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Spellbound, by Margit Sandemo

lindadippen's review against another edition

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2.0

For å være helt ærlig så hadde jeg ikke noe imot å lese denne. Den var til studiet, og jeg kommer ikke til å lese resten (får da være grenser). Jeg ga den to stjerner, men jeg fikk virkelig forståelse hvorfor folk vil lese denne typen litteratur. Du har det overnaturlige, du har kjærlighet, erotikk, du har historiske elementer. For å være ærlig minner det meg om annen serielitteratur og fantasy. På et tdspunkt ville jeg lese resten, men så ble det veldig kjedelig igjen (for meg!).

theblixt's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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nordicowl's review against another edition

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4.0

Please do pardon my long, winding sentences and the many (), which I cannot remember what are called at the moment.

This is a reread for me. I started reading these books 6 to 8 years ago, and I have such a deep love and appreciation for the series. I’m reading the books in Norwegian, and having read a lot of Sandemo’s books both of this series and others in Norwegian as well, I feel weirded out writing a review (and reading others) in English.
Before I lose myself to the love I have for this series, I would like to say that, while I really love this series, it is far from the best series I’ve ever read. If you’re looking to have your mind blown, you should probably look elsewhere. If you’re looking to enjoy yourself with a simple, quick and enjoyable read, you’ve got it.

The language is kind of simple (but still poetic in a way, and not too simple by any means, at least in Norwegian), the characters are predictable (at least to me, who’s read these books and many like them before) and it is all very heavy on the romance, but these are all things that I’ve come to love and expect from Sandemo. I might be biased from having basically grown up with these, and because it is set in Norway in a historical setting that I’ve grown up learning so much about, but this is the start of a pretty darn good series.

dostojevskijs's review against another edition

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3.0

Sagan om Isfolket är en sådan där klassiker man har hört mycket om men inte riktigt orkat ta sig tid att ens snegla på – typ som Grottbjörnens folk. Speciellt med tanke på att det finns ungefär femtio böcker i denna serie. Men när jag hittade första boken på Myrorna för en guldpeng var det svårt att inte påbörja det stora (snarare långa) äventyret om isfolket. Nu kommer den svåraste delen: att få tag på resten av serien.

Efter att Siljes familj dött i pesten i 1500-talets Norge tvingas hon ut på gatan för att göra plats åt en ny och frisk familj. Men det dröjer inte lång tid innan hon hittar en egen liten familj; en tvåårig flicka som vägrar att lämna sin mors döda kropp – och tillsammans med flickan hittar hon en liten bebis lämnad åt sitt öde i skogen. De tre beger sig vidare för att hitta ett ställe att överleva på när de stöter på en man med en rovdjursblick som får honom att verka vara hälften människa, hälften djur. Han övertalar henne att rädda en ung man som snart ska avrättas och som tack fixar han med boende åt henne och barnen på en liten gård. Men det dröjer inte länge förrän hon inser att gården ligger precis vid foten av de berg som det sägs att isfolket bor i... det fyller henne med en skräck men även med undran och nyfikenhet – och så är det den där mannen; till hälften människa, till hälften odjur som inte riktigt vill lämna hennes tankar. Vem är han egentligen?

Även om Trollbunden knappast klarar sig upp på listan av mina topp 100 böcker så var det ett riktigt nöje att läsa denna bok. Den kändes som en lite typisk 80-tals bok med kärlek som tema... faktiskt så kändes det lite som en 80-tals romantisk erotik utspelat på 1500-talet. Möjligen inspiration till Edward och Bellas svårighet att hålla sig ifrån varandra i Twilight-serien? Beskrivningar om Siljes attraktion till rovdjursmannen tar upp flera sidor.

Men den är även genuint intressant. Jag vill veta vad som händer näst. Kanske är det en effekt av det faktum att jag vet att böckerna kommer utspela sig under drygt fyra hundra års tid? Antagligen. Det ska bli spännande att se vart historien tar isfolket.

Jag skulle nog rekommendera denna bok under en regnig eftermiddag eller dylikt. Den är en klassiker av en anledning.

veronica_chamaedrys's review against another edition

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3.0

Second time around. This time listening to the audiobooks, great narrator!

