In a world plagued with darkness, she would be his salvation.
No one gave Erik a choice as to whether he would fight or not. Duty to the crown belonged to him, his father's legacy remaining beyond the grave.
Taken by the beauty of the countryside surrounding her, Linzi would do anything to protect her father's land. Britain is under attack and Scotland is next. At a time she should be focused on suitors, the men of her country have gone to war and she's left to stand alone.
Love will become available, but will passion at the touch of the enemy unravel her strong hold first?
©2015 WJ May (P)2015 WJ May
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"Part of a Larger Story?"
I just finished this and can't help but feel like this was written with the intention of being a standalone book. The story is well written but feels like it was just chopped into parts in order to sell more copies. While I generally understand this strategy and understand the importance of ending with a cliffhanger for those stories; but I almost feel like it is degrading to the author by implying that the book could not sell to a decent sized audience. This also precludes the book from receiving awards and making progress on lists and from being reviewed by publications. All of this being said, maybe the writing quality and story is lacking in the further installments. That would make sense of it being broken down into a series of short novellas. I have a feeling that this isn't the case. I will most definitely be reading the rest of the story in the series. The author and narrator both did excellent work.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher or narrator in exchange for an honest review.
"Good Start on a Three Part Series."
This audiobook was a good start to a three part series; however, it ends on a cliffhanger.
I liked this story was told from the POV of the two main characters, Erik and Linzi, and has great character development. Erik leads Viking warriors into battle for his "king" but would rather go back to his own lands to find a wife and start a family. Linzi, who is coming of age lives with her father and brother and helps take care of their farm. However, after her brother goes to fight in the war, she left to care for her father and the farm. Linzi and Erik's paths meet when she comes across him wounded and unconscious.
Hugh Loughlan did a great job narrating the story.
I will be on the lookout for book 2 and 3.
This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.
"Great beginning to serialized historical romance!"
Celtic Viking: Heart of the Battle Series, Book 1 by Lexy Timms is a good beginning to a larger story. It begins with Eric from Denmark leading Viking warriors fighting in The Borderlands of England in the 9th Century. Eric is everything you want in a hero- highly respected by his men and who takes no joy killing or pillaging, and one who loathes how many Vikings enjoy raping women from the villages they conquer as part of the "spoils of war." All Erik truly desires is land of his own, a wife, and a family.
Separately, we are introduced to Linzi who lives in the Scottish lowlands with her brother and father. Her family talks often about the war raging in Britain and prays that it does not move to the north. Shortly thereafter Linzi's brother and his friends sign up to join the fight about the same time when she starts to show interest in one of the friends. After her brother goes off to war, Linzi's father becomes gravely ill and she must venture out in search of the local medicine woman. It is while Linzi is outside her cabin fetching water that she stumbles upon Eric, who was deliberately wounded by an unknown Viking. Unfortunately this is where the story abruptly ends.
In fact, the ending is so sudden that you are left wondering if Audible only downloaded part of the story. This is disappointing because Lexy Timms does such a wonderful job of setting the stage for this very engaging story. What happened to "will passion at the touch of the enemy unravel her strong hold" as hinted in the synopsis? There is no passion and certainly no conscious touches between Lexi and Eric. Cliffhangers might be acceptable at the end of a season with a television series, but they don't work well in books. Even in trilogies there might be one overall story arch with three separate stories per book. Celtic Viking does not appear to be part of a trilogy, but instead appears to be only part of a serialized novel, with future installments in the works.
I listened to the Audible version of this segment narrated byHugh Loughlan, who did an admirable job. He read with a hypnotic brogue that was ideal for the setting and time period. His voice also fluctuated when appropriate to note urgency and emotions.
In short, this is a great beginning to a new serialized historical romance.
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i really enjoyed
"A bit disappointing"
I probably should have guessed that this book was NOT truly historical. After all, the title does say Celtic Viking. In my defense I thought it was a story about a Viking who converted to the Celtic goddess based religion. No. In this story Vikings call themselves celts. That glaring historical lie ruined this otherwise beautifully written love story. I adored the setting, the characters and the story...except for that major glaring error. I wish the author had said this was an alternate history novel. Then I would have gladly given it the five stars it otherwise deserved.
The narrator was marvelous! I could listen to him all day!
If you don't care about accuracy in your historical fiction, then I highly recommend it. Otherwise, I recommend her writing style and the narrator is pure magic.
"cliffhanger much? or just a bad ending..."
the ending was a little abrupt with an unfinished feeling. I relies it is a series but it didn't end with any idea of what could happen next.
This is a good story, but it's a bit slow moving. I am excited to dive into the next book in the series I believe from here on out it will pick up.
"Okay Story Inaccurate Use of Historical Terms"
Over all the story was a good start to a story. This is one of those serialized chapter books books which I don't care for. The book ends in the middle of the story to be continued in the next installment.
My other major annoyance with he book was the inaccurate use of historical terms. For example Erick the major character and hero is referred to as a 'Dane'. a 'Viking', A 'Celt' and a 'Saxon'. Okay Dane and Viking may be interchangeable however a Dane isn't a Celt nor a Saxon and a Celt isn't a Dane nor a Saxon. These are three very different groups of peoples who warred with each other.
There was indeed a Great Heathen Army which invaded the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England, starting in 865 led by Halfdan who would become the Danish king. So that part of the book was accurate.
Linzi's Scottish brothers going off to aid the Anglo-Saxons repeal the Danes was also a bit unbelievable unless they went as paid mercenaries as the Scots and the Anglo-Saxons were enemies.
Although the story itself is fine the author needs to shore up her history and use of historical terms.
All in all I am looking forward to the next installment.
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This story just ended. Eleven chapters of character and story development and then it just ends. Boom. What happens to Eric and Linzi? All that build up to what was beginning to be a great story and it was just over. I think this is another one of those books that you have to purchase several books to get the full story. I'm really disappointed and feeling cheated. Narrator was great
"Narration shores up shallow "historical" romance"
Did I just say novel? Celtic Viking seemed to be prologue for a romantic novel. It was just the opening set up which stopped abruptly before the main characters actually met.
Historical? Not even close. To make this worth reading, Ms. Timms could have done some research. There were so many inaccuracies that just listing them would be longer than the "novel." The writer had no ninth grade concept of ninth century Britain or Vikings. Example: Throughout, she referred to the Vikings as Celts.Please tell me there was no editor.
Hugh Loughlan is the only thing that makes Celtic Viking bearable. The ebook was free and that was a misrepresentation because one was lead to believe it was a book. I bought the Whispersync audible, and thank goodness I did. Loughlan's rich voice took a sad attempt at a historical romance and made is enjoyable. Actually, with his deep, rich brouge, Loughlan could make the phone book desirable. Sadly, I cannot find any other works he has recorded. Anyone who can produce that silk purse is a magician.
The redeeming quality was the rich, deep whispersync narration that only cost $1.99.
I thought I was just being a grouch until I read the reviews on Amazon and found that they were more disappointed than I was. Bless their hearts, they had not heard the audible version. Forty per cent of those one hundred forty-six reviews were one and two stars. I have found that even wretched books get at least a four star rating.
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