2018 Challenges, Book Review

The Viking’s Chosen – Quinn Loftis

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The Viking’s Chosen
Clan Hakon Series #1
by Quinn Loftis
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes & Chris Ciulla
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 9 hrs 29 mins
Format Read: Audible
Source: Narrator for Review
Buy: Audible | iTunes | Barnes & Noble
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Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Narration: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by Megan
Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge

The prophecy must be fulfilled. His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear. General Torben will take a foreign bride – one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that . . . a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general, and she’s an English princess – and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.

Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the narrator in
exchange for my honest review. The gifting of this book in
no way influenced my review and all opinions expressed within are entirely my own. 

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I already knew I had a thing for highlanders but really – a Viking now too?

I received an Audible download of this book in exchange for my honest review and then later downloaded the Kindle copy.

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I am a big fan of books that are narrated by both male and female narrators. It gives the story an entirely new level of depth and you really get a feel for the characters. Both Chris Ciulla and Andrea Emmes brought the characters to life with their narrating. I loved Torben’s character so much because he’s this strong warrior, but he does everything he can to protect Allete. And you could hear that in the way Chris portrayed him. As for Allete, I think it’s amazing how anyone can so successfully speak with an accent that is not their own native language. Andrea nailed this one – I had to ask her if this was her native accent.

“I took lots of dialect coaching sessions and then practiced like crazy! That, and watching a lot of BBC”

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Yes, a bit out of order today but I need to talk about that ending (no spoilers, of course!). Wow – what a cliffhanger! The ending definitely had me wishing I had my hands on a copy of the second book (which, unfortunately doesn’t release until Winter 2018).

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I am completely in love with this cover!

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It’s elegant. The woman and her dress shows how refined and proper Allete’s character is, while the title font leads to a viking / warrior-ish feel. I liked the symbols added in there because they really gave it the magic feel that comes from Allete (and Torben’s mom) being a seer. It all pulls together and looks amazing!

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Let’s start with the King of Tara – Cathal. I don’t think I have ever despised a character more! He is horrible! The man basically wants Allete to dress like a prostitute in the royal court so he can parade her around. And the way he treats her – he enjoys tormenting her so he can “break her”. If he were standing on the edge of a cliff, there’s a fair chance I would push him over, myself! I am praying he gets what’s coming to him in the second book.

Allete – eldest English princess, betrothed / engaged to a pig of a king. She’s strong, she’s refined, she’s protective of her family. She’s basically willing to sacrifice her own happiness to keep Cathal from doing anything bad to her family. That takes bravery. And when you put her and Torben together – oh, what a love story!

Hilda. Seer and also Torben’s mom. This woman was hilarious. She holds her tongue for no one.

“Do you think her body will somehow be inferior to those of the women in our clan? Do you think she will repulse you? Perhaps she’s deformed in some way because she is not a Norsewoman, with three eyes, six breasts, and a forked tongue. Is that what you fear?” -Hilda

I am eager to see how her character plays out in the second book. She’s definitely one of my favorites 🙂

Magnus – Jarl of Clan Hakon. Another crazy man! His plans are all half-baked and as the book progresses, he gets more insane. And the end! He needs to get what’s coming to him, as well. Just saying.

Torben. If ever there was a book boyfriend to steal my heart, Torben, it is you. He is the perfect hero of the story – strong, yet able to love and be kind. He’s not too macho but he will do anything in his power to protect Allete. And I have a feeling he is going to be the one giving Cathal what he deserves. Just a hunch 🙂

I loved so much of this book and it has introduced me to yet another branch of historical fiction that I will be diving into. The narration and the story come together perfectly to make this one a top read of 2018!

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Andrea Emmes has graciously agreed to do a GIVEAWAY for this book 🙂 We will be giving away FIVE US Audible download codes to the first FIVE people who comment and let us know why they want to read this fantastic book! All we ask is that you screenshot to show us you actually bought the book 🙂 Easy peasy!

That’s all for today! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you go 🙂 Happy listening!
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