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Lovely and dauntless, abducted by invaders from across an icy sea, Lady Breena vowed vengeance swearing no Viking brute would be her master no barbarian would enslave her noble Celtic heart, but then came Garrick Haardrad, the proud and powerful son of a ruthless Viking chieftain.

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One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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  • Poche: 400 pages
  • Editeur : Avon; Édition : New edition (5 février 2002)
  • Collection : Haardrad Family
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0380757478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380757473
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,6 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
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Fires of Winter: Viking Haardrad Family Series Book 1 von Johanna Lindsay

Johanna Lindsay is a well-known name in world of the Romance literature. I remember reading her books when I was only 15 or 16 at the beginning of the 90's. Her books were my first books in English; this is when I started staying up all night wanting to know what happens to the characters, to learn about everyday life in past centuries. But then, I can't figure out why anymore, I started thinking that I should read other books than historical Romance.
Some month ago however I started again and yesterday I remembered Johanna Lindsay. Well I am back to enjoying her stories, her description of past cultures and ... staying up all night.

Fires of Winter is the first part of the Viking Haardrad Family Series first published in 1980.
Hearts Aflame is the second part published 1987
Surrender My Love the third and last published 1994.

Lady Brenna has been raised string minded and free spirited like a man, having to accept her fathers will and marry a foreign Viking, Garrick Haardrad, to protect them from an eventual Viking attack. The day of her father's funeral Garrick father comes to get her, but not as promised as wife but as slave and to destroy her home.
Kidnapped humiliated she swears vengeance and promised herself never to belong to anyone.
Returning from a travels Garrick knew not of the woman expecting him in his chamber as his slave.
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Par "alienor2" le 30 décembre 2003
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Bienvenue chez les vikings ! Brenna, l'héroïne, est enlevée à sa terre natale et transportée dans un univers sauvage et sans pitié, une contrée du nord, glaciale à l'image de ses habitants. Pourtant, un feu incroyable brûle chez Garrick, son nouveau seigneur et maître. Il est dur et pourtant il finit par trouver une place dans son coeur. L'adaptation de Brenna est toutefois menacée par les moeurs et coutumes de ce pays du nord. Vient le moment où un choix capital doit être fait. Mais comment choisir entre l'homme qu'elle aime et l'enfant sur le point de naître ?
Vous passerez en revue une large palette d'émotions en lisant ce livre. Je vous le recommande.
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Par sand le 12 juillet 2010
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
Lady Brenna est enlevée par des vikings et devient l'esclave de Garrick. Entre lutte d'honneurs, vérités et mensonges et appétit sexuel, nos deux protagonistes se déchirent. Un très beau livre de romance chez les vikings avec deux personnages de caractère et des sentiments très forts. A lire pour découvrir les parents de Sélig et Kristen, tome 2 et 3(La viking insoumise et surrender my love).
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Fires of love . . . 15 août 2004
Par Amanda Carrell - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Trained in the art of war, Brenna Carmarham vowed to never take a husband until her father made a deal with the hated Vikings in hopes of saving her home. Not long after the deal is made, her much-loved father dies, but reluctantly Brenna decides to honor her father's vow anyway and awaits her intended with trepidation. On the day of her father's funeral, the Vikings finally come, but not with a bride-groom as expected. Instead, the Vikings raid Brenna's home, kill most of her family and take her prisoner, making her the slave of the man she'd once thought to marry.

Having been spurned by a money-hungry woman, Garrick Haardrad has vowed to never love again. While he's away on a trading venture his father makes a false deal with the hated Celts to join Garrick with a Celtic lord's daughter. However, the marriage-pact is just a smoke-screen to allow the Vikings to raid the Celtic village and take revenge on the Celts for long-ago wrongdoing. And now, the woman who might have been his wife is his slave.

I first read _Fires Of Winter_ many years ago and to this day it remains one of my favorites by Ms. Lindsey. In fact, I'd have to say it's one of my favorites in the entire genre. Johanna Lindsey always delivers well-drawn and likeable characters, and Brenna and Garrick are no exception. Brenna is fiery, brave and headstrong while Garrick is stoic, courageous and stubborn. When these two first meet, sparks fly and wills clash in a battle that will leave you wanting more. And, since you will want more, it's lucky that Ms. Lindsey expanded this book into a trilogy (this one is followed by _Hearts Aflame_ and _Surrender My Love_).