And this time around I think I enjoy it a bit more actually. It might just be the fact that I'm really stressed and the combination of a good narrator and a familiar story calms me down a bit. I don't really know.

Also, I'm studying forest management and to listen to stories about all the creatures that were/are believed to be out there makes me look at my lessons a bit differently even though I've always enjoyed stories about ancient beings.

laurbear's review

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4.0

Plot: The plot was kind of ridiculous, and some things were resolved way too easily, but this was one of those books that was just really enjoyable because of the weird plot. I did think it was a bit annoying that Dag's mother had a few chapters in the book but had no resolution to her story.
Characters: I liked the characters for the most part. They were all generally good people, but each of them did seem to have one big flaw. I didn't love how dependent Silje felt towards Tengel, especially since she was more than capable of protecting and taking care of herself. I did like the she really tried to see the best in people for the most part and tried not to judge anyone too harshly, although for most of the book she was rather obnoxious about anyone who wasn't super skinny.
Overall: There were a few typos in the translation, and I didn't always love the writing - in some ways it was rather simplistic, but that may be because of the translation. Neither of those things bothered me too much though because this was just an enjoyable, somewhat ridiculous fantasy that you can't help but like. I'll definitely read book 2.

antygona94's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious slow-paced

2.5

staralfur's review against another edition

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2.0

Most people I know who rave about this series, read it in their teens. Many of them also say that they are scared to read it again as a more experienced reader, in case that ruins it for them. I think they're right, although I think nostalgia might help if they do.

I read this for the first time now, 30 years old and relatively well read. Went into it knowing that it's a beloved classic series, one that kickstarted many people's love for fantasy as a genre. I love that about it.

I liked the setting. I liked the potential for mystery and the sense of magic and wonder lurking around the edges. I disliked pretty much everything else. In fact, I struggled to finish it, and only pulled through because it is pretty short. The language in general is flat, the characters are ultimately flat, although there is potential for depth, and because of these things, the plot didn't engage me at all. The romance was nothing but frustrating to me, but it belongs to the story that I don't read romance novels, and often find flowery and passionate romance annoying in books. I guess that says more about me than the books, though.

I think I would have liked it a whole lot more as a less experienced reader. But like I said, I love that The Legend of the Ice People is responsible for keeping literally millions of people hooked throughout the 47 (!) books that this series consists of. And maybe it picks up in the following books, I don't know? Maybe I'll give the next one a go eventually...

sarah42783's review

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3.0

Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Up the review goes, down the rating flows.

A question, my Little Barnacles: you do not seriously think I read this book willingly, do you now? Oh, good. I thought it must have been pretty obvious to everyone that the MacHalos someone must have held me at gunpoint to force me to read this delightful story, but I wanted to make things clear for the most clueless decapods among you. Wouldn't want the puny humans my dear friends to think less of me because of my despicable reading choices of late one miserably dubious read and stuff.

To be disgustingly honest, I was bloody shrimping petrified wasn't too terrified at the thought of reading this book. I mean, really, how bad could it be? A fairly innocuous, 218 page long Fantasy saga type thing? And a Scandinavian cult classic which has been translated into 8+ languages at that? No biggie. I can totally do this and stuff. Or so I thought before realizing this was *shudders pre-emptively* heavy on the romance.



But a brave little shrimp I am so bravely soldier on—with a gun to my lovely little head, remember?—I did Go me and stuff. Aaaaaaand my being here writing these fascinating lines seems to indicate I survived the ordeal (as you Exceedingly Astute Bunch—EAB™—might have noticed). Much resistant to intense torture indeed I am. Granted, this little story here doesn't rate very high on the Shrimpy Scale of Godawful Crap (SSoGC™). I mean, I would even say it's nearly tolerable in a perilously non-suicidal way. Probably because it's one of those Old School Fantasy Things of Slightly Ancient Times Past (OSFToSATP™). Meaning it's much less aggressive than most of Today's Allergy-Inducing Fantasy Romance Stuff of Doom and Destruction (TAIFRSoDaD™). Okay, so there is *preemptive shuddering intensifies* romance in this story and it is as repulsive in its all-encompassing lovey dovey glory as one would expect, but it's kind of, you know, inoffensive and stuff. Sort of. Almost. Then again maybe not.



My thoughts exactly, you Babooned—ooops sorry about that—Monkeyed Bunch.

