Let me be up front and honest: Historical fiction and historical romance are two genres that I can’t always get into. It’s hard to find someone who writes historical fiction in a compelling way that pulls me in and keeps me entertained. That’s the reason why I don’t jump into them too often. But then I was introduced to Kate Robbins. There’s something about this incredible Canadian author and her writing style that just vibes with me. It makes me enjoy and want to read more historical fiction, which is such a nice feeling. Now, onto the actual review.
The Serpent by Kate Robbins is the first book in a new series, titled Spirits of the Norse. Scot’s and Vikings intertwine in this historical book, dating back to about 900AD. Giric MacDomnail, a Scotsman, comes along to obtain peace from the Vikings. He meets the Chieftain, Gunner, and then ends up meeting his headstrong, powerful leading lady sister Saga. She’s a Shieldmaiden who can beat down enemies into a pulp. She’s strong, incredible and wickedly smart (but has a wee bit of a temper). The two hit it off fairly early on in the story, despite being two very different people. Giric was prepared to marry a Viking to help bring peace to both clans. Saga, on the other hand, doesn’t want a forced marriage and won’t do anything that she doesn’t want to do. Oh, how her opinion will change once she gets to know our handsome lead…
The two cultures are written in such a perfect, poetic prose by Kate Robbins. The book whisks you away to a far off land with Viking culture and folklore littered throughout. Loki, Odin, Frey, Heimdall, runes and magic- it felt like a magical and folklore filled story that I couldn’t put down (literally, I read this whole book in one sitting which has not happened for me in quite a long time). Add in the hot and heavy erotic scenes that makes this one R rated historical romance, and you’ve got one awesome read.
Treacherous journeys, runes and Seers, intelligent and strong women, suspicious figures and vicious attacks will have you on the edge of your seat.
This book is one fantastic read and I highly recommend it. I definitely want to continue picking up Kate Robbin’s historical fiction books as they are just marvellous, intriguing and so compelling. Be transported away with this wonderful read, and let me know what you think too!
Five out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, Kate Robbins, in exchange for an honest review.
Do you love a great historical fiction read? Or even historical romance? Check out some other books featured on my blog that you might enjoy:
Prisoner of the Highlander by Kate Robbins
Sons of York by Lesley J Nickell
Briar’s Top 10 Romance Books of 2019
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