The Thrall: Viking Saga Book I

Written by Sarah Myers
Review by Anna Belfrage

999 AD. The people of Anglia believed they were safe from Viking raiders—after all, their king had paid a hefty Danegeld to keep them away from his shores. Unfortunately, not all Northern raiders felt bound by the agreement, which is how young Rowan is captured and carried away to thralldom by handsome Draki.

Myers does a good job of depicting the complicated feelings between captive and captor—even more so when Draki has to let Rowan go as payment for a life-debt. Details of their lives are woven through the narrative, giving sufficient periodic colour to the narrative even if there are several occasions when the use of modern expressions such as “fan of” or “mythology” jar me out of the story completely. Likewise, there are occasions I have problems following who says what, or in what viewpoint we are. A thorough edit would have dispensed with some of the more confusing word choices, like the recurring “basin” for what I assume to be a lake or perhaps a pond.

Life as a slave is not particularly enjoyable, the occasional stolen moments with Draki being far from sufficient to compensate Rowan for being forcibly bedded by her new master. A sequence of events culminates in bloody battle, and maybe—maybe—there is a rosy sunset hovering on the horizon.

Despite my issues with prose and formatting, Draki and Rowan are engaging protagonists, which makes this an enjoyable read for all those who emphasise the “romance” in historical romance.