Saturday, October 10, 2015

Odin's Shadow: A Review

**Originally posted on April 2, 2015**

There's a hot new Viking romance to read! Erin S. Riley's Odin's Shadow released today, and I was given the chance to read an advanced copy of her thrilling tale. It was such a good book that I wanted to share my review with all of you.

Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries.
In ninth-century Ireland, Selia is a girl on the verge of womanhood, frustrated by the confines of her gender and resentful of the freedom her brother boasts of. Intelligent and resourceful in a time when neither is valued in a female, she longs for an escape from her sheltered existence. Fascinated by the tales of Viking raids told by her maidservant, Selia’s hunger for independence is fed through the stories of heathen ferocity she hears at the woman’s knee.
A decision to sneak to the city’s harbor to view the Viking longships leads to an encounter with Alrik Ragnarson, a charismatic Viking warlord whose outward beauty masks a dark and tortured mind. With the knowledge that her father is about to announce her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love, Selia marries Alrik and within a day is on the longship bound for Norway and a new life.
While Selia’s relationship with her new husband grows, her friendship with his brother Ulfrik grows as well. And as Alrik’s character flaws come to light and tension mounts between the two brothers, Selia begins to have misgivings about her hasty marriage . . . especially when a secret from the past is revealed, one that threatens to destroy them all.

My Review: (5 stars)  I was given an ARC of Odin’s Shadow in exchange for an honest review. I will be honest: I loved this book. I was immediately drawn into the story and read it all in one sit
ting. You could see the instant attraction between Selia and Alrik and knew that they were meant for each other. The twists and turns of the story had me catching my breath, wondering if their love could survive everything thrown at them. I don’t want to spoil the story for other readers, so I will just say the ending left me gasping. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series. I think I have found a new author to love. If you enjoy Viking romances, this book is a must read.

You can read more about Erin at her website and follow her on twitter. And if you like Viking romance, or wonderfully written romance books in general, I highly recommend you grab a copy of Odin's Shadow.


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