Thrilled to host a stop on this blog tour today
24 June 2021
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book
and to Rachel's Random Resources for my invitation to the tour
Time is no barrier for a love that is destined to be.
She couldn’t be sure that she had travelled through time ... but deep down she just knew.And her only way back had just disappeared.When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her.
For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel.Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife – and with it her way to return to her own time – this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs?
As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason.
📖 My thoughts..
Sara Mattsson is attending an archeological dig in the north of England when she inadvertently cuts her finger on a Viking knife. Instantly transported back to the 9th Century Sara encounters Rurik Eskilsson, an enigmatic Viking, who is safeguarding his own secrets.
Already aware of the time travel phenomenon Sara takes being whisked back in time with remarkable good grace and her burgeoning friendship with Rurik ensures a lively adventure especially when they get drawn into the long standing feuds which exist in this time. I enjoyed being with Sara and Erik as they make a perilous journey towards Jorvik, encountering an array of fascinating characters, some good and some bad, but none are more special than Beowulf, who captured my heart from the start.
Time slip stories are notoriously difficult to get right but when they are done with a realistic look at the past then the whole thing comes alive and in Whispers of the Runes the past feels very real indeed as the author clearly does an impressive amount of research in order to create an authentic atmosphere. Filled with excitement, danger, adventure and passion, Whispers of the Runes is an absolute joy to read and is every bit as good as I knew it would be from this talented author.
This is such a lovely series of time slip stories and whilst each book can be read comfortably as a stand alone, there are occasional references to previous stories, so it sort of makes sense to start at the beginning and escape to the time of the Vikings.
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).Whispers of the Runes (time travel published by Headline 24th June 2021) is her latest novel.Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety)
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