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A band of brothers known as the Oathsworn, committed only to each other, feared by many, rises again, setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and gloryWashed up in a hostile city, battleweary and out of luck, the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader, the young Orm, to bring them back once to wealth and warfare But Orm s prized sword, the legendary Rune Serpent, is gone, stolen by the rapacious Starkad, and with it the runes writ upon the hilt that only Orm can decipherThe Oathsworn embark on a dangerous mission to reclaim their precious sword as they pursue the elusive Starkad across the turbulent wolf sea Unafraid to fight and cunning in the ways of men, they wreak violence and bloody revenge on their enemiesCaught up in the treacherous battles in the East between the rulers of Constantinople, aided by hordes of Viking mercenaries and the Arabs, their adventures will take them from Greece to Jerusalem, across the treacherous wolf sea where only the hunting hungry dare set sailEpic adventure broad in scope and bloody in action, The Wolf Sea is a stunning follow up to Robert Low s gripping debut, The Whale RoadInternational Praise for The Whale Road a rousing, sprawling saga of Viking warriors and the quest for hidden treasureLow mixes history, archeology, mythology and nonstop, often sanguinary action into a fast moving adventure tale Publishers Weekly A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read Bernard Cornwell A fantastic book, one of the best I have read for years There s a wonderful earthiness to proceedings and he creates a tangible sense of being there There s a sturdy, lyrical and epic quality about the writing which makes it feel like the kind of saga a Viking would recount in his old age Simon Scarrow A stirring Viking series of blockbuster battles and religious intrigue Publishing News Action packed and evocative Herald Glasgow All the right ingredients are firmly in place above all there is the storyline itself, told in an earthy, rough and ready style, which perfectly compliments this saga for the st Century YorkshireEvening Post Low s debut novel of high adventure on the open seas is about as good as it gets his tale of harrowing deeds, violent clashes between warring factions, and betrayal and revenge is sure to appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell Library Journal


10 thoughts on “The Wolf Sea

  1. Edward Edward says:

    The Wolf Sea is the most enjoyable, hilarious and bloody viking age saga I have read to date, maybe even the best historical fiction To read this is to read of a band of brothers who are against all of the odds just in the quest of survival Then Finn gave a curse pungent enough to strip the gilding off Brand s fancy mail, staring into the swirl of yellow dust like a prow man searching for shoals in a mist Robert Low is a fantastic writer there is no denying that His prose is polished and th The Wolf Sea is the most enjoyable, hilarious and bloody viking age saga I have read to date, maybe even the best historical fiction To read this is to read of a band of brothers who are against all of the odds just in the quest of survival Then Finn gave a curse pungent enough to strip the gilding off Brand s fancy mail, staring into the swirl of yellow dust like a prow man searching for shoals in a mist Robert Low is a fantastic writer there is no denying that His prose is polished and there are moments of beautiful description as well as moments of stark honesty It suits a viking age tale such as this, with good humour and quirky characters, as well as oaths and oceans of blood Just read this description of a hangover Honeyed Six Day is a vicious were beast, by night filling you with all the power of the gods and, in the cold light of day, sprawling like a day old corpse in the pit of your stomach, having shat in your mouth and started a fire in your skull Orm is the young beardless jarl of the Oathsworn, a decimated band of men after the ending of book one, The Whale Road We follow Orm and his oarmates as they attempt to bring back the glory of the Oathsworn, but old enemies and new enemies are at every corner Soon they are trapped in a journey that must be completed before they return home, north to the icy capped mountains and fjords of Scandinavia It was, as Finn said, Hel s privy and a suitable place for a baby killer like old Herod I loved the setting of The Wolf Sea, from Constantinople now Istanbul, all the way across the east to Jerusalem After reading many books and watching programmes set in the struggle for viking age England it was refreshing to read a tale in the completely different Holy Land We swear to be brothers to each other, bone, blood and steel On GUngnir, Odin s spear, we swear, may he curse us on the Nine Realms and beyond if we break this fate, one to another There is a massive strength in The Wolf Sea with the characters Whether they are enemies or oath brothers of Orm, he is written superbly and bounces off of these secondary characters with realism and humour They offer a wrist grasp of peace, but that is only to hold you close, by the sword arm, he told us, sucking ale off the wet end of his hair The dagger is in the other Robert Low is a viking age re enactor, part of my own group in the UK, thought I have never met him However, it is evident that The Wolf Sea has been written with the historical details of a true historian, as well as with the combat and lifestyles the characters lead with the practicalities and quirks of a re enactor We must move fast, Bear Slayer, before our oarmates are stew 5 5 such a fantastic read, I cannot recommend it enough I am two books in and loving my journey across the whale road With excellent characters, realistic storylines and wit sharp enough to pick your teeth with, The Wolf Sea is a 5 star read


