by Marissa Campbell
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
eBook; 302 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval
Series: Avelynn (Book Two)
Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, a stand-alone Viking Romance from author Marissa Campbell.
It's the year 871. Charges of treason, murder, and witchcraft follow Avelynn into exile as she flees England with Alrik. Arriving in Wales, they find refuge among Alrik's friends in the Welsh nobility. Cast out by his half-brothers, Alrik seeks to regain his honor and earn favor with the gods. When war threatens, Alrik embraces gold and the opportunity for his crew to become mercenaries, aiding the Southern Welsh kings in their fight against Rhodri the Great.
Desperate to return home, Avelynn seeks to find a way to prove her innocence, but she is pitted against Alrik as their desires for the future clash. With battle looming, Avelynn's faith in their relationship is further tested through a bitter struggle with Marared, a jealous lover from Alrik's past. Marared's threats turn deadly, and Avelynn runs afoul of magic and sorcery, causing her to question her beliefs and role as priestess.
When Avelynn and Alrik are betrayed, Avelynn is captured and Alrik is charged with regicide. The two become separated, a chasm of greed, deceit, and ambition driving them apart. In an act of harrowing faith, Avelynn will stop at nothing to find her way back to Alrik and break them both free from Wales's bloodthirsty grasp.
AVELYNN: THE EDGE OF FAITH is a stand-alone novel and #2 in the Avelynn series.
Review: I read the first book for a tour when it came out. The problems was it was a while since I read the first book and this book picks up where the first book left off.
For some reason, I wasn't able to remember the first book when I started The Edge of Faith which made things a little difficult for me at first. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, but it really helps you with the story if you know what happened before. (This is one of those series)
Marissa's writing is so good, that even though I was frustrated with myself for not remembering what I had read before, that I was instantly sucked into the story.
Avelynn is a strong heroine and one you really will come to care for, just as you will Alrik and their adventures will keep you captivated. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot and definitely some ups and downs for Avelynn and Alrik, especially as there's a woman from Alrik's past intent to cause trouble.
My one issue and that's a small one is that there was quite a bit of sex and some of it didn't really move the plot or relationship along. OK, except maybe a smoking hot scene between Avelynn and her friend..her lady friend. That was quite a surprise and the scene was very well done.
I'm not usually a reader of this time period. I prefer Tudor/Stuart/Regency England for my settings, but I'm glad I ventured back this far for this book and I hope we will see a book three soon because I'd like to see what happens for the characters next.
Rating: 5 flowers
About the Author
Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Her debut historical fiction AVELYNN, was published through St. Martin’s Press, September 2015. Look for the second book in the AVELYNN series, releasing Fall 2016. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7. When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!
For more information visit http://marissacampbell.com. You can also follow Marissa Campbell on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, September 26
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Tuesday, September 27
Review at Just One More Chapter
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Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book
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Thursday, September 29
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review & Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
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Excerpt at Diana's Book Reviews
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Review at Curling up by the Fire
Tuesday, October 4
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
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Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
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Excerpt at Let Them Read Books
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Spotlight at The Reading Queen
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Review at 100 Pages a Day
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Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life
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Review at Kristin Un-Ravelle'd
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Review at Broken Teepee
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Spotlight at The Book Tree
Tuesday, October 18
Review at Book Nerd
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Review at CelticLady's Reviews
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