Love comes in many forms and the bond between twin sisters can run deep. In a time when marriages were arrangements for men’s profits, the main characters are ripped from their world and thrown into a foreign environment. Showing the reader angst and despair as well as glimmers of joy, this author does a great job of taking us into the hearts of these two sisters. Steamy scenes are handled with finesse and realism but that is just one emotion that you will be experiencing as you read. As relationships develop and ‘life goes on,’ there is more afoot than first realized. Friends may be foes and strangers may be allies but these sisters will always have a bond.
After reading and loving this author’s fantasy five-book series, Kingdom of Jior, I looked forward to seeing where she would take her readers. This book proves that Anderson is a multitalented author. Best of all, it is a standalone that allows you to enjoy the entire story.
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The bond between sisters is one forged in blood and fire. Twin sisters, Liana and Deirdre were inseparable like the two halves of a double-bladed axe, making the pain of having to leave each other a cut twice as deep. Their father, Gorsedd Gunnarson, King of the great country of Svartur Rokk, did not care about twin bonds or his daughter’s preferences and severed the pair with a single blow. Both Liana and Deirdre have been sold to the highest bidders for ships, weapons, and alliances. For Gorsedd Gunnarson these are very profitable and advantageous marriage arrangements, but the twin sisters would be torn from each other lives and sent to lands far apart forever! Liana is forced to leave her childhood sweetheart and marry a stranger. Sweet, timid Deirdre would be wed to a Viking warlord. One would leave her home on a ship and the other on a horse. Both would travel great distances to new lands. Given no choice but to embrace the lives planned for them, they find that the future holds more than they could ever have suspected. In a land where blood and ice reign, danger and betrayal war with love and hope, as they fight to find happiness in an ruthless world ruled by the sword and axe.