To be disgustingly honest again, I think I was more annoyed by the saintly heroine than by the romantic BS. Saint Silje of the Seizure-Inducing Compassion (SSofSIC™), please pray for us, murderous shrimps! I swear, the girl is so bloody good, so fishing charitable and so shrimping warmhearted I got a horrendously atrocious rash all over my exoskeleton while reading this book. It got so bad that Dr. Prawn even had me transported to the ESC (Emergency Subaquatic Cave) via Equestrian Sea Monkey Express (ESME™)! I kid you not. I mean, the chick collects orphans as a hobby, for shrimp's sake! And keeps worrying about everyone's well-being! Friend or foe, it doesn't matter! The girl is so horrifyingly virtuous she'd rather give her food away and go hungry than see the vindictive, obnoxiously unpleasant populace suffer. What a blessing this young lady is to the neighborhood. And she is so beautifully naïve, too. It really is touching. And absolutely delightful.



Bloody shrimping hell, this chick wouldn't last two seconds in Shrimp Land. But hey, she sometimes has slightly impure thoughts gets, um, tingly all over at the thought of, um, churning butter with a certain someone, so I guess there might be hope for her yet. Then again maybe not. Because babies? Seriously? BABIES? EW EW EW YUCK YUCK YUCK and stuff.

So Saint Silje oozes so much fishing saintliness I nearly fell in a coma while reading this book. Nicely done and stuff. But you know what the real tour de force is here? Margi Sandemo managed the impossible. She found a way to distract me so I wouldn't succumb to Death by Romantic Crap (DbRC™). Yes she did. Cunning Scandinavian authors are cunning indeed. How did she do it, you ask? She had her book translated by the worst translator in the history of worst translators. Really, someone should give the person who—and I am using the term VERY loosely here—translated this book a medal or something. I'm sorry Person who Translated this Book and Who Shall Not Be Named Because I'm Lenient Like That (PwTtBaWSnBNBILLT™), but what you did here? Wow. It's such a crap job it makes Google Translate green with envy. Give my niece a Norwegian-English dictionary and I'm sure she'd do a better job of it. Even if she's only thirteen. And doesn't speak a single word of Norwegian. Or English, for that matter she is, however, superiorly intelligent because she obviously inherited my gloriously superior genes so QED and stuff. So yeah, I guess you could say the translation somewhat sucked. Not much, though. Just a tiny little bit. I mean, it's not like reading this story felt like reading a choppy high school textbook or anything. Oh no, nothing of the sort. And it could have been much worse. There could have been, I don't know, inconsistencies and repetitions and contradictions and stuff that didn't make sense and editing mistakes and, you know stuff. Yes, it definitely could have happened. Good thing that it didn't. Phew and stuff, that was close! A bit too close, actually.



See, even my malicious buddy Bela here is scared shrimpless at the though of how close we came to disaster here. That should give you a little pause and stuff.

» And the moral of this The MacHalos Keep Trying to Kill Me Dead with Their Ignominious Buddy Reads but ♫I'm Still Standing Yeah Yeah Yeah♫ Crappy Non Review (TMHKTtKMDwTIBRbISSYYYCNR™) is: thank fish this one was short! A longer version might have been the annihilative end of nefarious little me. And what a loss that would have meant to the Barnacled Community! Mass subaquatic suicide would have ensued, I'm sure.



[Pre-review nonsense]

Actual rating: 2.7564 stars.

This one rates extremely super high on the Richter Shrimper Scale of Allergy-Inducing Romances (RSSoAIR™). And yet I didn't die.



I know, I haven't quite recovered from the shock myself. I think it's the Horrifyingly Appalling Translation (HAT™) that saved me here. Must have distracted me from all the Repulsive Love Dovey Crap (RLDC™) and stuff.

➽ Full Fairly Ghastly Fantasy Romance + Woefully Calamitous Translation = I Must Have Died and Gone to Shrimpy Heaven or Something Crappy Non Review (FGFR+WCT=IMHDaGtSHoSCNR™) to come.

pagesfullofstars's review

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4.0

I usually don't read sagas but I was recommended to try this one and it was surprisingly good! It's a light read with engaging story and interesting characters. I also liked the mix of historical fiction and fantasy/mythology.