Einar: Breaking the Sea by Victoria Zak is book one in her Lords of Valhalla series.
Einar is the bastard son of Rognvald, Jarl of Møre. He’s just back from raiding with the king when learns that the Danes have captured the islands of Orkneyjar, his family’s secondary seat. Einar volunteers to reclaim the islands, but ends up shipwrecked on the island seat of Alba, ruled by Maeve, Chieftain of Stonehaven. Maeve is ruling because her brother, Malcolm, has been captured and is being held for ransom by the Danes. She captures Einar and his remaining men. The two clash because Maeve hates all Northmen. Eventually, Einar and Maeve broker a deal that will be beneficial to both clans. The real issue is can they overcome their preconceptions and find love?
Einar: Breaking the Sea is a definite attention-grabber. It grabbed mine and held it throughout. I loved some characters and hated others, but they are all well-developed. The romance between Einar and Maeve has fire and ice, it burns hot and cold. The plot is expertly executed. There’s action, adventure, love, betrayal and revenge. This novel drew me in completely. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy historical romance, especially scintillating Viking romance. Be aware there is some explicit sexual content.
My thanks to the author and Glenfinnan Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: December 6, 2019