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Monday, April 20, 2009

Master's Mistress by Patricia Bates

Master's Mistress by Patricia Bates
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (270 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

In a world of betrayal and murder, a vibrant Celtic slave woman holds the key to her Viking master’s heart.

From somewhere in Amoda’s psyche, a voice implores, “Fight when you can, submit when you have to, but above all, survive”. Instinctively she abides by this advice as she grows into adulthood after being enslaved at age six. Her spirit, courage, and resilience in the face of long-term, sadist cruelty keeps her ever vigilant even during the years she was trained by the sexual deviant priest Rognvaldr to be the Viking Prince Olaf’s bed slave.

Amoda longs for FREEDOM but becomes a pawn in a power struggle within the royal family. A druid tells her “For there to be peace you must weather the storm” and what a storm she weathers as Patricia Bates creates a tale that takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster with all the senses on full alert.

Master's Mistress, alluring as a siren’s song, takes the reader back to the ninth century when Vikings and Danes preyed on the less powerful people—conquering, killing looting, and enslaving.

Mykyl, the second son of the Viking king Tyr, used and abused by his father and depraved brother Olaf, sees and takes an opportunity to get even with them and in so doing sets off a firestorm that threatens to destroy them all. Less barbaric than his family, Mykyl rules over conquered lands in Ireland and has adopted many customs of the Irish even though he is a Viking by birth. The love scenes with him and Amoda engage all the reader’s senses. AH!

The fates of King Tyr, Prince Olaf, and the priest Rognvaldr, characters who seem to be evil incarnate, are statements in themselves. Ms. Bates does create antagonists the reader loves to hate!

Patricia Bates, the invisible magician who sets the reader down in this historic time, never intrudes as this fantastic story unfolds—most enjoyable writing style.