Ice Land

Ice Land

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A beautiful epic of love, longing, redemption, and enchantment in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon

Iceland, AD 1000
Freya knows that her people are doomed. Warned by the Fates of an impending disaster, she must embark on a journey to find a magnificent gold necklace, one said to possess the power to alter the course of history. But even as Freya travels deep into the mountains of Iceland, the country is on the brink of war. The new world order of Christianity is threatening the old ways of Iceland's people, and tangled amidst it all are two star-crossed lovers who destiny draws them together'even as their families are determined to tear them apart

Infused with the rich history and mythology of Iceland, Betsy Tobin's sweeping novel is an epic adventure of forbidden love, lust, jealousy, faith and magical wonder set under the shadow of a smoldering volcano.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2009
ISBN: 9780452295698
0452295696
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tobin
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Iceland

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Mar 25, 2017

Found this book by chance on the shelf (or maybe it found me) and decided to give it a go as I had never read anything on Icelandic mythology. I was pleasantly surprised how good a read it was. I really got into the story and grew to care about the characters. It was a very easy read, thanks to Ms. Tobin's good writing. She really makes mythical Iceland come alive. I was completely immersed and lost in the history, geology and ancient lore of Iceland and looked forward to getting back to the story. A great escape into another time and place. I recommed it to Tolkien and mythology fans and readers looking for strong female characters. I was as transfixed reading this as I was as a kid reading Greek mythology, and it has inspired me to read more such stories.

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BWilsoned
Jul 31, 2016

Not what I had imagined and it was very good! Fulla lives in Iceland in 1000 CE, where Christianity's mercenaries are violently gaining ground. She lives with her grandfather because both of her parents are dead. Her grandfather wants to find a good match for her before he dies, and it certainly cannot be that Vili, the son of the man who killed Fulla's father.
Freya lives on the side of Mount Hekla far from Fulla's homestead. Freya lives in Asgard, an actual place that Odin and his people have seen fit to raise up to mythological status through tales.
There's fighting, revenge, giants, dwarves, chases, escapes, true love, and of course, volcanoes! It is Iceland after all.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 10, 2015

Not what I had imagined & couldn't really get interested.

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Mar 25, 2017

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mardscott
Sep 30, 2016

Okay story: centers on Norse mythology, specifically women.

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