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The Ice People 1 - Spellbound (Sagaen om Isfolket #1)

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Winter 1581: a deadly plague outbreak robs sixteen-year old peasant girl Silje of all her family. Homeless, starving and shepherding two foundling infants, she stumbles through the corpse-strewn streets of Trondheim on Norway’s northern coast.

Heading desperately for the warmth of the mass funeral pyres blazing beyond the city gates, she encounters in the shadowy forest one
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Published October 1st 2012 by Katrin Agency (first published January 1st 1982)
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(English translation, paperback) A rather spooky cult classic in Europe, Spellbound is the first of 47 books in The Legend of the Ice People series, originally written in Swedish by the prolific Margit Sandemo. Fairly rich in European history -- particularly Scandinavian --- this paranormal romance series spans 400 years. Despite some erotic overtones (dream scenes, emerging sexuality, etc.) and one moderately explicit sex scene, I hesitantly tagged Spellbound as YA (but it captured this adult ...more
This whole series is definitely a guilty pleasure for me... 47 volumes of a guilty pleasure. It's exactly the kind of overly sentimental, formulaic crap, with elements of fantasy thrown in and lots of sex scenes aimed at a)teenage girls and/or b) bored housewives, that I usually want to kill with fire but for some reason... I love it. Whole 47 volumes of it. I've read the whole series a couple of times, and certain individual volumes more than that. It's like eating a whole jar of peanut butter ...more
May 06, 2011 Beate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, favorites
This is where it all started. With this book. Both for the author, and for me, as the reader.

This is where Margit Sandemo started writing a series of books that was unlike anything else at the time. We have to keep in mind this is early 1980's, and supernatural books with a slight erotic twist weren't all that common.

I didn't get around to read these books until more than a decade later. I was still a kid when these books came out. Later I was holding off reading these because they were a "saga"
Sagan om Isfolket är en sådan där klassiker man har hört mycket om men inte riktigt orkat ta sig tid att ens snegla på – typ som Grottbjörnens folk. Speciellt med tanke på att det finns ungefär femtio böcker i denna serie. Men när jag hittade första boken på Myrorna för en guldpeng var det svårt att inte påbörja det stora (snarare långa) äventyret om isfolket. Nu kommer den svåraste delen: att få tag på resten av serien.

Efter att Siljes familj dött i pesten i 1500-talets Norge tvingas hon ut på
Rebecca Wahlstedt
Jun 04, 2008 Rebecca Wahlstedt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rebecca by: My mother
This is one of the best books I've ever read! Love, love, love it =D It's the first book in a series with 47 books!! But I love all of them. And now it's being translated into English. I recomend everyone in the world to read atleast the first book. It has alot of ingredients: fantasy, love, secrets, passion, evil.
Ksenia (vaenn)
Я й ніби свідома, що "мілєнько" - це не найкраща характеристика для пристойної книжки, але якесь таке воно і є. Приємне, ненав'язливе, переповнене анахронізмами та такими пристрастями, що ух! і ах!, романтичне фентезі. Справді дуже скандинавське - сніжне, прозоре і соціально відповідальне. Все ж таки, мабуть, традиційно суворі умови життя даються взнаки - на українських теренах подібна фабула могла б вийти... яскравішою, але, імовірно, не аж настільки гуманістичною. А тут є мила сирітка, що ряту ...more
Aug 14, 2008 Henrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those enjoying Sandemo stories; those wanting romance in a semihistorical fantasy setting
Recommended to Henrik by: My paternal grandmother, years ago
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Sep 06, 2011 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, danish, 2012
Jeg tror efterhånden godt de fleste der følger med herinde ved, at historiske romaner ikke lige er min kop te. Well… Ingen regler uden undtagelse! For hulan hvor blev jeg dog bare fanget af den her bog. Hvad det præcis var der gjorde det, ved jeg ikke, måske det fact, at det føltes som om den var skrevet til kvinder, eller måske fordi den ikke var så beskrivende, som jeg ellers synes mange historiske romaner er.
Hovedpersonen Sille er et fantastisk menneske. Naivt, godt, håbefuldt. Næsten som enh
Nu har jag äntligen läst första boken i denna jättelång och välkänd serie. Jag tänkte lite löst om jag läste ett par böcker varje år från serien, skulle det går bra. 47 böcker i hela serien. Då skulle jag vara femtio något när jag läser klart. Det törs inte tänka på.

