Brothers of the Wild North Sea

Brothers of the Wild North Sea

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by Harper Fox
     
 

His deadliest enemy will become his heart’s desire.

Caius doesn’t feel like much of a Christian. He loves his life of learning as a monk in the far-flung stronghold of Fara, but the hot warrior blood of his chieftain father flows in his veins. Heat soothed only in the arms of his sweet-natured friend and lover, Leof.

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Overview

His deadliest enemy will become his heart’s desire.

Caius doesn’t feel like much of a Christian. He loves his life of learning as a monk in the far-flung stronghold of Fara, but the hot warrior blood of his chieftain father flows in his veins. Heat soothed only in the arms of his sweet-natured friend and lover, Leof.

When Leof is killed during a Viking raid, Cai’s grieving heart thirsts for vengeance—and he has his chance with Fenrir, a wounded young Viking warrior left for dead. But instead of reaching for a weapon, Cai finds himself defying his abbot’s orders and using his healing skills to save Fen’s life.

At first, Fen repays Cai’s kindness by attacking every Christian within reach. But as time passes, Cai’s persistent goodness touches his heart. And Cai, who had thought he would never love again, feels the stirring of a profound new attraction.

Yet old loyalties call Fen back to his tribe and a relentless quest to find the ancient secret of Fara—a powerful talisman that could render the Vikings indestructible, and tear the two lovers’ bonds beyond healing.

Warning: Contains battles, bloodshed, explicit M/M sex, and the proper Latin term for what lies beneath those cassocks.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fox (Scrap Metal) sets this gripping, epic tale of love against the backdrop of ancient Britannia. When Viking raiders target the monastery at Fara, Caius, a fledgling Christian monk, must not only defend his home but reconcile his faith with his love for one of the Vikings—all while struggling toward a destiny he isn’t certain he wants. Already a grown man, Caius must come of age again, enlightened by science and religion after the superstition and warrior training of his youth. Vivid battlefield descriptions punctuate an erotic romance that couples with stark questions of the soul. While the romantic passion between Caius and Fenrir grows and flows organically, it doesn’t dominate the plot. Spirituality and faith are presented thoughtfully in a sensually beautiful recounting of love in a time of austerity and danger. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619214804
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
478
Sales rank:
237,847
File size:
2 MB

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Brothers of the Wild North Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eden110 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars, rounded to 4 stars Brothers of the Wild North Sea (BWNS) was different from what I expected, but still pleasantly surprising. My only prior experience to Harper Fox was Scrap Metal, which I DNF (did not finish), but it's easy to recognize her lyrical prose - writing that is as elegant and colorful as a paintbrush on canvas. It was a treat in itself to ride on her words and experience the monastery, the dunes, the shore, the ocean and most importantly: the meeting of two different souls. So why was BWNS different from my expectations? For a book that involves multiple Viking raidings and includes scenes of battle (with a lot more potential for violence), the book was actually tame. Sure, you have deaths and bloody wounds, but none of it really elicit much emotions one would associate with violence. Also, I was very surprised with how quick Fen and Caius were able to overcome their differences. It wasn't insta-love, by any means, but it wasn't slow-burn either (in my opinion). The sex was also dull and very brief, but were meaningful [I assumed that a book involving Vikings would have a lot more (explicit) sex, so sue me :) ]. The biggest flaw I felt was the pacing. Fen wasn't even introduced until about 12-15% into the book. This may not seem like a long wait, but BWNS is a very long novel. Furthermore, there are many pockets of "dead time" between significant events that made this wait time for Fen seem painfully long. It may be argued that this dead time was necessary for establishing certain secondary characters and to give life to the world of Fara, but to me, it seemed excessive. It wasn't until about the last 30% of the book in which the pacing was not an issue anymore. So despite having some of my expectations crumpled into a tiny ball of paper and some pacing issues, this book was still captivating. There were Viking raidings, being caught out during a storm at sea, an island with a hermit, the paranormal (there are definite paranormal undertones in the forms of prophecies and certain characters, which play an important role), religious fanatics, and of course: true love! Oh, how I love Caius and Fen - they were so sweet with each other. Harper Fox is able to show how sacrifice and love is able to close the distance between two worlds separated by sea; a world where mismatched men can meet as enemies and and return as lovers to the song of rumbling ocean tides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago