14 August 2016


Author: Matthew J. Kirby
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

The synopsis on the inside cover jacket totes "...terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.  A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another."

That, coupled with the awesome looking cover, made me think this was going to be an intense, exciting novel.  Instead, the story is more centrally based on Solveig.  And her story is kind of droll.  While they are surrounded by ice and stranded on the island waiting for the ice to thaw for her father to return, Solveig learns to be a skald.  A skald, back in Vikings time, was a storyteller.  So, in essence, this is a story about stories.  And a raven.  And unfortunately, it wasn't that entertaining.

The main plot, with the sabotage, would have been pretty interesting if it hadn't been buried behind Solveig's raven and storytelling.  The pace of this novel ended up so slow it was hard to stay interested in it.  The only reason I finished reading it is because I'm working on a Norse styled novel of my own, and Viking novels are hard to come by.  

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