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The Meaning of Vengeance

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This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

In the world of medieval Iceland, family loyalty and complex codes of revenge are everything. When nineteen-year-old Geirr attempts to seek vengeance against Ari Thorgillsson for the death of his older brother, he is nearly killed himself. But Ari has grown tired of the feud that has devastated their families,
ebook, 53 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romantics and dreamers
Recommended to Feliz by: Jesse Wave
Shelves: historical, m-m, fantasy, short
The fairy godmother in this tale wears the form of a gorgeous nude man with antlers and an impressive erection, and has been visiting Geirr in his dreams for years now. Geirr is nineteen, an age when most old Icelandic men are already married, but he’s still living with his older brother, Olaf. Geirr doesn’t feel like bedding women, something that strikes him as unnatural and scary, so he has to bury this secret deep within himself.

Both Ari’s and Geirr’s families have been almost entirely wiped
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This interesting historical starts in 967 AD when Geirr sees his brother killed by Ari, the sworn enemy of their family. Olaf’s death is just another in a long line of reciprocal deaths. Gierr is bound to try to avenge Olaf, however to his surprise, is nursed back to health after being wounded by Ari himself. Most people who know me, know that historicals are not one of my favourite genres, but this one pulled me right into the story from the start. Perhaps it was the unusual setting in Iceland ...more
Claire Curtis
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the cover illustration for the collection mislead you.
This story is well-written, well-researched, thoughtful, and ultimately sweet. Geirr and Ari are enemies in medieval Iceland. But Geirr begins to question whether pursuing vengeance is always the honorable course. A growing attraction between the two complicates the matter, and Geirr has to decide if he can trust his own judgement.
Geirr's self-questioning may not seem terribly medieval, on the face of it, but Fessenden portrays me
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful story!

I loved the author's meaning of what vengeance is and what it does to the survivors. It's cold and lonely, and Ari and Geirr both understood the there is more to life than killing.
The love they had for each other was both sweet and tender. I enjoyed this story immensely, I only wish it was longer, even though everything that needed to be said was said.
Lexi Ander
Dec 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I typically do not read historical stories. Again, I didn't read the description and so when I read the title I thought, "Oooh! Mob Christmas Story!" *laughing* NOT.

This is set in in Iceland in a time of raids blood feuds. Ari and Geirr come from two families’ that have slowly and horrifically killing each other off for the last 15 years. Geirr's older brother, Olaf challenges Ari to a duel which his loses and 19 year old Geirr is responsible to extract vengeance for Olaf’s honor. Geirr is not a
Serena Yates
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
I really loved this story about two farmers struggling for survival in historical Iceland.

Geirr and Ari are great characters, the setting of their farms and way of life comes to life, and the conflict Geirr faces about vengeances versus his new friendship (maybe more) with Ari was fascinating and well developed. I kept hoping he'd come to his senses, even though it wasn't an easy road for him to travel. Freeing himself from his past and what he'd been taught to believe was done slowly and carefu
Eli Easton
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very unique holiday story--in setting, holiday, and theme. It really added some nice variety to the advent calendar.

It's set in historic Iceland where families live as hard-working homesteaders. The last two remaining members of two feuding families are stuck together when the younger one, injured, is taken in by his enemy.

I loved the sense of desolation and hope in this story and the sweet romance that builds between the two men. It's a remarkable, poetic little story with a strong
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very nice Romeo and Juliet type of read. The two families, Thorgillsson and Gunnarsson, are locked in a blood feud which leads to a lot of deaths via retaliation. Geirr and Ari, find themselves to be the last line of their families...what will happen in the name of vengeance?

Lovely story, although I had moments when I wanted to roll my eyes at Geirr for being so easily influenced by the things some people tell him.
Sue Brown
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short story. The tale of Ari and Geirr was sweet and well-written. I felt for Geirr as he warred with his natural desire to avenge his brother's death and his burgeoning awareness of his love and desire for the man who killed his brother. I particularly liked the way their relationship developed slowly with the added help of a well-hung God. ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this one. I've found that vengeance is a double edged sword and there's always a price to be paid when sought. ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, mm, read-2014
Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. I make no secret of my love of Jamie Fessenden's writing. Anyone that can write a story based in 967 AD Iceland and make me enjoy it is an automatic entry in my favorites list. Of course, Fessenden was already firmly entrenched there. Find the whole review at ...more
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Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school's literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn't until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays an ...more

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