Customer Reviews: The Norse King's Daughter (Viking I)
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on February 6, 2012
No, this book is not that bad but this is the second book of Ms. Hill published within the last six months that just came out lacking for me. I finally pinpointed what I don't like on this book and the `A Dixie Christmas': over the board chaos to force humor. I loved Ms. Hill's delicate balance of tavern humor and wits especially on the first books of Viking Series 1. I think she did a fantastic job on them.
However on this book (and Dixie Christmas) the first 75% is stretched with unnecessary and forced humor. I keep thinking `c'mon, give me action' but instead half the book was just stretched too long with `clever word exchange' that came out too trite. Trite because it is used to dodge main issue - like the deceit - and halt the flow of the story.
Another thing I did not like on the book (and every book with this kind of plot) is the assumption that REAL intimacy can develop with deceits between characters - main or not. Or maybe it's just me who find it hard to trust and love a man knowing there is personal lies/deceit between us, or even in developing friendships. Now sex just for the heck of it is another story because you don't have to trust the other half of the equation. Which to me is just what has been developing between the main characters and then we are led to believe it is love? It is just hard to swallow for me.
Overall, the book started with promise of laughter and mayhem when our hero found himself between a rock and a hard place. Then here comes our heroine, close to falling then caught herself just in time to show the hero she is more than just a pretty face. Then it went downhill when the book was peppered with TONS of characters - to deliver the `historical' part of the book. I just wish the historical part is weaved seamlessly on the story like the rest of the books in this series, instead they stick out there like a sore thumb. Also the main characters are constantly apart, half the time in the book, only to come together for bedplay as they call it.
At least in the end the deceit was addressed that's why I gave this book two star. I just hope Ms. Hill's next book would deliver as well as `The Reluctant Viking.' I missed reading her book and receiving odd looks from around me because I just burst out laughing from what I am reading. That's how good her earlier books were.
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on September 27, 2011
An arrogant lout and an independent princess cross words and pots which set the stage for a long and roundabout romance plagued with mishaps, kidnappings, lustsome thoughts and naughty shenanigans.

Such is the final story of the last unmarried princess in King Thorvald's household, Drifa. She's a woman of quick temper, deep passions and has a fanatic enthusiasm for all plants green, flowered and tall. That small hobby of hers gets her into more trouble than she believed possible. Because Drifa has been allowed to make her own decisions and get her way at home, it's given her a false sense of security and safety. She comes across as a woman who knows what's going on but even when she's hit by the figurative wall of bricks, she remains inured from the thought of possible harm to her. She's a king's daughter, what could possibly happen? She accepts the need to be cautious in name only and goes off to do what she wants to do anyway. I knew she was going to lead the hero on a merry chase and I was right.

The hero, Sidroc, at first doesn't seem like a hero at all, but a manipulative jerk. Only as I read did I find out this man has undiscovered emotional depths hidden behind a veneer of lust - for both war and women. He's not what he seems at all but the conflict comes from Drifa overhearing a conversation that was meant for another man's ears only. What a man does when he thinks all is lost shows his inner character. Sidroc is not a quitter, nor a shallow man. He is a man of loyalty, valor and integrity, even when he doesn't want to be. He also has a liking for adventurous sex and he uses that as a clever ploy to get Drifa to do what he wants her to do. The fun part comes when the tables are turned and the heroine ends up getting him to do what she wants. The best part, he doesn't even know it. If that sounds ambiguous, it is. Only by experiencing the book will a reader understand just how twisted that gets.

Ms. Hill is known for her knee-slapping humor and clever play on words during the telling of her romance tales. Readers will find that the asides of inner dialogue used in juxtaposition with what's actually being said or done is still an effective and fun technique that the author used to good effect. However, the loud guffaws never came. I chortled a few times, giggled at others but my knees were in no danger of being tormented this time around. The final book seemed to have treated the characters in a gentler fashion. I liked and enjoyed the book, but didn't fall in love with it. Alas, all the loving is between Sidroc and Drifa.

As much as I liked Drifa, she annoyed me too. She blithely ignored the battle-seasoned warriors at her side when they warned her, repeatedly. I understand she had a passion for plants, verging on obsessive, but that tunnel vision of hers that she persisted in indulging in drove me nuts. Frankly, there were a few moments where I'd classify her character as too stupid to live. Of course, if she wasn't, then a lot of the plot conflict would have disappeared and I wouldn't have been treated to the interesting encounter in the Arab lands. The information that she came back with was put to good use by leading Sidroc around by his hormones. Ms. Hill certainly explored some creative use of scarves and marble.

The story included a tableau of secondary characters that interacted well with the hero and heroine. Many were from past books and a few were special to this book alone. I can assure readers that The Norse King's Daughter is a complete standalone book. The story focuses completely on the hero and heroine and all the other characters either affect them or support them. Runa is a cutie. She shows up at strategic points in the story that showcased the best in the heroine and hero. However, Sidroc's father is a mean old skunk and the hero finally got to stand up to him, with a little help from his friends. Considering what I learned about that man and his household, it was a wonderful little scene to read. King Thorvald is still a riot of a character and I always giggle when he refers to the benefit of head drilling. He's a fun guy, if a bit bloodthirsty. A perfect father for Drifa.

