Brandr the Far-Traveled is revered by his fellow vikings: his bed skills are the stuff of steamy legend, his sword sings of death on the field of battle, and he can call up fire from thin air. Enslaved through trickery, he’s determined to woo his new owner into freeing him. Too bad her heart’s as icy as the frozen North. Katla is sworn to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of Brandr’s father. But she didn’t count on Brandr’s dangerous masculinity or the way he awakens her long forgotten desires. Can Brandr seduce his way free, or will love make slaves of them both?
Mason and Marlowe (Sins of the Highlander) collaborate on a Viking romance with intrusive fantasy elements. When widowed Katla takes Brandr Ulfson as a thrall in revenge for her husband's death at Brandr's father's hand, the usual collision of hearts is set in motion. Katla yearns for inn matki munr, the telepathic communication possible only for those deeply in love, while Brandr finds himself increasingly drawn to his new owner while watching her run the island farmstead and judge the merits of the suitors her brothers present her with. The love story is steamy and well crafted, but Brandr's abilities as a fire mage feel grafted to the book primarily to justify the title. While the intrusion of bloodthirsty gods does play more of a part in moving the plot along, the romance between Katla and Brandr takes center stage, making moments without them seem superfluous.