Coulter can't seem to decide between fantasy and historical romance in this third title of her Viking series. Cleve, who was almost murdered at the end of Lord of Raven's Peak, is now an emissary for Duke Rolo seeking the hand of Chessa, Princess of Ireland, for Duke Rolo's son William. Lord Ragnor, future ruler of the Danelaw, is also interested in Chessa and kidnaps her when she refuses to marry him because she has fallen in love with Cleve. To escape her suitors, Chessa claims to be pregnant, and when this doesn't work, Cleve disguises himself as a woman to rescue her. After the two finally marry, they journey to Scotland to claim Cleve's inheritance, and it is in this last third of the book that Coulter turns to fantasy. Though Chessa is supposedly a wizard's daughter, she shows no magical powers until meeting Cleve's father, Varrick, also a wizard. When Ragnor's henchman kidnap Chessa yet again (a plot device Coulter uses far too often), Varrick uses a burra or magic stick to locate her. Even with an appearance by the Loch Ness monster, the pacing is slow, the multitude of characters from the first two books confusing and such names as Kerek, Kiri and Kerzog don't help. Though some background information from the earlier books is given, it would be best to read this series in order.
THis book was very different from other books I've read. There was alot of magic in this book but it was still enjoyable.
Fourth book of the Viking series - typical Catherine Coulter - great read
I liked all of this authors viking books, they are interesting and they bring alittle something different to the general captive story, this book being the forth in the series i would recommend you read the first three first but it could be a stand alone if you can ignore some of the dialouge between the secondary characters, but you will get so much more out of it if you read it as a set.
A delightful read. Filled with intrigue, laughter, and magic. Truly enjoyable. All the characters of the last two books of the series are included. Very good historical content regarding Viking lifestyle. Recommend to all who enjoy historical romances with strong memorable characters.
This is a series including 2 more (Lord of Peak)&(Lord of Hawkfell Island)
Love the Suspense in all my books that I READ!!!!
Third in the "Lord" series