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Daughter of Fire and Ice

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A sense of menace grew on me all morning. Not a vision. No glimpse of the future disturbed me. It was more a shadow of approaching danger. Snatched by a notorious Viking chieftain, Thora is set to leave her homeland on a ship bound for Iceland. But when her captor is murdered an altogether different journey begins ...
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2010 by Oxford University Press
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I promise I tried not to dismiss this out of hand. It's actually probably great for someone who doesn't know much about the Scandinavian peoples that are all too often just called "Vikings". Pedantry: you were not automatically a Viking if you were, say, Icelandic during that period. You were a Viking if you went viking, that is, raiding, trading, possibly even settling, in other countries. A young girl who has never left her home in Norway is not a Viking, she is a Norwegian. She might become a ...more
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like historical romances
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Marie-Louise Jensen is a local author to me (she lives only a few towns away) and I have to say, she is a brilliant example of a historical/romance author, a genre which is sorely in need of authors. I consider the Vikings fascinating, and in fact, I'd love to see more historical romance novels that AREN'T about the Tudors/Stuart/Elizabethan/Renaissance/Victorian Period. Obviously, this was a breath of fresh air. It's set in the 9th century, when Norwegians were beginning to make claims on Icela ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fifteen-year-old Thora is a gifted healer who has visions of the future. When her family’s enemy, Bjorn Swanson, the chieftain of their district in Norway, kidnaps her, he plans to force her to accompany him on a voyage to Iceland, the new world. But a very different journey begins when Swanson’s slave, a young man that Thora has seen in her visions, kills the cruel chieftain to avenge Swanson’s murder of his sister. The slave takes on the identity of Bjorn Swanson, and Thora knows her destiny i ...more
This novel follows a group of Viking settlers as they journey to Iceland in order to start a new life. The main character; Thora is a healer and she has fallen for Bjorn a man who is married to Ragna. Ragna despises Thora and goes out of her way to make Thora's life miserable.

I enjoyed reading this as it is about a period that I haven't read much from. I enjoyed seeing how the settlers created their new home from very little. I thought that the book was well written and it was interesting how t
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I actually found this book quite enjoyable. It is the story of a group of Viking settlers as they start a new life in Iceland. The protagonist, Thora, is a healer who has somewhat incomplete visions of the future, and finds herself attracted to a man she cannot have. Of course, if a man can be had, there is no story!
I don't think I had ever read a novel about vikings and I enjoyed learning a little bit about their way of life as they established a colony. It was a different setting and time in h
The central character, Thora, is a fifteen year old healer which makes her very valuable in the times of the Vikings. She finds herself escaping kidnapping by joining an escaped slave on a boat to Iceland. It provides a different view of these times and interesting information about Norwegian gods, the difficulties faced by the Norwegian migrants establishing themselves on Iceland and the nature of slavery at the time. An enjoyable different read with a romantic storyline as well as a touch of s ...more
What I loved most about this book was the main character Thora, seeing the journey and hardships through her eyes kept the book so fast paced and exciting and emotional at points. She is a gifted healer and midwife that is greatly valued by the community set up and I found it very interesting to learn about the plants she has to gather to use as medicine. Although her love for Bjorn that she must keep hidden for her sake and his is a constant burden and torment to her, she always remains strong. ...more
Alastair Rosie
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in ninth century Norway about the time Norse settlers reached Iceland, this YA novel revolves around Thora, a healer and seer who is captured by Bjorn Svanson. Doomed to marry the brutal Norse warlord, her fate is irrevocably changed when another slave kills Svanson and steals his identity and his ship. Thora hitches a ride and they set off across the North Atlantic with Svanson’s slaves to find a place where his kin cannot follow. Their hardships and trials don’t end when they arrive in Ice ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Following an attack on her family, fifteen-year-old Thora is enslaved by a brutish Viking chieftain, Bjorn Svanson. A healer and a midwife, Thora is valuable. She also has visions of the future ...and in one she foresees Svanson's death. When her prediction becomes reality, Thora recognizes that another of Svanson's slaves is a man she has seen before-a man from recurrent visions who is destined to be part of her future. Assuming Svanson's identity, the slave and Thora use the dead man's ships t ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This time around, Jensen added a bit of magic or ability, if you will, that adds a little spice to Thora's adventures. And while the story starts off at a happily normal pace, it doesn't stay that way. Before you know it your breath is catching, your heart is racing and you're punching pillows with reckless abandon. And then of course, there's the Viking history and culture that is fascinating, written 'up close' so you can appreciate their situations, sympathize with their every day problems, a ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was a really quick (but not too quick) paced, gripping, heart pulling story packed with tension, thrills, adventure, shock and suprises. Characters were all great figures with believable personalities and you couldn't help but love the heroes and heroines and hate the wicked ones trying to spoil the happy ending. The ending was the best part, full of climax and drama. Really brought to life the ways of viking women and men, the trials of exploring overseas, the perils of settling in a new lan ...more
Catherine Mayo
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a well-written book, with strong characters and plot movement from the very start.
Fifteen year old Thora is a healer and midwife, but she will need more skills than that when she tries to escape the disaster her life has become.
This book is aimed at younger teenagers. The style isn’t majorly “historical” – mostly it’s neutral - though “distress was still strong in me” on pg 36 is an example of a more overt historical style.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for lanceshire book of the year (I think) and didnt think I would enjoy it but surprisingly I did :) It's really different and interesting, so If you like books set in the viking age you'll love it! I cant really explain it on here but read it and you'll understand what im talking about. Also I cant remember when I finished the book >.<
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Jensen really makes you care about her characters. I found myself relating to them like old friends early on in the novel. A great read for anyone that enjoys adventure, overcoming hardships, and friendship.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was amazing and although it wasn't entirely true of that time ('cause even though I completely love magic I don't believe in it) it really struck me as a good book and is, in short, amazing.
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5.

Nice little read, but not what I expected! I think I've been reading so many books about magic that I was confused when this one only had the faintest glimpses! A good story nonetheless.
Jamie Lei
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book too, but again, not quite as much as the others I've read by this author.
Interesting story, lovely main character. Interesting idea for the interactions through out both with the story and characters.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Better than most popular YA, but still nothing special.
The main character sounds older than she is.
Selah Bell
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book too, but again, not quite as much as the others I've read by this author.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's so refreshing to read a good book for the first time in a VERY long time. Even though the main characters annoyed me a couple times, I still loved this book very much!
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like these Viking sort of books
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was an AMAZING book and I really want to read the other books by the author!
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this many years ago and I can't actually believe I forgot to put it on Goodreads but I LOVED IT!
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book, I thought it sweet and a bit innocent and it literally was an amazing read.
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Born Marie-Louise Chalcraft in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on September 22nd 1964.

I attended a string of state schools, including Chiltern Edge in Oxfordshire. Once my family moved down to Bath in 1979, I attended Fitzmaurice and St Laurence schools in Bradford on Avon. Throughout my primary school years I was constantly told off for reading secretly and writing long stories instead of completi