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Brothers of the Wild North Sea

Narrated by: Hamish Long
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This is the FoxTales edition of the book previously published by Samhain Publishing.

Other than the cover art and description, the book is the same.

Hundreds of years ago, on a wild sea coast, two bold-hearted men met in combat and love...This is the story of Caius, a Christian monk struggling to reconcile his sensual nature with his newfound faith, and of Fenrir, a ferocious Viking raider abandoned by his comrades and left for dead. When Caius takes pity on the wounded man, his brethren are horrified: what kind of wolf has Cai brought into the fold?

But only when Cai and Fen join forces can the monastery of Fara be saved from the raiders from the east. And Fara holds a secret worth guarding, a legendary amulet with the power to bind even the might of the Vikings. Fen, his heart divided between old loyalties and a new love, must make a decision which could shatter his own heart and Cai's into the bargain.

Will there ever be peace and a future for these brothers of the wild North Sea?

©2017 Harper Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Never wanted it to end

Wow! An emotionally all-over-the-place story read by a perfectly-chosen narrator. I need more of this author and this narrator in my life!

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Cai and Fen, Captivating

Harper Rocks, I can't say that enough. The books are so deep and thoughtful without any pretense. THIS book and Seven Summer Nights will transport you to another place and time without any feeling of the falseness. Research has been done - and the storytelling is spot on. I absolutely was enthralled and captivated by these two books and felt as if I was in the 600's with Cai and Fen. There is so much to both of these books it is better to say little. If you have no love for history, you won't like these books. They have been embedded with the atmosphere of the times and written primarily with Love in mind. Harper Accomplishes that in spades. I found it hard to quit listening - and look forward with eagerness to any work that Harper brings to the table! Both of these were stories of beautiful couples with the endings anything but predictable! Thank you for these stories!

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This book is a gem.

This is a beautifully written and narrated story. It was my first book by this author but it won't be the last. I highly recommend it.

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FANTASTIC STORY!

Harper Fox has done her research and every detail of this story rings true. Hamish Long is the perfect narrator for this story. He is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. The action, the setting, the characters, even the sex scenes are vivid and not too over the top in terms of believability. I have listened to a number of Fox's books and so far this is by far her best effort yet.

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Beautiful

Don't mind me I am just sobbing over this book and how beautiful it is.

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Fantastic narration of a wonderful story

I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. This is hands down the best narration I’ve encountered to date. And what a wonderful book, too! The story easily stands on it own but the narration brings it to life. Long is incredible with multiple voices and he was the perfect choice for the role of Cai. Outstanding!!

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THIS. WAS. RAVISHING.

Short review: YES, this story was GORGEOUS, the narration was fantastic, I loved absolutely everything about it, it's worth ALL THE CREDITS!!!

Long review: I've been reading and adoring lots of Cat Sebastian and KJ Charles, that's my comfort food right now. I'm running out of titles, though, so I decided to give this a shot, even though I figured there was absolutely no way anything with Vikings in it was NOT going to be cheesy as heck. I have never been so utterly delighted to be wrong.

This is a beautiful love story with an interesting and well-realized historical setting. You know how some historicals make you believe the author somehow looked into the past and just wrote down the story as they watched it unfold? This book gave me that feeling. The prose is gorgeous, the slow-burn romance pays off with sexy sex, some angst, and a conclusion that felt well and truly earned. This story takes the characters and the reader on a journey, and I am so, so glad I was along for the ride. A+, 10/10, this is a keeper.

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Harper Fox is truly gifted.

This author can paint a story as well as the Old Masters. One never has to struggle to “see” what’s happening in one of her stories - she blends words into unique colors that blend and flow with an ease that sweeps any reader along on her adventures!

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An amazing piece of work...

Harper, this is a true piece of artistic literature. I am more impressed with this piece of work that you have created than any other I have heard by you. The character development, the setting, this all came together into an amazing piece of work. Bravo..

Hamis, I don't believe I have ever heard your narration before, and I absolutely adored what you did with these characters. The Viking I had to get used to, but I did and as he "warmed" up, even he came alive and you found his voice. Bravo to you also.

Listener, this one is good. Harper takes a little bit of time, not much, just don't let it go, to get the story set, but once it is, it is fascinating how it winds and twists and has elements that will surprise you. There are elements that may seem supernatural to many, but when you open your mind to the possibilities of faith, love and belief, I honestly believe you will find it to be a fascinatingly wonderful piece of work.

