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Clan Hakon #1

The Viking's Chosen

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The prophecy must be fulfilled.

His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride — one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that… a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he's a Viking army general and she's an English princess — and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.

Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.

Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

300 pages, Paperback

First published February 12, 2018

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Quinn Loftis

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Hello, Readers. My name is Quinn Loftis and I am lucky enough to call myself a novelist. In 2011, I self-published my first novel, Prince of Wolves with no expectations, other than my friends and family might purchase the book out of pity. Now, several years later, with 30+ novels and counting under my belt, Prince of Wolves had been downloaded over 1 million times. Though I was hesitant at the time to submit my work to the world for their scrutiny, I'm so glad I did. It made my dream of making a living by telling stories a reality.

I'm blessed to share my household my wonderful husband of more than twenty years (who also co-writes with me on occasion), three beautiful sons, a French Bulldog, and an oversized tabby cat. I love hearing from readers, so if you have any questions about the books or my journey, don't hesitate to hit the 'Contact Quinn' in the menu above. Thank you so much for taking a chance on my books.

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November 17, 2019
Fun and Oracles and healing and Vikings and kings romance :)
Some bad editing but nothing too bad.

I have a rule. Always be able to murder your murder accomplice. (c)
Perhaps I was being a tad dramatic, but better to be dramatic in private and then poised and mature in public. I wouldn’t lose my dignity over this, but I knew it was going to break something inside of me. The part of me that longed to be wild and free, to roam new lands and meet new people, would be snuffed out, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was stuck, a product of my circumstances, with no way to change my lot in life. (c)
Later that evening, after I had finally decided to put on my big-girl bloomers, I sat in the warm water of the bathtub in my chambers. The scents of freesia and bath oils wafted on the steam around me, causing me to relax and my eyelids to droop. I didn’t want to think about what changes would come in a month’s time. I didn’t want to think about my duties or the expectations placed upon me. I just wanted to sit in peaceful silence. (c)
“Your lot in life is about as pleasant as a mouthful of chicken shite.” (c)
Rather, I wanted to breathe fresh air and meet new people. And so, as I drifted off to sleep, I let my mind create a world in which I wasn’t the princess of a powerful kingdom and I wasn’t expected to marry a man twice my age. I built a world where anything was possible—where I could do and be anything I wanted. (c)
The castle had always seemed cold to me. I had spent my entire life there, yet it had felt less like a home and more like a temporary holding cell—I was simply passing through until I found my true place in life. (c)
Only a month remained until my very soul would be sucked from my body, leaving only an empty shell. (с)
As I blotted the water from my skin, I noted emptiness in my eyes and hated myself for letting my joy be robbed from my life. (c)
“It’s not my job to encourage you, Son. It’s my job to kick you in your arse when you need it. Now go get my future daughter-in-law and keep her safe.” (c)
Lidia, please sing a funeral ballad. Our sister is walking straight into the arms of the devil, himself.”
“Always a ray of sunshine, Lizzy.” Dayna huffed. “I am sure your presence among the sick lifted their spirits immeasurably.” (c)
She looked like she wanted to be there about as much as she wanted to be struck by lightning. (c)
Judging by the looks on the diners’ faces, I had not succeeded in appearing courtly, but may have looked a bit demented. (c)
“You are just now worrying about him?” Delvin asked.
“I tend to be unobservant until it is absolutely necessary.”
“You say unobservant where others might say dimwitted.” (c)
“That’s a bit complicated.”
“I’m about to bind my soul to yours. Un-complicate it, and do it quickly.” (с)
I am an Oracle. It is my place to be vague. (c)
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785 reviews133 followers
April 5, 2020
A prophecy spoken, known by few, important to so many.
The son of an Oracle Torben, head's off on his quest too win over princess Allete. The one prophesied to be his bride. Only to fall in love himself, and he'll do anything to be with her.
She is betrothed to an arrogant, mean, man who hurts her, but her duty to marry him, form an alliance to save her kingdom and people, is strong. So, she tries to suffer in silence. However Torben can see she's being hurt and it kills him, not to kill this pompous ass of a King where he stands, but he has to bide his time.
Meanwhile, Torben and Princess Allete get to know each other, stealing time together whenever possible and become more too each other than they ever imagined, or even thought possible. There love is so pure and perfect, it's a pleasure reading about it. The book is not all, pleasure and perfect love. There's ugliness, lying, cruelty.
Towards the end, Princess Allete ends up getting kidnapped along with her younger sister Dayna. You won't believe who takes them, but Torben and his men have quite a fight ahead of them. Let's hope Torben is up to the task after being injured badly.
Little do the kidnappers know, but Princess Allete is not without skills of her own, nor is her sister Dayna a shrinking violate. She is full of fire, brave and has quite a mouth on her.
This book is great, the love that's grown between Allete and Torben, is sweet, pure and passionate.
This whole book is written with passion, from somewhere deep in the heart. Believe me, I hardly told you anything about what happens in this book, so much happens. It's written so well, with everything coming together perfectly and reads so smoothly. I was transfixed on this book. It does end with with a cliffhanger, so to find out how thing's end you'll have to read the next book. But if there were 10 book's, everyone of them would be worth reading. Author Quinn Loftis is magic when it comes to writing, truly magic. I've read other books by this Author and all have been amazing, I don't think you can go wrong with this Author. This book is really a must read, your heart will just sing, open and take it all in. Yet don't get me wrong it's not mushy, it's just quality writing that draws us in. It also has funny parts, that sister Dayna is a wild one.
You really don't want to miss out on this story. All of you Author Quinn Loftis lovers, you know what I mean. Excellent, quality writing that doesn't disappoint.

