Early reviews and author quotes for A Gathering of Ravens have been trickling in over the last few weeks. I’m pleased to say that they are, by and large, complimentary (actually, one bad review out of nine is a bit more than I could have hoped for). At any rate, with a bit over two months to go until publication day, here’s what some of your fellow readers and my fellow writers are saying:
“Oden has done a marvelous job of weaving his tale of myths, legends and history into a tale that feels like an ancient chronicle a fable for warriors, remembering their history, recounting the glory of the old gods in the face of the new one. There are many times in this book that you lose track of what may have been taken from facts and fables and what is from the mind of the author, which for me is a true triumph.” — Robin Carter, Parmenion Books.
“Scott Oden has seamlessly weaved a modern saga full of Norse myth and culture, a Norse, English, and Irish medieval historical setting, and the battle of old religions and new. This masterpiece is full of complex characters, gory battles, and a realistic and well researched historical setting. 5/5 Stars!” – MightyThorJRS.
“Grimnir is mean, harsh and bad ass. He’s crafty and he will kill you just because he can. He is like Conan with a hangover and a toothache. And he’s your hero. If you like your tales gritty and rough, you are gonna love this story.” — Stan Wagenaar, Goodreads.
“Scott Oden has done it! It’s all about the characters. Do not judge Grimnir too fast; he’s written like someone writes about a multilayered human. It gives me goosebumps sometimes to read something this good that is inspired by something I composed.” – Simon Kölle, International Film Composer and the founder of Za Frumi.
“I thoroughly enjoyed A Gathering of Ravens. It’s a magnificent mytho-historical saga, blending the history of 11th century Europe with Norse and Celtic mythology. A dark, grim and unrelentingly bloody tale of the last Orc and his quest for vengeance. Highly recommended.” – John Gwynne, author of Wrath (Book Four of The Faithful and the Fallen).
“Scott Oden’s A Gathering of Ravens is everything that a Grimdark novel should be, sharp witted, dark and dangerous. Highly recommended for anyone who loves action, good characters and, you know, an amazing story. I loved it!” – James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges series and The Last Sacrifice.
“Set in a vividly-imagined world where history and myth blur, Scott Oden’s gripping and bloody tale of monsters and men carves out a fantastic new legend for this modern age.” – James Wilde, author of the Hereward series and the forthcoming pre-Arthurian epic Pendragon.
“Scott Oden taps the dark roots of ‘The Northern thing’ in A Gathering of Ravens. Mixing Norse history and mythology with fantasy and a relentless narrative drive, Oden’s novel will appeal to the Grimdark crowd as well as fans of Robert E. Howard and Poul Anderson.” – Charles R. Rutledge. co-author of Blind Shadows and Congregations of the Dead.
“An amazing work of fantasy with a very real touch of both humanity and the weight of history. Oden has populated his strange world with witches, monsters, Vikings, warriors, cowards, and everything in between. Deft and well-written.” – Charnel House Reviews.
And with that, I’m about as pleased as any writer has the right to be. Soon will come the trade journal reviews (should they deign to review it), along with reviews generated by NetGalley. Finally, the Amazon reviews — which can be wildly diverse. For now, though, on to the next book!