One of the most fascinating aspects, for me, is the history. You're thoroughly immersed in the Viking culture. While sometimes the inclusion of historical details can weigh a book down with unnecessary information, I've always found that Ms. Lindsey incorporates history perfectly, weaving it into the story in such a way that only makes it more enjoyable. In fact, she's so good at this, that I often wish more of the history had been included.

I've noticed a few of the reviewers commenting on the brutality included in the book (the rape, pillaging, murder and abuse), but when reading this book you have to consider the time period (both when the novel was written and when the novel takes place). After doing so, I think you'll be able to see these scenes in a different light. While I am far from condoning rape or the abuse of women in any form, such was the way things were in times past. The hero *does* rape the heroine on several occasions, but as he grows to love her he grows as a person. You have to understand that Garrick, though having a Christian mother, has been raised a true Viking -- someone who is used to treating women like chattel. When looked at in that way, you come to see that it's not completely Garrick's fault that he is the way he is, he's a product of a brutal and unforgiving society. And he doesn't stay that way, he does grow into a likeable character.

All in all, _Fires Of Winter_ is a roller-coaster ride of love, passion and history. You'll be hard-pressed to put the book down, so make sure once you start you have a significant amount of time in which to finish it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical romances -- you won't be disappointed.
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Glorifying Rape 31 janvier 2012
Par Amy R. Nix - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I wasn't going to write a review for this book. I read it. It held my attention. Ms. Lindsey isn't a tragically bad writer like so many in this genre. The problem with the book is that it isn't romantic. There is nothing sweet or romantic about this book, and the glorification of rape is sick. Clearly, someone was writing to the rape fantasy crowd, and from the number of 5-star reviews, I see that crowd is larger than I had imagined.

I'm not a "delicate" or "fragile" reader. I love the Starz Spartacus series. I adore the Game of Thrones books. I'm a periodic fan of fluffy romance novel sex scenes. I put forward that there is nothing prude in being affronted by a rape scene in which the woman screams and kicks and begs to be left alone only to THANK THE RAPIST when he is done for "teaching her" that sex didn't hurt.

Are you kidding me? (SPOILERS FOLLOW):

This poppycock about historical accuracy is a serious eyeroll, and the number of people defending this atrocity astounds me. The plot consists of a woman watching her entire household slaughtered before her eyes, being abducted to some former version of Norway to live as a slave among Vikings, tied up and left to half starve, defending herself repeatedly against men who wish to rape her, being actually raped multiple times by the "hero" of the story, being abandoned after half killing herself to return to him when he completely and utterly fails to rescue her from a pair of villains, and then falling in love with him after she has his baby under the terror that he might reject the baby and murder it.


That is romantic and historically accurate as hell.
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Historically Inaccurate, and Inconsistent even for a Fantasy 6 octobre 2012
Par Lisa Shea - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
Fires of Winter was written in 1980 by Johanna Lindsey. It is a story of continual rape set in 850 in Norway. I realize that we all have different points of view on dominant-submissive relationships, and that is fine. Other people will have quite different points of view on this story, and that is fine too. I can only give my personal point of view, and how this story reads to me.

First, the good. Heroine Brenna has grown up wielding a sword and standing strong for herself. With no mother, and an antagonistic step-sister, she has had to fend for herself and think on her feet. She takes on villains with strength and honor. She has a strong internal code of right from wrong and is willing to fight rather than give in. I love sword-wielding heroines and heroines who stand up against wrong-doing. Brenna should be my ideal kind of heroine.

Next, the iffy. While a few other reviewers extol the "historical accuracy" of this story, most of those reviewers seem to do so in order to justify the continual rape. "Of course Vikings raped all their women in the 800s, so therefore you can't complain about the raping, because it was historically accurate". However, much of this story is NOT historically accurate. Most Vikings lived in large one-room homes, which stayed warm more easily. They didn't have lots of little rooms which would be inefficient and harder to heat. Lindsey invents a house with lots of rooms for one character, but even the other homes seem to be segmented. Stables also weren't separate buildings - why waste all that animal warmth! They were connected to the main building. Like in Briton, smoke went up a hole in the ceiling. It wouldn't go through a "door".

The whole family tended to live together in that one house. It was an extended community. They didn't break off into separate locations; it would be too risky. They stayed together and helped each other out. In our modern society we tend to think "kids move away" but that wasn't the mindset at all in Viking times. In Viking times it was natural and proper that you always stayed put to help out.

The book makes it seem odd that a woman would wield a sword - but in Viking tradition this was normal. They were a warrior culture. They had Valkyries, after all! This was a shining model to all. Female warriors were called "shieldgirls".

