Review: God's Eye by Susan Fanetti

Loneliness is all that Brenna has ever known. She doesn't expect that she will ever even know true companionship, let alone love. People say she was born with the mark of Odin, but Brenna feels it as a curse rather than a blessing. Those who would tell her she is favored by the Allfather are too afraid to look on her; she is apart from her people. Yet she has learned the power of her difference, and turned it to her advantage. She is a shieldmaiden, with a legendary reputation for her valor as well as for her godly gift. 

Vali is a giant among his people, well-liked and respected. He is of the Úlfhéðnar, a berserker, one of Odin's own elite warriors, and one of the fiercest and bravest warriors to wield an axe or spear. He is the Storm-Wolf; his strength and ferocity are his gifts from the Allfather.

Fortune threw the two warriors together when they were but children. Fate brings them together again as warriors when two jarls ally for a raid into Estland. Again and again, Vali seeks Brenna out. He sees her; he sees the woman behind the whispers. More than that, he will not look away.

Vali has not forgotten the debt he owes Brenna from their very first meeting, and in seeking his opportunity to repay her, he finds a lonely, beautiful woman whose quiet strength captures his heart. 

But the sagas do not sing of warriors who live quiet lives, or of love that does not know trial and tribulation. 

Favored by the gods they may be, but that does not protect Brenna and Vali from the simple and devastating hardships of their lives. Their reputations cannot help them. It is their love that must become their legend.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "Make me see our stars" STARS
I was a little unsure about this one despite the appeal of Vikings. Only because I'm meh on historical stories. That's not to say I won't give them a try and I've certainly read some that I've loved but this was a niggling concern of mine when I started this.

Susan Fanetti's a "go-to" author for me. I hardly ever read the blurb on her books. Going in blind is just the best because I've read everything she's written and loved it all. But, upon starting this, I did hold my breath for barely a few seconds and then by the end of the first page, I knew it would be alright. And by the end of the first chapter, I couldn't even remember why I was concerned.

Brenna God's-Eye is like all of Susan's heroines: a truly remarkable, strong woman. Brenna's different. Born with the God's Eye, the belief being she holds the power of Odin, she's feared and respected from afar for all of her life.

"Too beautiful for a human to bear. It holds all of the sea, earth and sky. It holds Yggdrasil itself. The eye of the Allfather."

She's lonely but also strong, kind and loving. And a shieldmadien: a woman who fights along her brethren.

Vali Storm-Wolf is virile, ruthless and passionate. This story's just so raw and so real. I truly felt like I was there. Susan did such an awesome job of taking us back in time. The descriptions, the language, the customs and beliefs. Just amazing!
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Vali and Brenna are two great warriors, fierce in love and war. This was a stunning saga of power, greed, good and evil and one formidable love.

"I make you this promise, Brenna mine. I will see to it that you know well that bliss. You will know love of body and mind and heart. I will love you with all that I have."

Truly a fantastic read!! I highly recommend this for all of you that love history, strong main characters and never ending love. This period in time is vicious, harsh and rife with superstitions. I'll admit I'm scared and eager to see what Lola (Fanetti's muse) has in store because I know it won't be pretty but it'll be riveting, real and memorable!I'm so looking forward to more about these Vikings.

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