Jilliand

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2018

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What an adventure! I wasn’t expecting much when I picked up Jilliand: A Story of Love and Freedom by Clare Gutierrez. I have not heard of this author before, but the cover drew me in. I was so excited that this book was a historical romance about Vikings! I love reading about the Vikings! This story is about Jilliand, a young woman, raised as a boy. When the time came that she couldn’t disguise her figure, her father beat her relentlessly. On the eve of her marriage, she flees with the help of a few friends. As she goes through the English countryside on her own, she comes across a poor village. However, little...

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I thought this book would be right up my alley, Vikings, England, historical fiction. While I enjoyed some parts like the historical accuracy, there were other parts that just had me wanting to give up. At times the books was very repetitive and we were told over and over how smart Jilliand was, yet she kept getting captured. While this wasn't my favorite book, I think if you like Vikings, England, historical fiction, you'll find something to like in this book.
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I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I think I fell in love with a Viking!  This novel was a breath of fresh air--which simultaneously produced anxiety-laden anticipation.  I wholeheartedly relished this book!  Viewing the Viking people from the inside made for a very interesting and (I believe) an even...almost emphathizing experience. Thank you to both Clare Gutierrez and NetGalley!
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I received this ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. I really wanted to like this book and I did parts of it, but there were problems. First, I realize this was an ARC, but there was a terrible formatting problem. Do people not check their ARC's to make sure they are okay? The beginning of every chapter had this weird capitalization problem, where every other letter was upper, then lower case. Then the name of the book or the author's name would randomly appear in between paragraphs throughout the book. Okay, that rant is over. The story: Clare had a decent story in general, but it could have been so much better. There were so many random characters that just showed...

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I loved this book! I thoroughly enjoyed how the story went a little longer so it felt completed at the end.
Even though I have a ton of books, in my books to read list, I would enjoy reading this again.

Jilliand had fiery red hair and green eyes and was beyond beautiful. If you ever saw her you never forget her.
Jilliand was not a boy when she was born and for not being a boy this made the lord her father very angry, haunted, and consumed with evil. He did give her one advantage as he taught her to fight and to fight so well that she could win easily. The lord was so evil that as Jilliand grew and got older he would beat and whip her with every inch of her life. There was an older couple...

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This well written novel is a love story set that follows the life of a young woman, the abused daughter of a nobleman who trained her in combat. Abused and neglected in the years since her mother died giving her birth, Jilliand realizes that she will be married for her father’s financial gain against her will to a man who will likely abuse her and kill her. Two servants who loved and served her mother help her escape. Her escape leads her to a village that is raided by Vikings, whose leader Rurik, takes Jilliand as a slave. They fall in love with each other, marry, and are torn apart.Though life takes them in different directions, theirs is an enduring love that leads them to seek each...

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In the simplest terms, this is a perfect combination of historical fiction, action, and romance. It's not too cheesy, but still hits you where it hurts. This book hooked me fast, and I read most of it in one night. I'd highly recommend it.
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This book had a great plot and story line. I enjoyed reading about the Viking history. I especially appreciated how the author wrote the story so that the reader realizes they are real people, trying to live life and care for families, just the same as anyone else. Their methods were just different. And with that, the story was not graphic in its descriptions, but it was gruesome. Just something to be aware of beforehand.
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I enjoyed reading this book.  The author does an excellent job of weaving the story with both historical accuracy and literary license.  The story is easy to follow and makes sense.  The author entices the reader with building suspense.  The characters are well developed and believable given the time period.  I would highly recommend this book to readers of medieval historical fiction.
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Excellent.  This reads a bit like a family saga, moving with deliberation through the life of Jilliand.  I have to admit, this isn't my normal read, but now hooked on the History channel's "Vikings" series, I decided to try this.  I'm glad I did.  Though strictly fiction, one can tell the author did her research.
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3.75 Stars
A historical saga-like romance set at the height of the Viking Age. Think TV show Vikings meets Christian romance, dark but hopeful.
Pros: absolutely gorgeous cover art, well-researched historical facts and cultural tidbits (especially for a romance novel), multiple POVs, and the settings.
Cons: some gaps in the storyline (especially those in the background) and a couple of unbelievable scenes.
Overall, a good choice for historical romance fans. You'll either love it or hate it. I loved it, flaws and all.

