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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  97 reviews
One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut

Marissa Campbell's debut novel is a winning combination of romance, history, and adventure sure to appeal to fans of Diana Gabaldon.

It is 869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Eadlorman of Somerset has
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Marissa Campbell Hi, Jayne!

I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner!
Avelynn2 should be out this September 2016!
It's just going through final edits and cover design. :)
Hi, Jayne!

I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner!
Avelynn2 should be out this September 2016!
It's just going through final edits and cover design. :)
I can't wait to share it with everyone.

In gratitude,
Marissa xo(less)

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Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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As of July 29th, Marissa Campbell Avelynn has logged thirteen ratings on Goodreads. Of those thirteen, twelve are five star reviews. The thirteenth is my own and I honestly find that fact rather amusing. I’m not in the business of following the crowd and I’m not afraid to stand alone. I call it like I see it and while I enjoyed the book well enough, I can’t say it blew me away.

To be fair, Avelynn started strong. The
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had the very misguided thought that this book, despite the premise, would be a light and sexy read that I could snuggle up to and quickly pass the hours with.

There’s certainly a good bit of heat to the tale where it’s due, but there is nothing light about this novel. If anything, it’s harsh and rough and absolutely mesmerizing.

Avelynn is one of the best female leads that I’ve read this year; a spirited and strong woman, a
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this Arc from St Martin's press via NG in return for an honest review.

"It's dangerous for a woman to tread into men's waters."

Well, well, well! New Historical fiction Author is on my horizon!

Rating- 3.5 stars

Let's go straight into what the plot is about!

Avelynn is the daughter of the Earl of Somerset,
She has been raised as the lady of the house, she's full of stubborn indignation, she's a powerful woman in her own right...
Until her father shackles her in a betrothal,
a loathsome
Alicia  Gordon
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I see the printed words "debut novel", I unfairly but naturally expect the book to be written in an almost underdeveloped fashion. I can happily say this did not meet any unfair expectations. What I experienced was an enchanting adventure, written by someone with both writing experience and natural talent. I appreciated most that it had the right amount of everything; romance, suspense, action, heart-break, and these aspects were strewn out so evenly throughout the story. The plot never ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical readers who enjoy the realism of the times
The Dark Ages come alive in this historical adventure romance debut! A strong female lead must choose between the man her father says she is to wed and the Viking enemy who has stolen her heart. In a war-torn land, can Avelynn save her people and earn the right to choose her own destiny?

Her father's lenience allows Avelynn to overstep the set boundaries for women and he hasn't felt the need to curtail her until now. He has spoiled her, especially after his beloved wife's death. After four years
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
9th century England. Avelynn is a strong minded Saxon maiden that dreads her upcoming nuptials and the corner that many, including her future bridegroom want to put her in. Like her parents, Avelynn wants to marry for love and maintain the independence nurtured by her father's upbringing. Although many of her people have adopted Christianity as their religion, Avelynn still secretly prays and performs the rituals of her mother's people- the Irish. It is during one of these rituals that Avelynn ...more
Lynn Spencer
Oct 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Where do I even start with the book? It doesn't happen often, but occasionally I read a book that has so many less-than-redeeming qualities contained within its pages that I scarcely know where to begin. That, in a nutshell, describes Avelynn, quite possibly the worst Viking romance I've ever read.

So, who is Avelynn? Well, despite her improbable name, she is the daughter of a Saxon noble. Remember now that she's Saxon because pretty much nothing else in the plot signals her as such. Despite
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is more than a simple historical romance. It's so much more than that. It's truly a journey, with accurate historical facts that will make you feel like you're right there. It's realistic.

Our heroine, Avelynn has to be one of the strongest female characters I've read about. She's not a spoiled teen; she's not a weak girl that has no voice or is afraid to say it how it is. She's the exact opposite. She's a young lady that will, one day, rule instead of her father and is being groomed
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval, vikings
The first half was pretty slow for me. And for a book marketed as a romance, we had instalove, separation, sex, separation, sex and then separation again. Literally, that's what happened. Luckily the second half picked up and things actually started happening. Still Avelynn and Alrik spent very little time together throughout any of the book which is disappointing because I don't believe in instalove so there was nothing to back up their relationship. But I appreciated the historical details and ...more
The Lit Bitch
This book was hard for me to review. On one hand I finished it and wanted to know what happened to the characters but on the other hand I had a hard time buying into the romance aspect of the novel. I felt like it was trying to be both a romance novel and a novel about a woman fighting for her destiny and while books can successfully be both, this one fell short in the romance aspect for me.

