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09 December 2021

Book Review: Tempted By The Runes by Christina Courtenay *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Tempted By The Runes by Christina Courtenay ahead of the blog tour.

After reading Whispers of the Runes earlier this year, I was desperate to read the next. For all that this is a series, they can easily be read as standalone or out of order with only mild spoilers.

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Born centuries apart. Bound by a love that defied time.

She couldn’t believe her eyes. The runes were normally so reliable and she had never doubted them before.

Madison Berger is visiting Dublin with her family for a Viking re-enactment festival, when she chances upon a small knife embedded in the banks of the Liffey. Maddie recognises what the runes on the knife’s handle signify: the chance to have her own adventures in the past. 

Maddie only intends to travel back in time briefly, but a skirmish in 9th century Dublin results in her waking up on a ship bound for Iceland, with the man who saved her from attack. 

Geir Eskilsson has left his family in Sweden to boldly carve out a life of his own. He is immediately drawn to Maddie, but when he learns of her connection to his sisters-in-law, he begins to believe that Fate has played a part in bringing them together. Amidst the perils that await on their journey to a new land, the truest battle will be to win Maddie’s heart and convince her that the runes never lie… 

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Content Warnings: Violence, blood, threat of sexual assault.

5 Word Review: History, friendship, danger, travel, love.

Trust me, you need this Viking time travel romance in your life.

I loved Maddie. I loved how she could hold her own, even out of her own time. Her curiosity was such a huge part of her personality and really helped drive the plot. I loved her distrust Geir, and it was justified to start with!

Geir is very headstrong and has such a tough interior, but deep down he's a teddy bear. He's so gentle and caring and thoughtful, it warmed my heart right up. I think that the only thing I didn't like about Geir was his manipulation at the beginning. I completely understand where he was coming from with his actions, but I do wish he'd perhaps been more honest with Maddie about how he knew of time travellers. Maddie of all people would have understood!

I thought they were great together, this couple work so well.

The small details bring this story truly alive. I could picture perfectly Maddie securing her hair with an intricately carved bone pin. I could feel the weather, the elements, on my skin. The descriptions are amazing and bring everything to life brilliantly. It was almost like I was wandering there myself.

I thought the extra layer of mysticism added by Maddie's fortune telling with runes was very clever, especially with how it added to her inner turmoil.

Tempted By The Runes by Christina Courtenay is perfect for fans of Outlander, Vikings, and The Last Kingdom, and the details make for the perfect historical(ish) romance.
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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), and the RNA Fantasy Romantic Novel of the year 2021 with Echoes of the Runes. Tempted by the Runes (time travel published by Headline 9th December 2021) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).

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1 comment:

  1. I never heard of this book but it sounds really interesting! I haven’t read much about time travelling, so this piqued my interest! Thank you for sharing, great review x


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