The Viking’s Chosen, book 1 in The Clan Hakon Series, is Quinn’s foray into the world of historical romances. Set in the time of the Vikings, the story follows a princess of England, Allete, who like many royalty of the day is given away in marriage as a way to politically build an alliance. Her love for her family and country, initially strengthens her resolve to go through with the obligation. All that changes when she meets her cruel betrothed. Thanks to the opportune assignment of a new, mysterious guard, whose massive presence and unwavering loyalty to her gives her courage, Allete begins to hope for and work towards a different future.
I love Quinn and her ability to write fiction that is captivating and fun to read but also appropriate for younger teen readers and those adults who prefer a cleaner read. She is very adept at building attractions and relationships through her fascinating characters. Her creative mind and quirky sense of humor weave tales of intrigue with unexpected situations that make for highly entertaining stories.. Her Grey Wolf Series and other works are proof of that. The Viking’s Chosen has just touches of ancient magic and prophecy, not like the magic and mythical creatures Quinn has also created. In this tale Torben, a leader in Clan Hakon, must try to fulfill the prophecy the clan seer, also his mother, has recently received. He must accomplish this under the guise of following the suicidal plan of their king to not only attack but defeat kingdoms in England. Fortunately, this plan will put him right in the path of not only the one who will help save his clan but the one who will capture his heart, Allete.
I won’t lie, the idea of a new and completely unique story from Quinn, especially one involving Vikings, was intriguing. She did not disappoint as far as the entertainment value of the story. However, the historical romance purest in me could not give the story five stars. Maybe this is knit picking, but her use of modern slang or references that would not have fit with that time period was distracting for me. I understand this is not an uncommon practice and I like different adaptations like A Knight’s Tale, but I think her initial tone and exposition led me to believe it would be a more historically true depiction. With that said, I still really enjoyed the story and would encourage you to get The Viking’s Chosen, enjoy the adventure, and look forward to where Quinn will take you with The Viking’s Captive, scheduled to release November 27, 2018.