5 Stars! "Lovers of historical romances will thoroughly enjoy Michelle M. Pillow's Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice. Pillow's lush attention to detail shines throughout the novel, vividly revealing the scenery and the people living in Strathfeld Castle. The author'sgraceful prose in addition to her use of language and dialect fittingwith the medieval time period makes the story even more real." - Jeep Diva Reviews
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Note from the Author
Late in the 8th century, Vikings (also called Danes and Norsemen) began to raid and plunder the English coasts. By the end of the 9th century, they were a powerful force that reigned over the Anglo-Saxons, settling and ruling much of England--including Northumbria, York, Mercia and East Anglia. The Norse king, Guthrum, wanted Wessex--the only territory left to conquer. Though they fought, no side claimed victory and Wessex's borders remained secure.
In 871, King Aethelred of Wessex was mortally wounded at theBattle of Martin only to be succeeded by his brother King Alfred (known now asAlfred the Great). Even with a new Anglo-Saxon king, the Nordic army was vastand none could predict how young Alfred would fair against them. For thoseAnglo-Saxons living under Viking authority, it was a hard time. In a land tornby war, ruled over by fierce warriors, it wasn't wise to change allegiances.Ealdormen (later to be called Earls) were the chief magistrates, leaders ofarmies and the highest ranking nobles of the period, below the king.
This period of time is commonly known as The Dark Ages. Thoughthe events surrounding this story are based on the history of the time, the mainsettings, characters and situations are purely fictional.