Along the breathtaking and unforgiving coast of Snæland, Ásta’s ancestral farm is plagued with bad luck. The kinless maiden’s turf walls continue to be found damaged, and there aren’t enough farmhands to maintain the property. Claw marks in the dirt revive old memories of the wolf attack that left her scarred, and she begins to fear the whispers are true—that Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, has come to claim her and her land.
Torin often leaves his uncle’s farm in the southern hills to track and ensnare valuable gyrfalcons. His secret ability to turn into the birds he trains means his falconry skills are unparalleled, earning him precious silver and gold. If the ghosts of his past didn’t haunt him daily, pushing him to numb his senses with drink, Torin might have married by now—as his uncle often reminds him. He knows the time has finally come to find a wife and settle down.
During the Althing, the gathering of the year, Ásta’s ability to maintain her property comes into question while Torin wonders if a woman in jeopardy of losing her farm is really worth the trouble.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
When Asta was young she was attacked by a gigantic black wolf, leaving her face with four long scars. That was only the beginning of her woes. After her father and brother die from falling off a cliff, the family farm is left to Asta to run. To keep the farm though, Asta has to borrow from B’arthur, her overpowering neighbor, creating a debt to be paid by next harvest. That shouldn’t have been a problem except that the big wolf has returned, and is destroying Asta’s property, hurting her harvest. Now B’arthur has brought a complaint against her to the council assembly. If Asta cannot upkeep her property and pay her debt, she will lose it all. Torin, whose uncle was pressuring him to take a wife, witnessed the public complaint and decides to marry Asta, giving her a few more weeks of reprieve. All is working out, until the wolf again returns.
I wish this story had been longer than it was. It made for a fun read, watching Asta and Torin get to know each other and fall in love, especially in that time era. There’s an innocence to the characters that’s hard to find in a different time frame. And that’s what made it entertaining to me. I think it would be fun to catch up with them in the future, as their family grows.
About the author
Natasha was born in Nevada City, California. Being an only child, she resorted to using her imagination while exploring the forest surrounding her home (a nasty habit she hasn’t been able to break). Her natural interest in fantasy ignited when her parents read The Hobbit to her as a youth, and from then on anything seemed possible. Once awarded with a Hershey’s bar ‘the size of a Buick’ in her high school English class for creative writing, her passion and interest in literature has never dimmed.
She now lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
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