Friday, January 1, 2016

New Review: Julia Knight’s THE VIKING’S SACRIFICE – An Unusual Love Story of a Viking and a Saxon

January is Viking month on my blog. I’m starting with an unusual one set in Northeast England in 836 (the beginning) and Norway in 844. 

This is the story of Einar, who as a young man goes raiding with his brothers and sets upon a village in which a girl named Wilda lives. Her mother is slain before her eyes by one of Einar’s brothers, Bausi, who then kills Einar’s older brother and tries to kill Einar. But Wilda saves him and then he saves her, telling her to “renn, renn” (run, run). Years later, they meet again when Wilda is captured in another raid and brought back to Norway.

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.

The story was well research and has an authentic feel. Knight’s 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. Einar’s feelings for Wilda were sweet and tender.

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 society. But finally, he stands and fight. 

It's a well-told Viking tale about two young people who eventually confront their cultures to find love together.

Buy on Amazon.


  1. Thanks for the introduction to Julia Knight, Regan. I bought the one book and will consider the others after I've read this one. I'm always interested in new (and old-to-me) historical romance authors who do good research.

    1. Janice, I'm always surprised how few Viking romances there are compared to say Scottish historicals. There are some great ones on my Best list but many are classics you have to buy as used paperbacks.

  2. Thanks for the review. Julia Knight is a new-to-me author, but the book is available in audio with one of my favourite narrators (Amanda Cobb), so I will give it a try. I love tales of Viking raids into Northumberland, a county that I know well, so am optimistic for a very enjoyable read!

    1. You are welcome, Quantum. Have you read any of my medievals? Rogue Knight especially is set in Northumbria (York) with Danes. But I know what you mean about a good Viking romance. I'll have two guest authors this month who have them.