"We all struggle. We all desire."
Northman Eirik is a leader who lets nothing stand in his way. Elswyth cannot deny her sexual attraction and, ultimately, the satisfaction she finds in Eirik's bed.
Can Eirik offer her more? Where does her happiness lie? As Elswyth explores her true identity, she is torn in her loyalty.
The British coastal townships had endured many Viking invasions, leaving women raped and men slaughtered. This recounting of one such invasion, includes the attitude of one of the women, who was a result of a raid years earlier, and whose Nordic features had always segregated her from the other woman.
I enjoyed the audio rendition of this book, which greatly enhanced my appreciation of this story.
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Absolutely loved it! Can't wait for the next book in the series! A must read!
I'd read and enjoyed this story some time ago, so was interested to hear the audiobook version.
And I was not in the least disappointed. It's a powerful and evocative story, a plausible imagining of what history would simply describe as "a Viking raid" on a village. Lots of little details brought it to life for me.
Emma Parry did an excellent job narrating it, conveying the sense of repression the central character had all her life, almost a "surfacing from a depression", feel, as well as her developing interest in the big bad (and rather hunky) viking warrior.
Elsywth has her village ransacked by Vikings. One viking more then the other's catches her eye. Which leads her to a journey of Sexual discovery. This was a good story the only thing I didn't like was the mention of Rape. Through out the story at some points. Which is why I'm going to be honest and give this three stars. But I do really want to see what happens to Elsywth and her viking as the story finishes in a cliffhanger. I would like to read the follow up to this book when it's out.