Genre: Historical fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tale — not quite sure what to classify this as.
I really liked the concept behind this book: exploring seven different stories, each further back in time than the one before, slowly connecting more dots as to why what is happening in the first story happens. I have always been fascinated with history and its interaction with the world as we know it. I enjoyed that aspect. Also, Vikings, which is one of my loves.
However, the end was severely disappointing. It just seemed superfluous and utterly predictable, hammering some flowery nonsense about love transcending time and death. After the whole build up I was expecting something far more shocking, far darker, than what we were given.
I do appreciate Sedgwick’s ability weave a story of fairytale-like quality, so while I wanted to like this book more than I did, the ending rendered much of the book meaningless.