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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Irinak | 1/14/2014

    " Beautiful story, but very slow "

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