Lättläst historisk romans med lite övernaturlig i det. Det är någonting skönt över den, som mysig och att vara hemma... jag vet inte hur jag ska beskriva det. Inte att den blir bästa boken någsonsin skrivit men jag tycker att det sku
Linnea Dunér
Jan 25, 2017 Linnea Dunér rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to start reading this series, because two different people said my novel reminded me of it. I was amazed realizing how much the language as well as the plot resembled my own. I really liked it and am gonna continue with the second book out of many.
Jun 26, 2014 Grace rated it liked it
Not a bad read. This was a nice combination of historical fiction and fantasy - the two blended well together. I guess this book is classified as fantasy romance; I'm not a big romance reader, and I found the overall plot to be rather predictable, as I usually find romance tales to be. However, there was enough other stuff going on besides the romance/sexual tension to hold my interest.

The ending of the book felt more like a chapter ending rather than a novel ending, but that could be because th
Mar 02, 2008 Kristina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone I know
Here's a book I want to recommend to every single person I know who also likes supernatural stuff with some sexiness included. This is the first book in one of my favorite series, by Swedish/Norwegian author Margit Sandemo, finally translated into English. The series is 47 books long, and part one of a series-trilogy. I do not know yet, if they plan to translate the other two parts once they've translated all 47 books, but that's OK. They're all single-standing series, and you won't know there's ...more
May 10, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: margit-sandemo
Spellbound . Silje, a daughter of Arngrim, was only 17, when the epidemic in 1581 took all her relatives. Starving, cold with two orphaned kids she was going to the place away from the town, where the corpses were burned. She wanted to warm up by the fire. In that dramatic moment mysterious man took care of her - a man from Ice People clan, whose looks made her fear, but was also strangely attractive.

First volume of the series beloved in Scandinavia, Iceland, Poland, Russia and Hungary. I love
Marte Patel
Apr 25, 2008 Marte Patel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I really wanted this to be good, since the author is Norwegian, but no matter how much goodwill I allow it, I cannot give it more than two stars. I think the translation must be poor, but having not read the original I cannot say for certain. I think people who like sagas will like it, but it wasn't for me.
Jul 01, 2011 Sylwia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading the saga again... it's a long road ahead through all 47 parts, but then it's so worth it!
Jul 03, 2011 Lucie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tak tohle se mi vážně líbilo. Jak jsem se už jednou zmiňovala, chvílemi to připomínalo krásku a zvíře. :)
Jak jsem tomu mohla dát jen čtyři hvězdičky?!
Agata Marczewska
Feb 11, 2014 Agata Marczewska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure
hanne amelia
Pretty good. I will read the next book in this series of 47 books.
Marionetka Literacka
Streścić całą „Sagę o Ludziach Lodu” Margit Sandemo jest rzeczą niewątpliwie niewykonalną. Można by się zastanawiać, jak szeroki umysł i ogromną wyobraźnię posiada autorka, która zdołała napisać powieść tak skomplikowaną i nietuzinkową mającą, aż 47 tomów? Wybierając ten utwór, jako swoją następną lekturę kierowałam się pozytywną oceną mojej mamy. Teraz bym chciała napisać posty na temat wszystkich tomów, lecz wybrałam jedynie te najbardziej interesujące.

Już na samym początku powieści poznajemy
Nostalgi på hög nivå. Slukade dessa böcker som tonåring efter att min kusin styrt mig i den här riktningen... Jag gick nog ganska villigt. Det var ju oerhört spännande för en boktörstig 13-åring att läsa vuxenböcker.
På den tiden älskade jag alla Sandemo-böcker förbehållslöst. Nu kan jag konstatera att de egentligen knappt når upp till medelmåttans nivå språkligt och rent tekniskt. Men det går inte att komma ifrån att själva berättelsen fortfarande har viss lyster och drag.

Detta är inte den bäst
If I had to list the reasons I love this series, we'd still be here in 20 years.

This book marks the opening of what's easily the longest book series I think I'll ever read. Despite being the 1st book out of 47, the story doesn't feel unfinished.

