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Spellbound (Sagaen om Isfolket #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,294 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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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 abandoned children, she stumbles out of 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, s
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255 pages
Published 2008 by Tagman (first published 1982)
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Kathleen
(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
Joanna
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
Beate
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"
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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:
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
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Rebecca Wahlstedt
Jun 04, 2008 Rebecca Wahlstedt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Grace
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
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Henrik
Aug 26, 2008 Henrik rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Kristina
Mar 02, 2008 Kristina marked it as to-read
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
Anna
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 i
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Marte Patel
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.
Kim Kimselius
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
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Louise Mundt
The story is really good and the characters are all quite interesting. But I hated the writing which reminded me of my own feeble attempts of writing a fantasy novel in high school. Margit Sandemo is all about telling in stead of showing (which to me is a basic no-no) and sometimes even the point of view glitches. And why did the erotic tension - which kept me on the edge of my seat during the first part of the book - turn into a parody at the end?

I would very much like to find out what happens
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Sylwia
Re-reading the saga again... it's a long road ahead through all 47 parts, but then it's so worth it!
Kate
Tak tohle se mi vážně líbilo. Jak jsem se už jednou zmiňovala, chvílemi to připomínalo krásku a zvíře. :)
Hanne
Pretty good. I will read the next book in this series of 47 books.
Phew.
Annikka
Jak jsem tomu mohla dát jen čtyři hvězdičky?!
Laura
Plot: The plot was kind of ridiculous, and some things were resolved way too easily, but this was one of those books that was just really enjoyable because of the weird plot. I did think it was a bit annoying that Dag's mother had a few chapters in the book but had no resolution to her story.
Characters: I liked the characters for the most part. They were all generally good people, but each of them did seem to have one big flaw. I didn't love how dependent Silje felt towards Tengel, especially si
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Willinda
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
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Irene
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
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Tanja Berg
Sådär ja. Nu har har jag börjat med den här serien jag har hört så mycket snack om upp genom åren. Köpte alla 47 böcker i andra hand(eller tredje, fjärde - vad vet jag). Så återstår att se hur långt jag kommer före jag tröttnar.

Början var ju bra nog. Silje är en tonårsflicka vars familj dött av pesten. Hon går hungrig på Trondheims gator och söker sig efterhand till bålet på galgbacken som ser så värmande ut. På vägen dit plockar hon upp två barn. En två-årig flicka som sitter bredvid sin döda
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John Edvin
The book that started the Legend of the Ice People series -- Spellbound -- was written the year I was born - in the country of my birth, Norway, where the story takes place (though in the sixteenth century when things were way different than they were in the eighties).

The story starts out strong, before petering out. In the middle there's a minimum of conflict, too many passages of a teenage girl's sexual fantasies, with accompanying description of shame for said fantasies. In the end, does she
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Emma Johansson
I am SO not adding all 47 books to my list and review every one of them. No way! So 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,
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Nicki Markus
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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Gizella Tóth
Egyelőre kicsit tanácstalan vagyok. Azért kezdtem el a sorozatot, mert egyszer, évekkel ezelőtt egy könyves hosszasan áradozott róla, hogy ha igazi irodalmat akarok olvasni, és ez aztán de jól meg van írva. Akkor azt mondtam, jó, elolvasom... majd... valamikor. Évek során többször is szemeztem vele, mert mástól is hallottam, hogy ilyen jó és olyan jó.
Nos, néhány napja rászántam magam, ma végeztem is az első kötettel, és most csak ülök és keresem, mi varázsolhatta el azokat az embereket, akik ár
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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
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Emelie
I was 9-10 when I read this one, so it was a long time ago.
I thought it was ok at first, a bit exiting with monsters, magic and mystery. Later I realized it was one of those "porn-novels" (tantsnusk).
I've never seen the point of reading about people having sex, it's just boring and kind of pathetic in my opinion. I know the books wasn't meant for kids, but to be honest, I think I liked it more then than I would've liked it now.
Agnieszka
I don't know if I would like these books so much if I would read them today (when I am all grown up) so I am not sure if my love for them is only sentimental. Apart from that previous fact those books gave me so much while I was growing up - magic, a bit of history, romantic love and real man (a bit brute men). I truly can read them over and over again and still be in love with the characters and the plot.
Sigurrós
The legend of the Ice People was and is HUGE in Northern Europe. This book came out in the early 80's although I didn't read the series until the 90's, all 47 books.

This series was considered kind of risque back in the day although now it seems kinda tame.

This series was a huge hit with young women, this was the first paranormal romance series that I ever read. I guess you could say this series was my generations 'Twilight' except Silje isn't nearly as annoying as Bella.

This series starts in t
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FridaMia
I read this series in my early teens, the whole thing, and loved the stories, the fantasy, the people, the sex. Even then though, I did get that it was tacky, and I thought the dialogues tended to be wooden and the writing craft pretty bad. I wouldn't read it again, as I expect it would turn out to be a lot less satisfying this time around.
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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.
More about Margit Sandemo...
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)

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