Review: Seven Viking Romances

Seven Viking Romances
Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A couple girls gave me funny looks and asked about “Romance” in the title. So I explained this is romance as in heroic sagas of mighty warriors committing supernatural deeds. (Okay, so I glossed over these same warriors impregnating every woman in their path.) Not muscular men seducing women.

Until it was. Somewhere around 200 pages in one of the heroes uses an obvious euphemism for what is between his legs to seduce a girl. And then another euphemism on another girl. I could not believe it. Scandinavian romance novel in both senses.

The stories were amusing and fast. But then I like stuff about Odysseus, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh. And the fictional Conan.

P.S. It seems like everyone is related to someone named “Grim” though. Is that the John of Scandinavia?

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Talon of the Silver Hawk

I have not read any of Feist's work since maybe just after college. Ironically, I did get one of his books in high school and put it down. Prince of the Blood seemed weighted on events completely off my radar. I ended up reading two other trilogies to get the background I needed for Prince.

So, Talon seems of the same caliber. I recall enough of the worldly background to keep me going in this book. However, I kind of wish I didn't need to remember more to truly enjoy this book.

Still, the book flows and has enough good writing to keep me engaged. Guess I better go get books 2 and 3.

Why is it book stores don't often carry all the books in a series? I am not about to order a book from a store and have to go there when I can more easily order it myself for less and have it come to me.

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