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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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Product Details

  • Series: Haardrad Family (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380757478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380757473
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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91 of 102 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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25 of 26 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.


That is romantic and historically accurate as hell.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2012
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Fires of Winter was written in 1980 by Johanna Lindsey. It is a story of continual rape set in 850 in Norway. I realize that we all have different points of view on dominant-submissive relationships, and that is fine. Other people will have quite different points of view on this story, and that is fine too. I can only give my personal point of view, and how this story reads to me.

First, the good. Heroine Brenna has grown up wielding a sword and standing strong for herself. With no mother, and an antagonistic step-sister, she has had to fend for herself and think on her feet. She takes on villains with strength and honor. She has a strong internal code of right from wrong and is willing to fight rather than give in. I love sword-wielding heroines and heroines who stand up against wrong-doing. Brenna should be my ideal kind of heroine.

Next, the iffy. While a few other reviewers extol the "historical accuracy" of this story, most of those reviewers seem to do so in order to justify the continual rape. "Of course Vikings raped all their women in the 800s, so therefore you can't complain about the raping, because it was historically accurate". However, much of this story is NOT historically accurate. Most Vikings lived in large one-room homes, which stayed warm more easily. They didn't have lots of little rooms which would be inefficient and harder to heat. Lindsey invents a house with lots of rooms for one character, but even the other homes seem to be segmented. Stables also weren't separate buildings - why waste all that animal warmth! They were connected to the main building. Like in Briton, smoke went up a hole in the ceiling. It wouldn't go through a "door".

The whole family tended to live together in that one house. It was an extended community.
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