The Viking's Chosen (Clan Hakon, #1)
His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride — one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that… a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he's a Viking army general and she's an English princess — and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

The Viking's Chosen (Clan Hakon, #1) Details

TitleThe Viking's Chosen (Clan Hakon, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2018
PublisherClean Teen Publishing
ISBN-139781634222747
Rating
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Magic, Did Not Finish

The Viking's Chosen (Clan Hakon, #1) Review

  • Lona
    January 1, 1970
    Was this the most original and well-written book I have ever read? No, not even close. Was this a fun, historical romance with lots of sass and banter? Yes. While there are a lot of grammatical errors with this book and an over-the-top damsel in distress theme, but this simple and funny romance book was exactly what I was in the mood for. The characters were vibrant and had a lot of personality, and I was in a rare romance-y mood so I was chill with the Disney-esque princess and warrior love sto Was this the most original and well-written book I have ever read? No, not even close. Was this a fun, historical romance with lots of sass and banter? Yes. While there are a lot of grammatical errors with this book and an over-the-top damsel in distress theme, but this simple and funny romance book was exactly what I was in the mood for. The characters were vibrant and had a lot of personality, and I was in a rare romance-y mood so I was chill with the Disney-esque princess and warrior love story. The historical setting was also fun and I liked seeing the clashing of the intense Viking culture and the refined English culture. Overall, the vibe of this story with its prophesies, princesses, and magical powers was just plain enjoyable! Plus, the cliff hanger ending has got me invested! And again, there was sass and banter so what more could I want in a quick, fun read!Moral of the story: If you go in with low expectations and plan on reading about a cheesy, yet witty fated love story, you will probably be pleasantly surprised! If you are looking for vikings and action and intense fantasy elements, turn away! This is not that book.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Torben is a warrior and general in the Viking clan Hakon. The leader of the Hakon is obsessed with warring even at the detriment of his clan. Torben, against his better judgements goes with the leaders newest plot to attack a kingdom in England during prenuptials between 2 kingdoms.Allete is the eldest daughter and the bride to be, of the one of the kingdoms in England, that Torben’s clan is invading. Torben and his men are sent in to impersonate on of Allete’s guards. This is where the chemistr Torben is a warrior and general in the Viking clan Hakon. The leader of the Hakon is obsessed with warring even at the detriment of his clan. Torben, against his better judgements goes with the leaders newest plot to attack a kingdom in England during prenuptials between 2 kingdoms.Allete is the eldest daughter and the bride to be, of the one of the kingdoms in England, that Torben’s clan is invading. Torben and his men are sent in to impersonate on of Allete’s guards. This is where the chemistry sizzles between Allete and Torben. Did I mention that Torben is prophesized to take a foreign bride and rule his people?The banter is fun between Torben, his men, Allete and her family. Allete family is also full of strong woman … I didn’t really get Allete even considering a life with her horribly arranged marriage to King Cathal. Ending in a cliffhanger, leaving us wondering the fate of Allete’s family, the kingdom, and even Torben… leaving us wonder what is coming next. Full of action, witty banter and sizzling chemistry, The Viking’s Chosen is a the new Clan Hakon series from Quinn Loftis.I received this copy of The Viking's Chosen from Xpresso Book Tours. This is my honest and voluntary review.My Rating: 3.5 starsWritten by: Quinn LoftisSeries: Clan HakonSequence in Series: 1Print Length: 300 pagesPublisher: Clean Teen Publishing Publication Date: February 12, 2018Genre: YA | Teen Historical RomanceAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vikings-Chosen...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-...For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    While this reads more fantasy than historical fiction, The Viking's Chosen features a delightful and colorful cast of characters. The story primarily takes place in England, though I wasn't sure which time period. Still this didn't detract from an engaging plot and unconventional trio of princesses. The Viking marauders aren't what you'd expect them to be either, more noble and honorable than the people they've come to invade. While events in this historical fantasy didn't play like I expected, While this reads more fantasy than historical fiction, The Viking's Chosen features a delightful and colorful cast of characters. The story primarily takes place in England, though I wasn't sure which time period. Still this didn't detract from an engaging plot and unconventional trio of princesses. The Viking marauders aren't what you'd expect them to be either, more noble and honorable than the people they've come to invade. While events in this historical fantasy didn't play like I expected, I enjoyed the banter between Torben and Alette and the way Loftis infused their world with magic.
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  • Lin
    January 1, 1970
    Did someone say Vikings? and England and historical fiction???Boy I love me some good historical book based on Vikings and all that cool stuff from a far away world where things were cooler!!! (uhmm not really cuz  death and wars and all that, but still FASCINATING TO ME!! OK?) It was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it and I cannot wait for the second book to come out.I must admit, that it was much better than I expected it just blew me away into that amazing era of kings, oracles, princesses a Did someone say Vikings? and England and historical fiction???Boy I love me some good historical book based on Vikings and all that cool stuff from a far away world where things were cooler!!! (uhmm not really cuz  death and wars and all that, but still FASCINATING TO ME!! OK?) It was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it and I cannot wait for the second book to come out.I must admit, that it was much better than I expected it just blew me away into that amazing era of kings, oracles, princesses and again VIKINGS! Sorry I am just wayy too excited .... ^^Great story, awesome characters and just yeah, loved it.I have nothing more to say other than that if you are intrigued and love vikings and this genre READ IT!!! Overall I gave it 5 stars and HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
