Shield Maiden by Sharon Emmerichs
An earthquake robbed Fryda of her dream to become a shield maiden, but she has secretly been training for years - which is fortunate, because a dragon is stirring nearby in a cave of treasure and King Beowulf's presence in her home will invite human-shaped enemies to attack her people. Complicating matters if Fryda's love for Theow, a slave who she will never be permitted to marry.
Is my luck so bad that I somehow keep picking up books that are in dire need of a structural edit? Shield Maiden is beautifully written and wonderfully detailed, but my attention wandered countless times before the plot truly began - some time after page 150(!). I guess I was expecting more shield maiden, less family drama. Or perhaps a better balance of these two aspects.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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