made this a great read