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“Tara’s Song” by Barbara Ferry Johnson is yet another middling Viking romance that disappoints Written in the late 70’s at the height of the bodice ripper era, you’d expect this Viking Romance to rapacious and fun, but I found it rather hohum.Having been betrayed by love (the h is not a virgin), stunning blonde Tara enters into a convent Despite what the book burb claims, Tara is actually not a novice, but a fullfledged nun who has taken all her religious vows For some mysterious reason, some of her fellow nuns ensure that Tara study the pagan Nordic runes Obviously the elder sisters knew their convent would be overtaken by a horde of ravenous Vikings and runic readings would come in handy for protection later on.Tara's new life begins when she is captured by Rorik He, of the long, curly reddishblond hair and two long mustaches that reach past his chin, but no beard I imagine him as a young metal god like a cross between Dave Mustaine James Hetfield, only with lots of muscles But alas, even though Rorik is a marauder, he’s BORING As in so many Viking books I‘ve read, the hero is a bad ass warrior who kills and slays hundreds… But we rarely see Rorik do any of this (as it’s told in constrictive first person perspective.) The first person POV is really a hindrance here Tara tells rather than shows and there’s a lot of info dumping and information overload, some so very inaccurate, like eating potatoes in Norway in the 900’s (Reminded me of the chocolatecolored eyes of the OW in Johanna Lindsey’s “Hearts of Fire.” Research people It’s a basic thing.) The Vikings were also portrayed as dirty and unkempt, never bathed, with ungroomed beards and wore clichéd twohorned helmets in battle.Anyway, Rorik doesn’t force himself on Tara like a pillaging Viking would; at first he romantically seduces her into his bed Meh Give me a Viking who’s a pillager FIRST, then learns to be romantic and civilized later on (to a certain extent) Where’s the fun in the fantasy if the hunky Viking doesn’t take meer, I mean, the heroineover his shoulder and have his wickedly erotic way with her on sight? Why does he have to charm her into bed? That’s for Regency rakes, not Vikings At least there is a naughty twist: Rorik is a polygamist and he takes Tara home to his harem of wives That’s right, Rorik has not one but two wives and Tara is number three As a pious Christian former nun, she resents this So she prays for the day that Rorik will cast off his other wives, divorce them and be with only her, because that that would the honorable thing For her When Tara won’t give into Rorik’s lust, he just goes to the other wives to satisfy him But it’s Tara he loves! Eventually, one of Rorik’s wives plots against them, and Rorik and Tara are kidnapped and separately sold into slavery into the east.When the hero is boring, and the h/H are parted for a long time in the book, I don’t mind as long as the heroine is up to fun adventures Regrettably, Tara’s adventures fall a bit flat At least with lesserknown bodice ripper authors like Melissa Hepburn or Janette Seymour there were some amusing exploits Here Tara’s escapades consist of getting the flu during the worst winter ever, or getting her first taste of eating oranges There’s Tara in Norway shopping; now there’s Tara in Constantinople shopping!The most interesting character in the book is Olav, an older Viking who has also been captured, as well as castrated, and is Tara’s faithful companion He could have been a complex character, but alas, Ferry takes his personality, heart and emotions away with his balls, and his sole devotion to Tara is that of a slavish, doglike protector, not a man who can ever physically or even emotionally love It would have been intriguing to see, just for the WTF factor (like Bertrice Small’s “Enchantress Mine”) but no, nothing special in this book.Actually, that’s not 100% true, as there is one mildly engaging scenario when Tara gets kidnapped, and then is willingly seduced by a handsome and haughty overbearing lord Although she enjoys his lovemaking, she finds him so arrogant; how dare he lust for her body so! Just days later, she is dismayed to see a sexy young male slave dance his way into her lover’s bed Guess Tara’s not as hot as she thinks! (Again, a faintly similar situation was portrayed in “Enchantress Mine,” although in a muchshocking and entertaining fashionand I wasn’t crazy about EM because I hated the heroineso to me, “Tara’s Song” is the lesser book.)O, ancient gods of the Norse! At times this book was as dry as the turkey from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” However…It does get good in the last few pages where Rorik once and for all displays his brutal warrior skills, instead of us just being told about it He cruelly dispatches his enemies in a slaughter, demonstrating his true awesome Nordic might Too bad; too late Where was that Rorik 400 pages ago?2 stars/ D My second attempt at reading this book worked out better than the first I skipped through the opening scene and was rewarded with an interesting description of the Viking's lives There are several reasons, however, that it is only a three stars book for me First, there was not enough interaction between H and h Both were captured and led several lives for most part of the book Secondly, a large part of the book was set in Constantinople where the h lived as guest in a harem I would have liked it much better to read about Vikings in a selfdeclared Viking romance instead if the live in a harem The third reason is that the story did not capture me I think that this was caused by