A Gathering of Ravens was called "satisfying...complex...and a pleasure to read" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now, Scott Oden continues the saga of Grimnir in this new epic Viking fantasy novel, Twilight of the Gods.
In A Gathering of Ravens, he fought for vengeance. Now, Grimnir is back to fight for his survival.
It is the year of Our Lord 1218 and in the land of the Raven-Geats, the Old Ways reach deep. And while the Geats pay a tax to the King in the name of the White Christ, their hearts and souls belong to the gods of Ásgarðr. But no man can serve two masters.
Pledging to burn this Norse heresy from the land, famed crusader Konráðr the White leads a host against the Raven-Geats, using torch and sword to bring forth the light of the new religion. But the land of the Raven-Geats has an ancient protector: Grimnir, the last in a long line of monsters left to plague Miðgarðr. And he will stand between the Raven-Geats and their destruction.
Aided by an army of berserkers led by their pale queen, Grimnir sparks off an epic struggle—not only against the crusaders, but against the very Gods. For there is something buried beneath the land of the Raven-Geats that Odin wants, something best left undisturbed. Something the blood of the slain, Christian and pagan, will surely awaken.
Robust action sequences and detailed descriptions mark Oden's ambitious second Grimnir Viking adventure. In 1218 Sweden, 200 years after the events of A Gathering of Ravens, 16-year-old D sa Dagr nsdottir becomes the priestess of the Hooded One, Grimnir, a monstrous, ancient deity who promises to train her as a shield maiden. When Grimnir's servant, the troll woman Halla, prophesies that the dominance of the Nailed God of Christianity will end the Norse traditions, Grimnir and D sa work to preserve the old ways, aided by the immortal warrior lfr n of the Iron Hand. lfr n seeks the magical sword S rklungr, which is rumored to have the power to destroy the Christians. Opposing them is the Nailed God's champion, Lord Konra r, who hopes to wipe out all pagans. Oden's impressive writing successfully evokes a grand but grim atmosphere as the well-developed heroes undertake a dangerous quest to find S rklungr. Fans of fast-paced battles and indomitable warriors will relish the sweeping fight scenes, complete with berserkers, siege engines, and the growing threat of Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse. Series readers will not be disappointed.