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Review | The Runes of Destiny | Christina Courtenay

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about The Runes of Destiny by Christina Courtenay.

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The Runes of Destiny is an exciting historical novel including time travel.

Linnea Berger decided to attend an archaeological dig in Sweden after a car crash. A chance to heal and relax. Whilst detecting Linnea found an exquisite brooch with a Viking inscription. On reading she blacked out and woke up to find a group of men wearing authentic Viking costumes.

Hrafn a Viking warrior claimed her as his thrall and took Linnea on a dangerous journey to sell in Istanbul.

Hrafn is a great character as he is noble, strong and thoughtful. He wouldn’t allow any man to touch Linnea. Originally to gain more monetary value but this changes as they build a connection. Linnea is clearly different to any woman he has met before.

The historical detail is extensive. I loved the descriptions as felt transported back to the 9th century. 

Recommended read.

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Christina Courtenay is an award-winning author of historical romance and time slip (dual time) stories. She started writing so that she could be a stay-at-home mum to her two daughters, but didn’t get published until daughter number one left home aged twenty-one, so that didn’t quite go to plan! Since then, however, she’s made up for it by having eleven novels published and winning the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014), both published by Choc Lit. Christina is half Swedish and grew up in that country. She has also lived in Japan and Switzerland, but is now based in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. She’s a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety). To find out more, visit, find her on Facebook /christinacourtenayauthor or follow her on Twitter @PiaCCourtenay

My passion is helping others to find their own oasis, their own centre of calm. I’m a qualified Dyslexia Therapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Sleep Consultant, Parenting Programme Facilitator, Mindfulness practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and hold a crochet diploma.

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