Along the breathtaking and unforgiving coast of Snæland, Ásta’s ancestral farm is plagued with bad luck. The kinless maiden’s turf walls continue to be found damaged, and there aren’t enough farmhands to maintain the property. Claw marks in the dirt revive old memories of the wolf attack that left her scarred, and she begins to fear the whispers are true—that Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, has come to claim her and her land.
Torin often leaves his uncle’s farm in the southern hills to track and ensnare valuable gyrfalcons. His secret ability to turn into the birds he trains means his falconry skills are unparalleled, earning him precious silver and gold. If the ghosts of his past didn’t haunt him daily, pushing him to numb his senses with drink, Torin might have married by now—as his uncle often reminds him. He knows the time has finally come to find a wife and settle down.
During the Althing, the gathering of the year, Ásta’s ability to maintain her property comes into question while Torin wonders if a woman in jeopardy of losing her farm is really worth the trouble.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
An unusual tale which reminded me a little of Tolkein. Asta and Torin meet and fall in love in a mythical beautiful land which is reminiscent of a Viking country.
The maiden Asta bears the scars of a strange beast which attacked her when she was 16 and, after the death of her father and brother, she has struggled to keep her farm going with the help of a few farmhands.
When she gets into debt, a husband seems to be the answer to her prayers – or is he? Because Torin has a strange secret.
When the beast that attacked young Asta reappears, it is time to take action to rid her of this curse once and for all.
Brown’s story pulls you in to her fantasy land which is painstakingly observed, even down to the language her characters speak.
It is a little like reading an adult fairy tale which soothes the reader and draws them into lush green landscapes and a memorable story.
About the author
Natasha was born in Nevada City, California. Being an only child, she resorted to using her imagination while exploring the forest surrounding her home (a nasty habit she hasn’t been able to break). Her natural interest in fantasy ignited when her parents read The Hobbit to her as a youth, and from then on anything seemed possible. Once awarded with a Hershey’s bar ‘the size of a Buick’ in her high school English class for creative writing, her passion and interest in literature has never dimmed.
She now lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
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