I received this ARC from the Author, however the review I did on my own and is my opinion after reading the book.
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1,343 reviews78 followers
February 24, 2018
This was my first book by Quinn Loftis. I would've enjoyed this more if not for:

1) What I felt were bad transitions between POV's. I found them to be choppy and abrupt, like "Oh okay. Now we're reading Torben's POV. Wait, no, it's Allete's." Strange as it sounds, because of the POV switches within a chapter, I almost wished that the author stuck to one POV.

2) I hate that the MC's got really sappy --- good grief, the cheese level was stinky! --- when they "found each other".

3) I'm not a fan of the writing style which is very descriptive, often repetitive, and imo, long-winded. As such, I'd find myself growing a little bored with the pacing of the story.

Sorry. Just not a fan and I won't be continuing with the next book/s in the series.
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79 reviews
September 9, 2018
If you are looking for a fantasy romance set in the Viking Era, don't pick up this book. I'm sorry to say that it was disappointing from beginning to end. It reads more like a Viking fanfiction rip-off written by a fifteen year old who has no idea that language has evolved throughout the centuries. Next to the historical inaccuracy, we have bad grammar and bland characters. Sure, a teenager who has no idea about linguistics and history might enjoy reading this book, but it just didn't make the cut for me.

First of all we never quite know when the book is set, it is called "Viking Era", but then the character's use words like "okay" (invention of the 19th century), wear fancy lace night gowns and drink tea (17th century for Britain). Then we get names like "Allete" or "Lizzy" which are way too modern. The author clearly didn't consider that English in it's modern form didn't exist back then. She also didn't consider that Norsemen and English didn't speak the same language, but let's just ignore that through some kind of never explained magic system, the two can actually speak to each other.
The character's were all over the place. None of them were written very well in my opinion. Allete sounded like a whiny brat who turned into a martyr to save her Kingdom. Her youngest sister was supposed to be feisty, probably witty, but was incredible stupid to me. And mighty warrior Torben turned into a sap as soon as Allete and he started making out (!?).

I could rant and rage about this "book" for a very long time, fact is: It's not good.
Sorry. This is a zero star for me, because clearly, the author didn't put very much effort into research and character development. The premise could have been so much more.
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1,021 reviews167 followers
November 29, 2020
DNF at 7% 3 stars... nothing particularly wrong with this one, it just wasn't for me... I wasn't interested in this story and the writing style was only ok, so I am moving on to something else :) if it interests you, definitely give it a try for yourselves :)
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3,129 reviews262 followers
February 28, 2018
Torben is a warrior and general in the Viking clan Hakon. The leader of the Hakon is obsessed with warring even at the detriment of his clan. Torben, against his better judgements goes with the leaders newest plot to attack a kingdom in England during prenuptials between 2 kingdoms.

Allete is the eldest daughter and the bride to be, of the one of the kingdoms in England, that Torben’s clan is invading. Torben and his men are sent in to impersonate on of Allete’s guards. This is where the chemistry sizzles between Allete and Torben. Did I mention that Torben is prophesized to take a foreign bride and rule his people?

The banter is fun between Torben, his men, Allete and her family. Allete family is also full of strong woman … I didn’t really get Allete even considering a life with her horribly arranged marriage to King Cathal.

Ending in a cliffhanger, leaving us wondering the fate of Allete’s family, the kingdom, and even Torben… leaving us wonder what is coming next.

Full of action, witty banter and sizzling chemistry, The Viking’s Chosen is a the new Clan Hakon series from Quinn Loftis.

I received this copy of The Viking's Chosen from Xpresso Book Tours. This is my honest and voluntary review.

My Rating: 3.5 stars
Written by: Quinn Loftis
Series: Clan Hakon
Sequence in Series: 1
Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: February 12, 2018
Genre: YA | Teen Historical Romance

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200 reviews55 followers
May 7, 2018
This is a historical fantasy about a magical princess and a love-stricken warrior Viking who the gods declared were made to be together. It takes place an ambiguous long, long time ago, mainly in England.

