Saturday, December 1, 2012

25 Days of Xmas Stories Day 1: Ice Gods Christmas

A trip to Iceland to find her father turns into a nightmare when Annika is transported to the icy palace of Valhalla and lands in the middle of the Ice God's family feud. Odin's son has loved and protected her from afar and now that she is in his world, he can finally make her his.

The first Holiday story of the season! I enjoyed this quick, light romp. More sweet than sexy, it could have benefited from a longer length to flesh out characters and deepened the relationships.  There's a bit of short-cutting here with the fact that Tyr knows all about Annika, but Annika is basically left out in the cold (literally) where he is concerned.  Being vastly unfamiliar with Norse mythology I wasn't sure if I was missing important bits of information and that killed some of my enjoyment (such as I know that Loki of Odin's sons, but couldn't remember which and I know that Fenrir is the wolf...kind of) or if I was merely too curious.

As I mentioned the relationships needed deepening.  Tyr's motivations were pretty clearly mapped out, but Annika was more broad strokes.  Aside from wanting to know her family, chafing under her aunt Una's strict rules and wanting to prove herself we learn very little else about her background.  She never explicitly says she wants to go into the vacation manager's life, we don't have any idea if she has any friends or what she does in her free time.  Some of this seems to be so that when she decides to uproot herself its not as hard a decision, which is jolly good, but on the other hand how empty was her life for 26 years except for the presence of Tyr in her head?

Still for all that this is a cute sweet Christmas time story, with some nifty Norse thrown in and not heavy on the sex (one scene I think, with some mentions of arousal) and quick to get through.