The Unbroken Line of the Moon
In this grand saga of love, war, and magic set in the tenth century, young Sigrid is destined to be the mother of the king of the Nordic lands that would become Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.
A devout believer in the old Nordic gods, Sigrid is visited regularly in her dreams by the goddess Freya, who whispers to her of the future. Though Sigrid is beautiful, rich, ar...more
PS. The first 3 books are really magical. (less)
'The Unbroken Line of the Moon' is set in the tenth century, when the Vikings and Christians were battling over the Nordic lands ...more
Right off the bat, I have to address an earlier Amazon review that expressed much concern about “mature content” including violent descriptions of rape.
This is a historical fiction account of Vikings.
There is much, much “mature content” because the author stays absolutely true to any historical basis. And anyone who expects some sort of “everyone lived happily thereafter” romance should definitely look elsewhere, ...more
I will say the one downside was that it had sooooo many characters. It wasn't until about the 40% mark that I felt comfortable in knowing who everybody was and what their relationships were with each other. To be honest, I even started highlighting in the beginning because there were just so many names and with them being unusual, it was even harder for me to keep track.
That being said, I loved the story. It reminded me of the Vikings show on The History Channel. Si ...more
I enjoyed this book very much. While the warnings of graphic violence and sex are absolutely true I think it should also be made very clear that these scenes are not just in the book to shock or stimulate the reader. It's a fair depiction of the the mindset and practices at that time in history. I read this book in one sitting and will definitely read the next one. It is a fantastic translation and made reading effortless. ...more
Sigrid and Sweyn could have been fascinating, but all Hildebrandt shows us is their political ambition and their desire for each other. Even their family ties, which have dramatic c ...more
I don't really know what to say about this book, I enjoyed it. It had a nice story with a strong female character. I had a couple to ship, which was good haha. This book reminds me a bit of Game Of Thrones but with vikings :) ...more
Like the show, life is uncomfortable (even for the ruling class), dirty and there was a lot of violent and blood thirsty scenarios' which your everyday Viking would have been quite at home with. Me? Well not so much. I spend much of the show with my eyes closed and shuddering - with the occasional tear shed at some unspeakable horror that has just taken place. The same with this book. Although this book i ...more
I'm not sure how to classify this book either. It's historical fantasy/fiction, but the fantasy elements are things that the characters would have believed happened, and so you're left with the Beowulf quandary. ...more
Most of the time the translation was fine but there were a couple of redundant sentences (beauty and beautiful being mentioned q ...more
- The mythology was so well portrayed as was the religion.
- The clothing and hair styles as well as weapons and armor were well researched and well written.
- The clash between Christians and the old religion was interesting.
- The 'miracles' and Valkyries were easy enough to buy. As were the Seeress and witches.
- So. Much. Viole ...more
Author: Johanne Hildebrandt
Series: The Valhalla Book 4
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Unbroken Line of the Moon" by Johanne Hildebrandt
This was a different kind of genre for me being a historical [Norse] mythology fiction read of the 'Vikings' [folk lore] however, I did find it a rather interesting read that did keep my attention of following Sigrid's Viking life. Be ready for a little bit of it all from ...more
This book follows a few characters, but the main character is Sigrid who is a devout believer in the old Nordic gods. The goddess Freya gives her little hints and guides her to her intended ...more
(In the original Swedish, this is book #4 of the series.)
By Johanna Hildebrant
When the author is an award-winning war correspondent and the first woman elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of War Science, and she’s written a dramatic account of a legendary Viking woman, you have to at least read the sample.
Hildebrant has woven the stories of three intriguing characters. Starting with Sigrid the Haughty, a powerful woman from the tenth century and ...more
This book may not be for the squeamish or the younger crowd. It runs true to life for that time period and culture. There is raping, slavery and fighting, among other things some modern people don't want to think or read about. This is not a comfortable book to curl up with.
This was an interesting and very realistic look into the Viking's culture, politics, sex, religion, magic and myths. Not the kind that romance authors usually give us; but the down-and dirty, blood and guts, dirty, flea infes ...more
Um, I was mistaken. I'm still not sure what makes it "Women's Historical Fiction" besides one of the major character's being a woman.
That said, I still loved it. It's about vikings, and while it doesn't shy away from violence and rape and all the things one associates with vikings, it ...more
OK its graphic, sure, but it's so good! If you like the show Vikings you'd probably like this book. The worst part about it to me is that the next one isn't out until next October! Not for the faint of heart and if you're a militant Christian you might not like it as some of the other reviewers were crying about it. I really liked it and would recommend to anyone who likes this kind of thing. I didn't find it too graphic, myself, but people are weaklings now so I'm not surprised really ...more
This book tells the story of Sigrid, Queen of Sweden, who married King Eric in the ninth century. Since I'm currently visiting Sweden, I wanted to learn more about the fascinating history and culture. It's the first book in a trilogy, and I'd be interested in reading the next volume in the series. Written by a Swedish author, it gives an interesting picture into Viking times, the battles between Kings and Jarls and clans or tribes, and seems to give some insight into the Sca ...more
Hoping for another from this author! ...more