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  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Plot - 4.5Writing style - 5Characters - 4.5Romance - 5In which a British princess fell in love with a dashing Viking who disguished himself as her personal guard to save her from an unwanted marriage that will doomed not only her kingdom but also his clan. • plot - To tell you the truth, the plot was really not original. In fact, at some aspect, it has its cliches and plot holes but that didn't served as a hindrance for me to love the novel itself. There are no boring moments. Despite how long i Plot - 4.5Writing style - 5Characters - 4.5Romance - 5In which a British princess fell in love with a dashing Viking who disguished himself as her personal guard to save her from an unwanted marriage that will doomed not only her kingdom but also his clan. • plot - To tell you the truth, the plot was really not original. In fact, at some aspect, it has its cliches and plot holes but that didn't served as a hindrance for me to love the novel itself. There are no boring moments. Despite how long it took before the two main leads met, not once did I think it was boring because I do love how the author introduces us the characters. There were no twists and turns which I am okay with. The flow of the story really hooked me off. Though if I have to be honest, I would prefer this if it's a stand-alone and not a trilogy. My only issue with it was the lack of actions. Sure, I am satisfied because there are a handful of unforgettable moments but boy do I wish there was a bit of fighting scenes or whatsoever to build some tensions. Though I have to say, the antagonist's pervert moves were enough to pissed me off. I was a bit confused with the female protagonist's age because at the beginning, she indicated she was only twenty and few chapters later, she said she was eighteen. Plus, the characters' physical appearances were not much described aside from the male protagonist. No, sctrach that. It was only indicated that he had long hair and beard and he had a very broad shoulders. Typical Viking, if you ask me. Forgive me but I just prefer it when the author gives us a bit of informations about the characters' looks. But not too much because that would ruined my imagination. • writing style - Like what I just stated, from the very first page, I was immediately hooked. From the beginning to end. Fast-paced. No boring moments. Read it in one sitting. Can't put it down, let me tell you. humorous dialogues and sweet monologues. For some reason, despite how descrptive the writing style is, I don't have any issues with it. Usually, too much description bore me. Also, I do appreciate the brief diary entries before every chapter began. It was intriguing. • characters - fine set of characters. Swoon-worthy. humorous. Kickass. 1. Allete - from the very beginning, I knew I'll like her. She was smart, funny, brave, family-oriented, and kind. Not too frustrating like typical ya heroines. Though if I have to be extremely honest, there was a point where I badly want to strangle her for letting the antagonist kiss her and she was like, "ohhhh, how passionate," technically, that was not her exact statement but still. Ugh. Anyways, at the said revelation of the story, Allete was chill which I applaud her for because I am getting sick of angry heroines whenever secrets were spilled. Now, Alette just shrugged it off and just kissed the love of her life. That's my girl. 2. Torben - first of all, can we please just appreciate how sweet he was. Like, come on, he'll sure make it to my short list of book boyfriends. He was a gentleman, funny, a mama's boy, good friend, romantic, sometimes jealous in a funny way and possessive but in a non-creepy way. It's been a while since I've read a novel where the male protagonist's mind was not annoying and whiny. Unfolding the story through his eyes was a great reading experience. 3. Dayna - most of the time, I find the female lead's sister unnecessary and boring but boy do I love Dayna's character here. She was nothing but a sweet and fierce younger sister. Sassy is the perfect description for her. Her witty comebacks and her you'll-get-hang-because-of-that type of replies just make me laugh. Good thing she was aboard with Allete as well because I would kinda hate it when we didn't get much to read about her in the sequel. 4. Brant - the only thing I wished was for more scenes with him. Look, he was a really great friend of the male lead. Funny and sharp-tongued. Perfect match for his friend's future-wife's sister, Dayna.5. Side characters Personally, the antagonist was okay with me. I mean, he had so much potentional to be the greatest antagonist of all time but somehow, he was a coward at some times. The wiches are humorous. They're not your typical ya witches that you'll find yourself feeling drowsy just by reading their little riddles. They're sarcastic and more like fairies. Ha! The lead's parents are also funny which was kinda odd in many novels because let's face it, evil parents are a thing. And I am getting sick of it. • romance - the romance was the strongest point of the novel to the point the author kinda failed to focus much of the events outside the castle. I don't know if you'll consider this as insta-love since their romance blossomed in just one month. But hey, before they even met, their souls were somehow connected to one another already and they cannot help themselves from growing romantic feelings with each other. Plus, one month was long to think they are always together, like everyday. From morning to night. Now, speaking of the other romance between the male lead's friend and the female lead's sister. I would say it was a pretty good match. I swear, I cannot help myself from laughing at their dialogues. Now, would I read the following two installment? Definitely yes.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    When you pick up a Quinn Loftis book prepare to be dazzled! She writes books that keep you captivated with humor, deep respect for intimacy in a marriage bond, and finding a partner who is your equal in every way! The Viking’s Chosen is no exception! I skipped a class just to finish it! I’m just bummed that I have to wait 8 months for the next book! Torben and Allete couldn’t come from more different worlds! They both will do whatever is best for their kingdom. Both don’t like what is necessary When you pick up a Quinn Loftis book prepare to be dazzled! She writes books that keep you captivated with humor, deep respect for intimacy in a marriage bond, and finding a partner who is your equal in every way! The Viking’s Chosen is no exception! I skipped a class just to finish it! I’m just bummed that I have to wait 8 months for the next book! Torben and Allete couldn’t come from more different worlds! They both will do whatever is best for their kingdom. Both don’t like what is necessary to achieve that! Torben’s mother is an Oracle who prophesied that Torben needs to kill his jarl (think King) and marry a foreign princess to help his clan from becoming extinct with jarl Magnus’s blood thirsty ways and insanity. And how is he to marry a princess who is already engaged to a King from another kingdom?This King Cathal is pure evil and is constantly putting Princess Allete down, putting her in her place and physically abusing her in places no one else can see. But Torben and his second in command Brant witnesses plenty of it. Torben and Brant are given a glamor to look like English guards and are assigned to the Princess. Torben and Allete find themselves falling for each other. Allete thinks he is just a guard and is still off limits for any future with him. Torben can do little to the evil King without being hanged himself for treason or causing Allete’s family to suffer with the veiled threats if she should try to get away.There is non stop action and adventure and time to find that they have a lot in common and to watch Torben, the hulking Viking as he is, to be very tender with Allete! You can’t help but sigh when you read when the two of them are alone together. There is only kissing between the two of them when they are alone, which is never that long. Or he is brushing her hair and cleaning her up after King Cathal has had his hands on her. See, Sigh!!!!!! via GIPHY Allete is also a healer, like Torben’s mother, and people don’t really like to see the magic because they are afraid. So Allete heals people in secret. Those she heals, loves her for it.Brant keeps me grinning, he is funny and a very hulking Viking who likes to wield his hammer! He likes Allete’s sister Dayna. Dayna has a slightly foul mouth and opens her mouth before she speaks and Brant loves it. Her words are “arse”, “bloody hell” and the like. I can’t wait to see where these two go too!If you like stories that leave on a cliff hanger, Viking’s, Kingdoms, good vs. evil, action, finding your soulmate, healing, magic, Oracles, stories that make you sigh then this might be for you! I really need the next book now! I will be rereading this book over and over!! Well, probably the whole series too! via GIPHY
