Series: Viking Lords #1
Author: Sabrina Jarema
Publication Date: October 11th 2016 by Lyrical Press
Genre: historical romance
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: Goodreads – Amazon(US) – Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play
Back Cover Blurb:
Following his father’s murder, Eirik Ivarson plunges into a maelstrom of brutal warfare. As outsiders threaten his homeland and all he holds dear, Eirik vows to maintain his focus and avenge the jarl’s death. In his quest for revenge, he will leave everything behind, all he knows, and all he loves.
Asa Sigrundsdottir, a spirited shieldmaiden with warm brown eyes, is wary of the golden-haired warrior discovered half-frozen in a storm. It is clear Eirik is a man of valor, bestowed with the gift of reading runes and destined for greatness. And despite the shadows in her past, he chooses her to help him on his journey. But when their bond is tested, it will take the strength of a hero to keep their love alive . . .
The thing that struck me most about this novel was the detail, in description, setting, world building, and history. It was fantastic. From the moment that I was introduced to this world Jarema had me hooked simply with her attention to detail that doesn't detract from or slow down the plot. The novel holds a quick pace throughout without rushing, allowing you to enjoy the various plot twists as they come up.
The characters in this novel were engaging and fun to get to know. I love how their pasts played an important role in who they are today. I also enjoyed how Jarema used the characters' actions and reactions to reinforce the culture in this time period.
All in all, this was an engaging, exciting novel that was a lot of fun to read.