I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I went into it hoping for something like Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. It was different than that, and yet had some similarities. There’s little fighting. Most of the action is typical of women’s fiction … sniping between females, childbirth, the workings of a household, etc., and yet the tension is always there.
The characters are certainly three dimensional and you’ll come to care very much for most of them, pagan and Christian. The historical research seems to be top notch and is presented in such a way as to never get in the way of the story.
I almost added “fantasy” to the shelves for this book based on the amount of Norse magic and the conversations the old seeress had with Odin, but then I didn’t. This magic isn’t as overt as in Bradley’s Avalon novel, but it is there and is integral to the plot. If that turns you off, well, you’re missing out. This was a very good book.
I listened to the audiobook and the narration was superb.