About Sigvard the Nameless by Denali Day
Tasked by his chieftain, Sigvard the Nameless will do whatever it takes to save his people, and the whole of Sestoria, from succumbing to darkness. He’ll travel the continent to claim a magess said to be so powerful, she can wake a sleeping mountain. It won’t be a true bonding. One must have a heart for such things, and Sigvard’s went dormant years ago.
Adira Greykeeper has spent her life hidden behind high walls, under the thumb of a man she both despises and depends upon. The only thing she fears more than her prison is the thought of a life without it, a life where her power reigns unchecked—even by her own will.
When a wild man on a legendary mount spirits her away, Adira is determined to return to her gilded cage before she can relive the horror of her youth. The savage is willing to suffer any fate to keep her at his side, a folly Adira knows will herald his doom. Despite his tortured soul, the barbarian lends her a bravery she’s never known, and with it, hope. But it comes with a price, and he’ll demand more from her than she could ever have imagined.
Two hearts. Two wounds. One great love—may the mountain fall.
Review of Sigvard the Nameless
This last book in the Dokiri Brides series brings together two wounded hearts. Sigvard and Adira both have pasts that have broken them and they share the knowledge that they are not worthy. While this may sound like they are now destined for a great love, I found it hard to read about their constant self-doubts and recriminations.
Luckily, not all the characters in this book share these traits. The ongoing story of the soul eaters and veligiri rising up from beneath the mountains provides plenty of interest, danger and action to give one a break from the personalities of Sigvard and Adira. Series readers will be pleased to know that Sigvard’s brothers and their families are all part of the the story in this battle against the soul eaters. The gegatu (wyverns) are less present, though not forgotten. The tightly-knit Dokiri community has been spread out to keep them safe. I missed that aspect of the story, but as the story grew, so did the community of players. Non-Dokiri became just as important in the war against the soul eaters.
I enjoyed Sigvard the Nameless, but it was my least favorite of the series. However, as a whole, the Dokiri Brides series is time well-spent reading. While the history of the Dokiri people was built on abducting brides (which I was not crazy about), the author found other ways to bring people together in perfectly acceptable ways. Plus the Dokiri treat women very well. The community evolved and expanded as the story progressed. I was very happy with the ending of the series.
Many thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.
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