This dazzling debut brings the Dark Ages to light and illuminates one Saxon noblewoman's romance with a Viking warrior and her struggle to find her path in a changing and dangerous world
869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Ealdorman of Somerset, has lived in an environment of love, acceptance, and equality. Somerset has flourished under twenty years of peace. But with whispers of war threatening their security, Avelynn's father makes an uncompromising decision that changes her life forever.
Forced into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status, Avelynn's perception of independence is shattered. With marriage looming, she turns to her faith, searching for answers in an ancient ritual along the coast, only to find Alrik The Blood-Axe and sixty Viking berserkers have landed.
In a year of uncertainty that sees Avelynn discover hidden powers, stumble into a passionate love affair with Alrik, and lead men into battle, Avelynn must walk a fine line as her deceptions mount and Demas' tactics to possess her become more desperate and increasingly brutal.
Avelynn and Alrik are caught in the throes of fate as they struggle to find the way back to themselves and onwards to each other.
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MARISSA CAMPBELL is the co-author of the award-winning self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society and an ERYT Hatha Yoga instructor and studio owner of Pure Intention Yoga. Campbell lives in Ontario, Canada.Review:
"A must-read for Diana Gabaldon fans – but also for anyone in the mood to escape into an enchanting, romantic world vividly portrayed by an author with just the right pitch for this type of fiction... Campbell writes about Alrik and Avelynn’s star-crossed love affair in a gorgeous, breathless manner that should cement her status as a Canadian author to watch."―The Globe and Mail
"Campbell carefully straddles the line between historical romance and historical fiction. The depth of detail, along with an exaustive plot, presents the readers with a protrait of an exceptional woman... an interesting debut for those craving an old-fashioned tale."―Romantic Times
"Avelynn is a well-researched, beautifully written tale... I highly recommend Avelynn for a trip into the dark past of the Saxon and Norsemen era."―Romance Reviews Today
"Marissa Campbell brings a long-forgotten era splendidly to life in this adventurous and passionate debut."―Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author
"A story full of hope, tragedy, sacrifice, and love. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to get swept away this fall; and if you like books by Susanna Kearsley, you’ll want to devour Avelynn."―Hook of a Book
"A stimulating new voice in historical fiction is always welcome and I'm anxious for Marissa Campbell's next endeavor. If you love historical adventure with a bit of old world mysticism mixed in, add Avelynn to your next-to-read list."―Romantic Junkies, 4 Blue Ribbons
"I loved it!... The descriptions and story and of course the characters were just so perfect in this book. It’s a definite must read!"―Night Owl Reviews, "Top Pick"
"A charming, elegant, suspenseful tale. The characters are well developed. You, as a reader, truly feel that you get to know each and every person. Let me tell you, some of the characters will make your hair stand on end! Others will make you cheer... I look forward to more by Marissa Campbell."―Book Lovers Paradise
“Avelynn is a captivating tale of star-crossed lovers. He is a Viking and she is a Saxon. Their struggle to be together will lead you on an exciting journey through a background filled with rich and detailed description.” ―Connie Mason, New York Times bestselling author of Viking Warrior
“Marissa Campbell's Avelynn is a fast-paced, rollicking historical novel whose irresistible heroine starts out as the willful daughter of a Saxon earl and evolves into a warrior and leader, as fierce as she is passionate.” ―Barbara Rogan, author of A Dangerous Fiction and Suspicion
“A hot-blooded tale of Viking invasion, Saxon valor, and a love that conquers kingdoms. Get ready to be bewitched by the bold, brave Avelynn.” ―Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen's Exiles
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