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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; New edition edition (Feb. 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380757478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380757473
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V on July 9 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 By anonymous on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on July 11 2004
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on 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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