Hello all! Today’s post is for a spoiler-free quick review of the adult fantasy novel A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden. I included my Instagram post from the other day showing everyone what my ARC edition looked like, so without further ado, here are my thoughts!
For anyone who likes historical fantasy or mythology, this is the book to go to! I would like to thank Tom over at Bantem Press for the opportunity to read A Gathering of Ravens for review and taking part in a promotional tour for it. This is an adult fantasy that was pitched as a “Beowulf meets Lord of The Rings.” Having not read either of those books/series, I was going into reading this not knowing much about what to expect or how the ending was going to turn out.
This is set across the years 999AD and 1014AD with settings in Denmark, England and Ireland. The story follows Grimnir who is trying to travel across the oceans to Ireland to face his nemesis. He finds and kidnaps a woman called Étain who he holds hostage and also kills her companion Njall but whose presence still lingers in the story. Since I am not an expert on this genre, I don’t want to ramble on about historical fantasy but for potential readers, there are a few gory scenes throughout and tons of battles but also great worldbuilding and in my ARC edition were two maps, the part of England where the novel was set is where I’m actually from so it was nice seeing some references to Glastonbury (don’t live there but know it very well).
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