#Bookreview of A FLAME PUT OUT: Sons of Odin Series Book Two by Erin S. Riley
Selia’s saga continues in Book Two of the SONS OF ODIN series . . .
As Selia struggles with the harsh reality of existence as the wife of a Viking berserker, a devastating loss pulls Alrik deeper into madness, while a secret Selia desperately wants to keep hidden comes to light, threatening everything she holds dear.
Is Selia’s love for Alrik enough to keep her in Norway? Or will the protection offered by Alrik’s brother Ulfrik sway her to leave?
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Odin’s Shadow, and I was looking forward to reading more about Selia and Alrik’s journey together. At the end of Odin’s Shadow, Selia chose Alrik over his half-brother Ulfrik. Did she make the right decision?
This story is just as beautifully written as the first one. Erin Riley has the ability to transport her readers into the world she’s envisioned. The characters are strong and multi-dimensional, and you can really relate to them. We get to see more of Ingrid, Alrik’s spoiled, spiteful daughter. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She has not had the best of childhoods and now her adult life isn’t looking anymore promising. Will she find her HEA with Selia’s brother, Ainnileas?
As for Selia and Alrik, by the middle of the story I threw my kindle down in disgust with Selia. I couldn’t feel sorry for her any longer. Everything that happened to her in this story was her fault. She lied, and schemed, then whined when Allrik went berserk on her. I’m sorry, but she deserved what she got. Yes, she was in an abusive relationship, but back in that time period. women didn’t have rights, and were nothing more than a possession. Finding a marriage based on love was very uncommon back then. Women were nothing more than cattle to be traded for their dowry’s.
Regardless how I felt about Selia, though, this was still a riveting tale, especially when Ingrid and Selia fled Norway for their lives, along with their children. Anyone who loves historical romances set during the Viking period will enjoy this series. I give it 4 feathers, and look forward to reading the conclusion.