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REVIEW ➞ North of the Stars by Monica James


England is burning.

And the cause…men are too afraid to utter in nothing but a whisper.

The Northmen.

My father is King Eanred.

And me?

I am Princess Emeline.

My father wants to protect our kingdom against the ruthless Vikings who continue to raid England, so he has betrothed me to Aethelwulf, the son of King Egbert of Wessex—the most powerful realm in all of England. Without this union, Northumbria will fall, which is why I must submit. I must do this for my people.

However, it is not in my nature to surrender. So when my father captures the most savage Viking known in our land, I do what no good, God-fearing Christian would do—I help him.

His name…Skarth the Godless.

People fear what they don’t understand, but I will not allow that to control me. Fear makes us blind to the truth, and I refuse to cower because Skarth soon becomes my teacher—in all things. And when his rival, Ulf the Bloody, shatters my world, it becomes clear the lessons have only just begun.

My soul is tarnished.

I am a sinner.

Lord, hear my prayer… 

And just like that…our future is sealed with a bloodstained promise, one which will rule our lives in this lifetime and the next.


First off, I am typically not a fan of historical romances, BUT this story was fantastic. Yes, it takes place in a different time period, but don’t let that deter you. The story is captivating and the world that has been created and the characters in this story all play a role that add so much to the overall story.

Emeline is a Saxon princess. Skarth is a Northman aka a Viking. They come from different lives. They are suppose to hate each other, yet the moment they meet there is something between them. There is a connection and they are both drawn to each other.  The two of them form an unlikely pair and I loved seeing how over the years how their relationship has grown and changed.

I loved Emeline. I loved the fact that she isn’t the stereotypical princess. She is a warrior. She is a BA. The woman can hold her own and she isn’t afraid to stand up to Vikings or really anyone. She can’t be broken. She doesn’t give up. She is insanely smart and resourceful, too. She is a heroine that you can’t help but admire. I can’t wait to see how much she grows throughout the course of this series. Skarth….I don’t even have the words. It is easy to love the man. While the man may be referred to as Godless, there is a lot of layers to his character. I love getting to see a lot of different sides to him, even if some of those sides may end up being his downfall.

I can’t wait to return back to the series and see where things go for Emeline and Skarth….and Ulf. Especially, after that cliffhanger of an ending!

If you’re looking for a dark historical romance this is one to check out.