|Stryker Bloodaxe had lost his first love, his neighbor's daughter, and the land that came with her, to a Norman knight. He had to settle for the Lady Amias of York, a by-blow of King William, to be his wife to prevent any action against one of the king's favorite knights. With her came a fat bride's purse that Stryker needed for his remote properties. What he didn't need was the lady wife to go with it, especially one who had been promised to four other men before him. Outspoken and “Unbreakable,” Ami wasn't going to let this Barbarian conquer her even if marrying him was her last chance to avoid the madhouse or a convent.
I was pleased with the character of Stryker Bloodaxe. A man of Norse descent, he was born to rule his land. Yet even this strong man had a conscience, common sense and a strong sense of responsibility. When he does something, like locking his argumentative bride-to-be in the drunk hut, he does think about what he's done and whether he was right or not. Amias is a strong character. She knows this is her last chance and she must commit to Stryker, but she is determined to make the marriage a situation she can live with. She's willing to work with her barbarian husband but she needs him to compromise as well.
The Barbarian is book six of The Conquerors series by Georgia Fox. Unlike the other books in the series, there is a story within a story here, and the outer, present day story doesn't work in my opinion. The Barbarian story starts half way through the first chapter. Because the present day story is unnecessary and confusing, I suggest you skip it and only read The Barbarian, otherwise you'll have to make a jarring mental switch. I would give the main story of Stryker and Amias a higher rating but the outer, present day story is no more than a two. It's really a shame to end an interesting series with this secondary story supposedly about the author herself. Stick with The Barbarian part of the book and you'll enjoy it as much as the rest of the series.
Reviewer: Kathy F.