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10 December 2020
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Separated by time. Brought together by fate.
Linnea felt a shiver travel the length of her spine.
It hadn’t been a joke – the runes really had shown her destiny.
Indulging her fascination for the Viking language and losing herself in an archaeological dig is just what Linnea Berger needs after her recent trauma. Uncovering an exquisite brooch, she blacks out reading the runic inscription, only to come to, surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment very seriously.
Lost and confused, Linnea finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his thrall and takes her on a treacherous journey across the seas to sell her for profit. Setting sail, she confronts the unthinkable: she has travelled back to the ninth century.
Linnea is determined to find a way back to her own time, but there’s a connection forming with Hrafn. Can she resist the call of the runes and accept her destiny lies her.
In order to piece her life back together after a devastating tragedy, Linnea Berger has escaped to take part in an archaeological dig in Sweden. There she discovers a beautiful Viking brooch but when she reads the runic inscription on the brooch she is quite suddenly transported back to a dangerous time, where, as the captive possession of a handsome Viking warrior, she has no say whatsoever in what happens to her future. Luckily Linnea is an expert in the Old Norse language so even though she doesn't want to have travelled back in time, she can at least understand what is going on in this strange new world in which she finds herself.
This is a remarkably detailed time-slip novel which brings the ancient Viking world so imaginatively to life that I felt as if I travelled every step of Linnea's eventful journey with her. The author has obviously done her research really well and her authoritative voice is evident in the amount of vivid detail which she brings to the story. Time, people and places really come alive so that it is perfectly possible to experience the danger of a long voyage on a Viking boat and experience all the sights, sounds and aromas of the Viking world.
Part historical adventure, part romance, this time slip novel has all the trademarks of this author's fine writing. I am always really impressed by the amount of detail that the author shares in her novels and there is no doubt that she has an exceptional skill of bringing whatever historical period she is writing about to life in a vividly imagined way. There's a nice little twist in the story which turns the time-slip idea around and which adds another dimension to this fascinating story.
Although there are references to some of the characters from Echoes of the Runes, which was the previous book, it is entirely possible to read The Runes of Destiny as a stand alone story. I look forward to seeing what this talented author does next in this exciting Viking series of time-slip novels.
About the Author
Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014). The Runes of Destiny (time travel published by Headline 10th December 2020) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).
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