"a wonderful Viking historical"
When her elderly husband Raynor dies, Marion is told by her
king that she will wed again. Her husband-to-be- is Wyborn
the Indomitable; a fierce Viking warrior that was just as
likely to attack and pillage her home if he didn't marry
her. To save her people she agrees to the marriage with
Only Raynor's second in command Bodin, thinks he should be
awarded the lovely Lady Marion and Ravenhill. Planning to
take control of Ravenhill with a surprise attack, he
instead flees a coward when Wyborn arrives more than
prepared for the assault.
Kate Hill has written a wonderful Viking historical. Both
are surprised with each other as a person and as a spouse.
Wyborn is a fierce warrior yes, but he is also very
protective of his people and considerate of their needs.
Marion is perfect for him as a wife; she is strong willed
and really needed a man who could be a husband, more so
than a father. What I really like about her though is as a
historical character, she is very feminine even though she
is strong willed. I also really like the fact that even
though she initially tried to kill him, I think this is
what first attracts Raynor to Marion!
I enjoyed the plot and the tension created because Bodin
wants Ravenhill and is sore over getting his ass kicked
(because he is a sleaze-bag and got what he deserves!). I
also greatly admire authors that stick characters
in "sticky" situations and there are consequences that
cannot be let off lightly (and the author doesn't!).
However, because every night there was a bedroom scene
between Wyborn and Marion, I feel that the story started to
loose some of its tempo.
If you want to consider Bodin the villain, there is a
secondary villain that I found very interesting, completely
misunderstood and in need of starting his life over and
getting over his life long grudge. Assuming he survives, I
would be very interested in reading his story!
All and all, THE CHIEFTANS BRIDE was an excellent change of
pace for me, and I would recommend the story.
August 23, 2005
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 1, 2007