  2. Terri Terri says:

    Robert Low is such an under rated author and it amazes me that he is notpopular I suppose to bepopular would make him main stream and that might take some of the eccentricity out of his writing as he strives to placate a larger reader base Don t get me wrong, Robert Low is a popular and accomplished author, it is just that he is not as well known as say, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden Although, he is as good as them, if not better at times.Low is a brilliant writer and he writ Robert Low is such an under rated author and it amazes me that he is notpopular I suppose to bepopular would make him main stream and that might take some of the eccentricity out of his writing as he strives to placate a larger reader base Don t get me wrong, Robert Low is a popular and accomplished author, it is just that he is not as well known as say, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden Although, he is as good as them, if not better at times.Low is a brilliant writer and he writes so fluidly, but his biggest strength, to me, is his dialogue His dialogue, to put it bluntly, rocks my socks.And there wasn t enough of it in this book The first book kept me smirking and laughing This book, the second in the series, didn t quite grab me as much and I personally think that is due to the lack of dialogue It could go for pages without any and whilst Low is a master of description, I missed his rollicking dialogue This is why I gave The Whale Road the first book in the series 5 stars and this one 4 stars I still loved the book and Low is my new favourite author I have his next two book in the series to read next, and I look forward to his new Scottish series due out in March.But for now, as I move onto The White Raven, I d like to put an express order in fordialogue please, Mr Low P.S If you really want to know how this series reads as far as style, please refer to my review for the first book The Whale Road, as I covered it all there What I made of the first book, I make of The Wolf Sea too


  3. Tamara Agha-Jaffar Tamara Agha-Jaffar says:

    The Wolf Sea, Robert Low s second book of the Oathsworn series, continues where The Whale Road Oathsworn 1 left off The novel opens with young Orm, the Viking leader of the Oathsworn, with his scruffy, battle weary band of men stranded in Constantinople When Orm s sword, the Rune Serpent, is stolen by Starkad, the Oathsworn embark on a perilous mission to retrieve the sword and rescue their captured brothers Their mission takes them across the 10th Century lands of Cyprus, Syria, and Jerus The Wolf Sea, Robert Low s second book of the Oathsworn series, continues where The Whale Road Oathsworn 1 left off The novel opens with young Orm, the Viking leader of the Oathsworn, with his scruffy, battle weary band of men stranded in Constantinople When Orm s sword, the Rune Serpent, is stolen by Starkad, the Oathsworn embark on a perilous mission to retrieve the sword and rescue their captured brothers Their mission takes them across the 10th Century lands of Cyprus, Syria, and Jerusalem Along the way, the Oathsworn get embroiled in battles between rival factions of east and west for control of land and resources Orm has to forge alliances with various groups to ensure the survival of his followers as they advance toward their goal They encounter Muslims, Christians, Greeks, Bedouins, and Danes They cross deserts and seek shelter from unremitting sand storms They enter into fierce battles and witness the gruesome horrors of torture and decapitated bodies in an atmosphere saturated with the smell of blood and haunted by flies hovering over dismembered limbs The descriptions are vivid the brutality graphic.Orm emerges as the most fully developed character He wears the mantle of leadership with a heavy heart, haunted by the responsibilities of being the leader of the Oathsworn Thrust into unfamiliar territory, he navigates his followers through an alien land, through strange alliances and senseless killings, and through betrayals by men who were once deemed blood brothers, all the while straddling between the old world beliefs in Odin and the Norse gods and those of the Christ followers.Robert Low has written another exciting work of historical fiction It is action packed skillfully integrates historical fact with historical fiction and offers a vivid description of the locations, battles, and culture clashes of the 10th Century eastern Mediterranean It moves at a galloping pace And, perhaps, therein lies a shortcoming We barely have time to accommodate to one location and its inhabitants before we are thrust into yet another battle in a different location with yet another enemy The plethora of characters, some of whom are sketchily developed at best, is another shortcoming Although not as strong as The Whale Road, The Wolf Sea is, nevertheless, an enjoyable read for aficionados of historical fiction and all things Viking.Recommended