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  • S. Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a historical fantasy about a magical princess and a love-stricken warrior Viking who the gods declared were made to be together. It takes place an ambiguous long, long time ago, mainly in England. The book was for the most part a light and fluffy read, but there were several things about it that I disliked. I will list my six main reasons below:1. There were a lot of typos and other errors in this book. It could really use the help of a good editor going over it.2. For a "historical fant This is a historical fantasy about a magical princess and a love-stricken warrior Viking who the gods declared were made to be together. It takes place an ambiguous long, long time ago, mainly in England. The book was for the most part a light and fluffy read, but there were several things about it that I disliked. I will list my six main reasons below:1. There were a lot of typos and other errors in this book. It could really use the help of a good editor going over it.2. For a "historical fantasy", it was very historically inaccurate, in both speech and actions. It used modern slang frequently, saying things such as "shut up", "shut your trap", and "no offense". Clipped sentences are also used in this book, i.e. "Not my problem.", when they would never have spoken like that unless it was an emergency. It had an English king talking about gods, and at that time and place, the King would have most likely portrayed himself as Christian or Catholic. There were many other examples as well. The only thing historical about this book was the fact that it had castles, kings, and Vikings in it.3. This is just my personal taste, but I do not like books with so much magic and witchcraft in them. This book has gods, witches, oracles, seers, and magical healers in abundance. This fact in itself will not effect my ratings any, since I realize that this is a fantasy novel and those things are to be expected.4. I wish that the setting was more clearly laid out. There are hints that the book takes place between the mid 12th and the early 14th centuries, but that leaves a lot to conjecture. It would be nice if it was more clear.5. I did not like the fact that the language used in this book looks like it was aimed at a YA audience, but the content was very mature. The book had graphic innuendo, foul language, violence and gore, detailed page-long accounts of French kissing written sensually like purple prose, and a sexual assault scene that is not quite rape but is still very bad. For a mature audience, the writing is dumbed down, and for a YA audience, the content is too mature, so I honestly don't know what audience this would be aimed at.6. The book ends with a cliffhanger at a very important part. The "ending" is not in the least bit satisfying, and you must get the next in the series to see what happens next. For somebody like myself who barely made it through the book, I would at least expect the satisfaction of a conclusion!All in all, I would not recommend this book, nor would I read it again. Two stars.
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  • Treena
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Quinn Loftis. I would've enjoyed this more if not for:1) What I felt were bad transitions between POV's. I found them to be choppy and abrupt, like "Oh okay. Now we're reading Torben's POV. Wait, no, it's Allete's." Strange as it sounds, because of the POV switches within a chapter, I almost wished that the author stuck to one POV.2) I hate that the MC's got really sappy --- good grief, the cheese level was stinky! --- when they "found each other". 3) I'm not a fan of t This was my first book by Quinn Loftis. I would've enjoyed this more if not for:1) What I felt were bad transitions between POV's. I found them to be choppy and abrupt, like "Oh okay. Now we're reading Torben's POV. Wait, no, it's Allete's." Strange as it sounds, because of the POV switches within a chapter, I almost wished that the author stuck to one POV.2) I hate that the MC's got really sappy --- good grief, the cheese level was stinky! --- when they "found each other". 3) I'm not a fan of the writing style which is very descriptive, often repetitive, and imo, long-winded. As such, I'd find myself growing a little bored with the pacing of the story.Sorry. Just not a fan and I won't be continuing with the next book/s in the series.
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  • Sarah Swann
    January 1, 1970
    This is just what I needed right now! These characters have my whole heart. I loved the dynamic between Torben and Allete. Their circumstances broke my heart, I just need them to be together and happy. The side characters cracked me up as well, especially Dayna. And talk about a villain...woooo. It doesn’t get much worse than Cathal. Vikings, English royalty, a little magic thrown in...good stuff.Is it the best writing? No. Is it complex and incredibly thought out? No. But it was juicy and I con This is just what I needed right now! These characters have my whole heart. I loved the dynamic between Torben and Allete. Their circumstances broke my heart, I just need them to be together and happy. The side characters cracked me up as well, especially Dayna. And talk about a villain...woooo. It doesn’t get much worse than Cathal. Vikings, English royalty, a little magic thrown in...good stuff.Is it the best writing? No. Is it complex and incredibly thought out? No. But it was juicy and I connected with the characters and I care about them and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And sometimes that’s just all you need. I also need the second book YESTERDAY!!!*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5 Stars**Review on https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Torben was told by the oracle that he must go to England to claim his bride for his people to survive. Which that mission just so happens to coincide with his mad Jarl's orders to pillage England. Going undercover, Torben pretends to be a guard to Allete, the princess he will take as his bride- even though she has no idea. Meanwhile, Allete has already been betrothed to the evil King Cathal who wants to break Allete to his will, and is **4.5 Stars**Review on https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Torben was told by the oracle that he must go to England to claim his bride for his people to survive. Which that mission just so happens to coincide with his mad Jarl's orders to pillage England. Going undercover, Torben pretends to be a guard to Allete, the princess he will take as his bride- even though she has no idea. Meanwhile, Allete has already been betrothed to the evil King Cathal who wants to break Allete to his will, and is already treating her to his brand of cruelty. Can Torben make the prophecy come true while keeping Allete safe from the clutches of the evil king?I originally spotted the cover and fell in love with the book, it is such an eye catching cover and I am a cover snob. And then I saw it was written by Quinn, who I just so happen have like every one of her books on my wishlist but I had yet to read one. Oh, and then I read the synopsis and saw this was a paranormal romance, and Vikings! Sigh, dreamy, violent, dirty, mystical Vikings. Just recently I discovered a little nugget of a show called Vikings and I proceeded to binge watch the entire show in like 2 weeks so now I feel like I am a Viking expert and I may be just