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This was a great story! You are instantly drawn into the web woven by Clare Gutierrez. I found this book hard to put down. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. The setting and historical facts were interesting. If you love historical fiction this is a must read.
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Jilliand, An abused girl, finds strength and freedom as she becomes a woman. Rurik has strength as a Viking sea king, yet finds love and gentleness when he falls in love with  Jilliand. Gutierrez takes us on an adventure through 8th century England, Scandinavia and Russia through her intoxicating characters. Reminiscent of the ‘Vikings’ series, Jilliand is a historical love story that hooked me from the start.
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Although the setting of the book is interesting and the cover compelling, the characters were flat and stereotypical enough to not create interest beyond the first few chapters. The vagueness of the setting (who is the lord? Does he have a name? Where are his lands?) was generic enough to not sell the characters for me or make me want to continue reading. Slight slips in the history augmented this (there was no Northern Ireland in the 9th century). I'm sure there are readers who can overlook those problems and will enjoy the story, but I am unfortunately not one of them.

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This book was amazing. I loved every minute of it. The hardship & strength that Jilliand had to go through just to survive. Then what she thought was going to be the death of her turned out to be one of the greatest things even greater, to me in her opinion, of finding out who she truly was.

The characters & story line in this book was done wonderfully. The author gave you enough description that you knew what you were reading but at the same time you did not know enough that you could not imagine it. When I read books, I do not see the words, I see a running movie in my mind of what is happening in the story. The author knew what she was talking about and you could tell she did a...

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This story pulled no punches on how violent this time period was.  The Vikings came, conquered, took what they wanted and left villages decimated.  This story also featured a strong heroine, fierce with a sword, her faith and kindness even though she ran from an abused past.  This Engish girl and a mighty Viking made an odd pair. But coming to respect one another they fell in love.  Many trials come and Jilliand is thought dead.  She is Rurick's one true love.  He tries to move on for many years until he hears rumors of a woman like his wife.  It will be a very long journey before he finds his wife very much alive.  Will it be too late? Very well written.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when reading Jilliand  as this is a new author for me and I have not read many Viking stories. I am glad I took a chance on it. It was a good read with characters I wanted to know more about. There were several side characters mentioned so hopefully another story is waiting in the wings.....
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I am a sucker for a book with both a strong hero and heroine. This book gave me a Viking sea king and a young woman who was raised harshly....to later discover that she is really a princess. The story contained some historical facts, but the story itself was totally built in the imagination of the author, which I appreciated. When Jilliand is taken captive by the Vikings at the hands of Rurik, she is just finding a place for herself after escaping from a cruel father who had rather beaten her than accepted her as a daughter. The story brings together the two in a strong bond forged in the way of the times, when everyone needed to rely on each other to survive. I would have liked to...

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I have read a great many novels about Vikings and the time period in this book. It is one of my favorite eras! The author has done a super job depicting day to day life as well as the more romanticized battles and pillaging activities. This is a super read, I would recommend it to anyone!  The romance part is deftly handled and necessary to the story. The heroine’s journey is full of surprises and keeps the story moving along. I thank #netgalley for allowing me access to this great story. #jilliand
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I loved this book! I'm a sucker for historical romance in general , but I have special kind of love for the Viking era. This book definitely fed my obsession. Jilliand is a character you cannot help but love. In some ways, she is mature and wise beyond her years, in others she is a child still learning by mistake. The love story that unfolds goes from cute, to fiery passion, to tragedy and devastation and then ultimately to a happy ending.

There are a couple of things I hated while I read the book, but upon reflection have come to appreciate. The way Jilliand is treated is true to history and a woman's place in it. Despite being strong and earning respect among men...

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