Stolen by the Wolves
(Viking Omegaverse #1)
by Lyx Robinson
This is a new-to-me author, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Definitely not an utterly captivating, well researched and brilliantly written historical fantasy, set amidst the Viking occupation of Alba. Make that doubly surprised when one considers this is a debut novel. Clearly the author has taken the time and effort to practice and hone her craft before publishing, since the quality of her storytelling was outstanding. I actually feel as though the title, Stolen by the Wolves, doesn’t do justice to this richly woven tale. To me that title is reminiscent of those mass produced, generic and bland PNR stories, which is about as far from the truth as one can get.
I adore omegaverse stories but, if we’re being totally honest here, they aren’t generally the most literary of stories. However this was a class above, the world building quickly drew me in and this felt much more like reading viking fantasy. All the classic omegaverse elements appeared to be contained within the tale, though we didn’t get to see nesting and knotting as this is a slow-burn romance. And that is the only time I could use the word “slow” about the story, with it’s well-paced, intricate and engaging plot.
Not only do we get to know the two main protagonists, we also see them grow as characters. Thankfully both Tamsin and Thrain were eminently likeable individuals, adding to the sheer pleasure to be found when reading this opening episode of their story. They were real and imperfect in that can’t-get-enough-of-them way. This was backed up with a good supporting cast. I would have liked a little more depth in some of these secondary characters, though that didn’t spoil my enjoyment in any way.
The exposition was perfectly balanced, enough so that the world building was solidly achieved but without unnecessary information dumps disrupting the flow and pace of the story. As the first part of a potential six part series, there is a good amount of character building and scene setting performed. However this was achieved whilst still providing a powerful read that has totally hooked me in. So much so that I have pre-ordered this book and will be buying the rest of the series too.
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57046173-stolen-by-the-wolves
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WJMH3R9
Once the wolves of Dublin take control, who knows what they plan to do with us? They are savages. And we are at their mercy.
It is the year 870. Hordes of Vikings sweep through the green lands of Northumbria and Ireland, raiding and pillaging. Soon, no kingdom will be safe from their bloodlust.
Tamsin has always been safe behind the walls of her sanctuary. Safe enough to yearn for a glimpse of the world beyond. But with the Viking threat looming, even her secretive kingdom must open its gates to invite allies.
And she gets far more than a glimpse.
The three lords of Dublin are on the hunt for women of her kind. Thrain Mordsson, youngest of the three and bent on a personal vendetta, doesn’t take much stock in the ancient prophecies. He marches into battle for the glory rather than the spoils.
Until he finds himself standing right in front of a fiery-haired princess. And the touch of her hand wakes an ancient magic in them both, one that neither could’ve anticipated.
The wolves plan to besiege her sanctuary and steal her fabled kinswomen for themselves. But the legends state that to harm these women would anger the gods. And now that Thrain has earned Tamsin’s trust, now that he has tasted her in the darkness of her godhouse, his loyalties begin to splinter.
All he knows is that he must protect her from the coming storm at any cost.
This is the first tome of Thrain & Tamsin’s story. In this new omegaverse series, kingdoms break apart and ancient magic is rediscovered. If you like your romance with a plotty medieval backdrop like Kushiel’s Dart or Game of Thrones, you’ll love this series.
STOLEN BY THE WOLVES is a fantasy non-shifter omegaverse romance that is based loosely on real historical events. It is the first of a 6-book series, slow-burn with eventual Reverse Harem romance. This novel contains some non-consensual situations, though they are not between the hero & heroine. The Viking Alphas revere their Omegas, and while they live in a cruel and unforgiving world, they do their utmost to keep their Omegas from harm.