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- Print Length: 365 pages
- Publication Date: June 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0725PM8JK
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Father's Sun (The Northwomen Sagas Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Although this was Solveig and Magni's story, it came off as more of an ensemble piece. Which I enjoyed enormously. Susan Fanetti gave me everyone! I didn't expect that. She did it believably, naturally. I loved the dynamic between all of these characters - Vali and Brenna, Leif and Olga, Astrid and Leofric, as couples and as friends. Reading their POV's was enriching. I most loved the relationship Solveig and Magni had with their parents as well as each other. Catching up with these character's lives, seeing the changes as their loves and lives matured was a delight.
Solveig Valisdottir is the daughter of legends. She's consumed with living up to the stories told about her parents. Although she's a strong Shieldmaiden in her own right, she's blind to her achievements. Her feelings of inadequacy make her abrasive to those around her, including Magni Leifsson. He's gorgeous, a warrior, son of a Jarl and destined to be one too. As her best friend and confidante, he's loved her since they were children. He's willing to wait for her to make her story. I admit I was relieved when Magni finally gave Solveig the metaphorical "face push" (ala Cary Grant-Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story) she deserved by calling her out on her self-absorption and pettiness. I was finding her pretty hard to like. I came around on Solveig. She needed to grow up (mature) I never really disliked her - I was impatient with her. I know that was probably the author's intent. By the end of the book, I loved her. That's part of Fanetti's genius. She has you so invested in her characters you start to think of them as real people.
Like Susan Fanetti's other novels, Father's Son has that emotional gut-punch that will stay with you. I was crying as I read the last chapters. It wrecked me. Surprised me. I thought I had it all figured out. I really was staggered by the outcome. It pierced my heart. She slay's me every time. And Solveig, the Sheildmaiden I disliked so much at the beginning of this book, I love as much as the other strong, smart, loving Northwomen in this Viking world. She and Magni have their great love, she's made her story. Again, I loved it!!!
This genre is not my usual read, but I love Susan's other books so I gave it a try. I am so very glad I did.
"You are a legend already."
Solveig and Magni have been friends all their lives. Both children of legendary parents, Solveig moreso, yet still the commonality of this exists. As Solveig wrestles with understanding her position in her own family and her own life, Magni's unwavering patience and love guides her to stay on track. The relationship between the two of them became my favorite Fanetti Viking romance. Based on deep-rooted friendship and understanding, the astounding levels of care between the two of these characters is so simply natural and romantic. Magni's ardent feelings for an almost lost Solveig provide comfort and calm from the storms of their young lives. Solveig's journey to becoming her own woman, with a man, a partner by her side is a bit tumultuous but her steadfast passion for those she loves is admirable.
A lot of action takes place in Father's Sun. As Solveig tries to understand herself as herself and not merely a legend of her parents making she's also solidifying those parental relationships with Brenna God's Eye and Vali Storm-Wolf. The familial hope and love penetrating through the story, through Solveig, captures your heart amidst the chaos and the turmoil. It's been an interesting journey following these characters throughout the series and seeing where they end up and watching the friendships explored. Friendship was a big take away from this story and this series. It's laced in every character, every scenario - the friendships these people have created to last.
"My destiny lies elsewhere - to live a story with you, not merely tell it."
I chose this above quote because not only is a truly romantic but because I believe it embodies Susan Fanetti's work as a whole and in this Northwomen Sagas series. I lived this series. I've mentioned in previous reviews that Viking romance, historical fiction in general, isn't particularly my favorite reading flavor but Fanetti made a believer out of me. There's been hardship in this series. Violence and brutality - I mean they're Vikings, people - run throughout the series and this particular book. Susan Fanetti does not ever shy away from the darker side of life whether it's contemporary or historical. She embraces those sides because without them there wouldn't be conflict, but most of all we'd never see the light and the beauty. There's always something just so much more than the darkness. Even in the simplicity of life. Not grandiose dreams but a simple way of living and loving. If you look at it with an open heart and an open mind, truly understand it and live it just as this great author writes it you'll fall in love with these books.