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Fires Of Winter [Mass Market Paperback]

Johanna Lindsey
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Aug. 1 1980

The Viking invaders came from across an icy sea, taking lady Brenna as their captive. But the dauntless Celtic beauty swears that no barbarian will ever be her master -- not even the handsome and powerful brute Garrick Haardrad.

The son of a ruthless Viking cheiftan, Garrick is accustomed to getting his way, as he claims his exquisite "prize" with a primative abandon that leaves Brenna breathless. Yet it is Garrick's gentle soul that undoes the lady's resolve. For even as she plots the vengeance she vowed, Brenna cannot ignore the wonder of his kisses -- or douse the flames of a newly lit passion that blazes like starfire through the cold Nordic nights.

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With more than 54 million copies of her books in print and translated into twelve languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance. Every one of her previous thirty-six novels has been a national bestseller, with several reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times list. Ms. Lindsey lives in Hawaii with her family.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and Violent Feb. 13 2002
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I heard some good things about Johanna Lindsay, so I decided to give her a try so I read the first of her viking trilogy because it seems to be highly rated. What a mistake. Taking the viking period into account, I expect detailed battle scenes, rough around the edges heroes, explosive battle of wills between the hero and heroine, maybe forced seduction. I draw the line at rape.
This story does have a number of rape scenes that I found repulsive. The rape scene is described in a way that is absolutely unforgiveable. The hero hurts the heroine physically and emotionally, and feels no remorse. In fact, he commits rape on the heroine in anger with the express purpose of hurting her. I understand, this story takes place a long time ago where this was totally acceptable and commonplace. Doesn't wash with me. This action shows the hero to be brutal and vicious man, who will inflict physical and emotional pain on the heroine whenever he is angry with her.
Well, the rape scenes aside, Fires Of Winter just did not draw me into the story. I thought the characters were one dimensional, the plot non-existent, and the romance disturbing. Fires Of Winter does not even compare to Heather Graham's Golden Surrender. I will try another of this author's stories, but I am not taking another chance on her viking trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Viking romances July 9 2003
By V
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I first read Fires of Winter about eighteen months ago and remembered a powerful and highly alluring storyline. Last week, I decided to read it again and found it was even better than I remembered.
I have discovered, as I read through the backlists of many authors, that most romance writing today is very different from the romances of the 1980s. I often find that the formula romances written during that time frame can be very trying to read. But I have also learned that some of the very best gems of romance writing were written during the 1980s. Of all the hundreds of romance books I have read, my top five favorite books include at least three from this 1980s period. I love a story with rich historical detail that concentrates primarily on the hero and heroine. Length of the story (longer than 350 pages), unusual plot lines, and depth of characters are extremely important. Fires of Winter is one such novel that fits all of these criteria as well as just being a downright delicious read. I consider Johanna Lindsey to be one of the best authors of these sweeping historical novels during this period although I have read a couple of hers that I would consider some of the worst.
Garrick Haardrad is a Viking who makes his living through trading overseas. He is the younger son of a Viking chieftain, Anselm the Eager. Unknown to Garrick, his father, Anselm, had promised his hand in marriage to a Celtic lord's daughter. When Anselm arrives in England to supposedly collect his younger son's future bride, he instead attacks the Celtic settlement. The marriage betrothal was merely a trick to allow the Viking raiders easy entrance to the Celtic settlement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not One Of Lindsey's Best June 26 1998
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This book was definetly a disappointment. I don't know about other people's idea of romance. But when the hero rapes the heroine that isn't exactly a great ingredient for love. The characters were interesting and the story flowed well, but I couldn't see why Brenna and Garrick loved each other. I've read all of Lindsey's books, and if you like her work too, I recommend that you pass this one on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By Loki, I Actually Enjoyed this Dark Romance July 11 2004
By Dakota
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I'm a sucker for Vikings, I'll admit it, so even though there were aspects about "Fires of Winter" that were questionable, I still found myself glued to the book, unable to put it down. "Fires" is a dark romance about the proud Celtic lady who is captured by Vikings and given as a slave to Garrick the Hardhearted, a merchant with a deep hatred of women.
I say "dark" because "Fires" deals with some tough subjects: marauding and raping, slavery, infanticide, and quite a few deaths (human and animal alike). It's almost hard to find the romance buried beneath these intense subjects, but Lindsey does it - and makes you want to read more.
Brenna and Garrick are exciting together, with Brenna's iron will clashing against Garrick's cold heart. She absolutely refuses to be his slave. He absolutely refuses to admit he wants, needs, and (eventually) loves her. All they do is fight, fight, fight, but it's fun to watch. There are also other characters in this story who you end up caring for: Perrin and his slave love Janie, kind Erin from the stable, jealous Cordella, brave Dog, and so on....
That said, I have a couple issues with this book. It's easy to tell it's one of Lindsey's earliest novels, for the writing is stiff, the characters lacking Lindsey's famous humor and wit, and some of the dialogue quite cheesy (the first chapter alone is a sad cliché of girl trying hard to be boy). Also, some situations could have used a little more detail, such as Garrick's torture at the hands of the Celts and his sister's death (both are critical to the plot).
All in all, however, I enjoyed "Fires of Winter," finding it an engaging read (the details of Viking life alone are fascinating).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorit Romance Books
This is one of the first Romance books I read, and I tell you it got me hooked. I now can't seem to get enough of Vikings, Pirates or Highlanders. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2007 by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorit Romance Books
This is one of the first Romance books I read, and I tell you it got me hooked. I now can't seem to get enough of Vikings, Pirates or Highlanders. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2007 by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars VIKINGS!!
My fav Vikings. Yummm. (I'm also a sucker for
Pirates & Warlords & Highlanders). This
is the first in what is my favorite historical
romance series. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by nitpick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites.
This is one of the first romance novels that I read and now I enjoy romance novels written with emotional and historal substance. Read more
Published on March 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I am not a big fan of Johanna Lindsey but this book is good. The characters are alive and they appeal to me so that's good.
The story is interesting, at times funny. Read more
Published on June 25 2003 by "dudete"
5.0 out of 5 stars It's my FAVORITE!
This was my first Johanna Lindsay book, and it just encouraged me to go on and read more. Every page was anticipated. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by Taj
1.0 out of 5 stars Not That Great!
I actually read this after reading HEARTS AFLAME. I don't know what I expected since these two were so great in their daughter's story, but I didn't expect constant feuding. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars viking romance
this is still my favorite johanna lindsey and i've read all of her novels. the brutality is subdued but realistic to the time period. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by S. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the second
this is the second Johanna Lindsey book that i have read. i could not put it down. i hope that anyone who can pick it up to do so. i promise you won't regret it.
Published on April 8 2002 by Samantha Botelho
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your average love story.
For those that come across this review before you read this book... This is not a light-hearted, {romance in almost every chapter} type of love story. Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by Sabrina R.
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