  4. Paul Paul says:

    3.5 stars rounded up to four Definite improvement over the first book, The Whale Road Descriptive pendulum may have swung a little too far, actually But, I m officially hooked have already started the next book, The White Raven.This one was largely set in what we would call the Near East That s a departure in my experience, anyway for a Viking tale Very interesting I won t deny that there were some dry spots But the action was vivid, for sure And I got to understand the primary chara 3.5 stars rounded up to four Definite improvement over the first book, The Whale Road Descriptive pendulum may have swung a little too far, actually But, I m officially hooked have already started the next book, The White Raven.This one was largely set in what we would call the Near East That s a departure in my experience, anyway for a Viking tale Very interesting I won t deny that there were some dry spots But the action was vivid, for sure And I got to understand the primary charactersin this one Still a fast and easy read entertaining, interesting and gripping


  5. Dawn Dawn says:

    From start to finish this book is a great read.We follow the Oathsworn from where we left them in the first book depleted and divided they travel from Greece to Cyprus to Antioch and Jerusalem They meet Muslims, Bedouins and fellow Danes while battling their way to Starkard, in a quest to retrieve the Rune Serpent Sword he stole.Jumping from action to action this book seldom stops anywhere for long Between the traveling or the fighting there was always something new to catch my attention and From start to finish this book is a great read.We follow the Oathsworn from where we left them in the first book depleted and divided they travel from Greece to Cyprus to Antioch and Jerusalem They meet Muslims, Bedouins and fellow Danes while battling their way to Starkard, in a quest to retrieve the Rune Serpent Sword he stole.Jumping from action to action this book seldom stops anywhere for long Between the traveling or the fighting there was always something new to catch my attention and keep me interested My only issue with the book is minor, I wonder if it was really necessary to write everything in Latin and then have Orm give us the translation Once or twice would have been fine but it just got annoying after the third time For a gritty Viking tale, this is my first pick


  6. Howard Anders Howard Anders says:

    This is the second volume in the series In the first volume, The Whale Road , a young Orm joins a group of Viking raiders the Oathsworn Much of this first volume deals with a search for buried treasure the burial mound of Attila the Hun At the conclusion of The Whale Road Orm becomes the leader of the Oathsworn The start of The Wolf Sea finds the Oathsworn stranded in Constantinople Orm s sword, the Rune Serpent, retrieved from Attila s treasure hoard, is stolen by the villain, Star This is the second volume in the series In the first volume, The Whale Road , a young Orm joins a group of Viking raiders the Oathsworn Much of this first volume deals with a search for buried treasure the burial mound of Attila the Hun At the conclusion of The Whale Road Orm becomes the leader of the Oathsworn The start of The Wolf Sea finds the Oathsworn stranded in Constantinople Orm s sword, the Rune Serpent, retrieved from Attila s treasure hoard, is stolen by the villain, Starkad The Oathsworn embark on a mission to retrieve the Rune Serpent, that takes them across the late 10th Century eastern Mediterranean world to Cyprus, Antioch, and Jerusalem It had been a while since I read The Whale Road so I had forgotten how action packed Mr Low s work can be it was like jumping on to a fast moving treadmill This second volume moved at an even faster pace than the first Orm matures as a leader and a man, under the watchful guidance of a couple of stalwarts The book reflects the violence of the times the Dark Ages were not a time for wimps Very enjoyable


  7. Lee Broderick Lee Broderick says:

    Being the leader is not all it s cracked up to be Orm quickly discovers that as he has the leadership of the Oathsworn thrust upon him Such responsibility would be a test for any young man but especially so in an alien land on the edge of the known world his naivety is shown by his willingness to trust those that he knows he should have doubts about As he searches for his own albatross, stolen from him, keeping the Oathsworn together and alive is a tough task as he has to negotiate polit Being the leader is not all it s cracked up to be Orm quickly discovers that as he has the leadership of the Oathsworn thrust upon him Such responsibility would be a test for any young man but especially so in an alien land on the edge of the known world his naivety is shown by his willingness to trust those that he knows he should have doubts about As he searches for his own albatross, stolen from him, keeping the Oathsworn together and alive is a tough task as he has to negotiate political as well as physical perils.Robert Low is currently the master of historical adventure fiction Despite the near eastern setting, which isn t something that holds any interest for me, I actually enjoyed thisthanThe Whale Road