The Norse King's Daughter is a vastly entertaining and light- hearted read. It has a smattering of suspenseful drama to spice up the conflict and the dialogue was always true to character. The fast paced verbal exchanges between Drifa and Sidroc were usually amusing and always interesting. The happily ever after, when it finally happened, was very sweet, adorable and had me believing that their marriage was going to be a strong and happy one - camel dung notwithstanding. I'm glad I got to read this story and Ms. Hill remains one of my favorite authors.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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on December 6, 2012
Sidroc Guntersson's wife has died in childbirth and he needs a wife for his infant daughter; his father, with whom he lives, has encouraged him to let the child die; as she is a female and the mother is dead. Sidroc refuses; his father gives Sidroc a short time to locate another wife before he puts the infant to death; his father also tells him to marry someone with wealth this time and tells him of King Thorvald of Stoneheim's one remaining single daughter, Drifia. Sidroc goes to Stoneheim, does a fast courtship and convinces Drifia to marry him; he conveniently leaves out information about his child and how he plans to go off and leave Drifia with the infant after they wed. Drifia overhears him telling his friend however and she breaks the betrothal and a piece of pottery over Sidroc's head. Sidroc becomes unconscious, after hitting his head on a bench on the way down from Drifia's hit. While he is unconscious, Drifia and her sisters go and take the infant from Sidroc's father; when Sidroc awakens, he finds out Drifia is gone, but nobody knows where; he is angry and hurt, believing his daughter to now be dead by his father. Drifia and Sidroc cross paths again five years later, in Byzantium; Sidroc has wanted revenge on Drifia and his father for five years; Drifia fears more what Sidroc will do when he discovers she has his daughter, whom she loves and has raised as her own.
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on September 27, 2011
His father orders Sidroc Guntersson to throw the female baby into the thrall. However, the widower decides he needs a wife to raise his daughter. Sidroc woos long in the tooth hybrid Princess Drifa, daughter of King Thorvald. They marry, but she becomes irate with his boasting of gaining wealth as a third born and a mom for his child; Drifa hammers her new spouse with a pitcher to his head before walking away. When he awakens after days of unconsciousness, he learns his wife has left him and his baby is gone.

Five years later, Sidroc and Drifa meet in Byzantium. He is irate to learn she has a daughter Runa. Needing revenge, he courts and beds his virgin wife. Stunned Sidroc realizes his spouse is raising his daughter. When Drifa is kidnapped, Sidroc vows to rescue her so they and their child can forge a loving family.

This is similar in tone to many of her Viking romances (see The Viking's Captive) with modern day humor imbued into a Dark Ages gender war. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two strong individuals who both melt in each other's arms though sometimes caustically and with their child. Readers will appreciate the battle between two powerful adversaries in love as even their trysts are jocular (don't tell Sidroc I said that).

Harriet Klausner
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on May 7, 2015
This story as is usual for Sandra Hill fare is very funny but her character development gives the reader a good picture of not only the hero and heroine but also the lesser participants of the story. Worth the read if a distraction of life's daily mundane chores. Enjoy!
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on September 30, 2011
I give this book 3-1/2 stars. Great story I couldn't put it down. Princess Drifa and Sidroc were great with each other. It just felt like something was missing in this Viking story. Maybe some of Sandra's humor, maybe more action. If you have never read any of her other books this would be a great read, but I have read all of her other Viking books and this is not her best even though I did like the story. Confusing review? That is how I feel. I do recommend this book though. Good writing good story. Light on the "Viking".
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THE NORSE KING'S DAUGHTER by Sandra Hill is an exciting Viking/ historical romance set in the Dark Ages. This is the story of King Thovald's(Norse King) last unmarried daughter,Drifa and Sidroc Guntersson,a Viking warrior,who needs a wife and mother for his infant daughter. "The Norse King's Daughter" is a fast paced story full of action,adventure,adventurous sex,sexual tension,kidnapping,mishaps, secrets,naughty thoughts,misunderstandings,romance,and love. "The Norse King's Daughter" is the story of an independent princess and her arrogant Viking warrior,their struggles with their feelings,and finding true love. This is a quick,.fun,lighthearted read with entertaining characters and an fun plot. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical, romance,Vikings,and a story with adventure and love. Received for review from the publisher and Net Galley. Details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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on November 15, 2013
lots of sizzle - one of the more "lusty" of her novels - the story gets dragged out a bit more than I would have liked - but still worth a good read (some a bit more far-fetched than usual).....if you want more "lusty scenes" this is the book to hot and then a bit more - with a good and happy ending of course
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on August 3, 2012
Drifta and Sidroc's story is one that will not only have you busting out in laughter, but it will squeeze your heart too. This is one of my favorites that she has written yet. Drifta loves to plant and one thing I love about this book is the way Sidroc drives her crazy calling her plant names as endearments, or at times to drive her insane. The banter is wonderful and sure to keep you in stitches. Sandra Hill takes you to different countries and on an amazing ride with this one!
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on February 28, 2012
This book was not the worst book of Hill's that I've read (that would be desperado), but they share a major flaw - total unbelievability in the "hero" and "heroine" supposed "relationship". sex is not a relationship - if the characters evolved from just having sex to having a relationship, that's believable; if the growth is on the page. However, both these books were ridiculous in this "growth".

I really didn't like this book, and felt reading it was a waste of time, and an insult to the earlier books in this viking series.
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