BanishedBanished by Anna Markland

Website: http://annamarkland.com/

Twitter : @AnnaMarkland

Genre : Historical Romance  (Medieval  England /Viking)

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS*

Source : Received for an honest review from the author. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own. 

  • Publication date: August 16, 2016
  • Publisher: BleuBelle Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KKJTELQ
  • Length : 156 pages


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Description

Vikings evoke images of strong men who allow nothing to stand in their way. They’re not normally associated with tender feelings. Wildflowers conjure more personal and sentimental images. In BANISHED, a handful of bluebells picked from a meadow by childhood sweethearts becomes a symbol and eventually an acknowledgement of a love long denied. 
Audra longs to leave behind the life of an elite mercenary, a role forced on her after her father’s banishment from the Viking brotherhood. 
A journey from exile to the court of King Canute offers a new life, though she fears few men will want her once her history is known. 
The bloody feud that precipitated her father’s banishment resurfaces when she is unexpectedly reunited with a childhood sweetheart. Sigmar has always held her heart, but he is the son of her father’s enemy. Sigmar’s hopes for advancement in Canute’s service will be dashed if he obeys the dictates of family honor. 
Can Audra and Sigmar lay the hatreds of the past to rest, or will the Viking code of vengeance triumph? 

This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS

MY THOUGHTS : 

Banished by Anna Markland is a fantastic Medieval Viking Historical Romance set in 1017 England. A novella, and a quick read, only about 156 pages, but packed full of deliciousness.

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS.*

Steady paced with a cast of characters that will steal your heart as you feel their struggles, challenges and destiny come to fruition. Filled with the pride of Vikings and so much more. Such as family feud, vengeance, destiny, love, honor, soul mates, family roots, the power of love to willingly face any obstacle with pride and honor.

This is the story of Audra and Sigmar, two childhood friends, whose father’s became bitter enemies, resulting in a feud and banishment, that torn them apart….Years later, Audra and Sigmar meet again, the rest as they said is history or a tanalizling story. ..

Women Viking Warriors, Jomsviking Brotherhood, assassins, and an elite team of twelve, (known as Dodeka)who become the newly crowned King Canute’s personal assassins/bodyguards.

Packed full of history, and a frightening tract across the legendary Dartmoor, makes, “Banished”, a captivating and mesmerizing novella. A bit of mystery and intrigue add a touch of excitement that’s simply breathtaking. Of course, passion and romance is included.

*Based on actual historical events and persons*

In “Banished”, Ms. Markland lends her special storytelling to enable the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of a new King, his elite assassins, and the power to overcome any obstacle for love, with honor and the Viking pride. Intense and powerful!
A must read for any Medieval fans, fans of Viking Romance and readers who enjoy reading about, destiny and the power of soul mates to overcome obstacles. Strongly recommended for an afternoon read!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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