  8. Val Penny Val Penny says:

    The Wolf Sea was the recommended book for my book group I was at a bit of a disadvantage as this is the second book in Robert Harris s Oathsworn series In this second novel, the story centres on the eastern Mediterranean.This novel takes the survivors of a Viking band from the streets of the medieval world s greatest city to those of its holiest city The group is united by an oath to Odin.Some early adventures take place on the sea and islands, however, the Vikings are soon in that other s The Wolf Sea was the recommended book for my book group I was at a bit of a disadvantage as this is the second book in Robert Harris s Oathsworn series In this second novel, the story centres on the eastern Mediterranean.This novel takes the survivors of a Viking band from the streets of the medieval world s greatest city to those of its holiest city The group is united by an oath to Odin.Some early adventures take place on the sea and islands, however, the Vikings are soon in that other sea where wolves roam, the dry lands of the Near East.The narrator is Orm who is now the leader of the troop A precious relic that holds the key to finding a great treasure trove has been lost and his pursuit of it brings his group into a new wave of bloody fights against Arabs and against Norse rivals The pursuit is complicated by the desire to rescue some of their men They had been captured and sold into slavery.I appreciate that Wolf Sea offers rich descriptions of the tenth century as viewed through the mind of the narrator The novel is beautifully researched and ably written However, this type of book is not really for me.It is tale of fierce hand to hand fights which show no mercy and there are few checks on human savagery It seemed that the most common kindness came when a man used his sword to kill a mortally wounded friend quickly.Notwithstanding all the exotic locations and culture clashes, the novel s core is the same as that of all great war stories the deep bond between men who stand together in the face of their enemy.If you enjoy a good war story with a historical backdrop, I highly recommend this book


  9. Ruth Ruth says:

    C2008 FWFTB oath, sword, battles, mercenaries, Jerusalem.Slowly getting throught the back catalogue of Mr Low who I have only just recently discovered.This second book is a lot grittier than the first but manages to include some really interesting bits of history Mr Low is a wordsmith Some paragraphs seem to be written just to be read aloud and savouredEven the sea here was corroded, heaving in slow fat swells, black and slick and greasy as a wet hog s back, glittering with scum and stu C2008 FWFTB oath, sword, battles, mercenaries, Jerusalem.Slowly getting throught the back catalogue of Mr Low who I have only just recently discovered.This second book is a lot grittier than the first but manages to include some really interesting bits of history Mr Low is a wordsmith Some paragraphs seem to be written just to be read aloud and savouredEven the sea here was corroded, heaving in slow fat swells, black and slick and greasy as a wet hog s back, glittering with scum and studded with flotsamAccording to Harry Sidebottom he has created a completely convincing and utterly compelling modern Viking Saga The history, myth and fiction are folded seamlessly together wonderful, unbeatable stuff Highly recommended FCN Orm Ruriksson, Finn, Brother John, Kvasir, Goat Boy


  10. Patrick Murphy Patrick Murphy says:

    Low follows the same basic formula as his first Oathsworn book a Viking mashup of picaresque and noir, traversing a richly researched and reimagined world of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean knit by trading ties and ethnic feuds, given color by the author s spare and epithet dense style The Wolf Sea, however, turns out to be a halfway decent reason to push through the The Whale Road, by immediately succeeding its predecessor while surpassing it in every measure Low s writing iscomf Low follows the same basic formula as his first Oathsworn book a Viking mashup of picaresque and noir, traversing a richly researched and reimagined world of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean knit by trading ties and ethnic feuds, given color by the author s spare and epithet dense style The Wolf Sea, however, turns out to be a halfway decent reason to push through the The Whale Road, by immediately succeeding its predecessor while surpassing it in every measure Low s writing iscomfortable and consistent, his characterstightly developed, and his pacingassured If his style remains creaky in parts, and many of his characters sketchy and forgettable, Low nevertheless brings off the proposition that maybe such faults are just generic constraints, the natural limits of stories passed around too many Norse campfires to keep fidelity