Throughout the series we follow the women of the Ice People, either born into the family or someone who'll eventually marry into it - occasionally "just" someone who ends up making a big difference in the family's life. The first book follows the barely
Kim Kimselius
Feb 13, 2014 Kim Kimselius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollbunden av Margit Sandemo
För många, många år sedan hörde jag talas om Margit Sandemos serie Sagan om Isfolket. Det sas att det inte var "fint" att läsa de böckerna. En dag mötte jag en kvinna som hade alla böckerna i serien, jag lånade första boken och var fast. Därefter började jag samla på alla böckerna, utan att läsa dem, för jag ville ha hela serien komplett innan jag satte igång. Nu står samtliga 47 böcker i serien Sagan om Isfolket i min bokhylla.

Den här veckan började jag läsa första
GUD Magazine
This very readable novel is the first in a series by best-selling Scandinavian author Margit Sandemo, whose books are being made available for the first time in English. Sandemo is the author of a hundred and seventy novels, a feat that becomes more believable when you note that, at two-hundred-and-fifty-five nicely-spaced pages, "Spellbound" is actually a bit short for a Fantasy novel. A forty-seven-book series is still an impressive achievement whatever way you look at it.

"Spellbound" introduc
Maria Retz
I highly recommend this book (and the whole series) to everyone who loves fantasy, romance, mystery, the spiritual and family sagas.

ABOUT THE BOOK (Amazon description of the book):
The year is 1581. Silje is only seventeen and the plague has already struck her entire family. Famished and perished and with two orphaned children to take care of, she approaches the pyres outside Trondheim to get some warmth into her body.
Strangely enough, only one person offers to help Silje in the hour of need: I
Jul 18, 2011 Willinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, i-own, rc
Mor je strašlivá věc. V Norsku se objevil v roce 1581 a odmítal udělit jakékoli milosti.
Z celé rodiny kováře zůstala Silje sama a byla vyhnána ze svého domova, kde už jí nikdo nezbyl. Cestovala velmi dlouho, přežívala o zbytcích, které jí občas někdo hodil.
Jednou našla plačící holčičku u těla matky, která podlehla moru. Šestnáctiletá Silje neměla tu sílu tam děvčátko nechat, a tak ho vzala sebou. V lese pak Silje našla novorozeně, které tam před malou chvílí odložila jeho utrápená matka. A tak s
Jul 25, 2015 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
Det här är verkligen inte min sorts bok. Jag är allergisk mot medeltidsfiktion och hatar hela "ung kvinnlig oskuld möter äldre magisk man"-köret. Och den första boken i Sagan om Isfolket-serien har både de ingredienserna. Men min mamma älskar serien och hon har länge tjatat på mig att jag ska läsa den, så jag gav den första boken en chans.

I ärlighetens namn hade jag faktiskt svårt att lägga ifrån mig boken när jag väl börjat läsa. Det är en sådan där bok som bara suger in en så snart en kommer
Emma Höglund
I use the first book to review the whole series!

The books is about the family called Icepeople. It begins in Norway at in the year 1581 and ends 1960 and it's 47 books that tells their story.
The background is simple: For hundreds of years ago, a man named Tengel the Evil of the Icepeople called up Satan with a magical brew and made a pact with the Devil: he would become immortal and rule the world and in return, at least one child in each generation will be born with magical powers and will be e
Nicki Markus
Dec 25, 2011 Nicki Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this series is going to become a guilty pleasure for me and I will have to track down the remaining 46 books (assuming all are available in English - I'll need to Google).

Let me start with the bad this time and then move onto the good. Technically, I shouldn't like this book. It is based on a very obvious storyline that does exactly what you'd expect with no sudden, interesting twists. Also, the writing relies a lot on POV switches from paragraph to paragraph. The first time it happened,
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a Norwegian-Swedish historical fantasy author. She has been the best-selling author in the Nordic Countries since the 1980s, when her novel series of 47 books, The Legend of the Ice People, was published. She has also written many other book series such as Häxmästaren and Legenden om Ljusets rike.
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Other Books in the Series

Sagaen om Isfolket (1 - 10 of 47 books)
  • Heksejakten (Sagaen om Isfolket, #2)
  • Avgrunnen (Sagaen om Isfolket, #3)
  • Lengsel (Sagaen om Isfolket, #4)
  • Dødssynden (Sagaen om Isfolket, #5)
  • Den onde arven (Sagaen om Isfolket, #6)
  • Spøkelsesslottet (Sagaen om Isfolket, #7)
  • Bøddelens datter (Sagaen om Isfolket, #8)
  • Den ensomme (Sagaen om Isfolket, #9)
  • Vinterstorm (Sagaen om Isfolket, #10)
  • Blodhevn (Sagaen om Isfolket, #11)

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