The gripping second novel in the Oathsworn series, charting the adventures of a band of Vikings looking for the return of the Rune Sword that will lead them to Attila’s Hoard
A band of brothers, known as the Oathsworn, committed only to each other and feared by many, rises again, setting sail on the wolf sea in search of vengeance and glory.
Washed up in a hostile city, battle-weary and out of luck, the Oathsworn lie waiting for their reluctant leader, the young Orm, to bring them back once more 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 decipher.
The 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 enemies.
Caught 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 sail.
Epic adventure broad in scope and bloody in action, The Wolf Sea is the stunning second novel in the Oathsworn series.
‘Narrated by Low with all the gritty, down-to-earth realism that breathed such life into his first novel, and shows just why historical fiction is one of today’s most rapidly-growing genres’
Yorkshire Evening Post
Praise for The Whale Road:
'A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read' Bernard Corwell
'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'
‘A stirring Viking series of blockbuster battles and religious intrigue’
‘All the right ingredients are firmly in place…above all there is the storyline itself; told in an earthy, rough-and-ready stylewhich perfectly compliments this saga for the 21st Century’
Yorkshire Evening Post
‘A fascinating read’ The Glasgow Herald
‘The Hangman humour of the band of sworn brothers gives Low’s epic but brutal tale real humanity and the detail of 10th century life is wonderfully vivd. The action is fast and furious…shockingly believably so. Low’s debut novel hits the mark with maximum impact’
About the author
Robert Low has been a journalist and writer since the age of seventeen. He covered the wars in Vietnam, Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo until common sense and the concerns of his wife and daughter prevailed.
To satisfy his craving for action, having moved to an area rich in Viking tradition, he took up re-enactment, joining The Vikings. He now spends his summers fighting furiously in helmet and mail in shieldwalls all over Britain and winters training hard. He lives in Largs, Scotland.
British journalist Low continues his sprawling Oathsworn trilogy about a band of 10th Century Viking warriors with this sanguinary sequel to The Whale Road. Following their failure to recover Attila the Hun's hidden treasure, young Orm and his band of oathsworn Vikings wash up in Constantinople with only Attila's iconic sword and the "ruined dream of Attila's silver hoard" to show for their harrowing adventure. Hoping to return to claim the treasure, Orm secretly carves coded directions to the treasure into the hilt of the sword. The sword, however, is stolen by Starkad Ragnarsson, an old enemy of the Oathsworn, who takes off in pursuit of an unscrupulous priest, Martin the monk. Sailing out of Constantinople, the Oathsworn chase Starkad to Cyprus, Antioch and "into the bowels of Satan"-the Syrian Desert-before a climactic battle at Masada. Low grounds his saga in Viking history and legend, and in a welcome departure, sets them on an odyssey to the exotic east. Fans of Viking literature and historical adventure fiction will welcome this entertaining addition to an inventive series.