Ingrid intends to be a strong Viking shield maiden. She is determined to prove to her family that she has what it takes, in spite of her small stature and the coddled life they have given her. When she convinces her friend Shelby to stowaway on one of the boats with her she quickly discovers that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Her voyage turns into a magical adventure when she finds her self-shipwrecked and at the mercy of some strange creatures and faces the truth about her hidden memories and abilities. Ultimately, Ingrid must choose between the path she always wanted and one chosen for her.
Watch my video review of Ingrid the Viking Maiden
What I loved about this book:
- Grand adventures with unexpected companions
- Mixing the Viking lifestyle with magic
- Ingrid grows as a character and learns to rely on her strengths
- A bit of romance, a strong friendship, and Ingrid finds a rather grumpy new pal
- Great setup for sequel, I want to know what happens to Ingrid
- It was a quick and easy read.
Who should read this book:
- Fans of Vikings and magical beings
- Readers who want a taste of romance that doesn’t overwhelm the story
- Readers who like quirky sidekicks might enjoy Ingrid’s new pal
- If you like a light fantasy read mixed with a touch of history.
My Personal take on this book:
Well written, easy to read, and entertaining. It kept my attention and I felt satisfied at the end. I enjoyed reading this magical Viking adventure and look forward to the next book from this author.
You can find Naomi Jane Kelly’s book on Amazon. It is currently available as a kindle unlimited selection. Visit Naomi’s website to learn more
Have you read a great indie ya, fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction book? I would love to hear more.
NEW VIDEO: Goals, Progress,& Books I Read
I finished the 3rd draft of my novel and shipped it off to the editor. Okay, so I actually emailed it, but “shipped” has more impact. That was my big goal for the summer and I finished it.
I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Trying not to get too comfortable with that feeling because I am sure that it will return when my manuscript is returned.
One of the other goals that I completed in the month of August was to read 7 books. I didn’t think it was going to happen because of my heavy writing schedule. I went on a rambling tangent at the end of the video and listed all of the books that read.
I did meet most of my July and August Goals. I made progress on the goals I did not complete, so I count that as a win.
My new bi-monthly goals for Septemeber and October
- Apply Edits and Complete 4th draft
- Plan for 2nd Book & prep for Nanowrimo
- Post 14 Videos on YouTube
- Make Connections on Social Media
- Post 14-18 Blog Posts
- Work out 2X week – Track Steps 7x
- Eat Healthier 5x
- Bullet Journal daily
- Daily Dash (morning routine + productivity)
- Read bible daily 5X
- Create Daily
- Daily Tangible Rewards
- Read 16 Books
This book was not what I was expecting. It is not the type of book that I usually fall in love with. Yet, It has earned a place in my book love heart, and you may find a place for it in yours – if you are open to reading it and following it to the end.
To boil this story down for you, without spoilers, is no easy feat but I will give it a go. This is the story of a different sort of Circus. A circus without animals but laced with magic. The Circus itself was created as a game board of sorts for two magicians who have been raised and trained to compete in a competition. The end game and the rules are not clear to them or the reader at times. Everyone involved with the circus is an unknowing part of the game, and their lives are affected by it in a magical and sometimes deadly way. The story is full of secrets, performers, magic and a bit of romance.
So first, let’s talk about what this book is not:
- Fast paced
- Action filled
- An easy read
- For everyone
If you can get past the things that this novel is not, you might find yourself emerged in the atmosphere of the mysterious circus. I will admit, I did have some issues falling in love with this book. At the same time, I was unable to abandon the book. The bits and pieces of the story came together for me at the end and left me satisfied.
What I loved:
- The idea of the story and how it came together at the end.
- The use of colors. I always love it when writers use colors to enhance their story. I don’t know why I just do.
- The way the author used detailed descriptions to enhance the atmosphere of the story.
- Trying to figure out how all the pieces of the story fit.
- It has a few delightful characters.
- I enjoyed that some portions of the book are written in 2nd person, although I had trouble understanding why that view was used until the end of the book.
Who should read this book:
- Those open to the 3rd person omnipresent and 2nd person point of view narrations.
- If you can deal with lots of description, narration and slow moving pace.
- If you are unsure about reading it, take a chance. I did, and I enjoyed it.
- Magic lovers
I listened to this book on audiobook. The narrator ‘s voice fits the feel of the book perfectly, but I found it so soothing that I almost fell asleep a few times. I had to increase the narration speed a few times to finish the book with out napping.
Overall, this book is one that will stick with me. It is not a book for everyone and certainly not my typical read, but I am giving it 5 stars because it managed to make all of the plot pieces that are scattered about fit together. The book provoked some deep thoughts and left me with warm feelings and the urge to eat caramel covered things.
So, tell me have you read this book? What did you think?