Lord of Hawkfell Island (Viking Series #2)

Lord of Hawkfell Island (Viking Series #2)

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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First in Catherine Coulter's bestselling Vikings series.

On a Viking fortress raid, the Lord of Hawkfell Island plans to take the beautiful Mirana hostage. But she has other plans for the lord.

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First in Catherine Coulter's bestselling Vikings series.

On a Viking fortress raid, the Lord of Hawkfell Island plans to take the beautiful Mirana hostage. But she has other plans for the lord.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this historical romance set in 915, English Viking Rorik Haraldsson seeks to avenge the slaughter of his wife and children by the Irish warrior Einar. Rorik's ambush of Einar's castle fails, but he kidnaps Einar's half-sister, Mirana, who proves a difficult hostage. Orphaned at 12, Mirana was raised by Einar to be self-reliant; she can keep house and fight like a man. To Rorik's surprise, she is not the only woman with notions of independence. Returning to his farmstead, he discovers the wives feeding their husbands inedible meals to punish them for bedding a slave. Mirana's pride becomes the justification for whipping, bondage and rape. Despite the power struggle that undermines their mutual attraction, they marry. But Einar's men kidnap Mirana and return her to her half-brother, who plans to sell her as a bride to a rich, old king. While Mirana awaits Rorik's rescue, Einar continues his evil ways, forcing his favorite mistress to reveal that she is a man and to become a sex slave. Coulter ( The Heiress Bride ) makes a big show of introducing feminism and gender-bending that paradoxically highlight the stereotypical representation of sex and gender in a plot overloaded with twists. (Nov.)
Denise Perry Donavin
Rorik Haraldsson is the Viking lord of Hawkfell Island who moved his warriors and their families to this fortified isle off the Irish coast following the plunder of his village and barbaric slaying of his family by Einer Thorsson. Seeking vengeance, Rorik raids Contarf, Einer's castle, to kill its ruler. Instead, he sails away with a captive, Einer's half sister Mirana. Not a placid prisoner, Mirana soon has the Viking wives and concubines fighting for their rights and captures Haraldsson's heart as well. Less of a historical tale than a romantic one, for although there are plenty of battles and love scenes, the historic details are sparse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101214152
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Series:
Viking Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
78,525
File size:
561 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter is the author of sixty-five novels, almost all of them New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances, but in recent years turned her hand to penningwith great successcontemporary suspense novels. The Cove spent nine weeks on The New York Times paperback bestseller list and sold more than one million copies. The Maze was Coulter's first book to land on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list.A review of The Maze in Publisher's Weekly stated that it "was gripping enough to establish Coulter firmly in this genre." Coulter continues to live up to that promise with twelve more New York Times bestselling FBI thrillers, including her most recent title Whiplash. Coulter's 15th FBI thriller Split Second will be released in 2011.



Catherine Coulter's first novel, The Autumn Countess, was published at the end of 1978 when she had just reached puberty. It was a Regency romance because, as she says, "as any publisher will tell you, it's best to limit the unknowns in a first book, and not only had I grown up reading Georgette Heyer, but I earned my M.A. degree in 19th century European history."



Following The Autumn Countess (a Gothic masquerading as a Regency, she says), Catherine wrote six more Regency romances. In 1982, she published her first long historical, Devil's Embrace. She has continued to write long historicals, interspersing them with hardcover contemporary novels, beginning with False Pretenses in 1988.



She pioneered the trilogy in historical romance, each of them very popular. They include: Song, Star, Magic, Night, Bride, Viking, and Legacy trilogies. She enjoys trilogies because she doesn't have to say good-bye to the characters and neither do the readers.



Catherine grew up on a horse ranch in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas and received her masters at Boston College. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked on Wall Street as a speechwriter for a company president. She loves to travel and ski, reads voraciously, and has a reputation for telling jokesbelieving the publishing business is too crazy not to laugh. Catherine lives in Marin County, California with her physician husband and her three cats.



Catherine Coulter loves to hear from readers. You can e-mail her at ReadMoi@aol.com.





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Lord of Hawkfell Island (Viking Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
bookwormMO More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to reading the 2nd of Viking Series but was disappointed. I don't care for historical romance novels that "soften" the alpha males too much so I expect a Viking to be a Viking. Unfortunately, this Viking was not so likeable and I felt too abusive literally (**SPOILERS - rape, beatings of the heroine). I kept waiting for the main characters to truly connect but there was "conflict" or subplot overkill. I wanted some romance in my romance. I kept wondering why she cared about him because I sure didn't. I loved the first in this series "Season of the Sun" (which was my first reading of Coulter's). I cannot recommend this one and I am not sure I'll finish the series. I do recommend Season of the Sun highly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all three books and I wish that they was a fourth and etc. Once you start reading and getting involved with the characters you wouldn't want to quit, I didn't read all three in 2 1/2 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very entertaining read. The story is exciting and well created. There are also twists and turns to surprise you. All the characters are great. I can't wait to read the other two in the Viking Trilogy.