Ice Land is a somewhat fanciful take on the legends of the Old Norse Gods set in the year 1000 It is told through the point of view of several characters in alternating chapters from Freya who can don er feathers and fly like a bird orphaned Fulla who does not wish to marry the man Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident her grandfatheras chosen Vili son of the sworn enemy of Fulla s family who can t stay away from Fulla the Loveland half dwarf Dvalin who dwells inside the mountain withis alf brothers As Well As The well as the who foreshadow the building turmoil within the great mountain Hekla The actions of the various characters begin to intertwine and ultimately lead them to their ultimate fate at the ands of the angry volcano Hekla I m really not inclined to go further into the plot line the other reviewers ave recapped the story well enough and there s plenty of additional info on the legends at Wik and other sites It did sound promising enough for a light fantasy but unfortunately it ultimately failed in the final execution particularly the alternating point of views I never connected with any of the characters the writing flat and lifeless as were the characters and due to my ignorance of the Norse legends I really didn t grasp what was going on until well after page 200 not a good thing for a 370 page book The only part I really did like was inside the mountain with the dwarfs ad to flashback on a favorite book from my childhood Since this book is still being prepared for final publication I would reuest the editors put in a brief cast of characters or summary of the people in these legends and not presume that the reader knows them ahead of "Time In The End It "In the end it a very light piece of fluff that kept me entertained for 30 40 minutes a day whilst doing the cardio but I certainly ad no problem putting it down and forgetting it once I was done The Gnome King of Oz Although I am not as steeped in Norse mythology as some I know enough about it to understand and admire what Betsy To This book was not my cup of tea The mediocre love story the disjointed narrative the boring dialogue the flat characterizations I don t even know where to begin Tobin s writing didn t appeal to me and neither did er novel It wasn t awful it Der Heimliche Fürstensohn had potential and there were vaguely interesting concepts but I don t think I ll be recommending this one to anyone or rushing into another of Tobin s titles I admit I picked up this book largely because it wasailed as a beautiful epic of love longing redemption and enchantment in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley s The Mists of Avalon Bradley is one of my all time favorite authors and many er novels are among my "favorite reads so I thought this one would be a slam "reads so I thought this one would be a slam The tag line was probably added by the publishers to sell copies Unfortunately for Tobin it set a very igh set of expectations which Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) her storytelling fails to achieve Like others I feel that the book wouldave benefited from a character list wit. A beautiful epic of love longing redemption and enchantment in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon Iceland AD 1000 Freya knows that er people are doomed Warned by the Fates of an impending disaster she must embark on a journey to find a magnificent gold necklace one. Via Norway It s a beautiful blend of myth and (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) history weaving such characters as godsalf gods dwarves and giants into a tapestry of characters who feel lush and realThe book does a marvelous job of turning the original legend of Freya s necklace into a plausible story as long as you re willing to accept a few premises such as the concept of a woman turning into a falcon with the aid of a magic cloak As various characters struggle for possession of the legendary necklace the Brisingamen it becomes clear that they are really struggling with various aspects and facets of love Their individual conflicts play out against the violent and chaotic Landscape Of Iceland Culminating In of Iceland culminating in geologic tragedy that still as a bit of a silver liningThe structure leans toward the literary with focus on prose and style so if that s not your thing you probably won t enjoy Ice Land However if you are a fan of rich words poignant emotion and experimental structure this is one you won t want to missI listened to the audiobook with Davina Porter narrating Every time Porter opens er mouth solid gold falls out so if you want a bonus treat get the audiobook version of Ice Land and enjoy I gave this 5 stars because it is EXACTLY the sort of book I like As soon as it came out I was prepared to buy it and I rarely buy books any Ice Land takes place in Iceland one of several countries I ave never visited but am obsessed with and intend to visit ASAP It s 1000 AD the What a disappointment I was really excited about this book because the little teaser sounded so enticing First of all it took me uite a while "To Get Accustomed To The "get accustomed to the writing style The plot jumped back and forth between characters that ad no depth whatsoever as the author found odd ways to connect them I felt like I was reading a fantasy version of Six Degrees of Separation I found Ice Land to be dry and shallow with underdeveloped characters in a bizarre plot that was not the least bit interesting I give every book a chance to the 100th page I wish I ad put this down long before that This book made me miss the Vikings class I took back in college
#You Can Tell That The #can tell that the and cultural research for the most part is pretty solid but the book also as a weird blend of like the gods are real and they live right over there but wait Christianity is afoot Honestly this blending is done pretty well but it took me longer than it should Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. have to really grasp that Overall the book is very good it s well written the characterization and relationship development is nicely done and it thoroughly entrenches you in the setting of 1000 AD Iceland My only complaint is that I m a dumb ass and didn t realize this is technically a romance novel Even then there was than enough plot to tide me over The Norse mythology bits are fascinating but this book is so woefully painfully slow Too slow to make it enjoyable at all The writing lacks urgency or tension. Who destiny draws them togethereven as their families are determined to tear them apartInfused with the richistory and mythology of Iceland Betsy Tobin's sweeping novel is an epic adventure of forbidden love lust jealousy faith and magical wonder set under the shadow of a smoldering volcan.
