Along the breathtaking and unforgiving coast of Snæland, Ásta’s ancestral farm is plagued with bad luck. The kinless maiden’s turf walls continue to be found damaged, and there aren’t enough farmhands to maintain the property. Claw marks in the dirt revive old memories of the wolf attack that left her scarred, and she begins to fear the whispers are true—that Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, has come to claim her and her land.
Torin often leaves his uncle’s farm in the southern hills to track and ensnare valuable gyrfalcons. His secret ability to turn into the birds he trains means his falconry skills are unparalleled, earning him precious silver and gold. If the ghosts of his past didn’t haunt him daily, pushing him to numb his senses with drink, Torin might have married by now—as his uncle often reminds him. He knows the time has finally come to find a wife and settle down.
During the Althing, the gathering of the year, Ásta’s ability to maintain her property comes into question while Torin wonders if a woman in jeopardy of losing her farm is really worth the trouble.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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Natasha was born in Nevada City, California. Being an only child, she resorted to using her imagination while exploring the forest surrounding her home (a nasty habit she hasn’t been able to break). Her natural interest in fantasy ignited when her parents read The Hobbit to her as a youth, and from then on anything seemed possible. Once awarded with a Hershey’s bar ‘the size of a Buick’ in her high school English class for creative writing, her passion and interest in literature has never dimmed.
She now lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
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Ok I didn’t like this book, I absolutely loved it!
Set in a time steeped in Viking history in place called Snæland – which is better known to us as Iceland in modern times, we are transported back in time to the 10th century where we meet Astra – a strong woman who is left to care for her family’s farm after her father and brother died. She is going through a tough time trying to keep the farm going as well as keeping a Wolf at bay – a Wolf that scarred her face when a child, a wolf that many believe is called Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, who by all intents and purposed has claimed her by marking her.
Torin is a skilled hunter of gyrfalcons, the fact that he has the ability to turn into birds is to benefit for him as he traded the birds for silver allowing him to by mead/ale and drink his demons away. Haunted by demons of the past he has no desire to take a wife but when he sees the way Astra stands up the council at the yearly meeting festival he feels a need to protect he in a way.
Both of them have troubled pasts and both of them are thrust into marriage without the slightest idea what to do or expect. But what I loved is how their love grew and I loved how strong they both where when dealing with their demons. The whole Wolf story line I thought I had sussed out, but boy was I shocked when the truth was eventually revealed.
The mythology and lore that is in the book as well as the descriptions of life itself at this time is amazing and the attention to detail has been very carefully sought out when writing this is evident. There is a lot of world and character building which takes the story at a slow but steady pace but not too slow that you lose interest – far from it, it will have you hooked from the get go.
I hope this is not the last we read of Ásta & Torin. I need book 2 now!
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