The daughter of a Northern warlord, Katia is known as the Iron Princess for her mettle in battle. Headstrong and defiant, she instigates sword duels on a whim with little regard for her own safety. Katia would rather die on her feet as a warrior than live as a token wife and child bearer for a husband who keeps her castled as if she were a prisoner.
Lothair is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Saxony, who was granted the title of baron, a castle and lands. Raised in an atmosphere of mistrust and deceit, he rejects the concept of husbandry and wants a life of purpose and sacrifice in the pursuit of security for the Baltic Sea.
And when fate brings the Iron Princess and reluctant baron together, Katia and Lothair discover they are kindred spirits with fiery temperaments—and insatiable desires—to match… @ goodreads
Read from May 04 to 14, 2015
I would like to thank Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP for an ARC of this book.
First off I love the cover of this book. I think it's just beautiful!
The beginning of the book was great with Katia, the princess, dressing up as a boy and fighting in the duels they had at the castle. I thought this was going to be a story about another strong woman.
Her stepfather, the King, Jarl Magnus didn't have a problem with her learning sword fighting and he and her mom didn't plan on pawning her off to the best man to marry, they were going to let her make this decision. I thought her family were really cool in this regard for back in those days. And the King treated her like his own daughter. She had I think 5 brothers. I lost count as they weren't dominate characters in the book.
Now even though the King didn't mind her learning the sword, he did not want her participating in any duels etc. She had a sword master named Rikard. She had all of her guards, her best friend Tosha and Rikard to say nothing so she can fight in the games. They were all against it of course and only agreed to let her if she gave up when it got bad. She holds her own pretty good but gets a good blow and makes everyone freak and want to attack the poor man that had no idea who he was fighting. He was livid when he found out and thought she was stupid. This is where she meets the man she decides is the love of her life. This would be Lothair.
So that's all of the spoiler ish I'm going to say about the book. It goes on that Katia takes off with Tosha to be a spy on Andrei. She wants to prove to her stepfather that she can help in missions and things. So, this doesn't bode well and she almost gets them killed, but Lothair is there to save them with his men.
This leads to a mission of getting them back home safe and sound. There is a lot of running from people, a few bloody fights, and a lot of irritation from Katia. From the point when they were saved she did a few good things helping out but she whined too much for me. The love of her and Lothair takes up the whole rest of the book with a few other things thrown in.
I did like the book, I loved the time frame, I loved the idea of a heroine, the landscape, but it just needed a little bit less of Katia being a brat!
I would like to go back and read the first one and read any more in the series to see what all happens.