Vikings meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy stand-alone from author Jessica Leake.

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
April 10, 2018
(Read from May 21, 2020 to May 23, 2020)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
A thoroughly entertaining medieval romance, steeped in the fantastical that has both Celtic & Norse Mythology throughout, even Loki makes an appearance. I found this to be highly immersive especially with the brogue-ish accent by the narrator. While it may have felt "out of time" with some of it's forward-thinking, especially in regards to females. This does stay firmly in the non-explicit kind of romance...but I wouldn't really call it YA...more YA-ish.  (+1 vote)