The Viking Treasure Huntress Series, Book One

Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 02/16/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Nena is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, romance, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and is the opening novel in the Viking Treasure Huntress Series. The work is best suited to mature readers owing to some moderate scenes of sex and violence and some explicit language use. The work was penned by author Ann Boelter and narrated by Georgia Greene for the audiobook version. Set in 900 AD, powerful Viking leader Jarl clashes with Nena, daughter of a regional war chief, under the Middle Eastern sun. Jarl's forces pillage the land near the Caspian Sea, while Nena's tribe fiercely defends their territory. After a grueling battle, Nena becomes Jarl's captive, sparking a clash of wills and emotions. Torn between passion and prejudice, love and obligation, they must question their deepest desires and confront mortal enemies to be together.

Author Ann Boelter has used her research and imagination to craft a truly gripping narrative filled with vivid descriptions and compelling characters. The dynamic between Nena and Jarl is electric as they navigate their conflicting emotions and confront the realities of their divided worlds. I was really impressed by the sharp dialogue that characterizes them and moves the relationship on so naturally without the need for excess prose. Boelter's exploration of power dynamics, cultural differences, and forbidden love is well-balanced amongst a busy, action-packed plot with lots of levels coming together beautifully to enrich the tale.

In terms of its audiobook presentation, Georgia Greene's narration brings the story to life with depth and emotion, immersing listeners in the drama and tension of the Viking era. The clear and crisp narration keeps them focused on the action with no distractions, leaving readers invested and immersed in the exhilarating journey of a clash between two formidable cultures. Overall, Nena is an intense adventure of power, passion, and love that challenges societal norms and delves into the complexities of human relationships, and I would certainly recommend it to historical romance fans everywhere.