July 29th, 2019
Review time! I read The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis. It's about an English princess and a Viking who are destined to be together. It's a historical clean romance with a minor fantastical element.
I was drawn to it by the Viking topic, but it was far too romance-y for me. There really wasn't anything that happened in the book (very light on action). The princess, although brave and strong, spent much of her time hiding in her room to get away from the villain, and the Viking spent most of his time standing outside her door as a guard. It was also love at first sight, which I'm not the biggest fan of generally.
There were quite a few typos (missed quotation marks, homonyms), that surely would have been picked up by a quick read-through by a copy editor (or anyone, really). It wasn't a huge deal, but it took me out of the story every time.
There were some modernisms, as well, that threw me off (there was a reference to matches, and I'm pretty sure they hadn't been invented yet?). Also, I like a neutral language in my historical fiction in terms of slang. Although I understand that nobody would have been speaking English as we know it, and they would have been using their own slang that would have modern counterparts, it still throws me out of the story when they use words like "moron" or "weird." What do you think? Substitute modern slang for old ones, or keep a neutral language?
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