BLOG TOUR: Odin's Shadow by Erin. S. Riley- Review

Title: Odin's Shadow
Author: Erin S. Riley
Publication Date: April 2nd 2015
Part of A Series?: Part 1 of 3
I Got A Copy Through: Reading Addiction Books Tours

Blurb Description: Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries.

Odin’s Shadow is the first book in a series of three about a young Irish woman and the two Viking brothers who love her. The novel is set against the harsh backdrop of the Viking era in the 9th century, a time when the sight of a Viking longship sailing up the coast of Ireland would chill the blood of any man, woman or child. One young Irish woman, however, is not afraid of these Northmen, and a fateful encounter with one of them changes the course of her life forever. 

Selia is a girl on the verge of womanhood, frustrated by the confines of her gender and resentful of the freedom her brother boasts of. She is intelligent and resourceful in a time when neither is valued in a female, and longs for an escape from her sheltered existence. Selia is fascinated by the tales of Viking raids told by her maidservant, and her hunger for independence is fed through the stories of heathen ferocity she hears at the woman’s knee. 

A decision to sneak to the city’s harbor to view the Viking longships leads to an encounter with Alrik Ragnarson, a charismatic Viking warlord whose outward beauty masks a dark and tortured mind. With the knowledge that her father is about to announce her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love, Selia marries Alrik and within a day is on the longship bound for Norway and a new life.

As Selia’s relationship with her new husband grows, her friendship with his brother Ulfrik grows as well. The tension mounts between the two men, and as Alrik’s character flaws come to light Selia begins to have misgivings about her hasty marriage. Ulfrik’s desperate love for Selia causes him to reveal a secret from the past that threatens to destroy them all, and Selia is left to make a heart rending choice between the two Viking brothers.

Erin S. Riley has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in clinical counseling. She is also a board certified lactation consultant and has had extensive training in maternal-child health. Since Erin was a child, she has been fascinated with human nature and what motivates behavior. She enjoys writing stories that reflect real life: Erin's books feature complicated, imperfect characters who love deeply, make reckless decisions, and try again until they get it right.
A lifelong lover of books, Erin taught herself to read at the age of four and hasn’t been without a book since. She is an equal-opportunity reader of fiction and non-fiction, and her shelves are filled with books on psychology, archaeology, anthropology, and general history. The social history of women and their place in society across the ages is a favorite reading topic of Erin’s. 
Erin is drawn to any creative pursuit, from making hand-stitched quilts to producing mini-movies for family and friends from home videos. But writing has always been her passion. When Erin isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful children, reading anything she can get her hands on, watching football, and renovating her house with her husband of 17 years who just happens to look like a Viking!


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This historical romance isn't set in the 1700's or even the 1800's, but dates all the way back to the 800's! So, obviously, the whole social spectrum is different, which takes a while to get used to, but then...

Set in Ireland and Norway in 876 (to be specific) Odin's Shadow is the story of Selia who, along with her twin brother Ainnileas, were found in the woods and then they were two and raised by a kind Irish merchant. Selia, as the blurb tells you, yearns for something more than the life she is living, and finds herself in a rather dire situation. Alrik Ragnarson, the charmisatic yet dangerous Viking leader who follows her home after he catches her spying on him and tells her father that she will come with him when he sails to Norway, either as his wife or as his thrall...

And then, her adventure begins!
I absolutely loved Odin's Shadow! Erin S. Riley has that believable style of writing that keeps you yearning for more, and that combined solid research makes this book even better! It was addicting, and authentic, even upto the point of showing us Viking brutality!

If you're into Historical/ Viking romances- this should be your next book!

1 comment:

  1. I so enjoyed this book! I cannot wait for the next one to come out. This is a great story well told. Come on... It's got Vikings! Big, beautiful Vikings. I love the heroine. There is not a dull moment in this story. You cannot remain ambivalent about these characters. They're great. I am officially hooked on this series, this author!