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Valkyrie's Vengeance (Maidens of the Shield Book 1) by [Grant, Suzie ]
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About the Author

Suzie’s life has been one big adventure. Her childhood was full of reading the classics like Treasure Isle, Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson tales. In fact her mother has another word for her “stories” but to this day, Suzie continues to dream up adventures of her own.
As a pregnant teen her adventure became a life-defining moment as she struggled to survive and raise a child on her own. During those rocky years writing became an emotional outlet. After a very long divorce she again finds herself climbing that rocky path of life and has learned to live by a single quote: “Obstacles are placed in our path to determine whether we really wanted something, or just thought we did.” By Dr. Harold Smith.
Suzie looks forward to each new obstacle. Taking life by the proverbial horns, Suzie now lives happily ever after with her new beau, three boys, and one little Shih tzu named Peppy Le’Pew in NC. One day she plans to retire and sail along the east coast, an adventurer to the end.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K1GO8Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #618,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first chapter, which plunges you into action and ends in such a tantalising way I was compelled to read on - indeed, I finished the book in a day. I found the era (900s AD), the peoples (Vikings versus Saxons) and the settings (England and Snowland - Iceland) fascinating, and the book is clearly well-researched and is, consequently, believable. I most enjoyed getting an insider's perspective on both Saxon and Viking life, and their varying points of view and passions.

If you are looking for a book in which the heroine is feeble and requires constant rescuing by a dominating man, this book is not for you! Tyra is fabulously courageous and strong; her character is, I think, realistic for the time, but her ability to kill and maim is of course grisly reading for a modern reader. I loved the interplay between Tyra and Rorik, and the fact that each is given room to both protect and be protected by the other. I was quite swept away in their romance, but was glad that this did not consume the book - there is an interesting, suspense-full tale that had me turning the pages.

As well as creating a believable and compelling story, Suzie writes in such a way that I was transported back in time. Her descriptions and timing are wonderful. Here's an example:

The morning mists evaporated under heat of the sun. She shivered, wishing he would leave so she could finish her bath in peace and yet, at the same time, she wished for him to stay.

Seconds later, a splash of water brought her around, and her eyes widened as he slogged toward her. Naked. Beautiful. Prideful. Intent not on conquering but on seduction. A man determined to make her see reason or make her pay for her sins.

A passionate, evocative romantic historical novel that gets five stars from me.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale 30 Sept. 2015
By Bookelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A young Viking maid sites away on her brother's ship. All are lost at sea and she is saved by the Saxon enemy. But the Vikings return to search for their lost queen. The idea of enemies coming to understand each other permeates this book. Redemption, second chances, and walking in someone else's shoes drive this fantastic plot.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valkyrie's Vengeance - AJ's Reading Nook 28 Mar. 2012
By Blackraven's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Grant quickly draws the reader into this riveting, action-packed, fast-paced drama that will having you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering whether or not Trya will survive the imminent danger that's trying to take her life. The first two chapters sets the course for this engaging story that has all of the components of a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

Tyra may be young, but she is a force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to protecting herself. The way she fought to save her life was both impressive and admirable. In addition, Ms. Grant provided a great deal of insight into Tyra's mindset as she allowed the reader to fully comprehend what Tyra was feeling throughout the story. Trya is a fierce, fiesty, witty, intelligent young warrior that you will like instantly and can't help but root for as she seeks vengeance on those who've done her wrong and killed the people that she loved. My heart went out to Tyra who lost so much, but still kept the strength, courage, and will to fight another day.

My initial reaction to Rorik and his first meeting with Tyra is that he's cocky, arrogant, and has no clue who's he's about to battle, or so it seems. Yet, he's sensible and prefers to discuss the situation with Tyra instead of immediately going into battle with her. It's obvious that he realizes Trya is his mate and the chemistry between them is undeniable - intense, decadent, and uninhibited. In addition, I appreciated the fact that Rorik not only appreciated Tyra's beauty, but he also respected her ability as a warrior. Moreover, the banter between Trya and Rorik as they battled was simply delicious. Although she struggled to keep the memories of her past, her time stranded with the Saxon still had a profound effect on her memory and inability to recognize her own people.

Ms. Grant has penned an enticing, heart stopping, fast-paced, adventurous story with engaging, strong-willed characters that will quickly grow a place in your heart. The plot is well-thought out and the time period is consistent and realistic. I liked how Ms. Grant explained at the beginning of the book about the wooden pipes and the research that she had conducted while using her author's license to create a better story. Moreover, the language flowed throughout the story and the descriptions of the Vikings and Saxons were vivid and only increased the depth of the story. The dynamics between the main characters, as well as the secondary characters only progressed the story and created a more complex plot.

