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Brothers of the Wild North Sea by [Fox, Harper]
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  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619219077
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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So, let me get this straight (as it were): a gay romance novel, set in the Dark Ages, on an isolated rocky peninsula at the northernmost part of the British isles, in an early Christian monastery. With Vikings.

Yeah, right. What crazy writer could possibly pull this off?

Apparently, the brilliant Harper Fox.

I pre-ordered this book - because I am a Harper Fox fan. I am a connoisseur of her broken men, of her exquisitely painted settings, of her deftly woven plots, in which action and emotion and character come together to create a vivid and memorable experience for the reader. She does not pander to us romantics: she honors us with her books.

And, in "Brothers of the wild North Sea," she gives us a startling, enormously daring triumph of historical romance, and manages to touch our intelligence as much as our hearts.

Caius, a young monk, eldest son of a local Saxon chieftan, has turned his back on the rough, mindless world of his father's clan. Not quite sure of where his faith lies, he has joined a small brotherhood of monks on the rocky outcrop of Fara, and has found something like contentment.

Then the Viking raiders come, and Caius finds his little world shattered violently by these brutal monsters from the East. Until one of them is left for dead on the monastery's beach, wounded by Caius's own sword.

"Brothers of the Wild North Sea" is an improbably moving and gorgeously written story of great power and beauty. As always, Fox gives us the best writing of anyone in her genre - I can't overemphasize how good a writer she is. There are passages in this book that moved me to tears just with their poetic elegance.
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Dear Harper Fox:

I saw the hints of "from enemies to lovers" , and I can never get enough of that trope, and I love historicals, so I was very happy to grab this book for the review. I was a little afraid of excessive angst (I love the writing style but some of your books had been too much for me) but now that I've finished I think that I would not characterize this book as a very angsty one. I mean, sure the characters here are going through some horrible things, but they do not have time to spend to sit down and do internal monologues about how bad their life is. They have their moments, but it did not seem manufactured to me and I did not feel that the situations they are angsting about could be resolved by them sitting down and listening to each other in five minutes' conversation. The book is dark and as the blurb states, it has bloodshed and deaths, but I felt that the book was dark because life was dark and I was surprised by how Fox also managed to put in some lighter moments. I cannot talk much about the authenticity of the settings because I do not know much about that period in history (the first chapter starts in year 687), it did feel believable for the most part (see my comments at the end), but besides that I would not know.

A lot of this book was centered on religion, specifically what it means to be and behave as a true servant of God. This is not surprising since monks are featured heavily in the story and Cai is a monk. But we see how different people - abbots and monks - understand differently their role and God's role in people's lives.
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From any other author, the religious undertone of the story would have made me wary. The idea of priesthood, of devoting one's life to a single, Christian God is an alien concept to me; one that often makes me feel uneasy. I tend to stay away from novels that delve closely into the subject, whether they be fictional, historical, or any combination of the two. However, no Harper Fox novel I've ever come across could be called lighthearted or frivolous. Over the years, I've learned to put my faith into every sentence she forms and trust that my faith will be rewarded with more beauty than a simple human being can take.
I can't say I know much about the time period. I do remember some of my lessons, mainly Synod of Whitby who in 664 left the Celtic Christian Church for the Roman faith. And of course, there's Saint Cuthbert. Is it too much to hope that I saw some of his fascinating life peeking though in Cai's story? I suppose I'll never know. Records of the Viking raids during that time period are few and far between, but they do exist. The rest of the plot, as far as historical accuracy is concerned, is by no means lacking in events that ring true. The action is stark and full of suspense. You can easily imagine yourself sliding on the treacherous sands, smelling the blood and tasting the copper. I had gotten accustomed to the beauty of the worlds this author creates, yet each time I find something new, something that takes me by surprise. In this book it was the images of the waves breaking against the hull of a ship, the moonlight reflected on the steel, the black of blood marring the surface of the sea. Beauty found in an unexpected place and more precious for this fact alone.
Both Cai and Fen are boys in the beginning; if not in body then very much in mind.
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