Book Review: Savagery

Savagery by Emma MacKenzie: In 10th century France, 18-year old Cherine Cadet only knows one thing: that the life of a peasant isn’t a life at all. Tired of working in utter poverty for an unfeeling Lord, with only her indifferent family and love-struck best friend as company, Cherine dreams of the day she can run away from the future set-up for her, even if she knows there’s no real escape from her destiny.

Then, in one brutal instance, everything changes. A Viking fleet led by the powerful nobleman and warrior, Rolf the Walker and his right-hand man, Erik the Axe, arrive on the shores of the Lord’s estate. In minutes, the entire land is up in flames, Cherine’s family and fellow serfs are killed, and Cherine comes dangerously close to death herself. She is saved only by the fierce Erik – but a new lease on life comes with a cost.

Cherine becomes a slave to the Vikings, a fate she thinks is no better than the one she had before. But as she finds herself being shared between the two men, the savage and darkly handsome Rolf and the mysterious and sensual Erik, Cherine discovers that she too has a fiery warrior heart and that the flames that consumed her old life might burn them all to the ground.

Author's Note: While this book is set in 909 A.D. and efforts were made to keep it authentic to the time period, the language used IS modern. If you are looking for a 100% accurate historical read, this might NOT be the book for you. If you don't like historical romances because of the old language, then this book might be for you.

*** Rated 18+ for graphic sexual content and violence ***

Nicole's thoughts: Having been a huge fan of Karina Halle's for quite some time, I was very excited to read this. It was duly noted that there were historical liberties taken, and that was not an issue for me at all. The book was a relatively short read, however in that time a lot was thrust upon the reader. I enjoyed the concept and even the characters, but I felt that it was not fully developed. Specifically speaking, I felt that it was lacking Karina's flair for relatable characters. I did not truly connect with any of main characters no matter how hard I tried. I felt that it was very incomplete. Elements of time were rushed and I felt it hindered the story especially at the end.

Overall this book was good but not great. I wish that it could be rewritten by her now that she is a bit more seasoned. The bones are there, she just needs to add the meat.

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