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Snippet from Magnar
Scene set-up: Magnar and Elspeth are in the forest discussing where their enemy and his men have fled. They deem there is still a threat. During their conversation, Elspeth realizes how much her counsel matters to her husband. With the threat of a storm approaching, Magnar judges it's wise to return to the castle. It's one of my favorite scenes, too.
Magnar nuzzled her neck while keeping his stride across the landscape.
When the first drop of rain splattered against her cheek, Elspeth glanced upward. “My flowers. We must return and fetch the basket.”
“Do not fret. I shall help you gather more tomorrow.”
By the time they reached Steinn, the sky had opened, drenching the land along with them. In an attempt to move out of the way of a passing goat, Magnar slipped on the muddy path inside the bailey. With a resounding thud, they both landed in the murky mud-filled water. Magnar smacked his fists into the ground, uttering a string of curses. And Elspeth burst out in fits of laughter.
Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.
After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.
In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?
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