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Avelynn: A Novel Paperback – Sep 8 2015
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“Marissa Campbell brings a long-forgotten era splendidly to life in this adventurous and passionate debut.” ―Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Sea
“Avelynn is a captivating tale of star-crossed lovers. He is a Viking and she is a Saxon. Their struggle to be together will lead you on an exciting journey through a background filled with rich and detailed description.” ―Connie Mason, New York Times bestselling author of Viking Warrior
“Marissa Campbell's Avelynn is a fast-paced, rollicking historical novel whose irresistible heroine starts out as the willful daughter of a Saxon earl and evolves into a warrior and leader, as fierce as she is passionate.” ―Barbara Rogan, author of A Dangerous Fiction and Suspicion
“A hot-blooded tale of Viking invasion, Saxon valor, and a love that conquers kingdoms. Get ready to be bewitched by the bold, brave Avelynn.” ―Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen's Exiles
About the Author
MARISSA CAMPBELL is the co-author of the award-winning self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society and an ERYT Hatha Yoga instructor and studio owner of Pure Intention Yoga. Campbell lives in Ontario, Canada.
Top Customer Reviews
I like Avelynn, a strong and determined woman, smart and brave as well. The late 800's was a brutal time in England, not just because of the Vikings, but also for the fact that women were at the mercy of man, with no choice as to the direction their life went. The author created a story of suspense and mystery as Avelynn took/tried to take control of her life. Not knowing what was taking place this book had me nervous with each page turn as to what would happen next. It just seemed she hit so many obstacles on this journey and history does not always have that 'happy ever after' ending.
The supernatural part of this story was interested and it added that extra element which fit right into the story. Though the romance part didn't quite resonate too well with me, maybe because of the time gap, I am not totally sure. The ending left it open for a sequel and I hope there will be one because I will like to see what is next for Avelynn.
The author definitely knows this time period and the amount of research is evident, though I would have loved to see author notes at the end end just to see what was real and fiction
AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell is already an auspicious debut thanks to kudos from New York Times best seller Susannah Kearsley. Not only does it feature high stakes heroics set against insurmountable odds in 9th Century Saxon England, but it takes the uncommon approach of setting the female protagonist down amidst a wild band of Viking marauders that she conquers, not just through sex, but through visceral, physical chutzpah with a broad sword. Travelling the length and breadth of the land in search of justice, Avelynn is made real because she gets dirty, bleeds, suffers failures and fights back. She is not the stuff of Marvel Comics people, but a real flesh and blood woman of the kind not seen lately in fiction or on HBO. A pagan priestess, she relies on spells and potions to assist her in her quest, but there are no dragons, merlins or otherwise supernatural beings to get her out of a jam. It’s all her in a rich tapestry of details that set this readers sense’s alight: I could smell the fires at night. For those who like a good fight, check out AVELYNN.
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome book. Truly strong female lead. Marissa's writing is exceptional. Couldn't have asked for a better book!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Avelynn was definitely a "can't put it down" book! Especially for people who like historical fiction, this is a definite must read!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Congratulations Marissa on your debut novel! Avelynn is a wonderful, easy read—I didn’t want to put it down! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book! So wonderful to read a story with a truly strong female lead! Was obvious the amount of research that went into ensuring it was historically accurate. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lisa M