The book was for the most part a light and fluffy read, but there were several things about it that I disliked. I will list my six main reasons below:

1. There were a lot of typos and other errors in this book. It could really use the help of a good editor going over it.

2. For a "historical fantasy", it was very historically inaccurate, in both speech and actions. It used modern slang frequently, saying things such as "shut up", "shut your trap", and "no offense". Clipped sentences are also used in this book, i.e. "Not my problem.", when they would never have spoken like that unless it was an emergency. It had an English king talking about gods, and at that time and place, the King would have most likely portrayed himself as Christian or Catholic. There were many other examples as well. The only thing historical about this book was the fact that it had castles, kings, and Vikings in it.

3. This is just my personal taste, but I do not like books with so much magic and witchcraft in them. This book has gods, witches, oracles, seers, and magical healers in abundance. This fact in itself will not effect my ratings any, since I realize that this is a fantasy novel and those things are to be expected.

4. I wish that the setting was more clearly laid out. There are hints that the book takes place between the mid 12th and the early 14th centuries, but that leaves a lot to conjecture. It would be nice if it was more clear.

5. I did not like the fact that the language used in this book looks like it was aimed at a YA audience, but the content was very mature. The book had graphic innuendo, foul language, violence and gore, detailed page-long accounts of French kissing written sensually like purple prose, and a sexual assault scene that is not quite rape but is still very bad. For a mature audience, the writing is dumbed down, and for a YA audience, the content is too mature, so I honestly don't know what audience this would be aimed at.

6. The book ends with a cliffhanger at a very important part. The "ending" is not in the least bit satisfying, and you must get the next in the series to see what happens next. For somebody like myself who barely made it through the book, I would at least expect the satisfaction of a conclusion!

All in all, I would not recommend this book, nor would I read it again. Two stars.
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177 reviews60 followers
April 29, 2018
Did someone say Vikings? and England and historical fiction???

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Boy I love me some good historical book based on Vikings and all that cool stuff from a far away world where things were cooler!!! (uhmm not really cuz  death and wars and all that, but still FASCINATING TO ME!! OK?)

It was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it and I cannot wait for the second book to come out.

I must admit, that it was much better than I expected it just blew me away into that amazing era of kings, oracles, princesses and again VIKINGS!

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Sorry I am just wayy too excited .... ^^

Great story, awesome characters and just yeah, loved it.

I have nothing more to say other than that if you are intrigued and love vikings and this genre READ IT!!!

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Overall I gave it 5 stars and HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
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Author 24 books550 followers
May 1, 2018
While this reads more fantasy than historical fiction, The Viking's Chosen features a delightful and colorful cast of characters. The story primarily takes place in England, though I wasn't sure which time period. Still this didn't detract from an engaging plot and unconventional trio of princesses. The Viking marauders aren't what you'd expect them to be either, more noble and honorable than the people they've come to invade. While events in this historical fantasy didn't play like I expected, I enjoyed the banter between Torben and Alette and the way Loftis infused their world with magic.
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292 reviews
June 27, 2018
Plot - 4.5
Writing style - 5
Characters - 4.5
Romance - 5

In which a British princess fell in love with a dashing Viking who disguished himself as her personal guard to save her from an unwanted marriage that will doomed not only her kingdom but also his clan.

• plot - To tell you the truth, the plot was really not original. In fact, at some aspect, it has its cliches and plot holes but that didn't served as a hindrance for me to love the novel itself.

There are no boring moments. Despite how long it took before the two main leads met, not once did I think it was boring because I do love how the author introduces us the characters.

There were no twists and turns which I am okay with. The flow of the story really hooked me off. Though if I have to be honest, I would prefer this if it's a stand-alone and not a trilogy.

My only issue with it was the lack of actions. Sure, I am satisfied because there are a handful of unforgettable moments but boy do I wish there was a bit of fighting scenes or whatsoever to build some tensions. Though I have to say, the antagonist's pervert moves were enough to pissed me off.

I was a bit confused with the female protagonist's age because at the beginning, she indicated she was only twenty and few chapters later, she said she was eighteen.

Plus, the characters' physical appearances were not much described aside from the male protagonist. No, sctrach that. It was only indicated that he had long hair and beard and he had a very broad shoulders. Typical Viking, if you ask me.

Forgive me but I just prefer it when the author gives us a bit of informations about the characters' looks. But not too much because that would ruined my imagination.

• writing style - Like what I just stated, from the very first page, I was immediately hooked. From the beginning to end.

Fast-paced. No boring moments. Read it in one sitting. Can't put it down, let me tell you.

humorous dialogues and sweet monologues.

For some reason, despite how descrptive the writing style is, I don't have any issues with it. Usually, too much description bore me.

Also, I do appreciate the brief diary entries before every chapter began. It was intriguing.

