One thousand years ago, Norsemen sailed across the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle in search of new lands. They found Talemk an Eisc, rich in timber and farmland. But war with the native population raged for thirty years. Now a fragile truce has been put in place, but forces are seeking to reignite the conflict, and a killer stalks the land. Now four very different people – a Farmer, a Merchant, a Warrior and a Thief – must work together the preserve the peace. But how can they, when no one trusts the other? Based on a historical account of Vikings traveling to Newfoundland, this tale features fantasy, adventure, suspense, and plenty of action!
A well-crafted action-packed adventure!
Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews
Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fantasy. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid and captivating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.
The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘One thousand years ago, Norsemen sailed across the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle in search of new lands. They found Talemk an Eisc, rich in timber and farmland. But war with the native population raged for thirty years. Now a fragile truce has been put in place, but forces are seeking to reignite the conflict, and a killer stalks the land. Now four very different people – a Farmer, a Merchant, a Warrior and a Thief – must work together the preserve the peace. But how can they, when no one trusts the other?’
Now, if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. This is my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again.
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.
Talamk an Eisc: Nordic Landing had me engaged from the first page to the last. It’s a suspenseful and adventurous fantasy based on a historical account of Vikings traveling to Newfoundland. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey.
It’s one of those books that comes along occasionally that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. For those looking for an interesting, three-dimensional and stimulating read, this would be a great find. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.
I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from K.D. Carter in the future. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in fantasy, adventure, suspense, and plenty of action with a Nordic flair. It would also make a great selection for book clubs. A well-deserved five stars from me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K.D. Carter discovered the magic of the written word at a very young age. She remembers sitting under a tree at her grandmother’s house, reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales before she started 1st Grade. In her high school years she discovered the historical fiction of Victoria Holt, and the fantasy writing of Mary Stewart and J.R.R. Tolkien. After graduating she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in England for two years. While in England she toured Europe as much as possible, spending time in Scotland, Wales, Sweden and Norway, soaking up the history and culture of Northern Europe.
K.D. published her first book, Talamk an Eisc: Nordic Landing,” in 2017, which she describes as historical fantasy. The story is based on the historical account of Vikings in Newfoundland, and is the first of a four-part Celtic Rings series. Her second book, “The Death Doll,” was published in May 2018. It is her first historical fiction, set in Durham, New Hampshire during the Salem witch trials. Her latest book, “The Saving Blade,” is the second book in the Celtic Rings series, focusing on the character Brenna and the native Talmanuk people. She is currently writing a science fiction fantasy, and an untitled book about Celtic tribes in Ireland in 500 B.C. She expects to publish her next two books around Christmas 2019.