Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Viking's 'Rocky' Style Comeback

Published: January 2nd, 2012
The Viking's Sacrifice
By: Julia Knight
Carina Press
ASIN: B00699QQ5Y

Viking raiders destroyed Wilda's home. She witnessed the murder of her mother and would have been killed herself if it weren't for the Viking boy Einar, who saved her from his ruthless brother. The blood and murder left Wilda cold and shorn of feeling.
Eight years later, the heathens return for Wilda. As a captive in the Viking village, she finds protection and silent comfort in the man who once gallantly saved her.
Einar has been cursed to silence by his brother. With the dark net of his brother's power cast over their village, silence is a small price to pay for his family's safety. But Einar is immediately drawn to Wilda, and the need to protect her from his brother awakens his Viking courage. Can Einar break his brother's curse in time to save the village and the woman he loves?


  Wilda is a young girl who just wants to run free, and be allowed to do all the things her brothers can do.  But this changes on the day that the Vikings invade her home and slaughter her entire family.  Wilda only gets away because of a young boy named Einar, who saves her from his brother's axe after Bausi murders their older brother Arni.  Bausi curses Einar to stay silent for the sake of the lives of his younger brother Sigrid and sister Gudrun.  It's not until years later that Einar (now known as Toki because he is mute and thought to be simple) will meet Wilda again, when Sigrid brings her home with him as a slave; after he's killed Wilda's husband so that he can marry her for the lands that are now hers.  Though they can't communicate because of language barriers, Toki and Wilda recognize each other and connect immediately when she's brought to his country.  Will he help her escape from Sigrid and save his brother and sister from the curse?  Or will he stay as Toki and keep his silence, ignoring the growing attraction between himself and Wilda?  This novella was interesting and actually more than I was expecting.  That said, the action did NOT flow very well.  It took pages for events to finish and stuff to happen.  Lots of prose that was out of control and began to bore me after the first couple passages.  I found myself paging forward to get to the interesting parts.  That said, I did love Wilda and Einar.  They were both wonderful, strong heroes.  The conflict between Bausi and Einar was full-blown 3-Dimensional and thought out.  I also liked the character developments Knight managed in such a short space of time.  That said, unless you're crazy about Vikings and history I wouldn't recommend it. 

VERDICT:  2.5/5 Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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