Today I’m reviewing a book with a difference, it’s got a bit of time travel and a lot of historical information, both of which appeal to me.
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Linnea felt a shiver travel the length of her spine.
It hadn’t been a joke – the runes really had shown her destiny.
Indulging her fascination for the Viking language and losing herself in an archaeological dig is just what Linnea Berger needs after her recent trauma. Uncovering an exquisite brooch, she blacks out reading the runic inscription, only to come to, surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment very seriously.
Lost and confused, Linnea finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his thrall and takes her on a treacherous journey across the seas to sell her for profit. Setting sail, she confronts the unthinkable: she has travelled back to the ninth century.
Linnea is determined to find a way back to her own time, but there’s a connection forming with Hrafn. Can she resist the call of the runes and accept her destiny lies here …
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The Review: This is an unusual story, it’s not often I come across books set as far back as the Viking period. We start in the present day and soon end up unexpectedly in the past, watching Linnea deal with her sudden change in circumstances and her new reality.
Unsurprisingly it takes Linnea a while to realise that what she is experiencing is real. However this is good from a reader perspective because we get to see how she adapts and adjusts and also we get the detail and description of the time, people and the areas they are in and travel to.
The descriptions are fabulous, we get a real sense of place and all of the smells, sounds and experiences which really brings the period to life. The story between Linnea and Hrafn is really good and evolves through the course of the book. It’s good to see how they both deal with this strange circumstance and also the contrast between them and their cultural differences.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a good read and while there is a lot of historical detail it’s never too much or overwhelming the story. If you want to read something a little different, with possibly some romance in it then this book is definitely worth checking out.
Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014). The Runes of Destiny (time travel published by Headline 10th December 2020) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).
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