• characters - fine set of characters. Swoon-worthy. humorous. Kickass.

1. Allete - from the very beginning, I knew I'll like her. She was smart, funny, brave, family-oriented, and kind. Not too frustrating like typical ya heroines.

Though if I have to be extremely honest, there was a point where I badly want to strangle her for letting the antagonist kiss her and she was like, "ohhhh, how passionate," technically, that was not her exact statement but still. Ugh.

Anyways, at the said revelation of the story, Allete was chill which I applaud her for because I am getting sick of angry heroines whenever secrets were spilled. Now, Alette just shrugged it off and just kissed the love of her life. That's my girl.

2. Torben - first of all, can we please just appreciate how sweet he was. Like, come on, he'll sure make it to my short list of book boyfriends.

He was a gentleman, funny, a mama's boy, good friend, romantic, sometimes jealous in a funny way and possessive but in a non-creepy way.

It's been a while since I've read a novel where the male protagonist's mind was not annoying and whiny. Unfolding the story through his eyes was a great reading experience.

3. Dayna - most of the time, I find the female lead's sister unnecessary and boring but boy do I love Dayna's character here.

She was nothing but a sweet and fierce younger sister. Sassy is the perfect description for her. Her witty comebacks and her you'll-get-hang-because-of-that type of replies just make me laugh.

Good thing she was aboard with Allete as well because I would kinda hate it when we didn't get much to read about her in the sequel.

4. Brant - the only thing I wished was for more scenes with him. Look, he was a really great friend of the male lead.

Funny and sharp-tongued. Perfect match for his friend's future-wife's sister, Dayna.

5. Side characters

Personally, the antagonist was okay with me. I mean, he had so much potentional to be the greatest antagonist of all time but somehow, he was a coward at some times.

The wiches are humorous. They're not your typical ya witches that you'll find yourself feeling drowsy just by reading their little riddles. They're sarcastic and more like fairies. Ha!

The lead's parents are also funny which was kinda odd in many novels because let's face it, evil parents are a thing. And I am getting sick of it.

• romance -

the romance was the strongest point of the novel to the point the author kinda failed to focus much of the events outside the castle.

I don't know if you'll consider this as insta-love since their romance blossomed in just one month. But hey, before they even met, their souls were somehow connected to one another already and they cannot help themselves from growing romantic feelings with each other.

Plus, one month was long to think they are always together, like everyday. From morning to night.

Now, speaking of the other romance between the male lead's friend and the female lead's sister. I would say it was a pretty good match. I swear, I cannot help myself from laughing at their dialogues.

Now, would I read the following two installment? Definitely yes.
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712 reviews51 followers
March 20, 2018
When you pick up a Quinn Loftis book prepare to be dazzled! She writes books that keep you captivated with humor, deep respect for intimacy in a marriage bond, and finding a partner who is your equal in every way! The Viking’s Chosen is no exception! I skipped a class just to finish it! I’m just bummed that I have to wait 8 months for the next book!

Torben and Allete couldn’t come from more different worlds! They both will do whatever is best for their kingdom. Both don’t like what is necessary to achieve that! Torben’s mother is an Oracle who prophesied that Torben needs to kill his jarl (think King) and marry a foreign princess to help his clan from becoming extinct with jarl Magnus’s blood thirsty ways and insanity. And how is he to marry a princess who is already engaged to a King from another kingdom?

This King Cathal is pure evil and is constantly putting Princess Allete down, putting her in her place and physically abusing her in places no one else can see. But Torben and his second in command Brant witnesses plenty of it. Torben and Brant are given a glamor to look like English guards and are assigned to the Princess. Torben and Allete find themselves falling for each other. Allete thinks he is just a guard and is still off limits for any future with him. Torben can do little to the evil King without being hanged himself for treason or causing Allete’s family to suffer with the veiled threats if she should try to get away.

There is non stop action and adventure and time to find that they have a lot in common and to watch Torben, the hulking Viking as he is, to be very tender with Allete! You can’t help but sigh when you read when the two of them are alone together. There is only kissing between the two of them when they are alone, which is never that long. Or he is brushing her hair and cleaning her up after King Cathal has had his hands on her. See, Sigh!!!!!!


Allete is also a healer, like Torben’s mother, and people don’t really like to see the magic because they are afraid. So Allete heals people in secret. Those she heals, loves her for it.

Brant keeps me grinning, he is funny and a very hulking Viking who likes to wield his hammer! He likes Allete’s sister Dayna. Dayna has a slightly foul mouth and opens her mouth before she speaks and Brant loves it. Her words are “arse”, “bloody hell” and the like. I can’t wait to see where these two go too!

If you like stories that leave on a cliff hanger, Viking’s, Kingdoms, good vs. evil, action, finding your soulmate, healing, magic, Oracles, stories that make you sigh then this might be for you!

