Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
In the world of medieval Iceland, family loyalty and complex codes of revenge are everything. When nineteen-year-old Geirr attempts to seek vengeance against Ari Thorgillsson for the death of his older brother, he is nearly killed himself. But Ari has grown tired of the feud that has devastated their families, and he nurses Geirr back to health. The two reach out tentatively to one another, attempting to bridge fifteen years of hatred and death with a bond of friendship. But trust doesn’t come easily to either man, and friendship may not be enough when it comes to a choice between love and duty.
I make no secret of my love of Jamie Fessenden’s writing. Anyone that can write a story based in 967 AD Iceland and make me enjoy it is an automatic entry in my favorites list. Of course, Fessenden was already firmly entrenched there.
The Meaning of Vengeance is the tale of a Viking, who isn’t like he is “supposed” to be. He is supposed to be cruel and out for revenge. He is supposed to kill without remorse to avenge his family. He should return home to care for his brother’s widow. He is supposed to love and marry a woman.
Geirr thinks he has been killed upon the sword of his mortal enemy Ari, after watching his brother meet the same fate. When he instead wakes up in the home of said enemy, he is not exactly sure what to think. Of course, it is winter, and Yule is nearing. He entertains a few visits from the god Frey throughout the story to help him on his path.
Not knowing a lot about this time-period, I am can’t vouch for the historical accuracy of the time-period. However, knowing the seriousness with which Fessenden takes his writing and his fascination with this time-period, I would venture a guess that he is pretty faithful to the lore.
I found The Meaning of Vengeance to be an interesting read. I enjoyed the interplay between the two uber-masculine main characters. They don’t ride off into the sunset together, but they do have their own version of a happily ever after, a must for any holiday story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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