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The Rise of Sigurd books were a joy to write. I perhaps shouldn’t admit this, but they are my favourite of the books I’ve written. I think as a writer I hit my stride with God of Vengeance. The writing felt so natural and comfortable and there’s perhaps a greater assuredness about the prose than in earlier work. This ‘swagger’ seems to fit what is essentially a revenge story and the idea of a saga being woven by men out to make their reputations, to win themselves a hoard of fame. Also, I think there are several very strong characters in these books, (male and female) so that readers might have their particular favourites, which is always fun. There’s a real sense of a crew here, of a brotherhood - and indeed sisterhood - of adventurers and warriors whom you come to know. The most wonderful emails I receive are from readers who feel they are part of the crew. What more could I hope for than that? Overall though, God of Vengeance, Winter’s Fire and Wings of the Storm take us on a headlong and immersive journey into a pre-Christian Scandinavia of fickle gods, human sacrifice, blood feuds and petty kings. Indeed, on his final read-through of Wings of the Storm, my editor Simon Taylor said that during the last one hundred or so pages he had to remind himself to breathe. I would have had them put that quote on the cover, even if he is my editor! These books are about as Viking as I get. So, what are you waiting for? Ready…steady…pillage!
It was his family history (he is half Norwegian) which inspired GILES KRISTIAN to write his first historical novels: the acclaimed and bestselling RAVEN Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War to chart the fortunes of a family divided by this brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion. In his newest novels – God of Vengeance (a TIMES Book of the Year), Winter’s Fire, and Wings of the Storm – he returns to the world of the Vikings to tell the story of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship. Currently, Giles is working on his next novel, Lancelot, scheduled for publication in the summer of 2018.
For several years Giles has collaborated on book trailers and short films with filmmaker and director Philip Stevens. Together, Giles and Philip founded World Serpent Productions, a creative partnership dedicated to scriptwriting, screenwriting and filmmaking. They will be shooting the feature film Lapwing, written by Laura Turner and starring Hannah Douglas, this summer.
"Gameplay is what we do. Story is why we do it." Besides writing novels, Giles works with games studios as a narrative designer, helping story and gameplay walk hand in hand from premise to production. His latest narrative design work has been on Valnir Rok, a multiplayer online survival role-playing game inspired by Norse mythology. Created by Encurio, Valnir Rok will be released this summer. Giles is also working on another very exciting video game with a Norwegian developer. More on that soon...
Having worked in the entertainment business for many years, Giles is no stranger to television and radio. Whether he’s being interviewed about his books, taking part in panel shows on the radio, or contributing as a talking head on a television history documentary, you can keep up with Giles’ appearances here on the website.
For years now I’ve thought that the Viking books would lend themselves very well to a graphic novel adaptation. What I had in mind was a dark and brutal retelling. Something which belongs within the GK canon but which is allowed to make - or break - its own rules and be its own thing. Collaborating with artist Christian Sloan Hall we are in the process of developing this material. We haven’t yet approached a publisher, because we want to make sure we’re good and ready before we do. But please feel free to spread word of our work-in-progress.