Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Review of The Iron Princess (Sons of the North #2) by Sandra Lake

The second book in the Sons of the North series is here and we're headed back to Sweden in the 1100s to a volatile Europe. Can Katia and Lothair survive the times and each other?

Title: The Iron Princess (Sons of the North #2)
Author: Sandra Lake
Release Date: June 16, 2015
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A Sons of the North Romance novel from Sandra Lake, author of The Warlord’s Wife, who takes readers to 12th-century Scandinavia where two hearts clash in furious passion…

The daughter of a Northern warlord, Katia is known as the Iron Princess for her mettle in battle. Headstrong and defiant, she instigates sword duels on a whim with little regard for her own safety. Katia would rather die on her feet as a warrior than live as a token wife and child bearer for a husband who keeps her castled as if she were a prisoner.

Lothair is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Saxony, who was granted the title of baron, a castle and lands. Raised in an atmosphere of mistrust and deceit, he rejects the concept of husbandry and wants a life of purpose and sacrifice in the pursuit of security for the Baltic Sea.

And when fate brings the Iron Princess and reluctant baron together, Katia and Lothair discover they are kindred spirits with fiery temperaments—and insatiable desires—to match…

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 ★★★★★ stars

I love unconventional romances. There's something fresh and unique about them. I love it when it's a historical romance a little more, just because I read them so sparingly these days. The Iron Princess is definitely stands out for a number of reasons. The first is the time period in which it is set and the second is the location. Even better, the story features some characters from a book that precedes it, although you don't have to read it to keep up with what's going on.

Katia is the daughter of a powerful Jarl or warlord and she's received training in combat. She's no weakling. She's smart, brave, and proactive. She doesn't take no for an answer but will find a way to make things happen. I really admired that about her. Katia is also a little reckless even though she's got the best intentions at heart. I loved seeing her try to reconcile her attraction to Lothair and her desire to avoid marriage. It was very entertaining to see which would rule, her heart or her head. When it comes to Lothair, he also has power at his fingertips. He's also a child of nobility but the circumstances of his birth have soured him on his life, something I got. Lothair is looking to do something and finding a wife is not it. 

Lothair and Katia are both passionate hot heads, Katia more so. The two butt heads often and it strengthens the tension between them. The two had amazing chemistry and I enjoyed seeing them get along as much as I did seeing them bicker. I think part of the reason that works out so well is because they were thrown together in a high pressure situation. Speaking of which, I loved the history lesson about the politics of the time. I was on edge for a large portion of the book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen and since the story is very fast paced there wasn't much time to stop and ponder what was going to happen next.

I think Sandra Lake has done a wonderful job at crafting a story that's suspenseful, romantic, and entertaining. I read this book in a handful of hours and in one sitting. It didn't matter if I was happy, on edge, angry, or sad, there was no way I could put this book down. My emotions were fully engaged. I don't know how Sandra is going to top this book, but I'm looking forward to it. 

Other Books By This Author

The Warlord’s Wife – Released March 2015
A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.

Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.

Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.

When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.

Author Info
Sandra Lake was born somewhere in the wilds of Sweden. Surrounded by shirtless, blond men, she learned to sail, swing a sword and skin a bear when she was only three--wait no, that was Davy Crockett...
The real Sandra was raised in rural Canada. (Close enough to Sweden) She married her childhood sweetheart (who is blond and on occasion shirtless). They are currently living happily-ever-after along with their kids and unruly husky in eastern Canada.
Her debut historical romance, THE WARLORD’S WIFE was published by Berkley Romance in March of 2015. THE IRON PRINCESS, Book 2 in the 'Sons of the North Series' was release July 2015. THE ENEMY’S DAUGHTER, Book 3 is set for release later this year.

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*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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