a tad (and by tad I mean a huge amount!) obsessed with all things Vikings. And in perfect timing, I discovered The Viking's Chosen and was super excited to jump in to more of this brutal, terrifying world with warriors, curses, fate and gods- and if there just so happens to be a romance, I am not complaining. The premise of the book sounded like the perfect filler for my warrior-withdrawal and I was instantly sucked into this romantic, dangerous quest.I absolutely love the banter between Torben and his trusted soldiers like Brant, they were absolutely hysterical with their commentary, but you could also see the trust and brotherhood between the men.Allete was pretty level headed and no nonsense, but her saucy younger sister Dayna and hand maid Lidia were the best most trusted of companions with their unique approach to Allete's problems. Dayna in particular was one of my favorite characters, with her loyalty, man hunt, humor and snark in every encounter. Dayna made a sound between a snort and a laugh. "Breasts are like sunshine, my dear sister. Everyone likes them." And don't forget this exchange: "I may be only sixteen, mind you I am very close to seventeen, but that does not mean I do not know a prime stallion when I see one. Or two," she added cheekily.I pointed my finger at her, attempting to sound as stern as possible. "Well, you just make sure you don't suddenly develop an interest in equestrianism, Dayna Auvray." It was nice that both main characters had such great supporting characters to help them on their dangerous, romantic quest​. I rooted for Allete and Torben as well as Dayna and Brant to get their hopes desire.​Keep in mind that this is very much a historical romance, but it just so happens to have elements of magic and​ mystery thrown into it. Also, the gritty details of the time as well as the Vikings lifestyle were captured in all their terrifying, dirty, dangerous, muderous details. But geez, this was so romantic at times, like sigh worthy romance- Torben is so dreamy. And I would kidnap Torben if he and Allete were not so perfect for each other and so in lurv. Keep in mind that this is the start of a series and ended in a cliff hanger (curse you, cliff hanger!). That means I am counting down the days until I can get more of this story and the epic romance that swept me away. This is my first adventure by Quinn and I desperately want more, she is now added to my too read author list.​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
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  • La Biblioteca de Atenea
    January 1, 1970
    Comencemos diciendo que no tenía grandes expectativas para este libro y que simplemente lo quería leer porque supuestamente va de vikingos. Pues bien, a pesar de que no esperaba que fuera gran cosa, por su género y sinopsis, ha sido bastante peor de lo que podía imaginar. El protagonista masculino, lejos de ser un rudo vikingo, es un chaval moñas sin carácter ni personalidad propia que perfectamente podría tener 13 años (se supone que tiene 20 y está curtido en mil batallas, pero se comporta co Comencemos diciendo que no tenía grandes expectativas para este libro y que simplemente lo quería leer porque supuestamente va de vikingos. Pues bien, a pesar de que no esperaba que fuera gran cosa, por su género y sinopsis, ha sido bastante peor de lo que podía imaginar. El protagonista masculino, lejos de ser un rudo vikingo, es un chaval moñas sin carácter ni personalidad propia que perfectamente podría tener 13 años (se supone que tiene 20 y está curtido en mil batallas, pero se comporta como un preadolescente impresionable y sumiso). La protagonista femenina parece salida de Gossip Girl, con su aire de chica moderna y su actitud y expresiones nada acordes con la época histórica en que se encuentra. En general, la ambientación es pésima, el desarrollo de personajes muy deficiente, la acción predecible y simplona y, lo peor de todo, si en vez de decir que se desarrolla en la Inglaterra de hace varios siglos, situamos la historia en la época actual, tendría mucho más sentido. A la princesa y sus hermanas sólo les falta sacarse un selfie y subirlo a Instagram, de tan moderna (y superficial) que es su actitud. Fuera de bromas, claramente la autora no se ha documentado suficientemente sobre las costumbres de la época, ni sobre la cultura vikinga, ni nada de nada, porque hila una absurdez detrás de otra. Si me dicen que originalmente estaba ambientada en una pequeña ciudad americana en el siglo XXI pero lo cambió por la Inglaterra medieval para poder usar el reclamo de un amor vikingo, me lo creo perfectamente.Errores tipográficos, estilo narrativo entre simplón y malo, personajes estereotipados, incoherencia histórica y cultural... No perdáis el tiempo con este libro. Ah, dejé de leerlo más o menos a la mitad, por si eso le influye a alguien en su opinión, que no creo.
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  • Elliot A
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from Red Coat Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review.I have to admit it has been very difficult for me to write a review for this book. It wasn’t bad, I just felt like something was missing and I can’t exactly put my finger on it.I didn’t particularly like the characters, but one doesn’t have to like the characters, if the story is good enough to keep one’s interest. Both main characters had strong personalities and weren’t flat or boring.The story was als I received this ARC from Red Coat Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review.I have to admit it has been very difficult for me to write a review for this book. It wasn’t bad, I just felt like something was missing and I can’t exactly put my finger on it.I didn’t particularly like the characters, but one doesn’t have to like the characters, if the story is good enough to keep one’s interest. Both main characters had strong personalities and weren’t flat or boring.The story was also interesting, containing elements of mysticism, strategy and intrigue.I believe what really got me frustrated was the writing style and yet it wasn’t. It had a nice flow to it, but combined with the overwhelming amount of minute details that would span pages and pages, the narration never went anywhere. Sometimes it is necessary to include a decent amount of specific details, but if every chapter is written like that, the reader’s attention might start to dwindle, which happen to me.Overall, this was a nice story, but I felt overwhelmed and exhausted by the play-by-play description of every single move the main characters made. Some might not mind, therefore I would suggest it.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This was not at all what I was expecting...For one I was expecting vikings.. I mean technically there were norse men here but they weren't 'viking' like. The main guy, Torben was sweet and kind of a dork. Not like a nerdy dork but just a dork ,dork. When I started this review I was going to say that I haven't read anything by Quinn Loftis before but according to GoodReads I have.. I don't remember it but who knows. But the writing was very simplistic. Which I am totally cool with in a YA book. B This was not at all what I was expecting...For one I was expecting vikings.. I mean technically there were norse men here but they weren't 'viking' like. The main guy, Torben was sweet and kind of a dork. Not like a nerdy dork but just a dork ,dork. When I started this review I was going to say that I haven't read anything by Quinn Loftis before but according to GoodReads I have.. I don't remember it but who knows. But the writing was very simplistic. Which I am totally cool with in a YA book. But I was just expecting more out of a viking book. If Viking is in the dang title it should be more viking-isk? I will probably read the next book when it comes out... if I remember.
