Monday, January 20, 2014
New Review: Julia Knight’s THE VIKING’S SACRIFICE – An Unusual Love Story of a Viking and a Saxon
Bausi, having been thwarted in his plans to kill both of his brothers, threatened Einar with a curse: he will kill their younger siblings if Einar speaks of what happened. To make matters worse, Bausi spreads a lie of Einar’s cowardice, which the whole village believes.
I thought the author’s research was well reflected and the story had an authentic feel. Her writing is excellent and she made good use of the language differences in giving us a picture of what life might be like for the thralls taken captive by the Vikings. And Einar’s feelings for Wilda were sweet and tender.
A few things kept me from giving the author full marks: There’s a fair bit of introspection, which at times slowed an otherwise absorbing story. The story was a bit depressing with Einar continuously the recipient of his people’s scorn and living on the edge of their society. (He was a whipping boy for most of the book.) Finally, he stood up and fought but it came very late. And, lastly, I had trouble visualizing what people and places looked like, including the hero and heroine, but then I’m very visual and like vivid descriptions.
Still, it was a well-told Viking tale of two young people who eventually cross their cultures to find love together. And it has a great cover!