Summer Solstice Summer

A Viking Blood Saga

Fiction - Fantasy - General
428 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2014
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Author Biography

Evelyn J. Squires is the author of six young adult novels, and she has so many stories in her head that she's unable to get it all out on paper, only having time to write and edit three books per year.

As a former ballerina, she has always loved being creative, and when she retired from dance, she turned to writing—a former passion from college. As a direct descendant of the Vikings, she was always interested in her heritage, so naturally, her first series was "A Viking Blood Saga," a historical fantasy with ample amounts of romance, suspense and viking history.

Wraithsong, the first book in her second series, "Desirable Creatures," was released in March of 2014, and won the silver medal in the Reader's Favorite International Book Award Contest. When she's not taking care of her three children or at the gym, you can find her writing in her sun-room, on the couch to snuggle up with her hubby, or in between stirring the pot while making dinner.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

Soren and Ailia, along with their family, are heading to the Southlandic Kingdom to escape from Eiess and her minions. Just as they are set to leave, the Aesira Jewel is stolen. Soren takes off back north after the jewel while Ailia and the rest of the family heads south. Summer Solstice Summer is set mostly in the warm Southlandic Kingdom where most of the family is staying. Even this far away they are not out of reach of Eiess and her wicked ways. She send the Nukkern to shape-shift into Soren and try to break Ailia's spirit. Meanwhile in the north, Soren is captured and tortured almost to the point of death, leaving him little to bargain with to escape, but yet escape he finally does. E.J. Squires weaves Vikings, magic, myths and legends all into a wonderful story that will captivate you.

Summer Solstice Summer is not only the story of Soren and Ailia, but the story of Ailia's twin sister Lucia. To say that Ailia and Lucia are polar opposites is an understatement. Lucia has thrown her lot in with Eiess and is working against her sister, but in this book we see her growing her own independence a little, and she has her own building storyline. E.J. Squires takes all the great things about the Viking tales of the longhouses, the dragon-boats, the furs and cold weather, then mixes it with the legend of a Sun Queen that must reset the seasons, a jewel, and different realms and worlds, and yet it doesn't feel like a mess. It all comes together and feels like it was meant to be there, this is exactly how the world was meant to be, and the characters and feelings are so vivid that you find yourself crying and laughing along with them. This is wonderful book, the second in a series, and I feel that any age would enjoy it, young adult to older adult. Definitely something you want to look for.