Giles Kristian's novel, God of Vengeance, is a gripping tale that had me hooked from the first page. The story centers on Sigurd, a young warrior whose family is betrayed and killed by their own king. Left with a few loyal friends and a bag of hack silver, Sigurd must find a way to gather a war band capable of taking on his powerful enemies and avenge his family. In other words, he must achieve the seemingly impossible.
The plot moved quickly and rarely slowed. But as much as it kept me entertained, the characters truly made the story. Kristian's character descriptions felt true and interesting. Though there were many to keep track of, each felt unique and memorable. Their often humorous interaction was the perfect balance to the savageness of the mission they shared. At times, they reminded me of the characters in The Dirty Dozen -- misfits and outcasts all, but with a courageousness that was at once intriguing, endearing and sad. By the climax of the novel, I was thoroughly invested in their success, and a bit depressed when one of them fell to the sword.
I look forward to following Sigurd and his merry band of misfits through even more well-told adventures!