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The Briton and the Dane Second Edition Paperback – 8 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels, is an avid history buff whose area of interest focuses on Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the Viking Age. While pursuing a degree in business administration, she managed to fit creative writing classes and workshops into her busy schedule to learn the craft, but it would take decades before her “Erik the Viking” novel was ultimately published. Mary Ann is also a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm. She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work. She has also been a featured author on Triangle Variety Radio, The Phil Naessens Show, and The Writers Showcase, and has been interviewed extensively by American and European bloggers. Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.
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The book is all the more enjoyable as it has very engaging characters and well written chemistry between Gwyneth and Eric.
Far from being just a historical romance, there is action, suspense and plenty of well researched details. I'm glad to learn that this is part of a trilogy / series, I want more!
Easily 5 stars
With the authors insight and historical knowledge, the reader is able to visualize the fortress, the ship and the warriors who dwelled within and without, and is entangled into the religious decisions and deception of that time. This reader is particularly fond of Erik and the internal battle he faces as he is forced to accept a religion not of his own beliefs. It will be interesting to see how the next two books handle this discord. The language the author uses also depicts the time period well and reminded the reader of the famous movies made for that era. It was lovely to read that dialogue!
The author intertwines many characters within this plot and provides both a map and a character list to help with any confusion. Personally, this reader did not refer to the map or list the author provided but it is available if needed.
The plot contains twists that will leave the reader wondering what is coming next. The plot moves along at a nice pace and brings you into the character's lives, thoughts and emotions. Treachery is amongst the kingdom as the plot builds, pitting family relations against each other.
In that age, it can only be assumed, that women have little role or say about their future; however, the author depicts great love and respect by the King in this story to allow his daughter to assume some decision in the role her future would take. For the reader, you will either like this or not, depending on your viewpoint of the story. Personally this reader enjoyed that aspect of the story!
It is with great delight that this reader is moving on to the second book in the trilogy and will therefore bid you farewell until the reader finishes the next one in line!
There are two more courses in Ms Bernal's banquet, plus a companion tale for dessert. Excuse me while I activate my Kindle. I'm hungry.
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