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Loki's Daughters [Paperback]

Delle Jacobs
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11 Sep 2012

For as long as Arienh can remember, her Celtic people have feared the deadly Viking raids. She knows their brutality first hand, having lost the men from her own family and village to their swords. When she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior one stormy night, she has every right to want him dead. Instead, she allows him shelter in her cottage. Although she fears him, his confidence and teasing manner give her pause. He acts as if she belongs to him. As if he knows her.

Ronan didn’t expect Arienh to recognize him. Why should she? They were both just children when his uncle forced him into a raid against her village. But Ronan risked his life to protect the young Arienh from his marauding kinsmen. Now that the time has come for Ronan and the other warriors to choose wives, he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart so long ago.

But for men accustomed simply to taking what they want, wooing the courageous, headstrong Celtic women is easier said than done. And for Arienh, who always sacrificed her own happiness for the sake of her people, trusting—and loving—a Northman may be impossible. By turns poignant and humorous, Loki’s Daughters is a stirring tale of unlikely lovers, forged in dangerously opposite worlds yet bound together by sacrifice, strength, and undeniable passion.

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184869
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,415,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A native of Illinois, Delle Jacobs has been crafting stories since the tender age of four. She earned a degree in geography from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a cartographer until eventually becoming a social worker specializing in troubled teens and families. Everything changed, however, once she began writing books in 1993, and by 2004, literary success convinced her to quit her day job and focus full time on writing. She is a seven-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, which she has won an unprecedented three times, in addition to numerous other writing awards for her novels, including His Majesty, the Prince of Toads, Lady Wicked, Sins of the Heart, and Aphrodite’s Brew. Along the way she discovered a knack for designing e-book covers, which is a great way to get her creative juices flowing when her book characters are being particularly uncooperative. She lives today in southwest Washington State with her family.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is very well-written and started right in the middle of the action: a Viking 'capturing' one of the young females of a (man-free/man-less, pretty much) Celt village, in Cumbria, in 9th Century AD, only for her to turn the tables on him and injure him, possibly mortally...before nursing him back to health, and allowing him into her heart.

The tale was pretty much non-stop, not that I mean that there was a lot of fighting/raiding/pillaging as you might expect with a Viking tale, but that the visitors brought change, and showed the tired and dejected women that Viking men could be decent, kind, without expecting or demanding anything in return, that the feared enemy could have more in common with them than their long-held beliefs that all Vikings were cavemen and killers. It was a feel-good tale, with human decency and love at the core of it.

I liked that the tale was not only a romance (with a secondary romance and HEA in the background), but that it depicted the hardships of life at those times. I enjoyed the romance between a Viking who wasn't the marauder his ancestors were, and that he and his chosen bride had more in common than they realised, which gave their romance a good start. I liked that he was not typical of his race, and that he understood that he had to give love, patience and understanding to get the woman he'd loved for years, and that he didn't simply grab and carry her off, like his ancestors and clansmen would normally have done. He was a pretty modern-thinking Viking! I liked that it wasn't all about lust and falling into bed, though there were some sweet, old-fashioned love scenes (as opposed to sex scenes).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't grab me 12 Oct 2013
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This had the potential to be an interesting read but failed to meet the mark. It was very slow and the romance didn't work for me. It was romantic that Ronan had once saved Arienh's life and been so taken with her that he returned to claim her as his wife. What struck me, was the fact that he didn't take seriously enough into account that she might have already been married, or how strongly a Celtish woman would feel about a Norseman spouse when her only experience of Vikings is having them murder your menfolk, destroy your home, kidnapped your relatives for slavery and indulge in some good old fashioned rape and pillage. Arienh's sister has been raped and the author actually tells us that rape by Norsemen is so common that her little nephew who is the result of one of those rapes himself, has witnessed rapes commited by Vikings.

Could a bunch of Celtish women in a village where all the men have been killed off by defending their land from invasion by Norsemen; really forgive and forget all these kind of attrocities just because Ronan, his brother and their friends turn out to be quite nice chaps for Norsemen?

I actually stopped reading the book partway through because I felt that the women's experience of Norsemen was minimised and trivialised. I just felt strongly that it would have been more believable if only Arienh and possibly one other person could stomach having Ronan and his kin around to the condemnation of the others, this would have been more acceptable to me as a reader than the whole village accepting them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The author has done her research and it shows although I always suspect that rather too much of our own century intrudes into the feisty heroines of yore. However, this is a good example of a well written fast-paced historical novel. Vikings are undergoing something of a rebranding at the moment with historians casting doubt on whether they really would have raped as well as pillaged - many of the raids were by young men wanting to settle and have land and families of their own, and starting with raping local women isn't a recommended way of achieving those things. So it's possible that some of the Viking men were less violent than the Christian monks would have us believe and that love and harmony was possible once it was clear they were here to stay.
There were other authentic sounding details too - like the girl keeping the clock with pebbles etc. There was good character development with lots of interior voices when characters were thinking about things; the love story between the girl and the viking boy and a moral message to boot about how boys need to grow up with the guiding hands of their father and how much better for us a nuclear family and a strong community are - we need people looking out for us and caring about each other. Without such support we are vulnerable.
If you enjoy historical fiction and are interested in a different look at the Viking culture and their raids on England - give this book a go.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loki's Daughters 1 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first page, this book captures your imagination. You quickly fall into the story, following all the twists and turns. Strong characters, Celts, Vikings... love, hate.. its all here. Living in the Highlands of Scotland with Celtic history all around, this brought the characters to life for me. Would highly recommend this book..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women vs men
This was a first book for me to read from Delle Jacobs. The background was expertly written and the characters true to their roots. I really liked the story.
Published 3 days ago by Ms. S. Rai
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love this book. have been keeping an eye out for others like this.
Published 14 days ago by Ms. Jacqueline Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars love, hate
Just finished this book, Celts, Vikings... love, hate. Quite an enjoyable read as I don't normally go for this type of book, engaging characters.. Read more
Published 14 days ago by denmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story -not sure about the research
In reality I would actually like to give this story 3.5 stars. I'd remove one star because I am not happy about the accuracy of Ms Jacobs research. Read more
Published 22 days ago by C E Ambler
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good book
Published 2 months ago by Mo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism
Loved it pure escapism would make a great chic flick
Published 2 months ago by Fraggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Read
This book was quite the page turner. I wouldn't go so far as to say great literature, but the story was engaging and the characters were relatable.
Published 2 months ago by V.Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My rating reflects my opinon of the book. It is captivating from start to finish. I truly love the Highlander books.
Published 2 months ago by C Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well thought out and researched, may be some artistic licence but nonetheless a riveting read. Would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by smokingblue
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