Professor Roseleen White loves her subject of medieval history. She buys an ancient cursed Scandinavian sword, and in doing so conjures it's owner, a magnificent Viking warrior, Thor's brother Thorn. Thorn is understandably somewhat bitter about the owners of the sword, when they are female he is forced to do their bidding. Roseleen is different, as Thorn quickly discovers, and the issue of personal power between them quickly becomes something of a more sensual nature. Roseleen shows great courage and trust by loaning the sword to Thorn, which enables him to take her back in time with him, to allow her to experience the time of William the Conqueror, and even meet the man himself. For a historian, it is a great temptation. Until, on returning to her own time, Roseleen discovers she has altered reality. The present she has returned to is not hers at all. Now they must go back, to fix what they have changed...
Johanna Lindsey is an author not afraid to try something new, and I enjoy that each of her books can bring something fresh to a sometimes tired tale - after all, Vikings, time travel and medieval tales all abound, but few can successfully pull off a mixing of the three. Lindsey can and does. The book is very thoroughly researched, and brings out some interesting theories on changing the events of the past, and even gives thought to possible ways that Roseleen and Thor might be able to stay together, without one of them being under a curse! The culmination is an interesting choice to resolve the issue.
Roseleen and Thor are the only characters with any depth to them, but they engage with each other well and I generally did not notice the lack of significant interaction with other characters, Roseleen's brother David and friend Gail being very much secondary characters.
A well thought out, well planned and well researched read.