My rating: 1 of 5 stars
DNFed this, sorry. I don’t know if I’m going to come back to it when I’m feeling more tolerant and patient… (because somewhere inside I’m maybe still hoping that I’m wrong about this) but probably not.
I really like the setting, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to like what was done with it. When I saw a ‘novel in a viking-like setting with a strong female protagonist’ I thought I’d love to read it, simply because I usually love to read all things to do with winter lands and warriors.
However… First, I couldn’t really feel anything pleasant towards the first person POV and the voice of the protagonist in this. Something just felt really off to me about her and I couldn’t get into reading at all. (I believe the general opinion is that because the writing is extremely bland and boring.) I left this in my desk at work for months. Then, I saw where the story was going… and I’m sorry to say, but I really, really, really hate this current YA trend where every second book features one or more of main characters being captured and treated like slaves, or prisoners, or spies, who have to suffer through beatings and humiliation for the large part of the story. And besides, it also became obvious that this was going to feature an enemies-to-lovers trope with a bonus of him kicking her around bloody for a while. And maybe you modern kids are into stuff like that but I’m honestly not.