I really need the next book now! I will be rereading this book over and over!! Well, probably the whole series too!


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858 reviews112 followers
April 11, 2022
Way too dramatic for my tastes and couldn’t connect to any of the characters. It just felt whiny and not what I thought it would be, kinda disappointed ☹️
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301 reviews
October 18, 2018
This one is tough for me. There were so many highs and lows that it averaged out to a solid meh. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I think I just expected more.

First the good:
·I had expected the fact that this was published by Clean Teen Publishing, would result in this being a bummer and super immature. It was not. In fact if I hadn't noticed the publishing page at the front of the book I never would have given it a second thought. So I guess shame on me for making assumptions.
·The men, at least the ones who aren't "bad guys", aren't time period expected chauvinistic bastards. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed Torben, Brant, and even Thomas, though you don't see much of him.
"Simply a woman. Could she really believe such nonsense? We are male and we are female and we are both necessary to the continuation of humanity. How could anyone think that one sex was greater than the other? Men are needed to create life, and women are needed to carry, nurture, and bring forth life. One could not exist without the other. When two things need each other to survive, in my mind, there is nothing more equal. Men need women and women need men. Why was that such a difficult concept for some to grasp?" ~Torben
·The women I liked more than expected, they aren't meek and wilting. But they aren't badass bitches either, which is good because of the time period, their upbringing and their station, if they were it would seem out of place. I liked Allete more as the book went on, but her sister Dayna was really a scene stealer.
"We are clear. But, Brant, if you ever call me little princess again, I won't have to worry about you ever lusting after some barmaid. I will make sure you are cut to be an eunuch, and I will be the one doing the cutting." After a moment of intense staring between the two hotheads, she grinned and blew him a kiss.
When she was behind the door, Brant let out a sigh. "Damn, I want that one. She's perfect for me."

·The premise was good, I like the whole idea…the prophecy, the budding romance, the drama. Unfortunately, the execution just wasn't up to par.

On to the not so good:
·It's too long, at least it feels that way but it's really not a super long book. It seems like there is way to much time between "events". And a few of these "events" are just boring. It just felt a little like it was stretched out needlessly.
·All the "real action" takes place in the last chapter and the damn epilogue. Then it ended on cliffhanger, which is annoying.

Finally, my pet peeves:
·The inconsistencies. It's seriously annoying. The spelling of her other sister changed from 'Lizzy' to 'Lizzie' a time or two. There are three sisters, but towards the beginning of the book Allete says, My youngest sister, who happened to be the tallest of the four of us and the most inquisitive…. It just yanks me right out of the story, but they are small (and probably easily overlooked to others) problems.
·This one is more of an expansion of my problem with the inconsistencies, but it bugs me the most out of everything. Ok, so this book is tagged as 'historical fiction' along with being tagged 'fantasy'. But as soon as that 'historical fiction' label is slapped on there, my expectations shift. In my opinion, that means the events don't have to be accurate but the time period does. Take for example G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series. . It's set in a totally made up land, in what seems to be the Middle Ages chronologically. But it is firmly set as 'fantasy', so it can get away with technology and belief systems that don't match with the Middle Age period of time. But this book is supposed to take place in Viking Age England, ya know…9th to 11th century-ish, so things that don't belong there jump off the damn page at me. Observe:
·Her words hit me like a cannon ball. No they didn't, Torben, because you don't know what a cannon ball is. I'd be surprised if you have yet to see a crossbow.
·"The gods were cruel for not granting me one son so that I would not be outnumbered by females," he grumbled. Your telling me an English king is pagan? No, and even if say, he knew about the Roman gods, or something he sure as shit isn't worshipping them.
·The room was filled with quiet chatter and music as the orchestra played. Don't get me wrong here, I'm obviously not saying music wasn't a thing but orchestra feels wrong, I didn't bother to look it up though, so who knows?
·"There he is," Brant murmured softly. "As the clock tolls high noon." Yeah, clocks weren't invented until the 14th century and weren't used as the standard time keeping device until the Tudor Era.
·Albric's eyes widened. A blood oath was not taken lightly by any people, regardless of how different they might be. Again, a Christian English king would be more likely to label you a heathen and a heretic and kill you than honor a blood oath.
I get that this won't bother most people, but if I go in believing that this is historically accurate (time period wise of course, not accurate events) then I expect not to run into these things. And maybe this is a "me problem" and I should just take 'historical fiction' to be like a 'fantasy' book and move on, but it still bugs the shit out of me.

