Another brilliant novel by Heidi Skarie. Being a big fan of her work, I was so excited to finally read her latest novel and once again lose myself in the beautiful stories she creates with the ever-present mystical atmosphere and spiritual wisdom.
Annoure and the Dragon Ships is set in 8th century England and Norway and tells a story of a young noble girl called Annoure who is kidnapped by the Vikings to become a slave. However, her strong, brave spirit wins the heart of Thorstein, the man who captured her. The two grow closer with time and Annoure’s strong-willed nature begins to show. She desires to not be just his bed thrall (bed slave) and eventually wins herself a good position in his village. Also, Annoure goes on a spiritual journey and is trained to become a druidess.
I can’t praise this novel enough. I adored Annoure, particularly her bravery and stubbornness and the incredible inner strength her soul possesses. She goes through so much suffering yet keeps fighting for her life, mission and love. In many ways her character reminded me of Red Willow, a heroine from Heidi Skarie’s debut novel, but as I heard that the author finds inspiration in her past lives, I suppose it makes perfect sense.
What I loved about Annoure’s relationship with Thorstein was how connected they were - true twin flames. Also, the way the author describes the scenes is so vivid that I felt like watching a movie while reading it. In fact, I think this could make a great historical/visionary romance film one day.
Overall, it was an atmospheric, sensitive story with loveable characters that grow on you. I loved delving into the world of the ancient times. It felt very real and it was a pleasure to undergo such a journey with Skarie's spirit.