characters Ice LandH descriptions Maybe even a brief review of the stories themselves I fall in with those that know nothing about these myths and as a result the novel comes off fragmented and disorganizedDiana Gabaldon stated that Ice Land is a story of sex love blood and the twilight of the gods punctuated with Black Women in White America A Documentary History hot pools boiling magma and volcanic explosions Very steamy No offense to Ms Gabaldon but my morning coffee is steamier than this book Not that I was looking for a steamy read but the love story left my snoozing I couldn tave cared less about the outcome and kept asking myself when I was going to see the passion or kept
myself when was going to see the passion or a connection between Tobin s lovers I believe Tobin bit off than she should Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori have There is just too muchere the star crossed lovers the invasion of Christianity the uest for the necklace As a result no aspect is particularly compelling For me Ice Land is an easily forgettable read that failed to make an impression I loved this book The characters came alive for me and they showed real kindness and affection toward one another It was a lovely telling of the death of the old gods with the advent of Christianity The tie in of the land with the gods was beaut Ice Land is a loose retelling of Norse myth intertwined with Icelandic istory In the beginning "Of The 11th Century "the 11th century threatened the old religion and as the people s belief in the Aesir Norse gods and goddesses waned Freya the goddess of love goes in search of the Brisingamen a legendary necklace so powerful it may save er people The Brisingamen was created by four dwarves three of whom agree to sell the necklace to Freya in exchange for sexual favours The fourth a Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part half dwarf named Dvalin changes the price and reuests Freya accompanyim through the land of the giants on Pour l'harmonisation orthographique des dictionnaires his own uest toelp Des femmes qui tombent his beloved sister Meanwhile Fulla a sixteen year old orphanas fallen in love with the son of an enemy clan and someone whom er grandfather will never approve The stories of Freya Dvalin and Fulla ultimately thread together into a magical adventure peopled with gods goddesses umans dwarves and giants set against the backdrop of Iceland s unpredictable Mount Hekla The author assumes a basic understanding of Norse mythology and I know very little so in the beginning of the book I was confused by casual references to the Aesir specific references to Freya s istory and sporadic statements by the Norns uick internet research easily clarified all those things and of course piued my interest in the Icelandic sagas Students of Norse myth may be frustrated by Tobin s version but I thought this was a well plotted and compelling blend of fantasy and reality though truthfully a bit short to do this epic story justice I would appily Kiss That Frog have read severalundred pages Recommended A uniue and unforgettable take on the Norse godsThe culture of Iceland is explored during the time period when Christianity just begins to encroach on the old religion. Said to possess the power to alter the course of The Seneca Scourge history But even as Freya travels deep into the mountains of Iceland the country is on the brink of war The new world order of Christianity is threatening the old ways of Iceland's people and tangled amidst it all are two star crossed lovers.asking myself when