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  • Laura Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Find yourself immediately transported to days of old filled with Norsemen and royalty as this author casts her magical world building web and encases you until the last page. Filled with prophecy and delight to tantalize every one of your senses. From a madman to a beautiful princess this book will captivate readers of all ages. The only drawback is that we have to wait until November 2018 to continue this epic saga that will ooh and ahh you.{I requested a copy for reviewing purposes and made no Find yourself immediately transported to days of old filled with Norsemen and royalty as this author casts her magical world building web and encases you until the last page. Filled with prophecy and delight to tantalize every one of your senses. From a madman to a beautiful princess this book will captivate readers of all ages. The only drawback is that we have to wait until November 2018 to continue this epic saga that will ooh and ahh you.{I requested a copy for reviewing purposes and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}
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  • Fröken Sol
    January 1, 1970
    Okey I'm gonna be honest, I liked the story. Unfortunately, I also had some major issues with it.1. The text is full of grammatical errors. I mean, I'm not an expert in English as it is not my first language but some of the errors were so obvious that even I saw them and it disturbed my reading.2. The historical content. First of all, the language is way to modern. We don't know exactly when this story takes place but since there are vikings in it it must be before 1050. In Sweden where I am fro Okey I'm gonna be honest, I liked the story. Unfortunately, I also had some major issues with it.1. The text is full of grammatical errors. I mean, I'm not an expert in English as it is not my first language but some of the errors were so obvious that even I saw them and it disturbed my reading.2. The historical content. First of all, the language is way to modern. We don't know exactly when this story takes place but since there are vikings in it it must be before 1050. In Sweden where I am from, we count the viking era from around 800-1050. Even though the story takes place in the real world (England mostly) all the characters are fictional, I have for example not found any English king named Albrict. Anyway, what disturbed me most was the pretty major historical errors made that could easily have been avoided with a bit of research. For example that the English king referred to "the gods" when in the middle ages he would be catholic and Torben the viking warrior made an oath which included Hades which is a Greek god and has nothing to do with Norse mythology. The princess Allette spoke of petticotes and bloomers and said things like that she acted like a "school girl".I've only mentioned some of the major things that disturbed me with the story. I would still recommend it for those who want an easy and fun read. Just bear in mind that the overall quality of the story isn't all that good. I debated with myself what rating to give. For just the story I would probably give it 4 stars. But because of the major flaws I give it 3 stars since I still enjoyed it.
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  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    The start of a new series by Quinn Loftis, The Viking's Chosen is great junk food to read. You know that it's not really good for you, but you love how it tastes. In the world of The Viking's Chosen, there are seers, healers, witches, Vikings and princesses; oh my! Torben is the military leader of a nordic Viking tribe, one that is about to attack the kingdom of Princess Allete. Allete is a healer, and is about to be forced to marry a monster of a man, also known as the King of the powerful kin The start of a new series by Quinn Loftis, The Viking's Chosen is great junk food to read. You know that it's not really good for you, but you love how it tastes. In the world of The Viking's Chosen, there are seers, healers, witches, Vikings and princesses; oh my! Torben is the military leader of a nordic Viking tribe, one that is about to attack the kingdom of Princess Allete. Allete is a healer, and is about to be forced to marry a monster of a man, also known as the King of the powerful kingdom of Tara. With prophesies and espionage, The Viking's Chosen takes the readers on a fun and adventurous ride. A fun read, The Viking's Chosen was a classic Viking romance but cleaned up for a YA audience. Torben and Allete, although not original characters, were fun characters that were both strong and loving. Torben is a hunky romantic and Allete is a soft hearted fighter. With Allete willing to sacrifice anything for her kingdom, and with Torben willing to sacrifice anything for Allete, they make quite a pair. Although I did have one peace of confusion, the first chapter in the book doesn't seem to tie in with anything in the story. I assume its meant for the overall series' story, but in the context of jus this book it made no sense. All in all, I give The Viking's Chosen the honest rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!Want more of me? Go to: http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a fantasy romance set in the Viking Era, don't pick up this book. I'm sorry to say that it was disappointing from beginning to end. It reads more like a Viking fanfiction rip-off written by a fifteen year old who has no idea that language has evolved throughout the centuries. Next to the historical inaccuracy, we have bad grammar and bland characters. Sure, a teenager who has no idea about linguistics and history might enjoy reading this book, but it just didn't make the c If you are looking for a fantasy romance set in the Viking Era, don't pick up this book. I'm sorry to say that it was disappointing from beginning to end. It reads more like a Viking fanfiction rip-off written by a fifteen year old who has no idea that language has evolved throughout the centuries. Next to the historical inaccuracy, we have bad grammar and bland characters. Sure, a teenager who has no idea about linguistics and history might enjoy reading this book, but it just didn't make the cut for me.First of all we never quite know when the book is set, it is called "Viking Era", but then the character's use words like "okay" (invention of the 19th century), wear fancy lace night gowns and drink tea (17th century for Britain). Then we get names like "Allete" or "Lizzy" which are way too modern. The author clearly didn't consider that English in it's modern form didn't exist back then. She also didn't consider that Norsemen and English didn't speak the same language, but let's just ignore that through some kind of never explained magic system, the two can actually speak to each other. The character's were all over the place. None of them were written very well in my opinion. Allete sounded like a whiny brat who turned into a martyr to save her Kingdom. Her youngest sister was supposed to be feisty, probably witty, but was incredible stupid to me. And mighty warrior Torben turned into a sap as soon as Allete and he started making out (!?).I could rant and rage about this "book" for a very long time, fact is: It's not good. Sorry. This is a zero star for me, because clearly, the author didn't put very much effort into research and character development. The premise could have been so much more.
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  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this book on a whim a few weeks ago. There was something about the blurb that called me. I picked up the book today and realized I'd chosen well. This is the perfect mix of historical romance and fantasy I was looking for! It's gripping, has dual POV, and is just fun to read! I didn't realize until I'd finished the book that this was the first in a series, or that it was a clean romance. Now I haven't read clean romance since I was a pre-teen and that was for a very short period of time I bought this book on a whim a few weeks ago. There was something about the blurb that called me. I picked up the book today and realized I'd chosen well. This is the perfect mix of historical romance and fantasy I was looking for! It's gripping, has dual POV, and is just fun to read! I didn't realize until I'd finished the book that this was the first in a series, or that it was a clean romance. Now I haven't read clean romance since I was a pre-teen and that was for a very short period of time. I'm still on the fence about reading book two, but I have some time to deliberate because it comes out soon. The only reason I'm on the fence is because the main characters have great chemistry and it seems like a shame they're going to build to something amazing and then have it either be closed door or nothing at all. However if you don't mind open door bedroom action and you're a fan of Vikings, historical romance, historical fantasy romance, or just a great story, you should definitely check out this book!
