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Nominated for a 2018 Audie Award, Best Female Narrator!
A peace that must be defended. A vow that must be broken.
It is the final decade of the ninth century. The Peace between Wessex and the Danes long-settled in the Danelaw erodes. A new onslaught of Danes attacks Angle-land, trying once and for all to destroy ælfred. Ceric of Kilton, now a young man, travels across Kingdoms to visit his friend, Hrald of Four Stones - and to see Ashild, whom he desires for his wife. But renewed hostilities threaten Ceric's hopes for deeper ties between strongholds.
And hundreds of leagues away on the Baltic island of Gotland, Hrald's father, Sidroc the Dane, must defy his Gods. The revered Hammer of Thor. The sacred Cross of the Christians. And the conflict that pits two beliefs, two great war-chiefs, and three young people against each other. A new generation beckons you....  
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©2017 Octavia Randolph (P)2017 Octavia Randolph
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 01-04-18

Slow start, becomes good

The first 2 hours or so I was catching up with the names and history of the characters.
After a time I began re-relating to them and following the storyline which was entertaining and kind of predictable.
Good nonetheless and wish another was available now so I wouldnt have to go thru rhis again

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5 out of 5 stars
By CAF on 06-05-18

A Worthy Installment

Octavia is a marvel. Her stories are written in a beautiful prose. She is adept at painting pictures with perfect color and texture so readers feel actually present in the scenes as an invisible witness (a fly in the wall). Her stories are no less than simply riveting. I have to hand her the credit she deserves on one point: she knows which direction her audience would like events to unfold, and she gives them want they want, but not before taking them on a jolly good ride, heart-stoppingly close to the edge. It is this trick that makes her books addictive. She doesn’t use the cheap tricks sone authors use to elicit deep emotion. She relies, instead, on her skill as a story teller and she treats her characters and readers alike with her upmost respect. She herself is like the great ladies of the great halls she writes about. Inviting guests in to her grace with the promise of a heady but excellent mead.

The narrator, Nano Nagle, was born to read these stories to us. She is an artist who knows the characters, her regard of them remains consistent from one book to another. It is evident she deeply cares for and respects the people that Octavia writes about. Together, they create a perfect delight.

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