One of the best novels I have ever read: (The following review will be placed by me on Amazon.com tomorrow once the book is released)
I had the pleasure of reading ODIN’S SHADOW about a year ago when this novel was available as a self-published work. A publisher picked up this riveting work by Erin S. Riley, and the self-published edition was no longer available. The author has provided me the opportunity to read the manuscript alterations the new publisher recommended, and I am thrilled to state, this novel is sensational. It is a nearly perfectly written novel crossing genres including Historical, Literary Fiction, Thriller and Romance. I must warn that the read is for adults only.
As an author myself, I have read a substantial number of novels of many genres for over the last half century, and ODIN’S SHADOW definitely resonates as one of the best. Examples of other works meeting my “best” list include ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand, TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney and THE CITADEL by A. J. Cronin.
Erin Riley focuses on the late ninth century and the savage and brutal invasions of Ireland by Viking raiders, and it follows these raiders back to their homeland in Norway. The raids result in enslavement of many Irish inhabitants, and for one young Irish girl a forced marriage to a War Lord. The civilizations of both Ireland and Norway of this time in the past are well researched and depicted…. As a reader my senses could feel the environment the characters experience while coping with emotional and physical conflict. The plot is well developed, but it leaves a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end…. Riley has left just enough to entice the reader to read her next book in a series, A FLAME PUT OUT.
This is one of the novels I have included on the Recommended Reads Page of my Site.