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Sue from Sue’s Musings recommends The Weaver And The Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec.
The Weaver and the Witch Queen is a historic fantasy which revolves across the story of three younger girls, Gunnhild, Oddny and her sister, Signy, sure by Destiny and fiercely loyal to 1 one other. Gunnhild and Oddny should band collectively to attempt to save Signy when she is carried off by Viking raiders. Gunnhild and Oddny had been very totally different in persona and I can’t actually resolve who I favored greatest. Gunnhild was egocentric and headstrong, cussed and decided to succeed, however an thrilling character to comply with. Oddny was kind-hearted and steadfast, reliable and braver than she ever imagined. They each shocked themselves with the strengths they found inside themselves throughout the course of the story.
I actually loved the sturdy themes of feminism and female-focused points on this novel, equivalent to the shortage of company and any sort of rights for daughters within the society of the time: when making marriage was virtually their solely path to success. Rejecting this concept, Gunnhild chooses to run away from her merciless mom and practice to grow to be a seer (a witch), with nice success as soon as she is ready to dispel her insecurities and imagine in her power and energy. Gornichec even takes on menstrual well being points, and educates the reader on simply how a Viking girl handled such points.
The ability of the sisterhood, of girls serving to girls they’ve solely simply met, attempting to rescue girls in unlucky circumstances and even, within the case of Oddny and Gunnhild, being prepared to die for his or her feminine buddies, is strongly seen by means of virtually each interplay the primary characters have with feminine servants, thralls, nobles and Gunnhild’s early encounters with Heid the seer. Simply as in actuality, there are additionally merciless, unsupportive girls on this novel, together with the mom of Gunnhild, rival witches and King Harald’s spouse, who takes an instantaneous dislike to Gunnhild. There are many males on this story, unsurprisingly, because the time interval was very a lot a person’s world and the camaraderie and powerful bonds between fellow members of a raiding social gathering had been clearly on show, however the emphasis of this e book was on the ladies.
Three witches are threatening to cease Gunnhild from rescuing Signy and the id of the third witch is one thing of a thriller. I discovered myself speculating as to who amongst Gunnhild’s marriage ceremony social gathering it could possibly be however the reveal was an infinite shock!
The Weaver and the Witch Queen is full of fantasy and magic and the depth of the writer’s analysis and information of the time interval exhibits by means of fairly clearly within the fascinating particulars displayed in each state of affairs. I felt like I used to be being educated concerning the methods of the time with out it ever getting tiresome, overdone, or distracting from the primary thread of the story. I might advocate this e book to anybody who enjoys Norse fantasy, historic fiction, sturdy feminine characters or unbreakable bonds of friendship!
E book description:
The lives of two girls—one determined solely to avoid wasting her lacking sister, the opposite a witch destined to grow to be queen of Norway—intertwine on this spellbinding, highly effective novel of Viking Age historical past and fantasy from the acclaimed writer of The Witch’s Coronary heart.
Oddny and Gunnhild meet as kids in tenth century Norway, they usually couldn’t be extra totally different: Oddny hopes for a quiet life, whereas Gunnhild burns for energy and longs to flee her merciless mom. However after a visiting wisewoman makes an ominous prophecy that entails Oddny, her sister Signy, and Gunnhild, the three women take a blood oath to assist each other all the time.
When Oddny’s farm is destroyed and Signy is kidnapped by Viking raiders, Oddny is about adrift from the life she imagined—however she’s decided to avoid wasting her sister irrespective of the price, whilst she finds herself irresistibly drawn to one of many raiders who participated within the assault. And within the far north, Gunnhild, who fled her residence years in the past to be taught the methods of a witch, is shocked to search out her future appears to be linked with that of the formidable King Eirik, inheritor obvious to the ruler of all Norway.
However the bonds—each enchanted and emotional—that maintain the 2 girls collectively are sturdy, and after they discover their method again to one another, these bonds might be examined in methods they by no means might have foreseen on this deeply transferring novel of magic, historical past, and sworn sisterhood.
For extra opinions from Sue, follower her weblog Sue’s Musings. Sue Bavey is a Brit dwelling in Massachusetts, a e book blogger, proof-reader, writer of my grandfather’s biography: Fortunate Jack (1894-2000), panellist within the BBNYA competitors (E book Blogger’s Novel of the Yr Award) and mom to 2 youngsters. You may as well discover Sue on Twitter right here. Or Instagram right here.