New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn breathes life into history in a spellbinding tale of a legendary swordswoman, a time of bloodlust and myth, and a love story so powerful it will take your breath away. A Woman's Heart Strong, stunning, and breathtakingly fierce...Aaren Serricksdotter is the eldest daughter of a Viking sword stealer and a beautiful Valkyr. But for the power of a long-ago enchantment, none shall know the true secrets of her heart-perhaps, not even herself. A Man Beguiled Heir to the Norse high-seat, Jorund Borgerson is torn between the ferocious legacy of his clan-and his secret vow to bring peace to his people. Until he meets a distant clansman's daughter, a ravishing warrior who rouses Jorund like no other. Bound together by a force as mysterious as it is powerful, Jorund and Aaren must discover the secret of their remarkable union. For in this time of violence and chaos, two great warriors must prepare for a final battle-a journey beyond the bloodshed...to
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1 . This one will stick with me for a long time.
Posted April 21, 2010 by Pamelia , Shelton, WAI have read 3 other books by this author (the TEST books) and I really enjoy her. This one is my favorite though. The characters have depth and I was really invested in their story by the end of the book. I laughed and cried and sighed when it came to an end. This one will stick with me for a long time!!
February 28, 2005
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Excerpt from The Enchantment by Betina Krahn
"I'm ten years old, my whole life you've called me Vanya. My name is on the school records, on government papers as Ivan Petrovich Smetski. Now you tell me I'm really Itzak Shlomo. What am I, a Jewish secret agent "
Vanya's father listened silently, his face as smooth, weathered, and blank as parchment. Vanya's mother, who was merely hovering near the conversation rather than taking part in it, seemed to be having a little trouble keeping herself from smiling. In amusement If so, at what At Vanya At her husband's sudden discovery of their intense commitment to Judaism
Whatever the cause of her almost-smile, Vanya did not want to be ridiculous. Even at the age of ten, dignity was important to him. He calmed himself, spoke in more measured tones. "We eat pork," he pointed out. "Rak. Caviar."
"I think Jews can eat caviar," offered his mother helpfully.
"I hear them whispering, calling me zhid, they say they only want to race with Russians, I can't even run with them," said Vanya. "I've always been the fastest runner, the best hurdler, and yesterday they wouldn't even let me keep time. And it's my stopwatch!"
"Mine, actually," said Father. "The principal won't let me sit in class with the other children because I'm not a Russian or a Ukrainian, I'm a disloyal foreigner, a Jew. So why don't I know how to speak Hebrew You change everything else, why not that "
Father looked up toward the ceiling.
"What is that look, Father Prayer All these years, whenever I talk too much, you look at the ceiling ' were you talking to God then "
Father turned his gaze to Vanya. His eyes were heavy ' scholar's eyes, baggy and soft from always peering through lenses at a thousand hectares of printed words. "I have listened to you," he said. "Ten years old, a boy who thinks he's so brilliant, he rails on and on, showing no respect for his father, no trust. I do it all for your sake."
"And for God's," offered Mother. Was she being ironic Vanya had never been able to guess about Mother.