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This review is from: Fires of Winter (Mass Market Paperback)
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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Initial post: Mar 11, 2012 4:21:44 PM PDT
Gator Girl says:
Did find your review helpful in the sense that I felt the same way. I bought this hoping it was the Viking hero/heroine captive romance I had read as a young teen (stolen from my mother's romances)....and it sadly is not. I was disappointed because it isn't the book but also...this was not romantic! I get realistic history....but why do I want to read about that realism in my hero and heroine? He rapes her....that is not romantic.
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