So, long winded may be an understatement here. But I did enjoy this, it just didn't live up to my expectations and I read like 4 other shorter stories in between the time I started to when I finished. I like this author, and I loved her Grey Wolves series when I read it. However, unless book 2 ends up being super cheap or on KU I doubt I'll keep going, even though I'm seriously curious to see how it turns out. I just don't trust I'll be impressed enough to shell out $6.
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1,201 reviews36 followers
May 14, 2020
Pues empezo muy bien la historia, sin embargo ya después por la mitad del libro los capitulos se entrelazan con ambos Pov de lo protagonistas brincando de un parrafo a otro con sus perspectivas y ya no me gusto, me saco de onda la lectura y de ahí en adelante ya no la disfrute más.
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243 reviews314 followers
March 30, 2019
“You are the master of your own life. There will be bumps and detours along the way, but at every turn, there will be a choice. Do not let yourself become a victim of your circumstances. You are too special for that fate.”

That was a super fun quick read! The characters were great, and the story was really entertaining! I'm jumping right into the next book, since that cliffhanger was terribly rude lol

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90 reviews89 followers
May 30, 2018

Comencemos diciendo que no tenía grandes expectativas para este libro y que simplemente lo quería leer porque supuestamente va de vikingos. Pues bien, a pesar de que no esperaba que fuera gran cosa, por su género y sinopsis, ha sido bastante peor de lo que podía imaginar.

El protagonista masculino, lejos de ser un rudo vikingo, es un chaval moñas sin carácter ni personalidad propia que perfectamente podría tener 13 años (se supone que tiene 20 y está curtido en mil batallas, pero se comporta como un preadolescente impresionable y sumiso).

La protagonista femenina parece salida de Gossip Girl, con su aire de chica moderna y su actitud y expresiones nada acordes con la época histórica en que se encuentra.

En general, la ambientación es pésima, el desarrollo de personajes muy deficiente, la acción predecible y simplona y, lo peor de todo, si en vez de decir que se desarrolla en la Inglaterra de hace varios siglos, situamos la historia en la época actual, tendría mucho más sentido. A la princesa y sus hermanas sólo les falta sacarse un selfie y subirlo a Instagram, de tan moderna (y superficial) que es su actitud. Fuera de bromas, claramente la autora no se ha documentado suficientemente sobre las costumbres de la época, ni sobre la cultura vikinga, ni nada de nada, porque hila una absurdez detrás de otra. Si me dicen que originalmente estaba ambientada en una pequeña ciudad americana en el siglo XXI pero lo cambió por la Inglaterra medieval para poder usar el reclamo de un amor vikingo, me lo creo perfectamente.

Errores tipográficos, estilo narrativo entre simplón y malo, personajes estereotipados, incoherencia histórica y cultural... No perdáis el tiempo con este libro. Ah, dejé de leerlo más o menos a la mitad, por si eso le influye a alguien en su opinión, que no creo.
Profile Image for Blodeuedd Finland.
3,405 reviews292 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
October 11, 2018
Oh where to begin....

If this was historical romance then the author knows nothing about history.
If it is historical fantasy, or alt history, then she should still explain few things.

I am only 1 hour in but so far in the Empire of Britannia, also called England we have Allette, Dirk, Clay, Lizzy, Lydia and Dana...ok how does this make sense?

They eat freaking POTATOES!!!!!!

The vikings are coming to raid and they talk about infiltrating the castle, cos the obvi speak English, what?

The princesses sit around swearing, reading and writing and not really acting like ladies of the 800-900s. But then everything is too modern to be around then, but what about those pagan Vikings? They can not come later. Oh but if it is alt his, yes BUT how come they are still pagan then?

The king has a horse named Pope *facepalm* Oh the pope will not be happy about that.

I give up
Profile Image for Sarah Swann.
731 reviews988 followers
January 12, 2018
This is just what I needed right now! These characters have my whole heart. I loved the dynamic between Torben and Allete. Their circumstances broke my heart, I just need them to be together and happy. The side characters cracked me up as well, especially Dayna. And talk about a villain...woooo. It doesn’t get much worse than Cathal. Vikings, English royalty, a little magic thrown in...good stuff.
Is it the best writing? No. Is it complex and incredibly thought out? No. But it was juicy and I connected with the characters and I care about them and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And sometimes that’s just all you need. I also need the second book YESTERDAY!!!

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Katherine Paschal.
2,164 reviews57 followers
May 1, 2018
**4.5 Stars**
Review on https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/
Torben was told by the oracle that he must go to England to claim his bride for his people to survive. Which that mission just so happens to coincide with his mad Jarl's orders to pillage England. Going undercover, Torben pretends to be a guard to Allete, the princess he will take as his bride- even though she has no idea. Meanwhile, Allete has already been betrothed to the evil King Cathal who wants to break Allete to his will, and is already treating her to his brand of cruelty. Can Torben make the prophecy come true while keeping Allete safe from the clutches of the evil king?

I originally spotted the cover and fell in love with the book, it is such an eye catching cover and I am a cover snob. And then I saw it was written by Quinn, who I just so happen have like every one of her books on my wishlist but I had yet to read one. Oh, and then I read the synopsis and saw this was a paranormal romance, and Vikings! Sigh, dreamy, violent, dirty, mystical Vikings.

