Welcome to Day 11 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!
I hope you enjoy:
~ A lovely community of bloggers.
~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.
~ Something to make you smile.
~ Something from or about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).
~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!
Day 11, here we go!
V. M. Sang’s Blog: Dragon’s Rule OK
Vivienne writes both fantasy and historical fiction and many of her books are grouped into series. She and I both discovered a love of reading through Tolkien, one shared reason for our dive into fantasy. Her blog is a place where you can find book reviews, reblogs of interesting writing-related articles, posts about her books and works in progress, as well as a wealth of other information that interests her.
I’ve read both books from her historical fiction series set in the age of Vikings. Her research shows her love of the time period, and her covers are stunning. Here’s one of my reviews:
Jealousy of a Viking by V. M. Sang
My Review: This historical fiction takes place around the year 860 AD when Danes and Saxons were occupying Britain. Helgha is a young woman who falls in love with Erik, a man above her status. With marriage out of the question, Erik kills her father and sweeps Helgha away to become his bed slave. In love with him, Helgha complies and bears him two sons. And when Erik weds someone of his own class, Helgha begins a devious journey of sabotaging his wife’s pregnancies. Her actions set off a cascade of tragedies.
I’m happy to say that, though jealousy and wicked thoughts follow her for most of the book, Helgha has an arc that allows her to mature and find redemption. She’s a deeply drawn character, and when she finds her heart and inner strength, it’s refreshing. As she matured and became a kinder person, I connected more with her than I did in the beginning. I didn’t like either of the men she loved (due to their treatment of women), but they did feel realistic.
At the end of the book, the author shares some of her research regarding historical events, as well as some cultural details (both researched and speculated). The book focuses on the role of women as the bearers of sons. True to life at the time, the trials of pregnancy, birth, and miscarriage occur frequently within the read, but there’s also lots of action and danger that kept me flipping the pages.
A subplot of Helgha’s shifting religious beliefs is exceptionally done and felt quite authentic. The pace moved at a good clip, and I found excuses to keep reading. Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially regarding Vikings in Britain.