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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380757478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380757473
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.


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johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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I started reading, and I can't put the book down.
Jessica Brearley
The hero hurts the heroine physically and emotionally, and feels no remorse.
J. Wilson
This book is well written with well developed characters.
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83 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Carrell on August 14, 2004
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Trained in the art of war, Brenna Carmarham vowed to never take a husband until her father made a deal with the hated Vikings in hopes of saving her home. Not long after the deal is made, her much-loved father dies, but reluctantly Brenna decides to honor her father's vow anyway and awaits her intended with trepidation. On the day of her father's funeral, the Vikings finally come, but not with a bride-groom as expected. Instead, the Vikings raid Brenna's home, kill most of her family and take her prisoner, making her the slave of the man she'd once thought to marry.

Having been spurned by a money-hungry woman, Garrick Haardrad has vowed to never love again. While he's away on a trading venture his father makes a false deal with the hated Celts to join Garrick with a Celtic lord's daughter. However, the marriage-pact is just a smoke-screen to allow the Vikings to raid the Celtic village and take revenge on the Celts for long-ago wrongdoing. And now, the woman who might have been his wife is his slave.

I first read _Fires Of Winter_ many years ago and to this day it remains one of my favorites by Ms. Lindsey. In fact, I'd have to say it's one of my favorites in the entire genre. Johanna Lindsey always delivers well-drawn and likeable characters, and Brenna and Garrick are no exception. Brenna is fiery, brave and headstrong while Garrick is stoic, courageous and stubborn. When these two first meet, sparks fly and wills clash in a battle that will leave you wanting more. And, since you will want more, it's lucky that Ms. Lindsey expanded this book into a trilogy (this one is followed by _Hearts Aflame_ and _Surrender My Love_).

One of the most fascinating aspects, for me, is the history. You're thoroughly immersed in the Viking culture.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Morton on March 14, 2000
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Contrary to most readers' opinions, one of the main reasons that I was intrigued by Fires of Winter is because it conveys a realistic plot. When spinning a tale concerning Vikings and Norseman, Lindsey could not make characters that were all sweet and kind-hearted. This was not the reality then. The actions of Garrick and his family reflect how things actually were back then. You can't expect Lindsey to change history just because it disturbs some of her more fragile readers to hear some violence. As for the content of the story: it was breathtaking. As soon as Brenna lost her stubborn edge and Garrick let himself feel again, I was mesmerized with it. And, my God, are the sex scenes incredible!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. Nix on January 31, 2012
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I wasn't going to write a review for this book. I read it. It held my attention. Ms. Lindsey isn't a tragically bad writer like so many in this genre. The problem with the book is that it isn't romantic. There is nothing sweet or romantic about this book, and the glorification of rape is sick. Clearly, someone was writing to the rape fantasy crowd, and from the number of 5-star reviews, I see that crowd is larger than I had imagined.

I'm not a "delicate" or "fragile" reader. I love the Starz Spartacus series. I adore the Game of Thrones books. I'm a periodic fan of fluffy romance novel sex scenes. I put forward that there is nothing prude in being affronted by a rape scene in which the woman screams and kicks and begs to be left alone only to THANK THE RAPIST when he is done for "teaching her" that sex didn't hurt.

Are you kidding me? (SPOILERS FOLLOW):

This poppycock about historical accuracy is a serious eyeroll, and the number of people defending this atrocity astounds me. The plot consists of a woman watching her entire household slaughtered before her eyes, being abducted to some former version of Norway to live as a slave among Vikings, tied up and left to half starve, defending herself repeatedly against men who wish to rape her, being actually raped multiple times by the "hero" of the story, being abandoned after half killing herself to return to him when he completely and utterly fails to rescue her from a pair of villains, and then falling in love with him after she has his baby under the terror that he might reject the baby and murder it.

Yeah.

That is romantic and historically accurate as hell.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2002
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I actually read this after reading HEARTS AFLAME. I don't know what I expected since these two were so great in their daughter's story, but I didn't expect constant feuding. When exactly did these two get along? Every day they fought, which would make for a very unhappy life. They didn't seem at all in love, either. Every story needs a little bickering, as long as no one loses sight of the fact that love is still in the air. But when an argument happens almost every time the couple converses, it makes for a very depressing story. I dreaded turning to the next page because I knew nothing happy would take place.
There wasn't one romantic love scene in the entire book! No woman, even then, would have put up with being violated over and over again. And I don't believe all men of that era were such pigs, either.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
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If I had the ability to give this book a negative rating I would. If you are into RAPE, HUMULIATION, AND BRUTIAL VIOLENCE this book is for you, if not, run for cover if you see this book. I should have known better when the first rape scene showed up on page 5. I didn't get any farther than the first 100 pages when our "Hero" started to rape our heroin as a means of submission.
Reading this book left me with a very disturbed feeling and I would hope this review will prevent you from making the same mistake.
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