Death Blow by Jianne Carlo


Death Blow by Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (237 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed By Tulip
Can a mere Viking break the curse of a sea god?

Cursed by the sea-god Ægir to be burned at the stake, Lady Nyssa seeks the one man who can save her–the warrior who bears the mark of the Saracen. When she finds a Viking warrior wounded and senseless on a beach, she knows he is her savior. But Ægir’s wrath extends to others in her life as well. He’s killed her father and stepmother, turned her stepbrother into a mountain lion, and imprisoned her people. And worse, he’s cursed any man who lays with her to have his manparts wither and die.

Konáll has traded coin a-plenty to gain a wife with lands, the daughter of the King of Moray. He expects a refined, comely, trainable damsel, not a doomed warrior princess with the strength of a giantess who cannot bear the touch of a man. But once he learns more about this woman who speaks to talking mountain cats and hides as a peasant among the rabble, he cannot deny his feelings. There’s more than one way to breech a maidenhead, and if teaching her the ways of a woman’s pleasure with a carved ivory dildo is what it takes to make her his, then he’s more than happy to challenge the wrath of a god…

What an awesome book ! This series gets even more interesting as the author ventures deeper into Norse mythology. After reading the first book, Malice Striker, I couldn’t help contemplating what kind of wondorous journey Ms. Carlo would take the readers on in the next book. Well, I just want to unequivocally state that she did not disappoint with Konnal’s story. It was wonderfully romantic as well as overflowing with action and suspense. And as expected, the heat level was hot enough to scorch your panties off.

Death Blow…a name that strikes fear in the hearts of mortal men. But not even the fierce viking can intimidate a woman who knows she isn’t long for this world. Konall -aka Death Blow- gets more than he anticipated when he buys himself a bride from King Kenneth. As with his brothers wife, his betrothed is goddess born also. Coincidence? I think not. I strongly suspect that sly old King Kenneth has some kind of trick up his sleeve with these arranged marriages.

Nyssa feels neither fear nor lust for any man. Well, she may have lusted after Konnal after she and her brother , who has been transformed into a mountain lion , save his life. But Nyssa has been cursed to a fiery death by a vengeful god. Only a very special man can save her. Konall proves that he is the perfect man for Nyssa when he ingeniously frees her from her curse. Even freed from the curse Nyssa is reluctant to wed Konnal. She believes she has good reasons, but I don’t do spoilers , so you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest of her secrets. I will say that she is every bit as stubborn as Konnal and it sets the stage for a lot of tension both in and out of bed.

I loved this story and can’t wait for Draddor to find his true love in the next book. How could his journey be any more exciting and romantic than his brothers. Something tells me that it just might be. Hopefully, we will discover what happened to Nyssa’s brother, Mus/Ciarran, and meet the lucky lady who will break his curse. Hint…Hint. I’m giving this wonderful gem of a story five flying stars.


  1. Hi Tulip,

    Thank you for taking the time to review Death Blow. So glad you liked it! BTW, I just submitted Vengeance Hammer (Draddor’s tale) to my editor. No release date as yet.

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