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  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    January 1, 1970
    I'm hoping to shelve this until later. I cannot get into this one.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were witty and fun. great villain I am sad that I now have to wait for the second one. Never fair.
  • Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    pooled ink Reviews: The Viking’s Chosen is the start to a romantic and battle-filled journey of hidden magic, warring kingdoms, and courage to forge a path of brighter light than what the world would have one believe. A princess who will not be broken, a Viking who would die for her, and a lecherous king carving their names in promised blood, this series is a perfect read for those who enjoy slipping into another time, another life.It had a few issues for me but overall it was a quick and fun r pooled ink Reviews: The Viking’s Chosen is the start to a romantic and battle-filled journey of hidden magic, warring kingdoms, and courage to forge a path of brighter light than what the world would have one believe. A princess who will not be broken, a Viking who would die for her, and a lecherous king carving their names in promised blood, this series is a perfect read for those who enjoy slipping into another time, another life.It had a few issues for me but overall it was a quick and fun read that I certainly enjoyed reading in the thawing sunlight of early spring. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2018/02/28/the-...
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  • Jeraca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing. This is my honest review. Release date: February 12, 2018Being the oldest daughter of a king, out of three girls, Allete knows that she is destined to leave her home for an arranged marriage. So it is no surprise when her father tells her that King Cathal has made an agreement with her father, and that she will be married to him and go to his kingdom. What is a surprise, though, is how evil Cathal is. He has the attractive looks, but he is a t I received this eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing. This is my honest review. Release date: February 12, 2018Being the oldest daughter of a king, out of three girls, Allete knows that she is destined to leave her home for an arranged marriage. So it is no surprise when her father tells her that King Cathal has made an agreement with her father, and that she will be married to him and go to his kingdom. What is a surprise, though, is how evil Cathal is. He has the attractive looks, but he is a terrible man who does terrible things to women. Because Allete is his intended, Cathal is taking a lot of risks to put her in her place - as a woman should be. Allete is a strong willed girl, so bending to Cathal's demands is very hard for her. But she doesn't want to put her father in a bad position and risk putting their kingdom into war if he backs out of the arranged marriage. Torben is a Viking - a warrior. He is following his crazy jarl, and they are planning to attack the two kingdoms when King Cathal comes to claim his bride. When his mother, the Oracle, tells him that he will find his future bride and the love of his life in the palace, he is unsure how he feels about this. On the one hand, he believes his mother because she has the gift, but on the other hand, bringing a foreign bride to his tribe is not going to go over well. But when Torben meets Allete, he knows that she is the one. He is in disguise, but tries to tell Allete everything about him because he wants her to fall for him the way that he is falling for her. The biggest problem is that Torben has to watch Allete be mentally and physically abused by Cathal while he poses as her guard and he can't do anything to stop it. Torben and Allete have to wait for just a little longer, and then they can go through their their plans to be together. But there are a lot of factors that are going to happen, and things may not go as planned for them. Torben and Allete won't let anything get in the way between them, but some things are beyond their control. This was a great book! I haven't read any historical romances in awhile, so it was a nice, refreshing story for me!Allete is an awesome character and is a total boss! She knows how to be a princess and a Queen and she knows how the society works, even if she doesn't agree with it. She is so poised and mature, but she is so sneaky and devious when she wants to be. Seeing her with Torben cracked me up to much because they are definitely a match made in heaven and can give the other a run for their money. When she was dealing with Cathel, I just wanted to scream. I know she was doing well, but she should have gotten backup with her parents because no one should have to go through that - ever. She may be tough and can handle it, but her family loves her too much for her to go through that abuse. I loved Allete's little sister, Dayna! She is feisty and funny and so too much, but she is a hellion and she knows it and loves it. She makes the book so much better with her random statements and is definitely good for a good laugh. I really hope she gets her own story soon because I would love to see her battle it out with Brant!Torben is such a macho manly man and he is so easy to swoon over. I loved the way he was around Allete cause you could really see how much he cares for her and would do anything to make her happy. The only bad part about this book is that it has a CLIFFHANGER!!!! AAAHHHH!!!! I despise cliffhangers and that is usually why I won't read books in a series. But, alas, here I am wanting to know what happens to everyone and I have to wait until who knows when... :( sad face. I think a lot of readers will really enjoy this great novel! I can't wait to get my hands on the next one already, and I am so glad that I was able to read this through Red Coat Publishing :)
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  • Megan (Ginger Mom)
    January 1, 1970
    I already knew I had a thing for highlanders but really - a Viking now too?I am a big fan of books that are narrated by both male and female narrators. It gives the story an entirely new level of depth and you really get a feel for the characters. Both Chris Ciulla and Andrea Emmes brought the characters to life with their narrating. I loved Torben's character so much because he's this strong warrior, but he does everything he can to protect Allete. And you could hear that in the way Chris portr I already knew I had a thing for highlanders but really - a Viking now too?I am a big fan of books that are narrated by both male and female narrators. It gives the story an entirely new level of depth and you really get a feel for the characters. Both Chris Ciulla and Andrea Emmes brought the characters to life with their narrating. I loved Torben's character so much because he's this strong warrior, but he does everything he can to protect Allete. And you could hear that in the way Chris portrayed him. As for Allete, I think it's amazing how anyone can so successfully speak with an accent that is not their own native language. Andrea nailed this one - I had to ask her if this was her native accent.That ending - wow, what a cliffhanger! The ending definitely had me wishing I had my hands on a copy of the second book (which, unfortunately doesn't release until Winter 2018).I am completely in love with this cover! It's elegant. The woman and her dress shows how refined and proper Allete's character is, while the title font leads to a viking / warrior-ish feel. I liked the symbols added in there because they really gave it the magic feel that comes from Allete (and Torben's mom) being a seer. It all pulls together and looks amazing!How about the characters? Let's start with the King of Tara - Cathal. I don't think I have ever despised a character more! He is horrible! The man basically wants Allete to dress like a prostitute in the royal court so he can parade her around. And the way he treats her - he enjoys tormenting her so he can "break her". If he were standing on the edge of a cliff, there's a fair chance I would push him over, myself! I am praying he gets what's coming to him in the second book.Allete - eldest English princess, betrothed / engaged to a pig of a king. She's strong, she's refined, she's protective of her family. She's basically willing to sacrifice her own happiness to keep Cathal from doing anything bad to her family. That takes bravery. And when you put her and Torben together - oh, what a love story!Hilda. Seer and also Torben's mom. This woman was hilarious. She holds her tongue for no one. I am eager to see how her character plays out in the second book. She's definitely one of my favorites :)Magnus - Jarl of Clan Hakon. Another crazy man! His plans are all half-baked and as the book progresses, he gets more insane. And the end! He needs to get what's coming to him, as well. Just saying.Torben. If ever there was a book boyfriend to steal my heart, Torben, it is you. He is the perfect hero of the story - strong, yet able to love and be kind. He's not too macho but he will do anything in his power to protect Allete. And I have a feeling he is going to be the one giving Cathal what he deserves. Just a hunch :)I loved so much of this book and it has introduced me to yet another branch of historical fiction that I will be diving into. The narration and the story come together perfectly to make this one a top read of 2018!
