The Viking's Witch

The Viking's Witch

by Kelli A. Wilkins

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The Viking's Witch by Kelli A. Wilkins

Scotland, 803 A.D. About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her. But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions? After Rothgar witnesses Odaria's powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village? Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605421698
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 475,867
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kelli A. Wilkins developed a love of reading and writing while growing up in a small upstate New York town. Kelli enjoys writing in different genres, and her speculative fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Sun, The Best of the First Line, What If? and Weird Tales. Kelli is a member of Romance Writers of America and has published several historical/fantasy romances with Amber Quill Press. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband.

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The Viking's Witch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Lee Odaria is about to be burned at the stake by her enraged Pict village, incited to overlook all of the good magic she has done for them by the evil words of the village leader, Brennan. So naturally, she does what anyone endowed with supernatural powers would do when trapped in a near death situation: she calls down a curse upon the village. However, even Odaria is surprised when that curse takes the form of a ship of Viking raiders, led by the noble Rothgar. Rothgar is a powerful landowner and warrior, sent by his uncle the king to find his missing cousin and heir to the throne, Orvind. Orvind’s ship is believed to have been wrecked on the shores of Odaria’s isle. The question is, is Orvind alive or dead? And where is he? Rothgar hopes to use Odaria’s magical powers to his advantage and have her help him find Orvind. However, things are much more complicated than that. Odaria is a spirited, stubborn, and voluptuous raven-haired beauty; Rothgar is a brash, bold Viking warrior who sees himself as a ruler of all—including his women. What follows is a rather predictable romance that somehow manages to fill nearly 300 pages. Now, there are a lot of good things about The Viking’s Witch. The setting of Scotland during the dark ages creates a delightfully misty and mysterious atmosphere for the romance to unfold. The villain of the piece, Brennan, spits out insults so full of bile and horror that the reader will enjoy his capture by the Vikings and his inevitable torture as Rothgar attempts anything in order to find his beloved cousin. The character of Nordskog, a Viking berserker feared by everyone including Rothgar, is compelling and interesting. Wilkins’ writing is incredibly detailed and paints a nice portrait of a time period very far removed from our present day. What the novel lacks is a lead couple for the reader to care about. Odaria herself, despite her magical abilities and sassy attitude, is a less than exciting heroine, and Rothgar, while impossibly attractive, is rather bland. Their romance contains a few smoking-hot love scenes that will keep the reader compelled to turn the page; however, when Odaria and Rothgar aren’t in bed together, they’re dull enough to make the reader want to skip to every sex scene in the novel instead. The various subplots that lead to them falling in love, then growing angry at each other, then realizing how they truly feel conquers all, are less than engaging. The Viking’s Witch is a great book to pick up for a quick steamy beach read. Just don’t expect much more from it than that. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I received a complementary copy of this book for a book tour on my blog, for my to give my honest review. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book, as I usually do not read any kind of historical books, I have maybe read under 10 in my whole life, so when I say I was happy with this, that’s a great compliment, as its outside my comfort zone, but we did have what I must have, and that’s a bit of paranormal, which our witch Odaria, who I really like has. I was not sure how I would feel about Rothgar, but her turned out to be a rather decent guy for a Viking. At least most the time, some things he had done, really surprised me, and I had not seen it coming. This book was full of excitement, and twist and turns that I did not see coming. I was not bored one little bit at all. The sex scenes were done in a very decent way, not overly uncomfortable for me. I do not read erotica, so was happy that this was not, or if it was supposed to be, it was rather mild, just right. Not a YA book for sure, but I think anyone 18 and up will enjoy it. This story as you can guess takes place in the Viking era and Rothgar is described to be to look like Chris Hemingsworth in Thor, so to me, that’s what popped into my head when reading. Not a bad visual at all. We start the story with Odaria about to be burned alive for being a witch, by a evil man names Brennen, and the Vikings show up to hunt for a missing cousin of Rothgar’s at just the right time, and in that happening, she was able to get away, then a new danger emerges, as some of the brutes find her bound still hiding, and lucky her, Rothgar finds them about to abuse her in the worst way, and saves her, and claims her as his own. Of course he is a decent guy most of the time, and only said this to his men, to leave her alone. I won’t get into too much from there, as there is much that goes on, and the twists that happen make the story very enjoyable, and would hate to ruin it for you. Let’s just say, the spitfire fights they have are full of passion, and really are written well. Kelli’s writing is flawless and beautiful, her world-building is amazing, and you can literally “see” this world as it was back in that era. I really liked how were got to be inside Rothgar’s head as well as Odaria, it was nice; really let me see what he was feeling as well as her. Here is a touching quote between them: “I dug a—” “I know.” She glanced at the muddy spade in his hand. “Thank you. You must think it foolish of me to cry, but Chester was my only friend. He was all I had after my mother—” Odaria burst into tears, and a sudden downpour soaked him to the skin. He gazed up at the sky. Heavy gray clouds seemed to hover over the cottage. Was it possible that Odaria’s tears drew down the rain? He knelt on the wet earth and wrapped his arms around Odaria. “I do not think you are foolish. You loved him, and now he’s gone. I know how much it hurts to lose someone you love.” Overall I loved this book, and highly recommend it for adults and mature upper teens. 5 stars from me.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"The Viking's Witch" is a great gread penned with strong characters. I was totally engrossed within the tale and can not wait for her next book. A must read for all who love the paranormal, historical fantasy genre. This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
*An excellent story but had a little difficulty with the author's writing style.. The characters didn't seem to be fully developed..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book very much. Found it hard to put down characters and plot well defined. Would recommend.
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I really found this entertaining...needed a little more "meat" in it but very good if you like this kinda story
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Quick and entertaining read
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Ireally didnt expect much...but it was a quick read that kept me inyerested...
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Good love scenes, fast paced, would have liked a bit more ravishing and less tenderness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now, there are a lot of good things about The Viking’s Witch. Wilkins’ writing is incredibly detailed and paints a nice portrait of a time period very far removed from our present day. But the novel lacks is a lead couple for the reader to care about. Odaria herself, despite her magical abilities and sassy attitude, is a less than exciting heroine, and Rothgar, while impossibly attractive, is rather bland. Their romance contains a few smoking-hot love scenes that will keep the reader compelled to turn the page; however, when Odaria and Rothgar aren’t in bed together, they’re dull enough to make the reader want to skip to every sex scene in the novel instead. The various subplots that lead to them falling in love, then growing angry at each other, then realizing how they truly feel conquers all, are less than engaging. The Viking’s Witch is a great book to pick up for a quick steamy beach read. Just don’t expect much more from it than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot and characters are pretty weak, but it you are looking for a light read with some good sex scenes, this is just right.