"The aftermath of Freydis's ultimate battle sacrifice will tug heartstrings—but only if readers persist through several hundred pages of plodding, overexplanatory prose that makes revelations and epic import feel lukewarm. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Though bursting with bloody battles, romance and sacrifice, this archetypal-hero legend falls prey to unsubtle prose and uneasy racial constructions.
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