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    I want to start off by stating that I am a fan of Quinn Loftis. I read this book because I have read her other books (GW). I have noticed that sometimes she takes a bit to take off but she is usually successful.It took me awhile but I bonded with the characters towards the end. I like Allette and Torben and of course I like Dayna. I am a sucker for side characters. Once Loftis got into the story the flow of it was better. I think that she has a good plot line. Her execution of the story could ha I want to start off by stating that I am a fan of Quinn Loftis. I read this book because I have read her other books (GW). I have noticed that sometimes she takes a bit to take off but she is usually successful.It took me awhile but I bonded with the characters towards the end. I like Allette and Torben and of course I like Dayna. I am a sucker for side characters. Once Loftis got into the story the flow of it was better. I think that she has a good plot line. Her execution of the story could have been a little improved. Some things that I would like to see improvement (author is completely capable): 1) The story humor doesn't match. I believe she takes a modern sense of humor and tries to cram it in the history and it doesn't quite work. Her language isn't quite archaic enough. It is not believable that the characters would say the things that they do in the novel. I think that too much of the authors voice is written into the words. When you write, you become your characters and I don't feel that that was successfully done. 2) There is too much of telling the story instead of showing the story. I feel for a novel to be superior an author must show the reader actions, personality, etc. instead of telling about them. 3) I don't think the story is quite believable. I don't think King Cathal really would have gotten away with the things that he did. It was stated on many occasions that Torben or Allete would be hanged for treason if they stood up for themselves. I find that hard to believe since Cathal was not king in that province, and therefore, his rule would not be adhered to in that way. 4) I really (this is a personal bias) do not like insta-love. I really like characters to be well developed especially in the romance department. The author gets away with it in the Grey Wolves series because of the mate thing. In this novel, however, it is under-developed. Overall, the story was solid and has tons of potential. I will be hopefully reading the next novel. I almost stopped reading her Grey Wolves series after the first book but I am so glad that I didn't because I really like that series. I am hoping the Loftis is just warming up and she will be delivering in the second novel. I know she has what it takes.
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    -ARC kindly offered by Xpresso Book Tours and author in exchange for an honest review-When a reader reads "clean" one thinks of a light reading, without particularly hot or scurrilous scenes. But it is not like that. I understood it at my expense and I was pleasantly surprised. Viking's Chosen is a book especially suited to an young adult and adult audience who does not go to be scandalized by some scene of sexual violence. Yes, there is a bit of scenes of physical violence and where there are s -ARC kindly offered by Xpresso Book Tours and author in exchange for an honest review-When a reader reads "clean" one thinks of a light reading, without particularly hot or scurrilous scenes. But it is not like that. I understood it at my expense and I was pleasantly surprised. Viking's Chosen is a book especially suited to an young adult and adult audience who does not go to be scandalized by some scene of sexual violence. Yes, there is a bit of scenes of physical violence and where there are sensual kisses but it's all bearable and not at all heavy. I'm against censorship so it's just fine for me.Torben is a Viking warrior from Chan Hakon who wants to conquer territories in England. It will be there that he will meet the princess who has been prophesied: the young and beautiful Allete. The attraction between the two arises immediately but for various impediments they can't materialize it. He is on a mission to invade the reign of Allete's father and she is engaged to King Cathal, a tyrant who never misses the chance to brand her as his property. The princess can only let him do it despite the scorn. To oppose his attentions would be to risk that his father's kingdom be destroyed. But despite these abuses, Allete is a strong character, who does not break. A woman who sacrifices herself for her family but who remains a young woman who loves and wants to be loved. Torben wants her and it hurts to see her legitimate boyfriend torment her. He is divided between the obligations he has for the clan - him mission of conquest - and the heart that palpitates for Allete. A dilemma that will leave no way out until the end.The Loftis style is good and the characters are very well characterized. I could not help feeling close to Allete and her tortuous situation.I hate to say it but here too we have a cliffhanger that leaves many things unanswered like the fate of Allete, her family and the relationship between her and Torben. This volume was only the beginning of a multifaceted story, full of action that speaks of war and love. A novel which I hope to read soon the sequel.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining, engaging read I highly enjoyedI've been on a bit of a Norse and Norse mythology kick recently, and I tend to like stories with a little mysticism mixed into the everyday world, so I found the blurb here intriguing. With a new-to-me author plus the fact that I don't typically read books set in this time period, I wasn't sure quite what I was getting into, but happily, there was a nice dose of humor throughout, which really lightened the story from the more dire tones I was half-e An entertaining, engaging read I highly enjoyedI've been on a bit of a Norse and Norse mythology kick recently, and I tend to like stories with a little mysticism mixed into the everyday world, so I found the blurb here intriguing. With a new-to-me author plus the fact that I don't typically read books set in this time period, I wasn't sure quite what I was getting into, but happily, there was a nice dose of humor throughout, which really lightened the story from the more dire tones I was half-expecting. There were a lot of great characters here: Allete and her family (her sister Dayna was particularly entertaining), Torben, Brant and Torben's mother, and of course, a couple of characters you love to hate. As a clean, YA novel this is low on the heat scale, but that doesn't mean you still can't feel the attraction between Allete and Torben. They're both strong, intelligent people trying to do the right thing for the people they feel responsible for as well as trying to protect the people they love, all of which sometimes involves making hard choices. With an underlying theme of good vs evil, I ended up approaching this story more as I would an epic fantasy rather than a true historical, so I didn't worry too much about the occasional detail that didn't seem to quite fit the time period (though, as I said, it's not an era I'm overly familiar with). The set-up and world-building added a lot of tension and depth to the story, as there are a several different plot lines woven together and plenty of questions that need answering along the way.With great characters, plenty of humor and romance, plus a good vs evil plot, this was an entertaining, engaging read I highly enjoyed and I can't wait to see what happens next (yes, this is a cliffhanger with two more books planned to follow). 5 starsB2B Kelly
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  • Ira
