This beautiful recreation from Icelandic folklore comes alive through the words of Gerald and Loretta Hausman. I read this book in two days, never wanting to put it down. I felt as if I were on a wild gallop through the cold and snow of early Iceland, and I did not want to gallop to end.
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THE FORBIDDEN RIDE is the story of 15-year-old Freyja and the love of her life Jarn who is 17. Set in 10th century Iceland, a time of harsh laws and cruel men, Freyja falls in love with Jarn, a handsome young man from the next settlement, only to have him ripped from her by her father Sigurd as he enforces a merciless, ancient Icelandic law against Jarn for the crime of riding Sigurd's spirit horse Faxi without permission. Surrounded by customs and rules that make little sense to her, Freyja must overcome her lack of status as a young woman in a man’s world of brutal justice and blood in order to save her family from banishment and shame, and with the help of the magical shaman-horse Faxi, to regain her freedom to be with Jarn.
"In this thoughtful and engrossing tale, two young people are robbed of their voices by rule of law and discover that actions can speak when one is denied words. The Hausmans' enthusiasm for detail brings the tenth century Icelandic setting vividly to life. Recommended for anyone who has ever puzzled over the question of whether what is legal equals what is right."
– Jane Lindskold, New York Times Bestselling author of "Through Wolf’s Eyes" (Firekeeper Series) and the upcoming scifi adventure "Artemis Awakening"
“Be warned – this book will seduce you. That is a promise. I fell under its spell by the time I reached the second page. A captivating tale of love and magic pulled from Icelandic myth, each delicious word is delivered gift-wrapped from a pair of exceptional storytellers. Savor the journey. Grab a handful of mane and enjoy the ride.”
– Michael Wallis, award-winning author of "The Wild West: 365 Days" and the voice of Sheriff in the Disney animated series "Cars"
“The Forbidden Ride is a historically powerful tale of true emotion, of ancient and sometimes brutal customs. On one hand seemingly simple, the interweaving of story and character brings this into literary CinemaScope, making the entire book an epic, in which every word written, read, heard, felt, comes straight from the heart.”
– Trent Zelazny, award-winning author of "The Day the Leash Gave Way"
Gerald and Loretta Hausman are an award-winning, bestselling husband and wife writing team with over 18 books to their joint credit. From mythology to biography, from cats to dogs to horses and from sagas to a book about pancakes, their books have been recognized by USA Today, The New York Public Library, the American Booksellers, Better Homes and Gardens, the Scholastic Book Club, the QBP Book of the Month Club and the Edgar Cayce Foundation, to name a few. The Hausmans have a distinguished career as master storytellers and their latest book, THE FORBIDDEN RIDE, is but one example of their magnetic writing style that draws the reader in from the first page to the last.