Wednesday, December 19, 2012
New Review: Catherine Coulter’s SEASON OF THE SUN – Brilliant Viking Story!
It tells the story of Magnus Haraldsson, a jarl from Norway and a merchant, who on a trip to York, spots the woman he wants for his wife, beautiful Irish Zarabeth (I pictured a young Maureen O’Hara). He introduces himself to her, telling her she will wed him. He’s direct about his accomplishments and knows when he kisses her she finds him attractive. Innocent Zarabeth will have the Viking if he’ll take her young deaf half sister, Lotti, which he will.
All the while Magnus is making plans, Zarabeth's evil stepfather, Olav the Vain wants her as his own wife. He forces her to reject the Viking threatening to kill Lotti if she does not. Zarabeth complies and the Viking sails away, bitter at her rejection. Olav weds her, but never beds her when he is poisoned by his son’s greedy wife. Zarabeth is framed for Olaf’s murder and at her trial Magnus arrives to persuade the court to make Zarabeth his slave. Thus it is that Zarabeth sails for Norway with Magnus, but as his slave, not his wife.
Talk about the perils of Pauline! This heroine had her troubles in spades. Both she and the hero at times seemed a bit dense. Initially, she failed to trust Magnus to help her and he believed the lie she did not want him. But each has courage that is compelling. The whole time I was reading her misadventures, I kept thinking that this is one hero who is going to have to grovel big time in the end. And I was not disappointed. Neither will you be. Both Zarabeth and Magnus will suffer before they find happiness. I thought Coulter did a superb job in this well-researched tale of England and Norway.
It’s exciting, fast-paced, detailed and well written. For Viking romance lovers, it is not one to be missed.
Coulter’s Viking Series:
SEASON OF THE SUN
LORD OF HAWKFELL ISLAND
LORD OF RAVEN’S PEAK
LORD OF FALCON RIDGE