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!
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.