The Viking’s Witch
By Kelli Wilkins
Scotland, 803 A.D.
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.
But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?
After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?
Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.
Kelli WilkinsKelli A. Wilkins developed a love of reading and writing while growing up in a small upstate New York town. Kelli enjoys writing in different genres, and her speculative fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Sun, The Best of the First Line, What If? andWeird Tales.
Kelli is a member of Romance Writers of America and has published several historical/fantasy romances with Amber Quill Press. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. Readers are invited to visit Kelli’s Web site, www.KelliWilkins.com, to catch up on all her writings.
Where do I begin to describe this book? I have never read a Viking era book before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I found the world building and character behaviors very believable. Many times when books are written about the past a lot of things are made up to fit out present day moral system which they did not have back then. It was survival at a brutal hard level. I was happy to see that was not the case. Kelli writes the Vikings and the sea faring brutes that I am sure they were. And let me say, they need some house breaking. They lack lady skills as well, pretty much just take what and who they want.
I was curious to see how Kelli would develop a romance within this era. Let me say she did a fabulous job, It was a page turner that had me cheering on the main characters and of course at times wanting to say “ you stupid man open your eyes” ok I digress.
The world she describes is believable and so easy to visualize and the characters are all there. There is a hero and Heroine, the horrid bad guy and all the secondary people to fill out the story.
I wanted to go to my local Renaissance Festival when I finished the book. Maybe I will find my own Rothgar there.
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