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Season of the Sun (Viking Era #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,697 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
A viking romance IS ALWAYS IN SEASON

First published in 1991, Season of the Sun is the glorious story of a Viking man whose love for one woman is nearly destroyed by her stubborn stepfather.

Zarabeth, with hair as red as an Irish sunset, is chosen by Magnus Haraldsson, a Viking on a trading visit to York, to be his wife. She is both stunned and fascinated by his bluntness,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 1991)
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Oct 03, 2014 ivana18 rated it did not like it
What a ridiculous book.
This is the second Catherine Coulter book I've picked up and it is the only one of her books I actually managed to finish (just barely).
I honestly don't know how is it possible that this woman is a considered to be a successful romance author.
Her writing style gives me a whiplash. One minute the characters are talking or thinking about one thing, and then all of a sudden, without any warning or subtlety, they change the topic of their conversation/thoughts. The author do
Meg Kinch
Jul 03, 2010 Meg Kinch rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy dominant alpha males willing to do anything to get what they want.
While I was torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars, I decided to give it three stars. This book is about Zarabeth, a woman who lives with her jealous stepfather and takes care of her little sister Lotti who was deafened as a child due to her father's cruelty. While going to fetch water one day at the center well of Coppergate, Zarabeth is approached by Viking Warrior, Magnus Haroldsson who says that he will wed with her and have her as his own regardless. Once her stepfather found out about this, ...more
Regan Walker
Dec 18, 2012 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
A well-told Viking tale set in the Danelaw (Danish ruled territory of England) and Norway in the late 9th century. Like others of Coulter’s, she doesn’t hold back when it comes to the violence of the times nor the cruelty inflicted on a worthy heroine by a bold alpha male who has his information wrong. I love that about her writing, but some who are looking for a softer story might not. If you can get past that (and I did), the story will hold your attention and I highly recommend it. Coulter’s ...more
3 1/2

Magnus (H) when spurned by the woman he had chosen for a wife he did what any good Viking would do.......he took her for his slave instead.

Zarabeth ( h) ,when she told her stepfather that a Viking wanted her for a wife he didn't react like she thought he would. Instead,wanting her for himself ,he threatened to have her little sister killed if she didn't turn the Viking down.

I think I may have rated this book higher if I had the time to just sit and read it in a few days instead of a few we
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Kitabı çok severek okudum. Bol entrikalı, sizi meraktan çatlatacak kitaplardan biri. Bir kere oğlumuz Viking! Hikaye yanılmıyorsam 900lerde geçiyor. Konusu ise Magnus tüccarlık yapmak için York limanına demir atmıştır ve şehirde dolaştığında güzeller güzeli Zarabeth'i görüp kapılır. Kadın onun olacaktır. Bu konuda hiç şüphesi yoktur.

Ertesi gün kızı tekrar gördüğünde yanına gider ver adının Magnus Harraldson olduğunu ailesinin Norveç yakınlar
Maureen Feeney
Zarabeth meets and falls for the Viking Magnus Haraldsson, she wants to marry him. Zarabeth has a deaf halfsister Lottie who her stepfather dislikes, he tells zarabeth he will kill Lottie if she does not refuse Magnus, so she does in a brutal way to convince him she does not love him. Zarabeth ends up married to her stepfather Olav The Great, convicted of his murder and sold to Magnus instead of penalty of death. Magnus wants revenge on the woman who played with his feelings a woman he now belie ...more
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Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Viking romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
Not great. Zarabeth's stepfather forces her to marry him and to snub the Viking who has been courting her and whom she loves, Magnus. When her stepfather dies shortly afterwards, she's framed for murdering him and Magnus basically buys her for his slave, taking her back to his home where he sort of courts her anew while his sister makes her life miserable.

Does Zarabeth even ever explain to Magnus that she was forced to snub him by her stepfather? I read this book a bit impatiently so maybe I mis
Jun 19, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
I found this in a thrift store, almost didn't buy it because it was written in 1991 and had yellowed pages. I love action packed stories where there is conflict between the characters. I was hooked after reading a few pages. However, my 2015 sensibilities were shocked at the amount of degradation to the lead female, Zarabeth endured! The first couple of chapters were nice when there was mutual attraction and it was a forbidden love. The rape scene shocked me, and have read a lot of romances/bodi ...more
When we last left our reading heroine, she was completely engrossed in the hot, virile, gratuitously violent men of the History Channel's series, Vikings--so much so--that the entire first season was absorbed in one lazy Saturday.

Not quite finished with the need to experience Viking pillaging, I turned to my friend the internet and before Bob's your uncle, Viking smut downloaded and begun.

To be clear: I blame The History Channel for this latest time suck. Beyond the rapey-rape because hey, thi
Apr 12, 2015 Roub rated it liked it
i felt torn, my heart bled for zarabeth. she was treated so unfairly and unjustly. i dunno how she loved magnus after the abominable way he treated her. he raped, abused her and treated her like a pathetic dog! the book grabbed me from the first page and i felt it deserved a 4 star but it was entertaining in a horrible way. at times, i just wished zarabeth wud commit suicide. but dat never happens to heroines, so i knew i was hoping in vain. the end actually made up for it as magnus also knew pa ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
Viking gets his feelings hurt and throws a hissy fit that doesn't let up. As crappy as Coulter's old-school rape-mances often were, they were tons more credible than her contemporary "thrillers." Those Vikings could be such big babies! Is it any wonder they couldn't stop pillaging?
Becky Mcgill-collins
One of my favorite strong female hero in a male controlled world type of stories. I found it sort of gritty, not too sappy which makes this novel stand out as a favorite. I have re-read it several times, and I know I will again.
Mar 09, 2015 Deirdre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vikings with potatoes in York. Rape forgiven way too easily. 2.5 stars, it's readable but the potato issue jolted me out of the willing suspension of disbelief and the romance wasn't quite convincing.