Sure there were some heated scenes which were promising and even the romance line seemed promising in the
Sharon Chance
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first approached this book with a bit of trepidation. A romance set during the Saxon/Viking era of old, old England? Hmmm ...

Well, my worries were unfounded - I really enjoyed Marissa Campbell's story of love, war, romance and battles. Campbell's characters are strong and remarkable (especially the lead character Avelynn - she is feisty, headstrong, but is also very smart and has a big heart for her people), the story is intriguing, and the setting is actually quite magnificent.

If you like
Andrea at Reading Lark
*4.5 Birdies
Review Posted on Reading Lark 9/29/15:

Avelynn is a beautiful young girl living in England in the year 869. Her father is a powerful noble and she will inherit a portion of his estate upon his death, but as a woman her power is severely limited outside of her father's lands. Avelynn represents a young woman who wishes to make her own path; she is intelligent and tenacious.

Like so many young women in this time period, Avelynn is forced into a
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Avelynn was what I expected, let me add I am looking forward to what I assume will be the next book, as Campbell continues to blossom in both writing and content as demonstrated in this book. No denying my affinity towards extremely strong independent female protagonists, contributing to my partiality for Avelynn.

Avelynn is strong-willed, refusing to bend to the will of men or the times. She’s fierce, courageous and fearless. Determined to carve out a future on her terms despite the risks of
A.B. Funkhauser
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5* At last, a female protagonist who rolls on her own

AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell is already an auspicious debut thanks to kudos from New York Times best seller Susannah Kearsley. Not only does it feature high stakes heroics set against insurmountable odds in 9th Century Saxon England, but it takes the uncommon approach of setting the female protagonist down amidst a wild band of Viking marauders that she conquers, not just through sex, but through visceral, physical chutzpah with a broad sword.
Marissa Campbell
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
FIVE STAR review from Crossroads Reviews

This one OMG I just died over. Ive been pagan for over 20 years and this was just soaked with the correct terms etc. I loved it! The story could be very closely related to others like Romeo and Juliet etc. Where two people from waring people fall in love. It was a breathtaking read. I loved how the author did the intimate scenes without them being cheap or disgusting. You could tell that they had a love and draw to
Mari Jaye
Beautiful writing that flows, (no purple prose here!) wonderful historical detail of the Medieval/Saxon/Viking period, a strong and lovable protagonist, with a romance aspect that does not take over.

If you love books full of medieval forests, filled with wolves, wild boar and bears; and adventures that involve traveling horse-back with satchels packed, only to pitch a tent and feed from the forest; along with details of ancient Norse religions, this book is for you :-)

Note: Although the
C.M. McCoy
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has such beautiful writing, I had to slow down my speed reading to enjoy every single word. Marissa makes everything seem effortless, and the rhythm of her sentences is gorgeous. I'm a huge, huge fan!

The story here is heartfelt. I loved, Avelynn's journey! LOVED IT! I love that she's strong woman in a man's world, and I loved watching her fall in love.

...and here I thought I wasn't in to historical fiction.

5 Stars. I'll be reading this one again and again.

Sara Strand
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yet another stunning debut I've read this summer! Marissa Campbell is making me love historical romance and I really never thought I would be into it, yet here I am, eagerly waiting for her next book. I finished Avelynn in one day, friends. ONE DAY. It's been in my to-read pile for a couple of weeks and I had a break in review action and I thought I'd just give this one a whirl when my kids were gone for the week and man alive, I devoured it.

In the story we have Avelynn, a Saxon by birth and
Colleen Turner
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Avelynn is one of my favorite characters I have come across in a while. When the novel first opens she is almost too smart and willful for her own good, especially given the time she lives in. But being raised and educated to believe she was meant for more than the traditional roles of a well-born girl, not only expected to run her father's estate when he is gone but to become a pagan high priestess (this, of course, hidden from most
Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently read a book called Avelynn, by Marissa Campbell. The scene setting in 869, it features a protagonist named Avelynn, who is a young, noble, strong-willed Saxon woman attempting to forge her future during a volatile time in England that is the Viking invasion.

