Fires of Winter (Anglais) Poche – 5 février 2002
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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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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. Having been fooled by a woman he has become bitter and refused to love or trust again. Brenna however wakes his interest; she fights him, challenges him, pleases him and eventually will fool him, so he thinks.
The world these two live in is no nice, sweet fairy world, but the cruel and harsh world of war, destruction, violence, rape. So yes, these things take place in this book and I enjoyed it to read something seaming real, but please avoid the book if you think this is not something you can handle and if you have issues with this life due to some feminine believes, avoid this book.
Garrick is no strong alpha, who behind his facade, is a sweet loving puppy; he is a real alpha, the result of the world surrounding him, of his time and his culture. But still I loved both characters.
The story is full of rhythm; I got caught in whirlwind of events and enjoyed it a lot.
I was going to say that I missed some character development, some understanding of the reason of the characters decisions, but then I thought about it and no, it was good the way it was. Just the events happened often very fast but that was ok as well, thinking about it.
So I liked this book, bought the next one and prepare myself for another night with little sleep.
Enjoy the read MBTM
Vous passerez en revue une large palette d'émotions en lisant ce livre. Je vous le recommande.
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I have my subconscious to blame for picking up this book. I had a pretty sexy dream of a Viking becoming my lover, so when I woke the following morning I obviously wanted to read a book with a Viking romance plot. “Fires of Winter” was the one readily available to me so I started it with wild enthusiasm. Oh, how quickly that diminished with a whiny, unrealistic ‘heroine’ if I can even call her that and a Viking named Garrick who was just as bad in my opinion. The writing was so bad, the pace was too fast, dizzying in fact, and in the end I was hoping that the author would just kill them all in an asteroid strike. You wouldn’t see that coming, would you?
Now there are a couple of other things that I wish to address, and this is towards some of the other people that have written reviews. A majority of the people who did and did not like this book complained about all the rape scenes. Yes, rape is horrible and hard to read about, but, let’s face it, until only recently (in my view, only the last half century), it was an act that went unchecked and unpunished, or if it was taken into consideration, most of the time it was the woman’s fault. Now, the people who are getting raped in this book (and I’m assuming in a lot of other Lindsey novels) are slaves, and let’s face it, that was no crime in the eyes of their masters. They were property, to do with as their masters saw fit. That doesn’t make the act any less horrible. It most certainly was! Because those poor people were not seen as equal human beings, and treated no better than beasts. I hated the female slaves in Garrick’s house, who shrugged off their abuse when questioned about it, saying that you get used too it. It’s awful that that is how they had to deal with sexual assaults day in and day out, but, in the end, how else were they to live their lives, they were slaves. I most especially hated Brenna who was taken by force by Garrick on two or more occasions and still found a way to love him. Believe me, if a man did that to me, his death would be the only thing to make me happy.
Finally, I wish to make note that there is only one reason why I gave this book two stars instead of one, which I believe it deserves, and that is because of us, the reader and consumers. This is my first Lindsey book to read, and I’m assuming since this book made it to the bestselling list, as did most of her other 40+ books, then we must question why trashy reads like this make so much money and why their authors become household names (don’t even get me started on James Patterson). Its because, for me anyway, sometimes you need that trash and that smut to read, to let loose, and just be entertained (and I guess pissed off at the end that you wasted your precious time and money). I plowed through this book real quickly, like tearing through a candy bar to get to the gooey, caramel center. I learned no lessons, or reached the morale of the story, nor did I feel fulfilled in anyway. But, our trips to the movies are no different when you really think about it. Movies like all The Avengers movies and Marvel whatevers make over a billion dollars at the box office, while great films that win awards and numerous critic’s choices like “Moonlight” earn only $65 million.
I hope more people who read this book, realize it for the trash that it really is, and quit allowing the author to write more. But, we the consumers are partially to blame, and in two or three years when I crave to read another hum dinger like this book, I will have to eat my own words. Stay away readers! This book is literary CRACK!
This one is about Brenna, a Celt from Wales. She is promised to a Viking in an attempt to save her people from their raiding and killing. But Anselm, the Viking who promised his son to her, had no intention of allowing his son to marry a Celt. And so he attacks Brenna's home just after Brenna's father has been buried, kills all the men and takes Brenna, her aunt and her stepsister as captives.
Brenna's father raised her as the son he never had, so she is skilled in riding, hunting and swordplay, and knows little about traditional women's work such as sewing and weaving.
When the Viking ship reached Norway, Anselm gives Brenna to his son, Garrick, as a slave - he who she thought would have been her husband. Garrick distrusts all women because the Viking woman he wanted to marry had married a wealthy trader. Garrick has himself now become a wealthy trader.
Because she was raised more as a male, Brenna has a fierce pride that will not allow her to accept her new condition as a slave. Nevertheless, she can't help noticing how attractive Garrick is.
This is definitely an old-school book. Brenna isn't really unwilling to bed Garrick and she is certainly attracted to him, but on one occasion, he does take her very roughly in anger when she refuses him, Also, Brenna's aunt and stepsister are very blasé about being slaves. They do point out that they are not ill-treated and their lives are no worse than when they were free Celts.
Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable story - it is fiction after all.