Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ragnar the Murderer by Lily Byrne

914 A.D.

A tale of love and treachery.

It is a time of uneasy truce, of two races living side-by-side, inter-marrying even, but forever on the look out for treachery among their neighbors.

They meet, they bathe together and they consort. Life is short, fun is likely to be brief, and opportunity has to be seized wherever it can be found without unleashing long-held rivalries and carnage.

Then the youthful Dane, Ragnar, falls in love with Aelfwyn the Angle who is already promised by duty to one of her own village.

Ragnar and Aelfwyn's passionate love affair is a secret which will never be hidden for long, but theirs is not the only secret around.

When Ragnar finds himself charged with murder, he and Aelfwyn are forcibly parted. But is Ragnar really a cold-blooded, cynical killer or is there a more sinister plot being played out?

Reviewer: PurpleRose
I had no idea what kind of book this would be but in the end I was pleasantly surprised. We have here a passionate romance, love, sex (a lot! maybe a little too much for my taste), intrigue, betrayal, and mystery, all this at a fast pace.

These are violent times, the action takes place in Angle and the important element here is the clash between two cultures, the Anglo Saxons and the Danes. It's the story of young Aelfwyn and the red-haired Dane Ragnar and their secret love affair. They were not destined for each other but fate decided otherwise.

It's not a complicated story but the wealth of details in Lily Byrne's description of every day's life adds an interesting depth. There was no doubt an impressive amount of research was done for this book on various subjects (from clothing to law) and combined with a compelling murder mystery it makes actually a very entertaining read. I had a good time and give 4 stars.

Publisher: Night Publishing
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


Lily Byrne said...

Thanks for reviewing my book, it was a nice surprise! I hope the next in the series will be out soon. Best wishes, Lily.

Unknown said...

Great review! Lily is one of my favorite writers.

R.R.Jones said...

An excellent book, hope it makes it to film, triple X rated of course ;-)

Melanie Dent said...

I loved this book too and can't wait to read Ragnar the Hero. Hopefully coming soon. There can never be too much sex in a book lol.

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