His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride — one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that… a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess — and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.
Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.
Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury
This is a historical fantasy about a magical princess and a love-stricken warrior Viking who the gods declared were made to be together. It takes place an ambiguous long, long time ago, mainly in England.
The book was for the most part a light and fluffy read, but there were several things about it that I disliked. I will list my six main reasons below:
- There were a lot of typos and other errors in this book. It could really use the help of a good editor going over it.
For a “historical fantasy”, it was very historically inaccurate, in both speech and actions. It used modern slang frequently, saying things such as “shut up”, “shut your trap”, and “no offense”. Clipped sentences are also used in this book, i.e. “Not my problem.”, when they would never have spoken like that unless it was an emergency. It had an English king talking about gods, and at that time and place, the King would have most likely portrayed himself as Christian or Catholic. There were many other examples as well. The only thing historical about this book was the fact that it had castles, kings, and Vikings in it.
This is just my personal taste, but I do not like books with so much magic and witchcraft in them. This book has gods, witches, oracles, seers, and magical healers in abundance. This fact in itself will not effect my ratings any, since I realize that this is a fantasy novel and those things are to be expected.
I wish that the setting was more clearly laid out. There are hints that the book takes place between the mid 12th and the early 14th centuries, but that leaves a lot to conjecture. It would be nice if it was more clear.
I did not like the fact that the language used in this book looks like it was aimed at a YA audience, but the content was very mature. The book had graphic innuendo, foul language, violence and gore, detailed page-long accounts of French kissing written sensually like purple prose, and a sexual assault scene that is not quite rape but is still very bad. For a mature audience, the writing is dumbed down, and for a YA audience, the content is too mature, so I honestly don’t know what audience this would be aimed at.
The book ends with a cliffhanger at a very important part. The “ending” is not in the least bit satisfying, and you must get the next in the series to see what happens next. For somebody like myself who barely made it through the book, I would at least expect the satisfaction of a conclusion!
All in all, I would not recommend this book, nor would I read it again. Two stars.