Lord of the Runes by Sabrina Jarema
Series: Viking Lords #1
Also in this series: Lord of the Seas
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
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Following his father’s murder, Eirik Ivarson plunges into a maelstrom of brutal warfare. As outsiders threaten his homeland and all he holds dear, Eirik vows to maintain his focus and avenge the jarl’s death. In his quest for revenge, he will leave everything behind, all he knows, and all he loves.
Asa Sigrundsdottir, a spirited shieldmaiden with warm brown eyes, is wary of the golden-haired warrior discovered half-frozen in a storm. It is clear Eirik is a man of valor, bestowed with the gift of reading runes and destined for greatness. And despite the shadows in her past, he chooses her to help him on his journey. But when their bond is tested, it will take the strength of a hero to keep their love alive . . .
Eirik Ivarson is just back from the raiding season and has been celebrating. Unfortunately he passes out and doesn’t hear the attack on his village right away. A group of outcasts have attacked and are taking over the village. Eirik sees his father die and Eirik almost dies as well when he’s pulled over a cliff. He survives but knows he needs help. He tries to go to his cousin’s place which is far away to get assistance but during a blizzard he almost freezes to death. He is saved by people in a village and given shelter. He doesn’t tell them who he is as he doesn’t trust them right away. They don’t trust him either. He ends up having to stay the winter as the storms are too fierce to travel in. He falls in love with Asa Sigrundsdottir who is a shieldmaiden but Asa has some issues in her past that cause her to shy from men. Eirik is determined to free her from her fears so that they can be together but there are many more obstacles in their way then just fear and they must conquer all of them in order to be together.
I love a good Viking romance but haven’t read one in a while. I also have a set of runes (somewhere) that I used to love to play with way back when so when I saw the title of the book I had to grab it. I’m so happy I did as it was a good one.
Eirik is a good man who is trying to save his village. His mother and sister are still in the village so he wants to make sure they are safe as well. He’s frustrated that he can’t get to his cousin’s place but it ends up being a life changer when he falls for Asa. He’s very calm and quiet with her and as big as he is she still learns to trust him and his touch. She learns to grow and deal with her issues with Eirik’s help and realizes that she can be the true shieldmaiden she’s always dreamed of being.
Between the fighting, the love story, the rune casting and the magic in this book I couldn’t help but enjoy it. It’s not a typical romance as Viking love stories never are, imho, but if you like them as much as I do then this one would be one that you shouldn’t miss.
Rating: 4 out of 5