the author's writing style that was much too clinical for my liking E.g the actual Hero in the book was not Rorik but Olav, an Eunuch who saves our h and spends most of the time with her At the end of the book, his dying is worth a couple of sentences, nothingThat is only one of many examples, where the dramaturgy of the story died a painful death. For those of you who love a good Viking romance, but have trouble finding one, this may be the book for you It’s available used in paper very reasonably priced The story of an unlikely, but true, love between two people from different cultures will hold your attention and your heart.Told from the first person, our heroine, Tara, this is a sweeping saga that covers many years in the life of a young woman you will come to love You will experience the time period (the 10th century), and how the Vikings lived, including what they wore, what they ate, what they believed, their governing bodies, the ships they sailed in and their marriage and family customs You also get a feeling for the extent of their raiding and travels in the world at the time, and the use of slaves by the various countries It was fascinating Tara is the beautiful flaxenhaired, younger daughter of an earl living in the south of Britain in the 900s At 15, she falls in love with Ian, the son of a neighboring lord and they become lovers He tells her he loves her, but that is something she doubts when Tara's father betroths her older sister to Ian with Ian's full consent Tara is so distraught she runs away to the nearest abbey where she takes vows and lives for the next 7 years While she would not have chosen the cloistered life, she finds peace and meaning there.The story begins when she is 21, and Vikings raid the south of England The abbey is in their path and all of the nuns are raped and/or killed and the abbey burned Tara escapes rape only to be taken captive, saved as a prize for the Viking leader who was not at the abbey The leader, Rorik, is the eldest son of a Viking jarl Once Rorik takes Tara onto his ship, he tells her she will become his wife He ostensibly gives her time to consider this, but then tricks her into a quick marriage From a nun to a pagan's wife is a giant leap, but Tara is willing to accept her lot and begins to have feelings for Rorikthat is, until they reach his home, Hordaland, where she learns some hard truths And that is just the beginning of this extraordinary tale.The story kept me turning pages until late at night You had to feel for Tara, who is betrayed on so many levels by almost all the men in her life and faces challenges most of us will never know Of course, at that time women were merely possessions, there for the pleasure of men and their political gain; but it was possible to find love in all of that And Tara does, amazingly If you're looking for a different romance, one that is well written and gives you a real feeling for the time period, I can recommend it It's a believable Viking romance with lots of action (including storms at sea, adventures on land and on ship, captives, slave trading, wolf attacks, etc.), as well as heartbreaking and heartwarming episodes. The book had it's moments but over all I didn't care for it Also, there was a good deal of the book (maybe a third or or it could have been less just seemed that long) where H/h were apart Reading about Tara and her eunuch slave (Olav) hanging out in the Middle East didn't really hold my interest although I did like his character felt sorry for him as he had a miserable life after being made a slave And in defense of Tara she did not think of him as a slave but as a friend treated him that way And there was something about Rorik that just didn't hit it with me At times he seemed whimpy to be a viking (until near the end) Oh well, just my take This book took me to a time so well described that I felt like I was there The raid on the convent in the beginning was so convincing.A beautiful, innocent woman captured and taken so far away from everything she knows must learn to find a place in her new home Her love and understanding of her captor is rewarded with the protection and softening of the heart from the strong man who has taken her.I have read this book at least 4 times The love story breaks your heart and makes you weep at times It is one of my favorite books of all time.This story should be read by anyone interested in vikings capturing young maidens. I read this when I was seven and was convinced for far too long afterwards that adult sexuality involved nunsintraining being taken on a pile of animal skins by marauding Vikings Not that there's anything wrong with that. This book captured my attention immediately There is no lull while we get to know the characters the very first page begins with the Viking raid upon the convent in Britain where the heroine, Tara, lives as a novice nun The background information is filled in here and there throughout the book, though, so the reader still gets to know about the characters, particularly Tara as the book is in first person as told by the heroine.Although the book's blurb describes her as having to get over her fear of the hero, Rorik, she never came across as being overly fearful of him (some fear, yes, but not nearly as much as I would expect of an average woman in any century) She seemedafraid for her soul due to her religion and his than of the man himself.Normally I do not care for books where the hero and heroine are separated from each other against their will for any length of time but in this book there was so much going on during that separation (rather than her sitting around missing him) that