by Helen Kirkman

July 2006
ISBN: 0-373-77119-3
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Forced to watch while Vikings took over her lands, Princess Judith must seek shelter in the only kingdom left untouched and unconquered, the court of King Alfred of Wessex. While men may fight the Viking invaders openly with sword and shield, Judith seeks her own kind of vengeance, even if it meand seducing a dangerous stranger to achieve her goal.

Einhard of Frisia owns a fleet of ships that could win the war with the Vikings, but his agenda calls for a more personal vendetta. A vendetta againt an enemy who holds his only son as prisoner. Yet Judith's pride and passion call to the warrior in him and he yearns to champion her cause, even if doing so may compromise his own.

Helen Kirkman writes a stunning book set in 875 A.D. The settings are breathtaking and very believable and the characters in the story are well written. I had a very hard time getting through this book, however. The storyline was hard to follow at times and the language used was very hard to pronounce, as well as some of the character's names. Having a long book come from the Harlequin line is nice, but trying to grasp the meanings of what the character's were saying was too much of a struggle to enjoy.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Debbie.

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