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Wow this is such a great story - Liv is an amazing heroine who goes through so much heart ache and agony . Great writing and story line .. Evil Vikings , brave clans and a great love that forms from it all. This is a good read with great back up characters . Loved it .
With Shield and Ink and Bone takes you back to a time where Vikings roamed and fought and the Norse gods claimed warriors as their own while the Fates played a heavy role in their lives. From the beginning of the book we meet the main protagonist Liv, who has a strong relationship with her brother Hodor and the rest of her family
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.
Omg this story just draws you in and keeps you wrapped in the plot and characters right to the end. I LOVED reading this. Liv is amazing and Calder oh yes indeed. I cant wait to read again. Casey L. Bond knows how to write and story and draw you in.