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  • 01-20-20

a starkly lovely epic

First things first: potential trigger warning for a character committing suicide. Not a big spoiler as it happens in about the first third of the book, but skip to the next paragraph if you don't want any more details. Otherwise...... The book obviously centers around early Christianity, but only one character is really fire-and-brimstone, eternal damnation in the pit, burn for your sins Westboro Baptist about it. Unfortunately, one of the monks internalises a lot of this homophobic bullshit and ends up consumed by guilt and self-loathing. I will say it was for me very jarring and unsettling, it nearly made me stop entirely. I ended up being glad I stuck it out but ymmv.

I object to the classification of this book as a romance novel. it's a love story, sure, but sort of in the sense that Gone With the Wind is a love story; it is, but it's also a portrait of a particular time and place. It has a happy ending for our leads, and the focus of the story is love, but it's more than just the love they have for each other. It's a story about magic, or maybe miracles, and faith, and home, and things worth fighting for. it's about a lot of things, and it's maybe difficult to fit it into any one genre. But I suppose I can't really complain, as I probably wouldn't have given this one a listen if it didn't fall under the Audible Escape line.

The narration takes an already compelling story to a level of near perfection. i cannot imagine experiencing this story any other way, having now heard Hamish Long's take. The VOICES, the range, the emotion! I can't possibly praise it highly enough. Simply one of the best audio performances I have ever heard.

In a lot of ways, this story is almost difficult to get through, and it's not one I think i can return to any time soon. But it will stay with me, and it was an experience worth having. It's as beautiful (and, yes, occasionally harsh) as the coastlines of the wild north sea.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-17

Beautiful narration of a beautiful story

I loved this book when I read it and the narrator did a wonderful job bringing Caius and Fenrir to life. I loved the voices he chose for them. I don't usually go for historical books but this is Harper Fox and all of her work is amazing so she is an automatic one click for me.

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  • BevS
  • 01-27-18

Great narration from Hamish, really good story....

This was very well done, and as much as I can see the narrator credited with the narration is Hamish Long, he is also known to me as Rusty Coles, the narrator of Harper's A Midwinter Prince and remarkably enough, was also known as Joe Jameson back in 2014 when he narrated The Charioteer by Mary Renault, which is up next in my audio library. Hamish [Rusty/Joe]'s speech surprised me in this one though; he's really very good at accents, but it was the way he said common or garden English words that annoyed me sometimes....'other' was uvver, 'brother' was bruvver, 'the' was frequently vuh. This was quite surprising as I don't remember any of those problems with A Midwinter Prince or it's sequel The Lost Prince...anyhoo, none of it was sufficient to actually put me off listening and I'm glad I did as it brought back good memories of a great buddy read here on Goodreads in 2015 and reinforced once again what a sublime author Harper Fox is....

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  • MR T J H MOFFATT
  • 04-06-20

What a great story !

It is long time since I have enjoyed a piece of literature so much`. It is so atmospheric and imbued with many references to both the period and the beginnings of the Celtic Christian Church. A lot of background knowledge makes the story " live " in a way I have rarely experienced.
It is not possible to praise the narrator enough. He is truly professional in his approach.

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  • Katie Valentine
  • 05-18-19

Great, incredibly sexy, historical romance!

Wow, I loved this book! It creates the feeling of being in pre- to early-Christian Britain with lots of good historical details, but also doesn't skimp on the very hot sex scenes (a plus in my view). Some religious folk might find it a little offensive, what with all the tearing-off-of-cassocks for that delicious intercultural gay sex, and all--but as a queer atheist, I found it positively therapeutic.

It was especially interesting to imagine the beliefs and inner lives of people living right on the cusp of Christianity, with the old gods and traditions still alive. And at the same time, the clashes between Rome and Iona complicated things even further. That the author fleshed out these complex times so thoroughly in an erotic novel was such a treat.

I'd read/listen to a thousand more books like this, full of rich history, a tender but passionate love story, lots of hot sex, and just a pinch of magic.

A few bits of the narration grated on me. The various voices were mostly really good, but occasionally the male voices were hard to differentiate. Kudos to the narrator for going all-in on the sex scenes though. Sometimes you can tell that a narrator is embarrassed or uncomfortable reading about sex, but I didn’t get any of that with this one.

All in all, if you like a sexy historical romance, I’d highly recommend this one!

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  • Afardistantshore
  • 10-22-19

Saga, Epic and Rewarding

An amazingly rendered tale of history and passion. Long, but not never long enough.

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  • Ryan S
  • 10-04-18

Not her best.

After listening to two other good books from Harper Fox I did expect this one to be as good. I was disappointed and I didn't finish after getting over half way. I found the story too much like a formulae "Mills and Boon".