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A Fragile Trust (Warriors Of The Dragon Banner #1)

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Wessex, the last English kingdom to resist the raging Viking storm...

Those defending the land had pledged their loyalty to the new king - and in their hands lay the fate of a nation. Though English by blood, Ash had been raised among Vikings, and was driven beyond reason to prove his allegiance to king and country, only to find himself left for dead by an English tra

Paperback, 377 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Harlequin Books
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Mar 24, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: romantic, tumultuous
Holy fruit bats...this book was so boring. I have a serious aversion to not finishing books. I pretty much never give up on a book once I start it. While I didn't hate this book, I am so far from any fond feelings for it as a whole that I cannot in good faith recommend it to anyone. I felt like I was always missing something, that so many of the heartfelt conversations were repetitious beyond reason, and that the timing was off for virtually everything. The damaged Ash, the sheltered and denied ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
An overwritten tale of when the Vikings tried to take over England and the only thing standing in the way was Alfred the Great and his troops.
This writer has a definite style that she has honed in later books, but here in one of her first it was almost two much. A lot less description and talking and more action would have helped.
Ex; The book opens when a woman finds a wounded man at the edge of the forest. She decides then and there to save but we have to wade through a page or two about how ho
May 12, 2010 Netanella rated it really liked it
Shelves: viking-romance
What a strange book this is! First, it's set in the Dark Ages, when the isles of Britain are under near constant Viking invasion - not a popular time period for most historical romances. And the writing style is strange and dream-like - there are little to few clear statements of fact or action. Instead, everything is described in the context of thought and shape and description, which left me feeling a slightly dazed and out of sorts. Perhaps this was deliberate, for it lent an air of other-wor ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
With the long descriptions of everything and everyone, I couldn't believe this book was published in 2005. It seemed more like the genre of 1985.

The book was a very difficult read. I kept getting lost on who was talking, and I had to go back track to figure it out. BElieve me, there was a lot of talking.

I suppose the history was authentic, but I wouldn't know because the time period was of 879 or somewhere along there. Not my cup of tea.
Mi aspettavo di più, molto di più.
Come ricostruzione storica ci siamo, l'autrice è molto attenta e precisa, ma come storia romantica è da migliorare.
Il gelo fra i personaggi non si è mai sciolto al punto che, tutt'ora, mi chiedo come sia possibile che perfino il matrimonio fra i due abbia avuto bisogno di una fredda e logica discussione O.o
Feb 01, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Warriors of the Dragon Banner. It was the first time I read Helen Kirkman, and I really enjoyed. It takes place during the Viking era. While the action in the story really didn't move me at all, I did enjoy the relationship between Ash and Gemma. They were what kept me reading.
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Helen Kirkman has always written stories - at home, at school, during the lunch break at her local government job, on the back of an envelope in a queue at the bank...

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