Hello again! I’m back with another review. Last year I read book one of this series and for the most part I really enjoyed it. This is book number 2 in the series and I’m so excited to share my review with you! I hope you enjoy it and hopefully this is something you might like and can purchase the book and support an independent author!
No One’s Viking
(Viking Trading Lands #2)
By Megan Formanek
Viking Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Published February 24, 2023 by Life Itinerant Publishing
Content Warning: child loss, sickness, death, violence. If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll answer them as best as possible for you!
This book follows Astrid as she continues her new life as Signe in 882. Aldeigjuborg, Gardarike. She is successful in her trading business and hoping to gain more success. When familiar faces appear, lots will change in her life. Some for better and some for worse. With religious and political clashes, she must prepare to protect her friends and the place she has called her home, before setting out on a new adventure.
This was a page turner! There was so much that happened and so much that was unexpected, there were times I could not put it down. The first book, Oath Undo Me, was the perfect opening for this series. No One’s Viking took a huge leap in excitement and drama which was completely captivating. Reading this you can feel the love and passion that went into writing it. Megan has done and continues to do extensive research for her books. If you follow her on social media, she often shares information she has learned, which sources, as well as books and references for us to do our own reading and research. I really appreciate this in an author and it not only establishes their understanding and passion about their work but allows us to grow our own too. I also loved the increase of intensity that you typically see in a Viking novel. Megan balanced it very well with the trading storyline.
The characters, once again, were very well written. The way they were built and developed throughout the story really allowed you to get to know them and their personalities and see how much they have grown from the first book and through different situations. Specifically Helga, she started out in the series as this sweet, innocent young girl who does what she needs for her job and family. As her story goes on to find love and marriage, she grows so much and that really shows in this book. She became this beautiful, strong and resilient woman, not just a sweet innocent girl, though she still is in ways. I am most excited to see how much more she grows and develops in the next book. Astrid/Signe also really grew throughout all of what she went through. She dealt with some pretty horrible things but is lucky enough to have such an amazing support system that she is able to come out on top.
This was such a compelling story. There was love, heartbreaking, shocking twists, cultural and religious clashes, and political drama. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series to see how Astrid’s next adventure turns out.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction, Viking fiction or anyone with an interest in Vikings.
A huge thank you to Megan Formanek for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review, as well as BookSirens. You can buy the book now, go to Megan Formanek’s website HERE.
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