Magdalene - Skjaldmaer

Fiction - Action
168 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2020
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Magdalene - Skjaldmaer by Charley Blackwolf is a romantic story set in the modern day. During the time of the Vikings, a special name was given to powerful female warriors, Skjaldmaer, meaning shieldmaiden. In 2019, the era of the Vikings is now in the past, yet there are still those who could, perhaps, do that title proud. Magdalene is one such woman. She and her horse are rising stars, defeating their competition in horseback archery, but she is not alone in her accomplishments. There are others as talented in other regions. Now more than ever she must keep her focus, but her mind is distracted by her new Facebook friend, Travis, a journalist and author seeking to know more about her, the Viking way of fighting, and maybe even hoping for something more.

I always enjoy a book that teaches me something new and I thought the exposure to different cultures, ways of living, and skillsets was handled beautifully. This is not just the story of Magdalene, but of many others whose stories develop and grow until the ultimate climax when the characters we have come to know finally meet. My favorite thing about Charley Blackwolf's Magdalene - Skjaldmaer was quite simply how much I learned. Important information is given through Travis's research, as well as experiencing the lives of the central characters. Insight, romance, challenges, and commitment combine to create a captivating story of personal strength, growth, and development. I enjoyed the dialogue and found that immersing myself in the lifestyles of the varying characters was a wonderful experience. I came into this book knowing very little of the world of horses and horseback archery, and thus had concerns over whether I would enjoy it as much as someone who is familiar with it. I was pleasantly surprised at how accessible and easily the information I needed was presented, allowing me to just drift along with the steady-paced plot.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Charley Blackwolf creates a compelling storyline in Magdalene - Skjaldmaer. Travis "Spotted Wolf" O'Higgins is a journalist for a motorcycle magazine, but comes across an intriguing sport while doing research for a book he is writing; horse archery. With his Comanche Indian heritage, Travis has a love of horses and respect for skill with the bow and arrow. He begins a friendship with Magdalene, the Danish female horse archer champion. Feeling he would like to meet this warrior woman, Travis travels to Denmark under the guise of research to see Magdalene in person. Love has not been kind to Travis; his friend Bill explains that he must follow the stars to find his true love. Travis and Magdalene are both Scorpios, which would make a dynamic union except she is already married. Will the stars align for him to find his completion?

I was fascinated by the research and history Charley Blackwolf wove into Magdalene - Skjaldmaer. This is a stellar novel that reminds Travis he must follow the stars to find true love. The pace is slow at first as the author educates the reader in the fine art of horsemanship and the history behind the characters. The characters live in an elite world that few will experience. The training and drive behind these warrior women are commendable and inspiring. The pace quickens and emotions intensify between the characters as Travis travels to watch Magdalene compete for the world championship. This novel has strong characters that are captivating and a plot that is rare. Charley Blackwolf is an author that beautifully transfers passion and zeal to the pages to make the characters come alive. I love the cover as it portrays the main character, Magdalene, perfectly.

K.C. Finn

Magdalene: Skjaldmaer is a work of action and sporting fiction based on older traditions and lesser-known history, and was penned by author Charley Blackwolf. In a story set in the continuing legacy of powerful warrior women, who throughout history showed great strength and courage to achieve feats that future generations would be proud of, we meet central character Magdalene as she engages in the world of Viking Martial Arts. One such art is that of horse archery, requiring both precision in your shot and bonding skills with your animal. So begins a journey for a young journalist to find Magdalene and learn more about this incredible woman and her sporting prowess.

Readers of both historical fiction and sports romances are likely to find common ground that they will really enjoy in this highly unique contemporary story. Magdalene and her potential suitor Travis are an interesting couple, each with a well-developed heritage behind them and a shared affinity for horses that gives the story plenty of heart and depth right from the start. It was really interesting to explore history, tradition, and heritage from this perspective too, for although the work is short for a novel, it also packs in a lot of details about the world of horse archery and the nature of what being a strong woman and a sportswoman with the spirit of a warrior really means. Overall, Magdalene: Skjaldmaer is a real achievement in powerful women’s fiction for author Charley Blackwolf, and is certainly a recommended read.

Rabia Tanveer

Magdalene – Skjaldmaer by Charley Blackwolf is an action-packed romance story about a Skjaldmaer and a man of Viking-Irish heritage who find that falling in love is easier when you have something powerful in common. Magdalene is a horseback archer and she is gaining a lot of attention for her talent. From a very young age, she learned many things including Viking sword fighting and jiu-jitsu. She is making a name for herself in the field so she isn’t surprised when she draws the attention of a man who shares many similar interests. Travis might be a journalist for a motorcycle magazine, but he and Magdalene have a lot in common. Soon he is harboring feelings that he really should not, but the more he talks to her, the more he realizes that they are perfect for each other. But does she feel the same? Can they really be perfect for each other?

I wasn’t expecting this novel to be so interesting and I certainly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I thought this story would have very little plot and have a lot of historical references. It does have many educational points in the story, but there is a good plot too, which makes this story incredibly rich and interesting. Magdalene and Travis make an incredible team; they allow their relationship to grow at a pace they are comfortable with and don’t rush anything. The narrative is smooth, the dialogues are crisp and the overall feel of the story is phenomenal. I enjoyed this very much! Brilliantly entertaining.