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Fires Of Winter Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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The ecstasy of a Viking passion.
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The ecstasy of a Viking passion...
Lovely and dauntless, abducted by invaders from across an icy sea, the spirited Lady Brenna vowed vengeance on her handsome captor.She swore that no Viking brute would be her master, no barbarian enslave her noble Celtic heart.
Yet Garrick Haardrad, the proud and powerful son of a ruthless Viking chieftain, claimed her with a primitive abandon that left her breathless with desire.The fires of passion which they ignited together blazed through the cold Nordic nights, forging the unbreakable bonds of an overwhelming love in the eternal...
Fires of Winter.
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Fires of Winter is a powerful adventure across the seas to a faraway Nordic land with strange customs, a strong and appealing hero (Garrick Haardrad) and a heroine who is brought to realise that she can be both courageous and feminine.
Though one of Lindsey's longest, the story is so well paced and packed with great characters and plotlines that you are sorry when you come to the end of the book. It is definitely one of those 'unputdownable' novels that we all seek!
Lindsey gives us a glimpse into a long-ago world with a primitive yet powerful culture in such a way that I longed to know more (and was pleased to discover that Brenna and Garrick's world is brought to life through their children in two subsequent novels). The hero and heroine mesh together well both in mind and body. Their passion, whether in a battle of wills or in bed, makes this well-plotted story wonderful. Enjoy!
Firstly, the main characters Brenna and Garrick do truly deserve each other, as they are equally stubborn, narrow-minded, moronic and temperamental. Everything bad that happens to them, every obstacle they face is directly or indirectly caused by their own stupidity or (more often) their stubborn belief in their own infallibility. Their actions and behavior is more similar to a 4-year old with a temper tantrum than anything else, and they learn nothing from their mistakes.
Also, (SPOILER ALERT!) Garrick rapes Brenna. It was at this point in the story I completely gave up on this book. I cannot bring myself to care for, empathize with or like a main character who RAPES the other main character, especially in a so-called "romance" book. I read a lot of romance/erotica, and there is a lot of dominant, possessive and aggressive sexual interaction between characters in these kinds of books, sometimes bordering on rape. Honestly, I found it painful having to read a book with such a careless use of rape in it, not to mention insulting.
Brenna was an arrogant, selfish, narrow-minded and unintelligent girl throwing temper tantrums like a child. Her entire character was not only hard to relate to, but also impossibly annoying and her reactions were unrealistic to say the least. The portrayal of Brenna as a tomboy was not just poorly done, but also shows just how little Johanna Lindsey knows about gender, gender roles and history. Instead, Lindsey seems to have used the most common clichés and misconceptions about the period to write her book. I also resent the fact that Lindsey is apparently one of the authors who thinks that the best way to portray a woman as strong and independent is to make her stubborn, temperamental, physically strong and/or a skilled warrior.
So yeah, I absolutely hate this book. It was awful, the characters, the plot, all of it were pure awful. By the end of the book I felt insulted, not just as a person, but as a woman, and this book put me off historical romance for good.
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