He travelled through time to capture her heart.
The amulet was still in the palm of his hand. Was it some sort of conduit to the past? The image of the anguished woman in his vision was seared into his mind. Perhaps it could help him find her?
Ivar Thoresson is desperate for adventure. As an archaeologist specialising in Viking times, he wants nothing more than to travel back to the ninth century as his loved ones have done, to learn everything he can about the era which fascinates him. And whilst his adopted family have always made him feel loved, the chance to meet a true ancestor, the warrior Thorald, is a temptation he cannot resist.
But while Ivar is preparing to go, he uncovers an amulet which shows him a vision of an arresting woman with red-gold hair. Clearly in distress, she is pleading for help.
Convinced of the power of the charm and its message, Ivar’s journey takes on a new purpose. He steps back in time determined to follow his destiny – and find the woman who has called to his heart.
Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings.
Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014) and the RNA Fantasy Romantic Novel of the year 2021 with Echoes of the Runes. Promises of the Runes (time travel romance published by Headline Review 13th April 2023) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).
today I’m bringing you review for “Promises of the runes”, a historical romance set in the 9th century, Viking time. This was my first time reading a book set in this era and I have to admit that I have enjoyed it very much.
I barely know anything about Vikings and Norway in general. So I was a bit afraid how I will like this book and take it, but I was more than pleasently surprised. Christina’s writing is great and it fully grabbed my attention to this book. The amount of research that she’s put in this is probably immense so I salute her to that. Just as heads up, this book is part of the series but I didn’t read other books. Which didn’t take away from the reading pleasure.
In this book, we follow Ivar on his time travel back to the Viking time. He has always wanted to travel back in time and meet his kin, Thorald who is also his ancestor. But before he travels in time, he has a vision of a red-haired woman obviously in distress and he is determined to help her. At first, Ivar is scared of how it will be for him in the ninth century but he soon starts feeling at home and like he belongs there. Personally, I was so glad that Ivar ‘brought’ his 21st century brain with him as it has saved and surprised many people. Especially with the way he treats women.
If you wanted to dip your toes in the viking time and read fiction about it, I would recommend this book. Even if it is 5th in the series, I didn’t regret reading it. If anything, maybe it pushes you to read rest of the series. Get the book and dive deep into 9th century Vikings and follow the love story of Ivar and his mysterious red haired woman.
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.