Some may not know this, but Emma MacKenzie is actually a pen name used by the fabulous Karina Halle. I was ridiculously excited when I found out she had released this book. As one of my favorite authors, I can’t get enough. I am grateful (and amazed) that she writes as fast as she does. And the subject of this one… Seriously, how hot are Vikings? Eric Northman will always have a place in my heart, so the idea of another Viking Erik was intriguing.
Savagery was not at all what I expected. I did not apparently read the entire summary on Amazon, so I ended up coming across a major WTF that left me shocked. Horrified, even. As quoted "It IS sexy (M/M/F ménage) and emotional but if you need a rainbows and kittens HEA on your love story, this is NOT the book for you!" READ THIS. READ IT AGAIN. I myself like the rainbows and kittens. They give me fuzzies that feel so nice in the tum.
I also had a difficult time connecting with the main character, Cherine, as much as I have with Karina’s other female leads. As I have said many times, third person narrative is not my favorite. It always leaves me feeling a little removed. Cherine’s acceptance and enjoyment of some of the ways she was treated by Rolf bothered me. I couldn’t relate at all.
Savagery is not a bad book. It is well written, and the sex is for the most part pretty hot. There is a sexual brutality that is seldom found in the types of books I read. There is a lot of gore and battles, but a book about Vikings is bound to have some violence, so that part has to be expected and didn’t bother me.
All in all, Savagery is a decent book. I did enjoy most of it, just not the HEA. I’m all about the angst, but I like my HEA with a side of happy feelings. There were also some questions that weren’t quite answered for me, and I hate loose endings. I am curious to see if she writes another book under this alter ego.