Not bad but not great either just middle of the road. The heroine of the book who in the beginning I thought was "spunky" ended up just being annoying and stupid in my opinion and aggravating me to no end. I did enjoy Eirik's characters and his brothers and they did provide a few laughs.
Vikings vs. Saxons in 934 Northumbria. Lots of funny moments.
This book is typical of Sandra Hill. If you love her other books you will love this one also. I truly enoyed this book.
Known as the Silver Jewel of Northumbria because of the unique color of her hair, Lady Eadyth of Hawk's Lair is young, beautiful and headstrong. When she succumbs to the overwhelming charms of the handsome Steven of Gravely, and gives herself to him, it is not a pleasant experience for her, and she does not care to repeat it. Steven refuses to marry her and later she bears his illegitimate son. She is now known as the Tarnished Jewel. Several years go by and despite her shame and reputation, Eadyth prospers on her own as an industrious beekeeper. Now Steven needs his son to gain his inheritance. Eadyth absolutely hates Steven and she will not allow him custody of her son, John. Eadyth needs a husband to protect John, but more importantly, she needs a man with dark hair and light blue eyes like John's so he can claim paternity. She needs Eirik of Ravenshire. Disguising herself as a hag, Eadyth goes, uninvited, to see Eirik at Ravenshire to present a marriage proposition that will benefit him, and allow her to retain her freedom. Eirik is not looking for a wife, and certainly not a hag, but when Eadyth explains her situation to him and tells him that Steven of Gravely is John's father, they strike a deal because Steven is his most hated enemy. Eirik agrees and they marry, he will protect them from Steven, but he is not able to protect himself from Eadyth as their attraction for each other grows. He is surprised at his desire for this shrewish woman and then suddenly he uncovers her dishonest disguise. He distrusts her because of her deceit in hiding her true appearance and because she has a problem following his orders. There is a confrontation with Steven, and Eadyth takes matters into her own hands, with serious results.
I enjoyed this book as I am the whole Viking 1 series. I just love Sandra Hill.
This is a good book, but not the best I've read so far in the series