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, I must admit that very often Viking stories and I, well, let's just say that we don't mix well, as they tend to be rather brutal and I might have a problem with that high level of brutality. In this case though, I fell for the cobination of the author, the cover and the blurb and couldn't resist. After pushing it around a bit and starting, not really starting to read it, I finally put on my big girl panties and started. And didn't stop till the end.There were some minor things that did Alright, I must admit that very often Viking stories and I, well, let's just say that we don't mix well, as they tend to be rather brutal and I might have a problem with that high level of brutality. In this case though, I fell for the cobination of the author, the cover and the blurb and couldn't resist. After pushing it around a bit and starting, not really starting to read it, I finally put on my big girl panties and started. And didn't stop till the end.There were some minor things that did strike me as not being completely conclusive but on the whole I really really enjoyed reading this book. Strong, feisty women, really bad villains (even though those tend to be mad as well) and strong, protective men who respect their women and don't smother them. The chemistry between our hero Torben, the Viking and Princess Allete Auvray is convincing and you can feel that they belong together and not just because Cathal, her betrothed is a cruel brute. The villains like Cathal and the Viking King Magnus are defined by their brutality and their cruelty, there's nothing subtile or complex about them, the other characters are more complex though and I really loved all the dynamics. I laughed and chuckled a lot, giggled, was upset and laughed again.A fast-paced story about love and magic and...love....of course and...a cliffhanger. If you are like me, you might want to wait a bit till at least the next book, "The Viking's Captive" is out because otherwise you might feel (like me) that November is simply too far away for the story to continue especially considering the circumstances in which we find our friends at the end of this book - but no matter what, read this book, it is definitely worth it!
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Red Coat PR!The Viking's Chosen is the first installment in a new historical fiction series with elements of romance and fantasy. The story follows Torben, a general for the Viking Clan Hakon who has been ordered by his jarl to lead his clan on a raid against England. Meanwhile, he has been prophesied to take a foreign bride who possesses special gifts. These two events cross in a surprising manner when Torben find I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Red Coat PR!The Viking's Chosen is the first installment in a new historical fiction series with elements of romance and fantasy. The story follows Torben, a general for the Viking Clan Hakon who has been ordered by his jarl to lead his clan on a raid against England. Meanwhile, he has been prophesied to take a foreign bride who possesses special gifts. These two events cross in a surprising manner when Torben finds himself tied up in a plot to invade a kingdom in England. Allete, the eldest daughter of the king ruling said kingdom happens to have the gift of healing. She is also in the unfortunate situation of being in an arranged marriage with a physically and emotionally abusive monarch. Torben gets assigned as her guard, bears witness to the abuse, begins spending more time with her, and a romance evolves. This romance seems to have a lot working against it with the arranged marriage and the Vikings about to invade. The mix of events leads to some very creative storytelling. I really enjoyed the dialogue and the bantering between the no nonsense, strong willed female characters and the big, burly Viking warriors. It was very entertaining. The romance wasn't too over the top. There was a decent amount of action considering its Viking warriors invading a country. The book does end on a cliffhanger and I would be very interested in reading more.
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  • Nathalie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and I'm giving it 4.5 stars.I knew nothing about this book but what the cover reads, and I am unfamiliar with the author, but what a great introduction it has been. I was immediately drawn in to the story and stayed hooked throughout the entire novel. It's an easy and well written read, and I think the only flaw with this fast paced story is that I now have to wait for the next book. Book 1 introduces the reader to a Viking prophecy and thi This book was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and I'm giving it 4.5 stars.I knew nothing about this book but what the cover reads, and I am unfamiliar with the author, but what a great introduction it has been. I was immediately drawn in to the story and stayed hooked throughout the entire novel. It's an easy and well written read, and I think the only flaw with this fast paced story is that I now have to wait for the next book. Book 1 introduces the reader to a Viking prophecy and this book is about how is it coming to pass. The main characters, Torben and Allete, are super likable and their romance is absolutely disgustingly perfect. The witty banter between the characters and quite a lot of action keeps this from being a cliché Viking romance book. I also loved the secondary characters, from the relationship between Allete and her siblings to the Viking dynamic of Torben with his clan. The book has a good amount of adventure and it kept me wanting to read throughout the day. I just had to know what was going to happen. Ah yes, and then there's King Cathal, Allete's betrothed. I haven't read a character I despise this much since GoT. He is just awful and I look forward to his hopefully gruesome and very painful death in the next book. But I most definitely will be reading the next book.
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  • Elizabeth Wylie
    January 1, 1970
    The book was an easy read and the plot had great potential. However, it took me several weeks to really get into it as every time I picked it up and started reading, I was put off by the modern dialogue in a supposedly historical setting. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Additionally, the time frame was ambiguous and several references to accessories, style of dress, etc, were historically inaccurate (too modern) for what appeared to be the timeframe. Another pet peeve.I appreciate when an auth The book was an easy read and the plot had great potential. However, it took me several weeks to really get into it as every time I picked it up and started reading, I was put off by the modern dialogue in a supposedly historical setting. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Additionally, the time frame was ambiguous and several references to accessories, style of dress, etc, were historically inaccurate (too modern) for what appeared to be the timeframe. Another pet peeve.I appreciate when an author takes the time to do the proper research on the time period in which they are writing. It makes all the difference when the details are accurate. Perhaps I notice this more as a historian, but I suspect anyone who is a long time fan of historical romance would agree with my assessment.I didn’t realize until after reading the book that it was published by Clean Teen Publishing. Had I know that it was in the YA genre I would not have read it. The book, or the writer, definitely has an identity issue as the story can’t decide if it wants to be a true YA or a more serious romance novel with adult situations and complications.I am not a YA reader so I can’t say if this is standard for that genre, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a YA book for any young woman I know, nor would I recommend it as a true historical romance.
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