And red headedness is apparently a viking trait. Up to the beginning of the 20th century Scots people were depicted as red-headed and Irish as black haired. Yeah, the potato thing knocked my ability to enjoy it and the rape as romance made it harder to gloss over other faults. Copyright 1991, could
Lover of Romance
Zarabeth, lives in York with her step father and her step brother and younger sister. Zarabeth has yet to find a spouse, due to the fact that her step father chases most of her suitors away, until a warrior viking comes into town and starts courting her and wanting to marry her. At first Zarabeth is shocked at Magnus at his bluntness at wanting her for his wife and lover, but is intrigued and knows that she wants him as well, because he stirs up her senses like none other has ever done before. B ...more
May 09, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very much a product of its times. I'm shocked that '80s and '90s romance novels considered rape scenes to be acceptable, but it is what it is. I enjoyed reading about Vikings and I suppose that stuff is all a part of the package. I loved the children in this book, Lotti and Egill were what bumped this one up from 2 to 3 stars.
Aug 16, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Magnus is a viking and has decided to marry Zarabeth. To protect her sister Lotti, she turns him down. Events take place that have Zarabeth charged with murder and to seek revenge Mangnus takes her home as his slave. The character's are endearing but you want to smack them both for not talking and listening to each other.
May 16, 2015 tara rated it really liked it
Long quality trash since I was on meds post-op.

Great story, accurate history... Cheesy sex/violence> unimpressed. But perhaps the writer has more confidence now.
Sep 23, 2010 Ana rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-romances
– Season of the Sun is the first Viking romance I ever read and I immediately fell in love with the genre. Coulter is talented author who pays attention to historical detail without losing sight of character development and the romance plot line. Magnus is as bold and brash as one would imagine a Viking male would be while Zarabeth comes off a little too naive at times though this doesn’t detract from her charm. This novel is a great read for those who enjoy the grittier romances. ~ Cerise, www. ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
It took a while to get into this book but I enjoyed it. It was just interesting enough and took a lot of twists and turns to keep me guessing and interested.
Jul 26, 2015 Brandy marked it as to-read
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Mar 29, 2014 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Entertaining, that's it... Not a top favorite of Coulter's work.
it good to read for a rainy day. Nothing more.
Annette Meier
Feb 07, 2016 Annette Meier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another new time/era to learn from through storytelling! Loved it!!
Jun 14, 2014 Jen rated it did not like it
Rape....raperaperape. Not cool.
Wiwo Aprilia
My Fav book on 2014 on Historical romance. Oh Viking Magnus you broke my heart but you also recuperate it back too *sigh*

Some people feel little bit dislike about the collar for the slaves, to our modern mind it seems so Savages. but not forget Slavery extinct just 50-60 years ago all over the world. Not even 1 century yet. Our minds are Savage. Not the Collar. Besides it was on 9th century. So we read this book we have to "look" at back then, not right now.
May 28, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I remember most about this book was the besotted hero. He was so obsessive with the heroine, it was endearing. I mean the guy was psycho infatuated. He was a caveman, dragging her off to his cave by her long, red hair, and of course, cavemen don't understand what NO means....

It was all so entertaining...
Nadine Jones
Jun 20, 2012 Nadine Jones marked it as did-not-finish
My first viking romance!


so far this book SUCKS! LOL! I may not get very far ... it's very expositiony, and feels dated (I know, that's an odd thing to say about a historical, but if you read them, you know what I mean).


This book still sucks. I only manage a few pages a night because I keep falling asleep!!
Mar 17, 2010 Maddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this back when this was new and I loved it! This is a Viking Bodice Ripper and this story had just about everything I need, danger, fear, violence and a dominant Alpha. Come on, the past was just such a place. This is probably not for those 'faint of heart' and into Big Time PC.
Dec 19, 2013 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Why, oh, why did Anne Flosnik have to narrate this audiobook? Her voice drives me mad. It's so distracting :( I really think I lose a little bit of my sanity every time I listen to one of her performances.
Jul 19, 2012 Kaza rated it liked it
Catherine Coulter books never seem to appeal to me. I thought this one might be the exception and while I did enjoy it more than others I have read, it was not a great read.
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Bodice Ripper Rea...: Coulter's Viking Series 6 33 May 23, 2012 04:20PM  
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  • Golden Surrender (Viking, #1)
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  • The Conqueror
  • Dream of Me
  • Swan Road
  • The Panther and the Pearl
  • The Silver Devil
  • Desert Hostage
  • Viking's Prize
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  • Fires of Winter (Haardrad Viking Family, #1)
  • The Dragon and the Jewel (Medieval Plantagenet #2)
  • No Choice But Surrender

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