Upon hearing about this book, I immediately wanted to read it. Those that know my reading style know I'm not much for romance, unless it's historically tastefully done and makes me swoon right along with them. And generally, the
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Avelynn” by Marissa Campbell is an intriguing novel about a passionate woman from the 800’s. She was not raised like a normal girl was during that time period. She had been allowed by her father to speak her mind, and to have some say in her future; to a point. Eventually he becomes tired of waiting for her to choose a husband, and decides to choose one for her. Avelynn is set on marrying for love and passion, and the man her father has chosen for her is her worst nightmare. However, she has ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Avelynn has been the jewel of the Earl of Somerset. Suitors come to seek her aid, but she was given the choice to refuse them. However, when rumors about war from the Vikings seem to come true, her father decides to protect her into an arranged marriage to Demas. She finds out that Demas is not the gentle suitor he seems to be, but rather a dark man filled with ambition and with a desire to control her. Because she is doomed to marry this man, she turns to her faith as a pagan. During one of her ...more
Set in 869 Dark Ages with paranormal elements. A Saxon Lady,Avelynn, turned Warrior and a Viking, Alrik, a tale that transcends worlds, kingdoms and the ages. Fast paced, action packed. Written in first person, through Avelynn's perception or voice.
Well written with depth, and vivid descriptions. Not for the of faint heart.
There is much tragedy, challenges, romance, sadness, passion, betrayal, deceit, druids,secrets,death, myths and the power of love. There are so many deceptions and lies in
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in the Dark Ages, Avelynn is a debut novel by Marissa Campbell. The main character is Avelynn, a young Saxon noblewoman who helps her father rule the kingdom in Somerset. She is secretly a Pagan high priestess who every so often goes to an island by the name of Avalon to perform her rituals until the Vikings invade. Against her wishes she is betrothed to Demas, a man who she fears and despises.

While on one of her visits to Avalon, she meets a much hated Viking, Alrik who she comes to love
I am a sucker for debut novels, especially HF and when they take place in a time period I am unfamiliar with, all the better. Puts a little bit of pressure on the author right there, with Avelynn I was not disappointed at all.

I like Avelynn, a strong and determined woman, smart and brave as well. The late 800's was a brutal time in England, not just because of the Vikings, but also for the fact that women were at the mercy of man, with no choice as to the direction their life went. The author
With comparisons to Outlander, I was immediately intrigued but would have never imagined I'd end up so lost in Avelynn's pages. Marissa Campbell has crafted a beautifully researched world full of intrigue and power and I was SO there. While the romance was a bit too quick, I nonetheless stood in their corner cheering them on (and I should point out that the romance is extremely detailed! Definitely for older readers!) I'm absolutely impressed with Campbell's debut and am thrilled to see what she ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The intricate layers of Marissa Campbells' book Avelynn were impressive for any work but more so as this was her historical romance debut! In an engaging writing style Ms. Campbell quickly captures her audience and relates a fast paced and detailed story full of angst, bravery and passion. Set in the Dark Ages this author did a fine job of incorporating multiple facets of the period, from the social constraints of women to the political currents dictating the era, yet still maintained the tale's ...more
Patti Prema
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I spent the last few days immersed in Avelynn, which was such a treat. From the very first pages until the last I couldn't put it down, literally, just ask my hubby. Historical fiction is my favorite read so you had me there, but then to draw in the ancient religion of the Goddess & the Isle of Avalon, mix it with the steamy love scenes, and the suspense of the dark characters of Demus & Osric, then the savageness of the Viking battles... Kudos to you Marissa Campbell ! Wishing you ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really good and also not quite what I was expecting. I think I was looking more for the fiction in historical fiction, but this gave more of an emphasis on the historical....does that make sense?

I liked the characters Campbell created because they felt like real people to me. And I really enjoyed the aspects of Paganism throughout the novel. (Now I'm really interested in learning more about it.)

The one thing I didn't like was how dark and (sadly) realistic some parts were. That
Tabatha The Librarian Pope
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love a good historical romance, but I rarely find one that really sticks with me like AVELYNN. The story is beautifully written, weaving a tapestry of myth and ancient beliefs into the dark days of medieval England. If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER and Philippa Gregory's LADY OF THE RIVERS and THE WHITE QUEEN, just roll them all together and take it back several hundred years, and there you will find AVELYNN. A must read for historical romance lovers.
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Marissa Campbell is the author of the Avelynn series and coauthor of the award-winning self-help book, Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society and Romance Writers of America. An E-RYT hatha yoga instructor and studio owner, Campbell lives in Ontario, Canada, with her three amazing sons, dashingly handsome hubby, and adorable golden

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