Publication Date: September 8, 2015
St. Martin’s Press
One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut.
Avelynn was what I expected, let me add I am looking forward to what I assume will be the next book, as Campbell continues to blossom in both writing and content as demonstrated in this book. No denying my affinity towards extremely strong independent female protagonists, contributing to my partiality for Avelynn.
Avelynn is strong-willed, refusing to bend to the will of men or the times. She’s fierce, courageous and fearless. Determined to carve out a future on her terms despite the risks of shunning submission. As much fondness felt towards Avelynn there were times when her progressiveness felt misplaced, however, I appreciate the authors depiction. No doubt women of this caliber existed paving a future for others. Quite a heroine, most charismatic.
The supporting cast adds to the plot, although I wish more emphasis was spent on a select few, while less attention from others. Expanding on Muirgen and Edward would have been welcomed. Also developing an actual relationship with Alrik as opposed to clandestine sexual encounters would have been a marked improvement. Their chemistry was nonexistent, I felt they demonstrated graceless towards each other, no real emotion besides lust and even that felt uneasy. The detail to their unions could have been a bit tamer, in some instances fewer details translates to more for the reader, minute intimate descriptions felt mislaid.
I was hoping for less romance, in fact, I felt the involvement with Alrik was distracting and ultimately predictable. Love triangles no matter the circumstances can be a messy diversion which in this case happened. I understand Demas played a key role in the entire story but it also lead to the dreaded foreboding factor.
I’m on the fence with Avelynn’s pagan/high priestess demonstrations – seems to be acting as filler since Druidism, Christianity was mentioned quickly in passing to set the tone of the times. I understand where Campbell was going with this, uncertain of her landing after it was all said and done.
Campbell did her research without a doubt, she successfully sculpted a feisty strong-willed female character of heroine status. Certainly more will tell of Avelynn’s fate through the lens of the creative writing of Campbell. Avelynn herself makes this a worthwhile read, especially for historical romance and historical fiction fans.
Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day.
Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming September 8th, 2015, from St. Martinís Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writerís Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.
When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!
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