The Viking's Sacrifice by Julia Knight

Viking raiders destroyed Wilda’s home. She witnessed the murder of her mother and would have been killed herself if it weren’t for the Viking boy Einar, who saved her from his ruthless brother. The blood and murder left Wilda cold and shorn of feeling. 
Eight years later, the heathens return for Wilda. As a captive in the Viking village, she finds protection and silent comfort in the man who once gallantly saved her. 
Einar has been cursed to silence by his brother. With the dark net of his brother’s power cast over their village, silence is a small price to pay for his family’s safety. But Einar is immediately drawn to Wilda, and the need to protect her from his brother awakens his Viking courage. Can Einar break his brother’s curse in time to save the village and the woman he loves?

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Publication Date:
January 12th, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
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Genre: Romance/Historical Fiction
Source: NetGalley
The Viking's Sacrifice is the romance of Einar and Wilda, kept apart by warring cultures and a terrible curse that hides the truth of Einar's brothers death. Wilda is a young Saxon girl when Vikings attack her village and Einar saves her when she is attacked for witnessing a devastating betrayal.
Eight years later the Vikings return for Wilda and she is taken to a Viking village as a thrall where she meets Einar again. Only Einar is now Toki, a pariah in his village, who has been cursed to silence.

What I Liked: Einar/Toki was cute; he began with all the brightness of youth and the way he was stripped of hope and colour made it very easy to feel for him. His reactions to Wilda were beautifully passionate as well. He was quite an endearing protagonist considering Wilda's point of view depicted him (initially), and his people, as violent heathens.
The story was great, I liked the idea behind Einar's curse of silence, and the inclusion of the blood runes. I would have liked a bit more information on them though.

What I Didn't Like: Wilda. She had this strange cross between being wide eyed and innocent, and cold and practical. She, and the other female thralls, almost had multiple personalities working for them. Everyone was crotchety, angry or completely despondent.
While I enjoyed the story, and the plot's progression, I wanted more background. It wound up being all about characterisations without any of the benefits of writing a historical fantasy.
The Viking's Sacrifice was published on January 12th by Carina Press. It's a good first step into historical viking fiction. For more Norse fiction I suggest Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier.


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