Lord of the Seas by Sabrina Jarema
Series: Viking Lords #3
Also in this series: Lord of the Runes
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: August 8th 2017
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He stood with the other men, glittering with the gold jewelry he’d had her polish, and wearing the fine clothing she’d cleaned and laid out for him. He’d washed with the water she’d drawn and would sit down to a meal she’d serve him.
Yet here she was, watching him. And she would fall under his spell a little more, like so many other women had.
She’d thought to hate him, and perhaps she did. Her mother had once said she hated Edward for being so handsome, and desirable, and unattainable. Yet, she’d also said she loved him. The two weren’t so different when love went unanswered. Perhaps she was more like her mother than she realized.
Her mother might have pined her life away, but she wouldn’t. She’d keep fighting and weaving until she was free of Rorik forever. They said the Norns, as well as the Valkyries, wove men’s fates in their magical looms. Her loom wasn’t magical and she was no Valkyrie, so let them tangle the destinies of men in the threads of the wyrd.
She would weave her own fate.
Elfwynn is the bastard daughter of a Northumbrian Lord. Her father has shown her in every way he can that he loves her – even acknowledging her birth which will give her a third of his estate should he die. His wife is a complete bitch and hates Elfwynn because she wants her two kids to inherit everything and wants Elfwynn to get nothing.
Elfwynn’s father, Edward, is almost attacked by Rorik but tried to talk with him and make a deal/payment rather than be raided. In the midst of their talks one of Rorik’s ships is set on fire. As repayment for burning his ship Rorik seeks to get payment by kidnapping one of Edward’s daughters. Rorik takes Elfwynn but when a ransom demand is sent, the reply comes back that she’s a bastard and not worth Edward paying for her. Elfwynn is devastated at the betrayal and Rorik is a bit shocked. He has no choice but to take her with him when his crew returns home. Elfwynn tells Rorik that the Northumbrian churches pay for hostages and that he should take her to a town where that could happen. He plans to, but he needs to get home first to deal with things there.
Elfwynn is treated as a guest in Vargfjell, Rorik’s home. The people are nicer to her there than they are at home and as much as she wants to go home she actually likes it there. She is surprised that all of the stories that she heard of the Norse were almost all wrong.
Rorik is both frustrated by and attracted to Elfwynn and her smart mouth. He finds peace in her presence but knows that he can’t keep her forever. He is not a man to settle down anyway so that thought should be ridiculous, right? Of course, as they spend more time in each other’s company they start to have stronger feelings for each other and fall in love. Elfwynn still wants to go home, however, and Rorik’s not sure how to take that. With their people fighting each other and their different religious beliefs could they ever be together?
When I read books one and two in the Viking Lords series I didn’t care for Rorik all that much. He seemed like an ok guy but when they talked of his raiding and his many women he seemed like a bit of a bastard. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I can say I was pleasantly surprised.
Rorik is a guy who isn’t a king or a jarl but acts the part. He doesn’t want a title – he just takes care of his people with his wealth. He thinks he doesn’t want the responsibility because his father abused his power before he died. He has temper issues and knows that he could never have just one woman as he might pass on his temper as well as his father’s craziness. Elfwynn helps him see that his father was just a bastard and Rorik’s anger at it all was situational – not genetic. This helps Rorik deal with his issues and makes him see his future in a whole new light. I loved that Elfwynn could be the one that shined the light on his past. He needed that and because it was her it brought the two closer together.
Elfwynn was a great character. I loved her strength and perseverance with both her mother/father issues and her dealings with Rorik. She wasn’t about to be bossed around by him and I loved that she stood up to him time and time again. She was tough while still being soft and feminine and it was a great combination.
The series so far has been great and I’m happy to say that I really liked Rorik by the end of this book – shocker! Lol If you like books about Vikings this is a great series to read.
Rating: 4 out of 5