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Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

Iceland, AD 1000
Freya knows that her people are doomed. Warned by the Fates of an impending disaster, she must embark on a journey to find a magnificent gold necklace, one said to possess the power to alter the course of history. But even as Freya travels deep into the mountains of Iceland, the country is on the brink of war. The new world order of Christianity is threatening the old ways of Iceland’s people, and tangled amidst it all are two star-crossed lovers who destiny draws them together-even as their families are determined to tear them apart.

The comparison to The Mists of Avalon and the blurbs from Diana Gabaldon and Kristen Britain sort of swayed me to read this book.

But, this was a hard book for me to get through. Part of it might be my fault since my knowledge on Norse mythology is a bit shaky. I found myself referring to my copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths to get some background on these characters. Plus, my image of these gods are influenced by Xena and Hercules.

The other part might have been that I just couldn’t get a sense of where it was going, and ultimately where the characters were going either. I felt no connection to Freya; she didn’t seem three-dimensional to me. It was as if you were watching an actor on the screen just go through the motions of his/her character. But I did sense something from Fulla, one of those star-crossed lovers mentioned in the summary. I wanted more of her story, and upon reaching the end of the book, I know more can be told.

The idea of Norse gods and goddeses walking the earth did appeal to me. It made them more human, and not just beings who sat upon their thrones high up in the sky overlooking mankind. But it also made you wonder if the gods do have control over what happens on earth or does it happen due to the natural order of time and change? Since clearly Freya was attempting to stop the twilight of the gods and the rest of her people.

But even if you’re still interested, you can read the first two chapters on the author’s website.

I think I might have to go back watch the Xena and Hercules episodes just for the fun of now though.

4 comments to Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

  • Cat

    Hmmm, I am now both curious and wary about this book. The cover made me stop and hop out of my google reader instantly. The summary sounds like something I would love. Your first sentence about author blurbs also caught my eye and then your review concerned me that perhaps I wouldn’t like it as much.

    But I think I’m going to put it on my wishlist anyhow because I might like it if I pick it up one day. Heck, if my crappy library has it in stock I’ll even borrow it!

  • Cat

    Oh my gods!! My crappy library DOES have this in stock!! I can’t believe it. (They have a crappy English selection. Oh, Province of Quebec. :( ). So now I WILL try it out because I can rent.. er. borrow it! *dances*

  • Cat

    Me, again. Ok, so the library is getting it by August 7th. They’re not the most on top of current English releases. =P

  • PolishOutlander

    Wohoo! I got this from Paperbackswap….it has made its way to another unsuspecting person already. I really wanted to like this book. ::sigh:: can’t like everything.