Just recently I discovered a little nugget of a show called Vikings and I proceeded to binge watch the entire show in like 2 weeks so now I feel like I am a Viking expert and I may be just a tad (and by tad I mean a huge amount!) obsessed with all things Vikings. And in perfect timing, I discovered The Viking's Chosen and was super excited to jump in to more of this brutal, terrifying world with warriors, curses, fate and gods- and if there just so happens to be a romance, I am not complaining. The premise of the book sounded like the perfect filler for my warrior-withdrawal and I was instantly sucked into this romantic, dangerous quest.

I absolutely love the banter between Torben and his trusted soldiers like Brant, they were absolutely hysterical with their commentary, but you could also see the trust and brotherhood between the men.
Allete was pretty level headed and no nonsense, but her saucy younger sister Dayna and hand maid Lidia were the best most trusted of companions with their unique approach to Allete's problems. Dayna in particular was one of my favorite characters, with her loyalty, man hunt, humor and snark in every encounter.
Dayna made a sound between a snort and a laugh. "Breasts are like sunshine, my dear sister. Everyone likes them."

And don't forget this exchange:
"I may be only sixteen, mind you I am very close to seventeen, but that does not mean I do not know a prime stallion when I see one. Or two," she added cheekily.
I pointed my finger at her, attempting to sound as stern as possible. "Well, you just make sure you don't suddenly develop an interest in equestrianism, Dayna Auvray."

It was nice that both main characters had such great supporting characters to help them on their dangerous, romantic quest​. I rooted for Allete and Torben as well as Dayna and Brant to get their hopes desire.

​Keep in mind that this is very much a historical romance, but it just so happens to have elements of magic and​ mystery thrown into it. Also, the gritty details of the time as well as the Vikings lifestyle were captured in all their terrifying, dirty, dangerous, muderous details. But geez, this was so romantic at times, like sigh worthy romance- Torben is so dreamy. And I would kidnap Torben if he and Allete were not so perfect for each other and so in lurv. Keep in mind that this is the start of a series and ended in a cliff hanger (curse you, cliff hanger!). That means I am counting down the days until I can get more of this story and the epic romance that swept me away. This is my first adventure by Quinn and I desperately want more, she is now added to my too read author list.

​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
Profile Image for Mary Eve.
585 reviews76 followers
April 6, 2021
There was a great story to tell – Viking warrior on a quest to fulfill a prophecy involving a royal princess. Instead, the story was bogged down by ridiculous amounts of romance. Then again, perhaps I'm not the targeted audience. This book is better suited for those that prefer romance to take the lead. Just be warned. It ends in a cliffhanger. It's obvious that Book Two is a must for further resolution. That won't be necessary for me. I am not The Viking's Chosen. 2.5 stars rounded up.

*I received a DRC from a Goodreads giveaway. Opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Eve.
558 reviews13 followers
April 19, 2020
I'm having a hard time concluding how I feel about this book. I really liked the premise but I feel like it just didn't deliver. The first half was enjoyable (despite some frustrations) but it was the second half that really got me doubting how much I enjoyed my experience.

First of all, I don't think this story should be followed across multiple book; while I have not read the others, I think it's pretty obvious that one book would have been plenty enough. The way this one ended really didn't do anything for me, in fact, I absolutely hated it. The first half was so slow (the main leads met in Chapter 10...this is a great portion of the book) but then the ending, which was just the last chapter, was where all the action was. Everything was being rushed by then and just didn't make much sense.

Those stupid sisters, especially the youngest, did my fucking nut in. Like, I don't have the words to describe how much she annoyed me. The FL was also extremely frustrating, not only with her constant hypocrisy, but also her blatant uselessness. While I understood all her motives, they just felt so dumb and weren't developed well.

Now, let's talk about the main relationship. It was lacking to say the least. As I mentioned previously, because it took such a long time for them to meet, it really couldn't be helped that this was an insta love book. I personally would have preferred the relationship to have been the thing that was drawn out, a slow-burn situation. These people live completely different lives, it makes no sense for them to instantly love one another, even if it is part of a dumbass prophecy. On a similar note, I most certainly did not enjoy the side romances, they got far too much attention for my liking.

I didn't like the way magic, specifically the FL's, worked in this. It was boring, unimaginative and ultimately, pretty cringe.

I really don't know what to say about this book. Like, I did like the first half (surprisingly) but the terrible second half ruined things for me. While I am officially giving this 3 stars, it should be though of as a 2.5 for it is undeserving of the former. I am having a hard time gathering my thoughts for this one. All I can say it that I will most definitely not be reading any of the other books, that's for sure.