it was not the unpleasant reading I come to expect from the periods of separation.The plot ran along smoothly and never felt forced to me Sometimes it feels as though an author has tried to add scenes or situations just to add length to a book, but everything seemed to flow fairly naturally (there were one or two times where I felt Tara seemed to change from anger to love, behave out of character, or do an aboutface with her beliefs a bit too quickly, but who can say how a woman of that time and with that upbringing and one who admits she needs a man's strength would do given the same circumstances?).For me, the only real drawback for the story was the level of steamthere was not really much there The intimate scenes were rather brief and with almost no details But, on the other hand, there weren't a bunch of ridiculously flowery phrases used to describe these scenes either (something I absolutely detest in romance novels by some authors) I would have also liked to have had a bitinformation at the end of the book (I won't say what I would have wanted answered because I don't want to give anything away), but I didn't want the story to end anyway (always a sign of a good book for me!).As to the characters, I liked both the hero and the heroine quite a lot Because the story was first person from Tara's point of view, there was not as much of Rorik as I would have liked to have seen I felt he was a nice balance of the civilized male modern readers tend to demand in a hero with what would berealistic for a 10th century Viking warrior (he was neither completely civilized nor totally barbaric) It was also endearing to see his interaction and love for his children (and his father's with his grandchildren) Tara also was an interesting blend Modern readers often like to see a strong female lead, but women in the 10th century simply were not usually overly independent She showed both strength of self and a dependence on a strong man, depending on the situation There were many interesting supporting characters as well Some I loved and some I loathed, but they all came together to make the book one I had a hard time putting down (I read it in two days).Although it is rare for me to give a book a 5 star rating, I gave one to this book because I couldn't give it 4 1/2 I would have taken off a half star for the low steam and the things left unanswered at the conclusion (they could have easily been answered with a page or two epilogue) Since I immediately felt the urge to flip back to the beginning and reread the book, though, I felt it deservedthan the 4 stars I normally give a book I enjoyed Because I am on disability and not interested in watching the television, I read books all the time It has been a while since I have discovered a book I've enjoyed as much as this one I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this on openlibrary.org and am so grateful I borrowed it! It is certainly one I will revisit in the future!!! *Kindle ⇞ Tara's Song ☠ Beautiful, devout, young Tara, a novice in a country abbey, finds her cloistered life suddenly destroyed when Viking invaders burn the convent and take her prisoner Wedded against her will to the pagan chieftain, Rorik, Tara slowly overcomes her fear as Rorick introduces her to the joy of passionate love Telecommunication Systems devout The Poams young Tara Archetypes of Thought a novice in a country abbey Virgin Exotica finds her cloistered life suddenly destroyed when Viking invaders burn the convent and take her prisoner Wedded against her will to the pagan chieftain Verbotene Mission (Kings & Fools Rorik Second Sight (The Admirals Elite, Tara slowly overcomes her fear as Rorick introduces her to the joy of passionate love There are a lot of similarities in style between Barbara Ferry Johnson's Tara's Song and the historical romances of Bertrice Small but unfortunately, this book did not captivate me as the best of Small always manages to so, and it ended up being a DNF I have to admire the author's painstaking recreation of Viking customs and culture It was truly beautifully rendered and the most enjoyable aspect of the book for me It is obvious she has a deep love and passion for her subject matter and perhaps she should have written a straight historical fiction in this setting Overall, the setting felt very realistically rendered, from the Viking raid of the heroine's convent, to the Viking village where she is taken, and even the capture by pirates and near brush with slave trading There is even a flirtation with a harem though there is no actual joining of a harem by the heroine, at least not until the part I read.What made me DNF was the lack of emotional connection with either of the main characters Every time I wanted to sympathize with the heroine, she went off and committed onespiteful, stupid choice putting herself and those around her in danger.There was nothing redeemable about her She started off as a vain, spoiled, entitled and weak girl and that is where I left her off The socalled hero had little to commend him either A fail on the romance for me, an interesting read from the historical pov.Review initially posted in 2015, edited in 2016. I just read this book after it being recommended very highly by a friend The characters are well written and sympathetic, the story arc exciting and complex and the writing style is necessarily descriptive but not overly so Further there is epic romance, tragedy and adventure to be had.Tara's Song took me on a wonderful adventure, capturing me very early on and holding me firmly until the very last page I recommend it strongly anyone who enjoys historical romance.