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DANGEROUS TALENTS (Vinlanders' Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"A great tale of adventure and romance, beautifully imagined and deeply engaging from beginning to end!"
~Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of Outlander, An Echo In The Bone, and the Lord John Grey series

"Grabs you from the start with excellent pacing, fascinating characters and culture, and a satisfying romance. I want more!"
~ Jennifer Roberson, bestselling author of Karavans, the Sword Dancer series, The Chroncles of the Cheysuli, and Lady of the Glen.

"Romance, peril, and magic: what more could anyone ask? "
~Dennis L. McKiernan, author of the Mithgar series, the Faery series, and other works.

"Frankie Robertson creates detailed worlds, vivid characters, and intricate, well plotted stories. The mixture of fantasy and romance is perfectly balanced and an utter joy to read."
~ Jill Knowles, author of Concubine, and A Pirate's Primer.

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  • File Size: 1316 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castle Rock Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QQ1CDK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a reader, Frankie's first love was science-fiction and fantasy, but then she discovered the romance genre. Now she enjoys blending the two, writing romantic fiction with an otherworldly twist. She brings a diverse background to her stories, including experience as an investigator with the Western Society for Paranormal Research.

In addition to her more fantasy oriented work, Frankie writes the erotic Victorian Secret Romance line as Francesca Rose.

Frankie lives with her husband in the desert southwest where they have a back yard that's regularly visited by hawks, bobcats, lizards, and quail, while the coyotes sing to them from beyond the fence.

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First, I just want to note -- I gave this book 3 stars, which means I found it enjoyable... but most of the review contains the sticking points and things that could be improved (in my opinion). I know this book has a lot of good reviews and I urge you to look at those too. This is more just a place for me to express things that stood out, and unfortunately that always seems to be the editor in me finding room for improvement... even in books that I enjoy.

Things I enjoyed:

1) The fantasy world is based on Viking mythology, which isn't something you commonly see.

2) The magic system does not overwhelm the story.

3) The story is fast paced. I was never bored or felt like I was sifting through chapters of description or non-action.

Things that could be improved:

1) Romance. Too much, too soon. Reading more about her, I saw that the author also is a romance writer... something I did not know coming into this. I shy away from romance because, frankly, I find that pretty boring as far as character development and plot goes. I'm sure it's pretty standard in the romance arena, but if a character gets transported to a completely different world and there is magic involved, I don't want to have her spending her time musing internally about her feelings about some guy she just met a day ago. THAT'S what you're thinking about, Celia, really? To be honest, it makes me not take her as seriously as a character. Celia is supposed to be this tough, no-nonsense good-in-emergencies kind of girl, and she's withering and musing and feels twisted inside over the way this man she just met a day ago glances at her? :/ That's a little too junior-high girlie for me, but that's probably why I don't like romances in general.
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Dangerous Talents was a surprisingly good read. to be honest, I wasn't expecting much - but the story flows easily, the characters develop at a good pace. I was kept intrigued as to who the perpetrator was throughout (and was completely wrong, even though a few characters that I *thought* were involved, were).

Time travel, mystery and, yes, love were woven together in such a way by Frankie Robertson, that I can't even see the seams! =)
I can't wait to read the sequel!
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Can I first say I loved the book and all the characters except for Celia. She had to be the dumbest person I've ever encountered in a book. The people who saved me and took care of me, yes they are evil probably, I will keep an eye on them. The one who kidnaps me is obviously the one I should trust blindly with no questions asked....mostly because he says what I want to hear and obviously that is all that is important. Logic is not one of her strengths. She is supposed to be able to handle emergencies, but if I was in danger and it was up to her to save me I'm pretty sure I'd be doomed because she'd be sending robbers to save me instead of the police. I don't mind her making dumb assumptions, but when things show up to make the truth obvious she conveniently ignores them. I am working really hard to finish this book. The only reason I continued was because I hoped that something would happen to redeem her, because at the moment I don't want her with the main guy because if he is leader, I would have to agree with his mother and say she is not fit to help anyone rule because she listens to whoever says what she likes and ignores the truth even when it's quite obvious. If you like a rational heroine then you will be frustrated reading all her dumb decisions, but if you can read just accepting she may not be too bright, then you may be alright. Again the other characters are great, and the history/mythology is too. I am now pausing and I'm not sure when I will continue reading.
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I got completely lost the the world Frankie Robertson has created. when I was forced to put the book down, sleep or kids needing food, I couldn't let the story go and kept replaying scenes in my mind. I have major Book Hangover now that I am done as I don't want to leave this amazing world full of magic, Vikings, sexy men, lusty women, and Elves! I can't wait for The next one!
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Always on the prowl for good free reads, I came across this one..
And luckily for me, this is a really good one!

Lots of action, some love and passion, and a good story in an original world! I like how the author have made magic into talents, and mix some Norwegian into the story (Yes, I'm a viking)!
I really hope Cele and Dahleven will appear in more stories, and that she will never lose her spunk!

Highly recommended for fantasy-loving people who don't mind a little romance thrown in here and there!
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While I liked this book, I found the genre a bit confusing. I kept asking myself what I was reading . . . Time Travel ?? Fantasy?? Paranormal?? Suspense?? Romance?? After finishing the book I can say that I'm still not entirely sure where it fits.

The story was well put together with characterizations well-formed, but a little more explanation regarding those characters - when and where they lived would have gone a long way towards removing my confusion. There is definitely some suspense and romance and I would consider fantasy and paranormal a yes as well, but you can only "suppose" regarding time-travel, the author does not say, and you can only guess at a time-period and location by what is told.

The author's use of all these genres into one story line is quite impressive, but the continued questions that arose while reading was frustrating to me. If it is important to you to know when and where your story is taking place, this book will keep you guessing most all of the way. Other than a current day location at the beginning, you don't know when or where the majority of the story takes place. You are told that the locale does not appear to be the same place, but are not told where or when it takes place.

Personally, I prefer to know (at least by the end of the book)the 5 W's (who, what, when, where and why). While some of those were answered, a few too many were not.
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