Edit: I change my mind, it's a 2 from me.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Celia Buell.
559 reviews26 followers
December 28, 2020
In The Viking's Chosen, Torben, a Norseman, has to masquerade as a guard in order to get to know English princess Allete, who he is prophesied to be with for the sake of both of their kingdoms. This leads to a sort of instalove romance where not everything is as it seems.

This was hard to get into, but it grew on me. A lot of my issues were related to overt and less obvious misogyny. The main villain is a king who sees women as objects for him to break, and while the male protagonist is a lot better about it, he still uses far too much bodily language.

At the same time, there is a very feminist approach to the story, especially in the scenes narrated by Allete. She knows from the beginning that she cannot settle. The queen is also a formidable character because she is clear about not letting anything happen to her daughters. There is also a strong message that the three princesses are equals, and that Allete is not at all better than her sisters just because she is the firstborn and heir. The men in both her court and Torben's clan are aware of the views of women in medieval European society, and both kingdoms work to combat these stereotypes in their own ways.

This novel also has some very strong and well-developed side characters, and the story was strong from the beginning.

Another reason this was hard to get into was the POV switches, which came at odd moments and without any announcement in the middle of chapters. The writing in general was also choppy in other ways, and it takes a while to get used to. There are also quite a few grammar and editing mistakes.

Despite the concerns I had about the treatment of women and the erotic undertones of the novel, as well as my slightly off feelings toward the writing, I am definitely considering buying the second book.
Profile Image for Raizabel Isabel.
91 reviews3 followers
April 16, 2022
Torben y Allete
Bart y Dayna

Dos parejitas que se hicieron para estar juntas, ambas son perfectas, aunque apenas en este libro estamos conociéndolos y conociéndose, sus interacciones son muy buenas y son muy afines, prácticamente todo el libro fue narrado en el castillo ingles y el cortejo del Rey Cathar (Lo odie) a Allette y el enamoramiento casi instantáneo de Toben y Allette, solo un mes es en lo que transcurre todo el libro.

Tenemos Magia una princesa que sabe y siente que tiene dones pero que aun no los sabe usar, un vikingo muy honorable y poco vikingo jajajajjaja es que es muy educado y muy al ingles a pesar de su descripción, realmente la descripción es de un Vikingo pero la personalidad no, o por lo menos no me parece, y una profecía que debe cumplirse, existe un vocablo que no es de la época, habían conversaciones entre las hermanas que no se ceñían a lo que pudieran hablar las mujeres de esa época, era como leer una contemporánea pero con trajes de época no se si me hago entender....en fin.

Lo importante es que me mantuvo interesada tanto que volví a mis tiempos normales para leer uno entre 5 o 6 días y eso me contenta, ahora a por el segundo libro porque este te deja a mitad de camino jajajajajjajaja falta mucho por desarrollar de la historia ahora Torben se enfrenta a dos enemigos a la vez Magnus y Cathar, espero que los supere a ambos....como dicen las películas.. Continuara...
Profile Image for Izzie d.
4,062 reviews273 followers
August 26, 2019
This was a mixed bag for me.
It started off good.
I wished the author had been less specific about the Vikings and England and some of the details or made it more fantasy so she could have strayed from history.
I have read a lot of books based in historical times and accuracy though not essential must be close and not way off.
For example.
The time period of the book is vague but....
16th century potatoes were introduced by Sir Frances Drake not earlier.
Maurading Vikings denotes around the 900s. 798 AD to 1066 was their peak.
The issue of castles, palaces, from 1066 William the conqueror was the great castle builder and palaces came after that.
The heroine at one point says she wished she lived in a different dimension, this language seemed totally out of place, if the heroine had used different less futuristic language her point could have been conveyed without using words that just would not have been in their vocabulary.
I did like that the Hero isn t the type to be sleeping around even if his mates do.
The Vikings are portrayed as the ones with respect for women and ethics compared to the awful enemy king from a respected nation.
The heroine was strong and there was lots of banter. Funny bits too.
It ends on a cliffhanger.
The story is not only the main couple but involves her sister and his friend too.
I did get a bit bored, I found it a bit slow.
Profile Image for Megan (BookWifeReviews).
1,564 reviews53 followers
June 7, 2018
This was not at all what I was expecting...For one I was expecting vikings.. I mean technically there were norse men here but they weren't 'viking' like. The main guy, Torben was sweet and kind of a dork. Not like a nerdy dork but just a dork ,dork. When I started this review I was going to say that I haven't read anything by Quinn Loftis before but according to GoodReads I have.. I don't remember it but who knows. But the writing was very simplistic. Which I am totally cool with in a YA book. But I was just expecting more out of a viking book. If Viking is in the dang title it should be more viking-isk? I will probably read the next book when it comes out... if I remember.
Profile Image for Roaringwave.
319 reviews60 followers
June 8, 2020
This book was not as good as I wanted it to be.

I felt that most of the descriptions were more longwinded than they needed to be. I also thought that Torben spends way too much time
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