Published by Lyrical Press on March 14th 2017
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Amid the glittering fjords and majestic mountains of Norway, this stunning series delves into the loves, battles, and dreams of the Viking clans—powerful men and women who believed in the call of the flesh as well as the soul…
It was said that the man who could look into Silvi Ivarsdottir’s eyes would be meant for her. Powerful jarl Magnus Sigrundson knows he is that man, and that Silvi’s dowry can give him the ships, swords, and silver he needs for his trading empire. Yet beautiful Silvi’s dream is not to be a wife, but a Priestess of the gods for the great temple at Uppsala. Who dares interfere with such passion? The answer lies in Silvi herself, in the way her body awakens to Magnus’ touch, in the way she inspires a reverence he didn’t know he possessed—and in the battles she takes on when she journeys to his mountain home of Thorsfjell.
But soon a dangerous, deceitful enemy threatens to shatter. Now they face another quest: can they find each other again—and dare live and love in each other’s worlds?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Lord of the Mountains is the second book in the Viking Lords series by Sabrina Jarema. It can be read as a stand alone, but I believe you will enjoy it more if you have read the first in the series.
Silvi Ivarsdottir is spoken to by the gods. It is her dream to serve them as a Priestess at the great temple, Uppsala. She has visions from the Gods which tell her that her plans are the correct ones. Her mother and her brother don’t want her to devote her life to the Gods, at least not until she has lived her life to the full, including travelling, marrying and having children.
Laird Magnus Sigrundson is known to Silvi’s family because his sister is married to Silvi’s brother. He also helped them defeat their enemy in the previous book, and there is a lot of respect and admiration paid to him because of that. He is one of the very rare people, especially a man, who can look Silvi in the eye, and he will admit if only to himself that he is very attracted to her. Her brother picks up on his feelings though, and tells Magnus that if he were to marry Silvi he could give him powerful ships, weapons, and money to pay the men to man the ships. Everything he needs to be able to trade safely when there is another Laird out to stop him trading at all costs. Magnus wants to accept the offer, but only if Silvi isn’t forced into the marriage.
Both the gods and her mother convince her that it is the right thing to do for her to wed Magnus. She is very attracted to him but at the same time still only desires to be a priestess. She agrees to marry him though but tells her mother it will be only for a year and if her mind hasn’t changed, she will divorce him and go to Uppsala.
At Thosfjell, her new home, Silvi soon settles into a routine of healing and rune reading. She still has her visions from the Gods, and she hopes they will be helpful to Magnus in defeating an enemy who does not know when to stop. All their lives are in danger, but especially hers, and Magnus will stop at nothing to keep her safe. His relationship with her isn’t perfect, but hopefully over time he can prove to her that she belongs with him. First he has to keep his land, his people, and his wife safe. Then she has to make a big decision, to stay with him, or leave.
This was an amazing story, I loved reading all about the mythical gods, the visions, the rune reading, and all that was magical in the story. Magnus and his men were involved in some particularly violent fights, so if you have a weak constitution you should be warned that there are some pretty nasty scenes. There are some heart breaking moments too, including one where a woman is giving birth with Silvi as the midwife. I won’t give spoilers, but rest assured you will need some tissues. All in all this was an exciting book from beginning to end and I had no way of working out beforehand how it would all be resolved. The only negative I have to say about it is that at times Silvi and Magnus’s relationship seemed a bit unrealistic. I think that’s to do with our preconceptions of Vikings and how they were brutes of men who just took their pleasure in bed with no thought to their partner. Magnus wasn’t like that though, he was all that was kind and gentle, not even having sex with Silvi on the wedding night. I think, true to Viking form he would have just ‘had’ her and been happy with that. It was nice to see a ‘gentle’ Viking I guess, but it’s just not what I expect from somebody of that era. That said, it certainly didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. I loved it just as much as the first in the series, and I look forward to further books to follow.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.