Brenna is shocked by the tradition of exposing imperfect babies to the elements - but this was practiced ALL over Europe including in the Britons. It was only far later in the middle ages that the traditions began to change. So Brenna would have known about this practice and thought of it as fairly normal.

She also would have known about sex! In the time period in question, sex was a normal, natural function in life, like eating and sleeping. People usually slept in one-room houses. They grew up watching their parents have sex. They knew all about sex. They lived around farm animals who had sex all the time. Sex was celebrated, fertility was celebrated. There is absolutely no way a woman in the 800s could have been in any way confused about sex.

There are all sorts of other minor issues. Honey mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey. There's no barley in it. There are long expositions that are stated as if we're reading a biography text, rather than naturally learning about the characters and their traits. There is a lot of head-hopping, sometimes without warning, so you have to go back to figure out who is thinking things. Sometimes the character thinking thoughts becomes omniscient and thinks things they couldn't possibly have known.

So I would NOT call this book historically accurate. I would call it a modern day fantasy about what Viking life might have been like, based on modern thoughts.

Now to the part that I find quite unhealthy. Again, I'll say that I understand completely the draw of the powerful, controlling, alpha male. I fully appreciate the allure of that type of a character. However, there is an enormous difference between that man and Garrick. With an alpha male, the woman WANTS him. She WANTS sex with him. It is her desire to have it happen. So even if she has to hold him off for societal reasons, she WANTS him to win. What we are seeing here is the diametrically opposed opposite. The heroine DOES NOT want him. She actively fights him because with all her heart, with her core of honor and strength, she desperately does NOT want him to touch her - and he forces her repeatedly. I don't know how to even put into words how opposite this is to an alpha male situation. Every woman I have spoken to who has been raped has been traumatized by the violation and has in many cases carried that trauma with her for years to decades. It harms not only the body but the emotions and the mental state. Brenna-Garrick is NOT a secret desire / alpha male scenario. It is absolutely a RAPE SCENARIO where she hates him and does not want him to touch her. For him to then repeatedly force himself on her would have traumatized her.

There is no way that she would have asked him to continue during the first rape!! That is beyond the scope of reality. No matter what one's body is feeling during a rape, one's emotions and mind are being brutalized and the only thought is for it to stop. And to get away from the violator.

Brenna is strong, intelligent, and has for her entire life been master of her own destiny. It is entirely incongruous for her, after being repeatedly and at times violently raped, to decide she wants to marry this guy. It goes against everything her character has been about up until this time. It is as if she's had a brain transplant. So even in terms of thinking of this story as a "fantasy adventure" about an abusive rapist, it makes no sense. Our heroine undergoes severe personality changes along the way in order to make this work.

Whether it is 850 or 2012, a strong, intelligent woman who is repeatedly, violently raped would fight to get away from that man. That would be an imperative for her whether she was an educated Briton noblewoman of 850 or an educated woman from Los Angeles in 2012. Yes, rapists existed in all eras. Women who fought against them also existed in all eras, and Brenna's actions make no sense at all. Our battered women's shelters are overflowing with women who can attest to that.
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Not That Great! 5 novembre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I actually read this after reading HEARTS AFLAME. I don't know what I expected since these two were so great in their daughter's story, but I didn't expect constant feuding. When exactly did these two get along? Every day they fought, which would make for a very unhappy life. They didn't seem at all in love, either. Every story needs a little bickering, as long as no one loses sight of the fact that love is still in the air. But when an argument happens almost every time the couple converses, it makes for a very depressing story. I dreaded turning to the next page because I knew nothing happy would take place.
There wasn't one romantic love scene in the entire book! No woman, even then, would have put up with being violated over and over again. And I don't believe all men of that era were such pigs, either.
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Envigorating! 14 mars 2000
Par Cindy Morton - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Contrary to most readers' opinions, one of the main reasons that I was intrigued by Fires of Winter is because it conveys a realistic plot. When spinning a tale concerning Vikings and Norseman, Lindsey could not make characters that were all sweet and kind-hearted. This was not the reality then. The actions of Garrick and his family reflect how things actually were back then. You can't expect Lindsey to change history just because it disturbs some of her more fragile readers to hear some violence. As for the content of the story: it was breathtaking. As soon as Brenna lost her stubborn edge and Garrick let himself feel again, I was mesmerized with it. And, my God, are the sex scenes incredible!
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