If you're looking for a fast-paced, heart pounding adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you biting your fingernails wondering what will happen next as vengeance is sought, love is unveiled, and life comes full circle, then Suzie Grant's Valkyrie's Vengeance is definitely the book to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valkyrie's Vengeance (from Risque Reviews) 15 May 2012
By impalalady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I went to find a book to review at Risqu¨¦ Reviews, I discovered Valkyrie¡¯s Vengeance by Suzie Grant. It didn¡¯t have a summary. I almost didn¡¯t check it out. Something told me to give it a try. Am I ever glad I did!¡¡ Wow!!¡¡ Sometimes I will go to Amazon and read the book description. But for some reason, I didn¡¯t this time. If I had, I probably wouldn¡¯t have checked this book out. I'm not a fan of Viking stories. But I love historical romance. This book began in 901 AD. Yet, the main storyline took place ten years later.¡¡

The action had me from the very first sentence. Beyond the action-packed events from beginning to end, there are also tender parts as Rorik realized he is falling in love with the vengeful Valkyrie Tyra. Then, the more Tyra is around Rorik, the more she admires him. Add to that Grant's description of Norse cultural detail was wonderful. Grant teaches me a lot about how the Vikings and the Saxons lived through the description of Norse boats, weapons, and houses as well as Norse myth and gods. The story is interesting in Grant's portrayal of how the Vikings followed their beliefs. And don't forget about the tough heroine¡­

Tyra is such a brave girl who learned to fight and take care of herself in a world where a woman must to survive. I especially like it when she met the dark Viking--her name for Rorik Thorlicksson. She meets Rorik at the end of swords and daggers in an act of revenge because his king had killed the only woman she had known as a mother--Enid. Rorik mocks her when she swears to have the head of his king after the Norse King killed Enid. Tyra swears vengeance on the Norse King, and the dark Viking as well. Unfortunately, time changes all things¡­

Tyra was a Viking before she was raised Saxon by Enid. To follow through avenging Enid's death, she travels with Rorik to his homeland. They form a sort of bond. He secretly hopes to change her mind about his king. The journey leads to many different feelings as the story unfolds. I could feel her attraction to Rorik, but also her distrust of him because his people had raided and killed village people.¡¡

So, this book proves readers should always give a book a chance. I would have missed out on one of the best books I¡¯ve ever read had I not done so with Valkyrie¡¯s Vengeance
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 12 Jun. 2012
By J. Branscom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first in a series that is sure to be a keeper. Tyra is tossed into a situation that isn't of her own choosing and she makes the best of it. Living amongst the enemy in hiding for a majority of her life gives her a reason to hone the skills she needs for survival. For in her world only the strong survive. And she excels at it without it being too over-the-top or unbelievable. She knew her limitations and utilized what she knew were her strengths in order to seek vengeance on those who had killed the only mother she'd ever known.

Kidnapping the dark Viking, Rorik, and forcing him to repair her wrecked vessel in order to follow the man she had blamed for Enid's death, Tyra never wavered in her loyalty. Rorik battered her defenses with gentleness and that was the only reason she caved. Had he sought to conquer her or dominate her, she would have easily defended herself. But he surprised her with his odd sense of humor and his zest for life. I think that more than anything won her over. He was a man who did his duty to his people and loved life to the fullest. He taught her that there was more to life than just survival.

If you are looking for a hero who is very manly, sure of himself but who is man enough to let a woman be strong, than Rorik is it. He's all that and more. Strong, silent, cunning, an excellent strategist and gentle. I loved Rorik and he has become one of my favorite heroes.

When a plot to kill his people is revealed Rorik becomes the warrior she has always sensed in him. He is the Keeper of Hel's Hammer, a mystical sword that can bring on Ragnarok. The legend behind the sword and his father, is such a compelling piece of the plot and there is no down time in this story. Every chapter, every scene has you on the edge of your seat and while that might really sound cliched there simply isn't another way to describe this writer's work. It's nail-bitingly delicious. If you want to see if Tyra joins forces with her prisoner in order to save his people and the world, then you'll just have to read it.

I simply cannot wait for the next installment of this series. I am very much looking forward to more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Butt Kicking Heroine! 4 April 2012
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What's not to like about a Viking maiden who kills Saxons at a mere 12 years of age, fights wolves to save the man she loves, and takes up battle alongside the men?

Tyra is a stowaway on her brother's boat when it wrecks, landing them on Saxon soil. (That's their hunting grounds for those that don't know.) So naturally, the Vikings that survive are killed by the Saxons...except Tyra. `Cause even at 12, she's a killer...a force to be reckoned with.

An old lady takes her in, shelters her from prying eyes, and she spends ten years like that! When Vikings come again and tear up the only home she has memories of, Tyra is hell-bent on revenge. She feels no kinship with these barbarians. But a man, Rorik, gets past her defenses... she kidnaps him to lure the Viking king to her, only the plan backfires when her heart is kidnapped instead.

Why, if he was her enemy, did it bring her joy to know she had his respect?

Her walls come crumbling down and off they head to Iceland: her intent on killing his king, he intent on making her his bride, while revealing some shocking truths and saving his people from another Viking after a special sword.
Great descriptive scenes...especially about Iceland. I could actually picture the caves and feel the cold. The heroine is tough yet real.

Fabulously fun packed story!!! And my favorite kind of heroine: butt kicking.
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