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  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ER55JXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the Peak District. Alex studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years. Now a stay-at-home mum and full time author, Alex lives with her husband and two daughters in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn't learned to operate a mobile phone.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lena Grey on February 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As hard it as may be now for a man to be attracted to another man, in the eighth century it was deadly. Real men did not submit to anyone; it could cost you your life and reputation. Wulfstan, of 'The Reluctant Berserker', is a fierce warrior, admired and respected by everyone for his warrior skills and his volatile temper. Few men even attempt to cross him and those who do, end up either badly wounded or dead. Wulfstan has done everything expected of him all of his life in order to gain his current measure of respect, but he feels totally dishonorable because the man he appears to be on the outside, is not the person he is inside. Instead of being in control all the time, he'd like to be able to surrender that burden, in the arms of another man.

Wulfstan is a warrior, a deadly force to be reckoned with if you are his enemy, but if you are someone who needs help, either nobleman or a slave, he provides it. He's a contradiction in many ways, but his main disparity is that he acts tough, even brutal sometimes, but in his heart, he's a gentle giant, wanting someone to love whom he can give his heart and body to, if only he could get past all of the guilt he feels. The church teachings say that wanting another man is a sin and he doesn't want to condemn himself or anyone else to hell so he refrains. His desire to be on the bottom makes him feel less than a man. He's so terrified that the other men will find out that he kills his best friend accidentally when he threatens to betray Wulfstan, heaping even more guilt on himself. I felt a great deal of compassion for Wulfstan and the more I learned about him, the more I loved him. Wulfstan is a very special man, a real man in my estimation, who would take on someone else's burden if possible without consideration for himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sirius VINE VOICE on April 14, 2014
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THERE ARE NO SPOILERS PER SE IN THE REVIEW, BUT IT COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERISH ABOUT SOME THEMES IN THE STORY AS I INTERPRETED THEM.

I usually love Alex Beecroft's books, but I have read a review by somebody whose tastes I really trust months ago and her review was the reason why I was hesitant to pick it up. I caved in eventually as you can see :-)

Let's get something very important out of the way - I thought the writing was as beautiful as ever , I absolutely was transformed to another time and I did not feel that I was reading about the people with contemporary mentalities dressed up in the historical costumes, no these characters truly felt like people from different times. Of course there were things I could relate to them as one human being to another, but they did not think as my contemporaries. So the book definitely did for me what I want historical to do. I am not very knowledgeable about Saxons, and I have no desire to do even a brief fact checking, but since usually this author is very good with her research, I am going to take her on faith. Historical settings are definitely written with the air of authority.

I also thought both guys' struggle to accept who they were inside and how it matched who they were outside was very well done. I really liked their love story. I still was not sure if in modern terms Wulfar was a transgender, or just wanted to be a submissive in bed, but who cares, I had a great deal of sympathy for him and Leondar.

Basically the review which stopped me from getting the book said that at the end the book became too preachy in a Christianity saves the day kind of thing (paraphrase), except to me it did not come out of the left field at all, I thought the writer foreshadowed it very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PrismBookAlliance on October 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
4.75 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

Actually, let’s start with the writing.

This story is set in the Viking age, where storytelling (the actual telling of stories) was a highly esteemed art form and where prose and poetry often blended together to form a seamless whole in an epic tale that could take the narrator–often a wandering minstrel–several nights to complete. The writing here recreates the epic feeling of one of these sagas, portraying the world it’s set in with such authenticity I became completely immersed in it. Everything fits together–the language, the food, the music, the characters’ mindsets and issues, the weapons, the settings. And although the narrative is in-style, poetic prose, it never veers into the kind of exaggerated flowery writing that overshadows the actual story. No, the plot is always moving forward, interspersed with breathtaking action scenes and moments so tender they made my heart ache.

The main characters, Wulfstan the warrior and Leofgar the harper, are true children of their time–and at the same time not, seeing as both don’t really fit with the complex social structures and the rules about what makes a man, a man. Fate’s twisted path brings them together as they, each in his own way, break under the pressure and rebel against their predestined places in society. Two misfits who might make a perfect match for each other, if they could only overcome their deeply ingrained convictions and insecurities… their slow-burn romance is beautiful to watch, fraught with all kinds of dangers as it is.
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