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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 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 January 1st 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
May 06, 2011 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"
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Latające książki
Saga o Ludziach Lodu tak dumnie brzmi, prawda? Usłyszałam o niej parę lat temu i jedną z jej cech było to, że nie dało się jej już nigdzie dostać w wersji papierowej, aby pięknie się prezentowała na półce. Jednak w końcu zdobyłam parę jej części.

Niekoniecznie wiedziałam też czego mam się po niej spodziewać, ale po pierwszej części jestem naprawdę zadowolona. Jest rok 1581, a w północnej Norwegii w okolicach Trondheim panuje zaraza, która zabiera ze sobą tysiące osób. Wszędzie palą ciała, a zwło
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Zack
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Isabel
My mother started collecting this series in the 1980's when she was a teenager and when I entered my teens they became one of my favorite series.

The series starts in 1581 in Trondheim, Mid-Norway with Silje, Charlotte, Sol, Dag, Henning and Tengel. Silje is a sixteen year old girl who has lost her entire family and home to the plague and wanders the streets of Trondheim looking for food and warmth, and even though she can't feed or warm herself she decides to take in the two orphans she finds. L
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Rebecca Wahlstedt
Jun 04, 2008 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
Anna
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Amelia
‘Spellbound’ is a charming and atmospheric tale set in 16th century Norway. It follows a sixteen year old girl named Silje (pronounced Sil-ya, according to the internet) after she loses her family and home to a plague outbreak. After inadvertently adopting two abandoned children, she finds a new home and encounters mysterious persons. I found Silje an appealing and sympathetic narrator, convincingly teenage yet forced into adult pragmatism by circumstance; brave and thoughtful yet frustrated and ...more
Izabella (pagesfullofstars)
I usually don't read sagas but I was recommended to try this one and it was surprisingly good! It's a light read with engaging story and interesting characters. I also liked the mix of historical fiction and fantasy/mythology.
Henrik
Aug 14, 2008 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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Irene
Sep 06, 2011 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
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Ape
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
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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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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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Milena
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that was recommended to me by my Great Dane friend. The author is Swedish-Norwegian, and has written 47 Ice People book of which about 5-9 are translated into English, the rest are in Swedish and Norwegian.

I read this not knowing what to expect, and wondering if the English translation would match up with the Swedish/Norwegian version that my friend loved so much.

It is not a complicated book. The story is simple, and told through the eyes of a peasant girl, although educated. Her
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Kristina
Mar 02, 2008 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
May 10, 2008 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
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Marte Patel
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Linnea Dunér
Jan 25, 2017 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.
Caroline Olsson
Lite seg. Storyn är bra men inte så spännande och fängslande liksom.
Annikka
Jak jsem tomu mohla dát jen čtyři hvězdičky?!
Agata Marczewska
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure
Sylwia
Jul 01, 2011 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!
Lucie
Jul 03, 2011 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. :)
hanne amelia
Pretty good. I will read the next book in this series of 47 books.
Phew.
MyzanM
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
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Paulina
Spodziewałam się czegoś wyjątkowego, bo saga jest bardzo znana, a i opis fabuły był zachęcający - opowieść o potomkach Tengela Złego, który niegdyś zawarł pakt z diabłem, aby otrzymać szczególne moce. Brzmiało zachęcająco i intrygująco.

Niestety książka okazała się bardzo słabo napisanym romansidłem z okropnie drętwymi dialogami, wątki fantastyczne nie ratują sytuacji, a przewijające się przez powieść opisy "zmysłowości" i "żądzy"czynią z sagi taki archetyp "50 twarzy Greya". Zdecydowanie mnie ni
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Jonas Toftefors
det känns att böckerna har många år på nacken, det hittepå-ålderdomliga språket skaver och en hel del i handlingen känns omodernt. Är inte supersugen att fortsätta läsa serien, men jag kanske skall ge den en bok till längre fram, den gick ju fort att läsa i alla fall...
Carolin
Söt, lättläst, mysig.
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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)
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