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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betsy Tobin Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101024850
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A beautiful epic of love, longing, redemption, and enchantment in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon

Iceland, AD 1000: Freya knows that her people are doomed. Warned by the Fates of an impending disaster, she must embark on a journey to find a magnificent gold necklace, one said to possess the power to alter the course of history. But even as Freya travels deep into the mountains of Iceland, the country is on the brink of war. The new world order of Christianity is threatening the old ways of Iceland’s people, and tangled amidst it all are two star-crossed lovers who destiny draws them together—even as their families are determined to tear them apart.

Infused with the rich history and mythology of Iceland, Betsy Tobin’s sweeping novel is an epic adventure of forbidden love, lust, jealousy, faith, and magical wonder, set under the shadow of a smoldering volcano.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " Very good fantasy based on Norse Myths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catyche | 2/5/2014

    " In this book Betsy Tobin uses sparse and wintry prose to bring to life the gods and goddesses of Norse mythology. The setting is Iceland in 1000 AD in the weeks before the volcano Hekla is to erupt and a new religion (Christianity) is spreading across all of Iceland. The story follows Freya, the goddess of love and fertility, on her quest to posess a special gold necklace in order to possibly prevent the great eruption. There is also Fulla, an orphan being raised by her grandfather in the midst of a dispute over land with the neigboring clan of Skallagrim and Dvalin, a half-man/half-dwarf who through a series of circumstances comes into contact with Freya which changes the course of his life forever. The book is made up of chapters alternating between the viewpoints of Freya, Fulla and Dvalin with the exception of one chapter narrated by Vili, a young man from the Skallagrim clan. Over all, an amazing novel about the power of love, faith and the shadow of fate on our lives from a talented author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/3/2014

    " The writing is filled with cliches and the plot is stolen from Tolkien and Shakespeare, but this is still a great read. Bonuses - a goddess takes a road trip with a dwarf and we get to find out how gods Odin, Freya and the gang react when people start worshipping Jesus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irinak | 1/14/2014

    " Beautiful story, but very slow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/11/2014

    " Read DT version. Interesting interplay of a sort of magical realism and historical fiction as the chapters alternate between the Viking goddess Freya and an Icelandic farm girl, mirroring the change in Icelandic culture from the Norse gods to Christianity. I'd enjoy a reread sometime. A bit of Freya's story escaped me, although it made a beautiful read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Litsinger | 12/27/2013

    " A bit of a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/7/2013

    " I suspect i would have enjoyed it more if I read the print version. The audiobook did not captivate me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asl4u | 11/14/2013

    " Its an amazing love story; couples, and human relationships - filled with wonderful reminesences of the Gods. I loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/28/2013

    " The writing was beautiful--even a little lyrical--but the story never really grabbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brunvatne | 10/19/2013

    " I wouldn't recommend reading this because of any interest in mythology. But if you like cute love stories and a little nature writing, like myself, read Ice Land! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/21/2013

    " Very lite read but not bad. Very feminine feel throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 12/24/2012

    " A lovely book but it felt a bit rushed at parts. I would have loved for it to have been "fleshed" out a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 11/13/2012

    " It took me awhile to 'get into' this book, but the middle and end did not disappoint. It is a beautiful story about Iceland in the days of the Norse gods; Freya especially. My favorite quote, "Perhaps heaven is a place defined by man's absence." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia Roman | 4/19/2012

    " I thought that the author created a beautiful picture of the landscape, but for me, the book lacked excitement and intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 1/9/2012

    " I am really interested in the country, and enjoy books about Gods, but was inspired by a good review (maybe just one word comment taken out of context by the book's publisher's) by Diana Gabaldon. Not the same level of engagement at all, but still new and fun and easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 6/20/2011

    " it's a little Norse mythology with a splash of Clan of The Cave Bear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 3/14/2011

    " A very hard book to get into at first. I almost gave up, in fact. However, I kept going and the story wasn't as boring and finally showed some adventure and mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/6/2010

    " The writing was beautiful--even a little lyrical--but the story never really grabbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/11/2010

    " This was a really good book. It really makes me want to read more about Norse mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/11/2010

    " This book is difficult to classify. In the spirit of Scandinavian-style sagas, Tobin tackles those places on the landscape where myth and history meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/22/2010

    " This book has all the part that I love in a book; Magic or Magical Realism, interesting characters in an involved tale as well as a setting in a new or unusual location -11th Century Iceland! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/15/2010

    " This book was difficult to understand at first but then I really liked it. It seems to be setting up for a sequel so I look forward to that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crissy | 8/2/2010

    " Absolutely magical and enchanting. Easily my favorite book of the year thus far! "

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About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.