Book review - Sigrun's by Marie-Louise Jensen
review by Becky
'Their garments are black as night. They carry torches in their hands, darkness and anger in their hearts. They are coming.' When a dark family secret is exposed, Sigrun's peaceful life is shattered. Forced to pay for her parents' misdeeds, she finds herself exiled from all she knows - and from the boy she loves - for three long years. Yet more secrets lie ahead; not least the power Sigrun finds awakening in herself, seemingly passed to her from a mysterious amulet. Can she use her new-found gift to save herself and those around her from the dangers they face? And will true love wait until her return?
Available on Amazon.com: Sigrun's Secret
This is another really gripping, thrilling, exciting and entertaining novel by Marie-Louise Jenson as well as proving to be a truly delightful sequel to Daughter of Fire and Ice.
The way she describes and immerses the reader in the treacherous and dangerous medieval world these fascinating characters live in is truly captivating and it what makes her writing so delightful to read. It's easy enough to understand for young teenage readers but presents real dangerous problems that even make that adult readers feel protective of the characters.
It follows many years after the original cast of characters in Daughter of Fire and Ice have achieved their "happy ending" but sadly it proves that peace is short lived as secrets from their past reemerge to harm their children and the family is split and with one half being sent into exile. Much of that exile is spent in the large hustle and bustle of Jorvik aka York, the new major trading centre for vikings of both good and bad nature. Being born in York and raised in Yorkshire I was particularly impressed with how real Marie-Louise made the Jorvik life appear. With the characters coming from remote Iceland I felt that helped Marie-Louise emphasis to the reader just how important a trading centre and how busy Jorvik was back in its medieval hay-day. Yet even here the divded family encounters more problems but they also encounter old family friends which help them muddle through.
This sequel is packed with even more thrills and threats as well as friendship, humour, secrets, deciept and of course a good love story than the first and shows the power of family bonds going further than ever before. Definitely recommended for readers of Daughter of Fire and Ice. And if you haven't read that yet, well, do so and then read this straight after. In either story the reader is never disappointed and won't regret a single minute.
Sigrun's Secret is a sequel to Daughter of Fire and Ice. Read Becky's review of that novel here
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