(Ice Land) [E–pub] ↠ Betsy Tobin
Me and they showed Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival real kindness and affection toward one another It was a lovely telling of the death of the old gods with the advent of Christianity The tie in of the land with the gods was beautifulwell done I ll look for of Ms Tobin s books This book was not my cup of tea The mediocre love story the disjointed narrative the boring dialogue the flat characterizations I don t even know where to begin Tobin s writing didn t appeal to me and neither did her novel It wasn t awful it had potential and there were vaguely interesting concepts but I don t think I ll beecommending this one to anyone or ushing into another of Tobin s #titles I admit I picked up this book largely because it #I admit I picked up this book because it hailed as a beautiful epic of love longing Although am not as steeped in Norse mythology as some I know enough about it to understand and admire what Betsy Tobin was trying to do with this book and I think she succeeded beautifully She pulled a tale from the 14th c Saga of Olaf Tryggvason added her own elements and created a wonderful story that I found utterly captivating This is far fantasy than historical fiction nevertheless she has grounded her tale in the very eal setting of early medieval Iceland Her descriptions of the landscape are wondrous and her portrayal of the lives of the early settlers of Iceland ing true She has uite successfully brought the Norse gods and one particular goddess down to earth I loved it Ice Land is a somewhat fanciful take on the legends of the Old Norse Gods set in the year 1000 It is told through the point of view of several characters in alternating chapters from Freya who can don her feath. 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. Ers and fly like a bird orphaned Fulla who does not wish to marry the man her grandfather has chosen Vili son of the sworn enemy of Fulla s family who can t stay away from Fulla the half dwarf Dvalin who dwells inside the mountain with his half brothers as well as the Norns who foreshadow the building turmoil within the great mountain Hekla The actions of the various characters begin to intertwine and ultimately lead them to their ultimate fate at the hands of the angry volcano Hekla I m eally not inclined to go further into the plot line the other eviewers have ecapped the story well enough and there s plenty of additional info on the legends at Wik and other sites It did sound promising enough for a light fantasy but unfortunately it ultimately failed in the final execution particularly the alternating point of views i never connected with any of views I never connected with any of characters the writing flat and lifeless as were the characters and due to my ignorance of the Norse legends I eally didn t grasp what was going on until well after page 200 not a good thing for a 370 page Book The Only Part The only part eally did like was inside the mountain with the dwarfs had to #flashback on a favorite book from my childhood Since this book is still being prepared for final publication I would euest #on a favorite book from my childhood Since this book is still being prepared for final publication I would euest editors put in a brief cast of characters or summary of the people in these legends and not presume that the The House That Had Enough reader knows them ahead of time In the end it s a very light piece of fluff that kept me entertained for 30 40 minutes a day whilst doing the cardio but I certainly had no problem putting it down and forgetting it once I was done The Gnome King of Who destiny draws them togethereven as their families are determined to tear them apartInfused with theich 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 volcan. .
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*loose etelling of *retelling of myth intertwined with Icelandic history In the beginning of the 11th century Christianity threatened the old The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division religion and as the people s belief in the Aesir Norse gods and goddesses waned Freya the goddess of love goes in search of the Brisingamen a legendary necklace so powerful it may save her people The Brisingamen was created by four dwarves three of whom agree to sell the necklace to Freya in exchange for sexual favours The fourth a half dwarf named Dvalin changes the price andeuests Freya accompany him through the land of the giants on his own uest to help his beloved sister Meanwhile Fulla a sixteen year old orphan has fallen in love with the son of an enemy clan and someone whom her grandfather will never approve The stories of Freya Dvalin and Fulla ultimately thread together into a magical adventure peopled with gods goddesses humans dwarves and giants set against the backdrop of Iceland s unpredictable Mount Hekla The author assumes a basic understanding of Norse mythology and I know very little so in the beginning of the book I was confused by casual Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) references to the Aesir specificeferences to Freya s history and sporadic statements by the Norns uick internet esearch easily clarified all #those things and of course piued my interest in the Icelandic sagas Students of Norse myth may be #things and of course piued my interest in the Icelandic sagas Students of Norse myth may be by Tobin s version but I thought this was a well plotted and compelling blend of fantasy and eality though truthfully a bit short to do this epic story justice I would happily have Défendre Jacob read several hundred pages Recommended I loved this book The characters came alive for. A beautiful epic of love longingedemption 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. ,