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The Briton and the Dane: Birthright Second Edition Paperback – April 9, 2013
About the Author
Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels, is an avid history buff whose area of interest focuses on Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the Viking Age. While pursuing a degree in business administration, she managed to fit creative writing classes and workshops into her busy schedule to learn the craft, but it would take decades before her “Erik the Viking” novel was ultimately published. Mary Ann is also a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm. She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work. She has also been a featured author on Triangle Variety Radio, The Phil Naessens Show, and The Writers Showcase, and has been interviewed extensively by American and European bloggers. Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.
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I think that Birthright is my favorite (so far) of the series. I liked book one a lot, but I loved this one. There are so many plot twists and so many things to figure out. I do have to mention though that I thought I had something figured out and admittedly it was kind of far-fetched and I almost caved and had the author tell me whether my theory was correct when she offered, I'm glad that I declined because the wait was worth it. (My theory was correct by the way). I also had a near break down during a heartbreaking moment for one of my favorite characters. I don't want to tell you which one, you'll just have to read it.
I love the way that the story is told as well. There are so many characters doing so many separate things but you know they're all going to meet in the end. (Think of how the movie Love Actually is told). It's a lot to keep track of, but it's a wonderfully easy and fairly quick read. After a few chapters, you get a flow of the characters and which side they are connected to and as more characters are introduced, they fit in seamlessly. I love the mix of historical background, family/love bonds and adventure. It makes the book such a great read.
I also love the format of the book. Don't be deceived, it looks daunting due to its length, but it's not. It's larger font than books usually have, with paragraphs with what looks like double spaced lines and the chapters are short. While that doesn't seem like a huge deal, but I love when books are formatted in such a way especially when they fall under the category of epic adventures. It makes me as a reader feel like I'm reading faster than I am without getting overwhelmed.
There were a lot of cliffhangers in this book and I cannot wait for the next one! I've perhaps gotten a little too attached to these characters.
While there are plentiful descriptions of food, there are few on the actual hardships of daily life at the time, which presents a rather glossy picture in lieu of reality. But then, the reality of the time would, most likely, detract from the romance of the saga.
All in all, this author writes very well and provides an enchanting read. I recommend it to all history and romance buffs.
The characters and story line was so well written it made it very easy to visualize the story and see it as you were reading.