With Shield and Ink and Bone Hardcover – 13 November 2020
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- Publisher : Casey L. Bond (13 November 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 398 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0578777819
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578777818
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Dimensions : 14 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
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Praise for With Shield and Ink and Bone:
"An exhilarating Viking-inspired fantasy, With Shield and Ink and Bone by Casey L. Bond keeps your nerves teetering on the blade of an ax!" - Lani Forbes, award-winning author of the Age of the Seventh Sun series
"With Shield and Ink and Bone is a fast-paced, vivid, and mesmerizing tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. If you love Vikings or strong heroines you'll find lots to enjoy here! Casey L. Bond has woven together unexpected twists, high stakes, romance, and bargains with gods to create this original story for readers." -Victoria McCombs, author of The Storyteller's Daughter
"Casey L. Bond has managed to take a classic genre and make it new and fresh. A page turner that kept me staying up late just to know what was going to happen next. Excellent writing, excellent story. Well done!" - Quinn Loftis, USA Today bestselling author of the Grey Wolves series and The Viking's Chosen
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Liv is preparing for a fight to earn her shield from her mother and where her world tilts after meeting a witch with a warning. Her fate changes after her family and village die and she refuses too. I love that Norse mythology is woven throughout and Liv's deal with Skuld highlights this:
"Weave a new destiny for me. Weave a future where I can taste his tears and watch the light bleed from his eyes"
Bond builds a web of characters that build Liv up to the person she is with the strength to continue to fight Fenris Wolf. After the loss of her family, the little family she builds with Calder, Fell, Sig, Armund, Tyr and Hilla show that even though she has a destiny, she makes connections with others, her humanity shines through. Liv is a strong shield maiden, whose strength stems from the need to protect the ones she loves which is her new built family.
"These people were family. They took care of one another. They fought for one another. Back to back. Swords toward their enemies. Ready to fight, bleed, and die to protect others."
Bond slowly builds up Liv's relationship with Calder was amazingly done and I loved all their small interactions and them swimming. Throughout the whole book, Liv's vengeance is her main drive, however, through Calder, she gains a new reason to live and want something more for her life than death.
"With shield and ink and bone, I will have my vengeance"
Bond ticks all the boxes for a truely amazing Viking romance novel, one that I will be reading again and again. I recommend this book to readers who loved Sky in the Deep and Girl the Sea Gave Back.
"Fight as one, live as one"
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With a combination of fiction and old Norse mythology and modern pagan beliefs, Casey L Bond has woven a beautifully tragic but powerful story of rising above grief and vengeance with hope and love.
As Vikings coming of age, Liv and her brother Hodor are preparing for their trials, a battle with their parents to earn their shields, and then they'll meet with the clan leader and sail in the spring on the clan's next raids. But first, they have to survive the winter, and Hodor has had a vision in the form of a dream that foretells of a very different outcome.
Now working alongside the Norns, Liv, known as Vengeance to Skuld, the Norn who saved her when none of the gods would hear her plea, sets out to work with the boy she is quickly finding she has feelings for, Calder, and his family and friends, another clan of Vikings to warn others and bring justice against Fenris Wolf, a monster set on claiming a title and making sure there is nobody left to challenge him. But as Liv gains favor among the gods and learns her way, she also learns that there is one thing stronger than anger, one emotion that could unravel the curse she has found herself trapped in to avenge her family and put an end to Fenris Wolf's terroristic reign, and that is hope.
But will hope be enough to save her from her agreement with Skuld once the final battle has been fought, and will she be strong enough to survive it?
The characters were awesome! I enjoyed reading and getting to know Liv. Boy did that girl go through a lot but she stayed tough through the end. There were times that I was so scared for her but I had to believe that she would prevail and she did.
The story-line was incredible. It's a fast paced story and very well written. After I read this story, I am completely convinced that this author can write anything in any genre. Bond kept my attention hooked from beginning to end with the phenomenal plot twists and shocking scenes. It was an intriguing and entertaining read and I highly recommend it.