Wednesday 27 July 2016

#BookReview ~ The Viking by Marti Talbott #YA

Today, I am handing the blog over to my daughter, Elle, for her very first book review!! Elle is 12 and very much a bookworm!

The Viking
Marti Talbott

  At not quite fifteen, Stefan’s father finally let him board the longship Sja Vinna to take part in his first Viking raid. Yet, the battle was not at all what he expected and he soon found himself alone and stranded in Scotland.

Thirteen-year-old Kannak’s problem was just as grave. Her father deserted them and the only way to survive, she decided, was to take a husband over her mother‘s objections. Suddenly she was helping a hated Viking escape. Could Kannak successfully hide a Viking in the middle of a Scottish Clan? And why was someone plotting to kill the clan's beloved laird? 

What did I think of the book?
At last, the day has come, Stefan has finally been allowed to board his father's Viking longship and go on his first raid.  What he didn’t count on was being left behind in Scotland.

 Kannak is thirteen and is alone with her mother - as her father has abandoned them. She has decided that the only way for them to survive is to marry, so they will have someone to help work the land.

Then she meets Stefan…and life will never be the same again!

This young adult book is one that had me hooked from the beginning. The romance that is weaved into the storyline is beautiful. The relationship between Kannak and Stefan developed over the course of the story and was very believable.

My favourite character is Stefan, for, although he is a Viking, he fits right into the Scottish clan without any problems and cares deeply for the two women who work their way into his life.

I also like the fact that this book wasn’t written as most books are. The clan is Scottish, so when they are speaking, they are speaking the way a Scottish clan would. I could almost hear them talking as I read it.

I Highly Recommend this book to anyone.

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About the author

After I retired in 2010, I had lots of time on my hands, so I started writing ANNA and just for fun, posted the story on my website for people to read free. ANNA, typos and all, was a huge success, so I wrote the story of Anna's little sister, Rachel, and a third story called Charlet. Charlet was the most fun to write, and after her story, came seventeen more stories of life, laughter and love in the MacGreagor Clan.

I then divided the twenty stories into five volumes and published them as Kindle books. Like my readers, I could not say goodbye to my characters, so after the first five, I wrote nine more novels, bringing the total to fourteen. The Viking is a prequel to the series. Now, and to my amazement, my Highlander Series is being read all over the world.

Before my grandparents passed, they wrote a journal about their courtship in the early 1900's. Thus, Marblestone Mansion was born. There are now nine books in that series with one more to come.

Seattle Quake 9.2 was written years ago and since then I have added two more books to the Jackie Harlan Mysteries. The Carson Series was already written before I retired.

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