The Prow Beast (the Oathsworn Series, Book 4) Paperback
by Robert Low
Part of the The Oathsworn Series series
The epic and action-packed fourth novel in the Oathsworn series, charting the adventures of Orm and his band of Viking brothers.
The Oathsworn have become feared and respected throughout the Viking world.
Their name goes before them and men cower in their presence.
But fame comes at a price...While the Oathsworn revel in their new-found fame, Sterki, an old enemy with revenge in his heart, attacks their homestead - the Fjord Elk is sunk, old oarmates die and the Oathsworn are forced to flee into the mountains.
Unused to losing, the Oathsworn retreat to lick their wounds.
They have been entrusted with the care of Queen Sigrith, pregnant and soon to bear the heir to the crown of Sweden, and much though the urge for revenge is strong, Orm's first duty is to protect the queen. And Orm soon realises that revenge is not the only thing on Sterki's mind; he has joined forces with Styrbjorn, nephew of King Eirik and next in line to the throne if he can only get rid of the current heir.
As the Oathsworn fight to defend themselves and their newfound celebrity and fortune, they're soon to realise that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, map
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780007298570
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Review by housecarl
This was perhaps the best of the series. The battle scenes are not as vivid, but the story is a stark one: The Oathsworn have really done a dirty deed by destroying the homestead of Randr Sterki, raping and killing everyone there. Sterki naturally wants to pay them back in spades. So he is glad to hire out to Styrbjorn, who seeks the throne of Sweden by killing off the next in line, an unborn son of of the King, who has been entrusted to the care of Orm, the leader of the Oathsworn. The only reason I root for Orm is because he is the central character of the series, and at heart, is a good guy. But he is a viking after all. There is a grand chase along the Amber road, just as good as the one in The Whale Road, or the one in The Wolf Sea, or the one in The White Raven. I cannot get enough of this kind of book.