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In this grand saga of love, war, and magic set in the tenth century, young Sigrid is destined to be the mother of the king of the Nordic lands that would become Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.

A devout believer in the old Nordic gods, Sigrid is visited regularly in her dreams by the goddess Freya, who whispers to her of the future. Though Sigrid is beautiful, rich, arrogant, and matchlessly clever, her uncanny ability to foresee the future and manipulate the present guides her through dangerous politics as a bloody war between Vikings and Christians rages on.

Sigrid's father wants her to marry Erik, a local king, to secure the peace between the Goths and the Swedes. Thinking she is doing Freya's will, she accepts the marriage offer, only to find that her destiny lies not with Erik but with Sweyn, a warrior who dreams of dethroning Harald Bluetooth, the legendary ruler of Denmark. Will Sigrid sacrifice her will for the greatest Viking kingdom of all time, or will she follow her heart at the risk of losing everything?

©2014 Johanne Hildebrandt. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation © 2016 by Tara F. Chace

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  • Toni H
  • 18-04-2017

For Viking and mythology lovers not romance lovers

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Honestly, I was not into this story for a long time, but I persisted. This is the 4th book in the series, but the first with an English translation so I'm not sure what happened before, but my understanding is that the ones before it aren't needed for this storyline. It reminds me so much of the tv show Vikings. There are time jumps and weird things. It took me awhile to getting into what was really happening. I was slow to catch on, but by the end I was hooked. I do want to read the next installment now. I need to find out what happens to the babies. This is not so much a romance, but more of a Vikings version of Game of Thrones.

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  • Robin Rains
  • 10-10-2016

This new series is fantastic!

I'm a massive dark or middle ages historical fiction fan & there are a lot of terrible books out there. This is not one of them!!! While all my favorite authors in this field are men, I have to say I am really impressed how Ms Hildebrand brought this awesome story to life!! She didn't shy away for the battle scenes or the raw brutality it was just like if you lived thru it. Fantastic!! Only problem I'm going to lose my mind til the 2nd books release next october☹️️

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  • Tala Gala
  • 06-08-2017

Felt like I was there! Characters were so real.

Close your eyes and you could feel the damp mud under your feet, smell the burning wood from the campfires and in the lodges.
Cristina was not afraid to yell out loud and I dig that! she gave each character their own voice and personality so you never had to guess who was speaking. You just wanted the main characters to meet to see what amazing things they would do. This was a great Viking story even without the mystic stuff.

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  • tmejiaabcsolutions
  • 03-05-2017

riviting.

the performance was passionate and sincere in delivery. the story line is gripping and woven together wonderfully. I cannot wait to continue to the next book

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  • Maggie J. Wenthe
  • 25-04-2017

slow start but interesting history throughout

I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was slow and hard to understand but once I got through that it was very enjoyable. I like the history aspect of this book even if it was fictional. many names were hard to understand so that made the narration a little awkward.

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  • Riogirl9909
  • 24-04-2018

DNF- because of narration not story.

Very interesting story but the narrator would take what sounded like gulps of air after every sentence and it just bothered me. Will probably end up reading the e-book instead as it was very well written.

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  • Sharonann623
  • 06-11-2017

Great story and story

This was the first audio book I had listened too. It took a few tries to adapt, but once I started listening, I was hooked. I listen while driving and couldn't wait for the next trip, anywhere really.

Narration was very clear and had good expression. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the characters and imagining them even more clearly.

The story has a good storyline and true to its nature in time. One can really understand and feel for any of the characters. Liked it so much that I bought the sequel before I finished the book.

So...onto Book 2. Hope it will be just as good.

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  • Paul
  • 10-07-2017

very good

I was very impressed with how the characters just came alive and how you were brought to care for them and fell like you were gong through the struggles with them!

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  • Serena
  • 31-01-2017

Loved the narrator's voice for this heroines story.

The narrator's voice was perfect in every way. I love a story with a strong and intelligent woman. Sigrid's faith and strength helps her maneuver through her male dominated world and the obstacles life puts before her.

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  • Jesse
  • 17-01-2017

great story

really interesting story to hear about. I like history, and this historical fiction is very well done, especially since it was translated. it still sounded natural and the performance was very good.

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  • AJay
  • 07-01-2017

I love it

This book was a bit boring to start but now I have not stopped reading it.🐬