THE VIKING’S WITCH
August 1, 2012
Rating: 4 Cups
Odaria is a powerful witch, a Pict who follows the old ways. However, by the 9th Century, Christianity has spread across northern Scotland and the Isles. While villagers still seek cures and potions in the dark of night, witches are tolerated in good times and blamed for any misfortunes that befell the community. When Brennan, the evil leader of the community, falsely occuses Odaria of murder, she is tied to a stake to suffer a horrific death. Odaria, like all witches about to burn, casts the worst of her curses.
The Norse king has commanded the Viking nobleman Rothgar out of retirement to command a band of Vikings to find his son who has disappeared with his ships and warriors. Rothgar’s search leads him to a beach on Stronsay, one of the Orkney Islands. His plan is to attack the only village, gather the villagers, discover the location of Orvind and his men, rescue them, and return home. Rothgar, however, did not anticipated meeting Odaria.
The villagers, terrified by the rampaging Vikings, are quickly scooped up into nets. Rothgar rescues Odaria from his Vikings by claiming her for his own. Both feel the passion ignited by a touch or look but Rothgar has his mission and Odaria must have her revenge. As they pursue their quests, they discover that they cannot deny the attraction that is becoming something more.
Author Kelli Wilkins created a fascinating world view of the forgotten Pictish culture. Despite the generally dark tone of the story, the evolution of Odaria’s and Rothgar’s relationship provides humorous episodes as two powerful people vie for position in their relationship. Nordskog, a Viking berserker who owed a debt to Odaria, was an intriguing secondary character, who needs his own story. Overall, the Viking’s Witch was an enjoyable read for a lover of historical romance.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More