July 17, 2018

#BookReview & #Giveaway: The Sea Queen (The Half-Drowned King #2) by @linneaharts @HarperCollins

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Harper
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Historical Fiction (Fantasy) 

About the Book:

An exhilarating Viking saga filled with the rich history, romantic adventure and political intrigue that have made Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, as well as Phillippa Gregory’s historical fiction and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology popular bestsellers. 

Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous the higher he rises.

Ragnvald’s sister Svanhild has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi’s ambition draws him back to Norway’s battles again and keeps her divided from her brother.

As a growing rebellion unites King Harald’s enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald’s dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies, and bring his sister back to his side, while Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself.

The Sea Queen returns to the fjords and halls of Viking-Age Scandinavia, a world of violence and prophecy, where honor is challenged by shifting alliances, and vengeance is always a threat to peace.

This title will be released on August 14, 2018.

About the Author: 
Linnea Hartsuyker can trace her family lineage back to the first king of Norway, and this inspired her to write her debut novel, The Half-Drowned King, the first book in her trilogy about the Vikings, which was published by HarperCollins in the US, and internationally in six other countries. The Half-Drowned King was an Indie Next and a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, and was named the best historical fiction book of 2017 by the American Library Association. Linnea grew up in the woods outside Ithaca, New York, studied Engineering at Cornell University, and later received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. 


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: You don't know vikings like the Sea Queen! 

Do I Recommend this book? Loved book one? You will totally love this one.  This is for fans of Game of Thrones and anything having to deal with Vikings! 

Notes and Opinions: So this one picked up where book one left off. (sorry guys no review for book one I had a friend give me the load down on it!). So even though I didn't read book one I think this one still worked out well. I did have to ask my friend called the interent a few things about book one (recaps are your friend) but for the most part I didn't feel like I was missing to much.  I also think that if you do you want to read book one first that you will most likely understand this a lot more. So its a kind of you can but you don't have to kind of thing.  

Ok so this one is all about the women!  We have some great fierce ladies in this one especially Svanhild whom is the Sea Queen! This was another great story that I can not wait to get a copy of both of these so I can read book one and then read this one.  

I think the author did a fabulous job creating this world and really depicted the Vikings well. This was a longer read for me and I do recommend taking your time with it. vs. rushing through it.  It was well paced and the characters were great.  

Go Into This One Knowing:  Great ending and wonderful story! 
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