If you enjoy playing Saga and the historical background setting like me then you will probably enjoy this novel. It is the story of a young man who has no memory of his past and one of his eye balls is all bloody and red looking. Fair enough. He lives in England, Vikings turn up, he is seen as potentially a good luck charm so he joins them. Adventure and blood letting results.....cool. The novel is the first one of a series and provided the price is right I think I will definitely put the next books in my future reading list. I was a little reluctant to pick this book up as the author was once in a 'Boy Band'. WTF! I cringe at the thought of that type of music but it may have it's place in the hearts of tween girls. The money Giles earned from that may be the reason we get to read this novel as it may have made it possible to fund the activity of writing and, after a boy band starts to age eventually what becomes of them? Unlike some old head banger bands who can just start to look more and more like hard face Viking warriors as they age and continue to destroy ears, and leave a trail of venereal diseases and empty liquor bottles as they travel the globe the lack of youthful perkyness may no longer be endearing to tweens that have moved on from those 'phases' they went through as a kid.
Anyway, the fights in this book are perfect background for Saga and they are frequently the same amount of combatants we see on game tables. The Vikings have only two ships so it's not the stuff of big armys but it has a good siege, and the clash between pagan and christian religions and even fights with the Welsh who come across as almost feral humans. Giles has put his time to good use to bring us this bloody adventure so if you need something to read have at it.
Cheers from Brendon (The Kiwi)