Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ragnar the Murderer by Lily Byrne

I reviewed this book some time ago for another site that has, alas, not fulfilled all of the promises made to me when I was recruited to, for example staying on the internet!  I liked this book, and I think it's a worthy read, so I'm posting another here.  Interestingly, I didn't keep a copy of my first review, and since the site at which I put it is gone, baby, gone; I'm just writing a new one.  If it ever pops up again, it will be interesting to know if I changed opinions on anything in the five or six months since I first posted.

First off, fair warning.  There are explicitly erotic scenes in this book.  Don't read it if you're squeamish, and don't give it to little children.  I have to tell you though, it takes a good author to write an explicit sex scene and not come off like a Penthouse letter.  Byrne does fine.

The story's good too.  It has a bit of the whole Romeo and Juliet thing going on, with two lovers from opposing tribes rising above the difficulties that poses.  Usually, that makes a story boring, trite, and ho hum.  Byrne has done a fine job with historical research, though, and her setting along with the work she put into it pulls the book out of the "been there, read that" territory and makes it a great read.

If you like romance novels that have a bit of adventure to them, and you enjoy erotica; you'll like this book.  It's inexpensive on Amazon, so what are you waiting for?


  1. What a great start to the year! Thanks for re posting your review after it got eaten by the internet :-)

  2. You got it, but it wasn't a repost. I wrote it again from scratch. It will be fun, if the old one ever reappears to find out if I liked some things more or less over time.

    Seriously, I fancy reading the book again.

  3. Sorry. Nice to see another good review then :-) Maybe you'll be seeing the movie soon (she said hopefully).