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Johanne Hildebrandt’s “The Unbroken Line of the Moon” highly ranked on Amazon

AmazonCrossing has recently published Johanne Hildebrandt’s Valhalla-series for the first time – and The Unspoken Line of the Moon is an immediate hit on the American market! Within just a few weeks, Hildebrandt has reached the top of several of Amazon’s Most Popular Authors lists, as well as Amazon’s Best Sellers lists.

Amazon Most Popular Authors in Contemporary Fiction

Johanne Hildebrandt ranked 4th Most Popular Authors in Contemporary Fiction, right below J.K. Rowling and Paula Hawkins! Impressive! Also The Broken Line of the Moon ranked number one in several genres:

Amazon Best Sellers in Family Saga Fiction Amazon Best Sellers in Historical Fiction Amazon Best Sellers in Historical Norse & Icelandic Fiction

 

The readers reviews for The Unbroken Line of the Moon are just as praising as these rankings:

***** A woman to rule them all!

”This a gripping story. The characters are nicely fleshed out, and it effectively evokes a distant time. This is the best kind of armchair traveling. Can’t wait for the next one in what will hopefully be a series. History without the women erased. Wonderful!”

***** Worked for this Game of Thrones Lover

”This book is really Game of Thrones meets Mists of Avalon – but for literature lovers, it won’t spoil it for you if I tell you that the three witches from Macbeth also show up. […] In sum, I liked the book a lot. If you’re into fantasy in a historical context, this book works and I’d definitely read more by this author.”

***** Can’t wait for the sequel

“Awesome story line. Bring on the sequels. Could not put the book down.

Loved every minute. Ready to have more of this author translated to English.”

***** Woven Tapestry of Intrigue

“Hildebrandt lures you into a world of mythology and hooks you with the drama, twisting allegiances, deceit, and strong female protagonists.”

***** Gripping and intense

“The excitement never stops. I could hardly put it down. I love stories about strong women fight for their beliefs. This book is amazing. I can’t wait to read the next one. If book two is half as good as book 1 you have a fan for life.”

***** Captivating and exciting!

“Loved the female heroine and the magical elements. Historically interesting account of change of power between Norse tribes and Vikings.”

***** Fantastic read!!!

“If you love told stories of Vikings and the magic surrounding them, then you simply must read this book. I am hoping there will be a series of many more books telling this fascinating story.”

***** Loved, loved, loved

“Loved, loved, loved this book. Couldn’t put it down, neglected familial duties. I’m horrible and was briefly obsessed. This book is great. My genre is medieval England, so same time period and different country. Loved hearing about the pagan Gods and the struggles between Christianity and Pagan religions. The main female character is very strong – following her faith and belief in the Gods against all else that is presented in her life. This does read like an epic tale of heroism, but it has many clever plot devices (how she escapes death several times). I would never have guessed this was a translation – the writing is very good. Can’t wait until the next book.”

***** Couldn’t put this book down!

“A VERY talented storyteller is this author! I completely lost myself in this fascinating saga. That is no small thing for me, & rarely do I find books I enjoy this much!”

***** Spellbinding!! Can’t wait for the sequel!!!

“I enjoyed every minute! The characters and storyline kept me reading and rereading. I hated to reach the end! Please notify me when Book 2 is released.”

***** Great if you love historical fiction!

“This book is so well written and easy to get engrossed in. I forgot the book had been translated until I got to the end. I love the story line and the characters. I wish there was a sequel.”

***** Excellent!

“Great historical novel. Brutal and harsh at times, but accurately depicts a brutal and harsh time. Very realistic depiction of the struggles of the North men. Recommend it highly.”

***** A true page-turner

“Don’t miss this page-turner. It is fascinating story, well told, fast paced and beautifully translated. While a bit too gory for my taste, I could not put the book down. This is historical fantasy at its very best; I am eagerly waiting for the next book in this series.”

***** A wonderful piece of literature

“A beautiful tale woven around the life of a Nordic princess, married off to save her people. The rich mythology and intricate politics of the time lend a captivating background to this world of war, terror, and love.”

***** Make this a movie!!

“Well written action packed historical fiction. I couldn’t put it down.”

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“Succesful fantasy about voices in solitude”

Viveca and Camilla Sten’s young adult book Child of the Skerries, their first collaborate writing and the first title in a trilogy, keeps reaching new heights of success! Today Dagens Nyheter posted a fantastic review, praising the novel itself as well as their talent to combine the fantasy and horror genres for a younger audience.

“In the forest and the sea are supernatural beings that whisper in Tuva’s ear, so quietly that she can only sense what they are saying. And when the creatures get a classmate to disappear, the boredom and loneliness are replaced by fear and activity. […] Child of the Skerries” is superior to many of its predecessors in the genre, Tuva’s loneliness is portrayed in heartbreaking detail. […] “Child of the Skerries” is one of this year’s most exciting young adult books, a desolate archipelago has rarely seemed so full of life.”

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The Swedish reviews are in for THE TEMPEST

Steve Sem-Sandberg‘s new novel The Tempest received wonderful reviews in Swedish press yesterday. Read the full review by clicking each quote.

To catch sight of oneself, learn about one’s own history, challenges the established picture, the Story – this is The Tempest. Steve Sem-Sandberg weaves together these fragments like one of the true greats. We see the historical events – here in Norway during the Second World War and its aftermath – but we also see the wounds and grief the Story has left the individual with./…/
Steve Sem-Sandberg has written a suggestive and layered novel, told through a crystal clear narrative that immediately wins over the reader. The story is detailed, we can feel and smell it, we are present, in the moment. It was a long time since I disappeared so unreservedly into a novel’s intensity./…/
When love and power wants to be utopian, it turns evil. An address to our time that should be taken most seriously
Stefan Eklund, Dagens Nyheter

It might be that “The Tempest” is read as a way station between the bigger books, a smaller tale in the great swell of history, doubly so. That would indeed just reassert how these types of novels, written in the periphery of a great authorship, can be the ones to shine brightest and most uniquely. ”The Tempest” is, in a way, just that book. A small masterpiece, that can be read as poetry.
Hanna Nordenhök, Expressen

Steve Sem-Sanberg moves closer to the present with his latest novel. But mankind’s darkness remains unchanged, and his portrayal of it is masterful./…/
After all, Sem-Sandberg’s design is undeniable, the way he describes a passing aircraft or, even better, a crisp rain or a translucent dawn. It is the poetical drama of theses phenomena that creates a lingering, saturated read, as it is when you read something really beautiful.
Elisabeth Hjorth, Sydsvenskan

Steve Sem-Sandberg is one of those authors you can count on, a stylist of rank, a kind of Prospero in his own right with mastery of intrigue, characters and plots twists. He writes with such natural feeling and authority that one doesn’t have to worry in the least, one can just lean back and ride along while the author carefully portions out his sad tale and describes bombs that move “down along the sky like cross stitches in a tapestry”. “The Tempest” is about things that are handed down from person to person through the generations, and his prose is adapted for just such a leisurely course of events. /…/ this is a competent and solid novel that is simultaneously beautiful and strangely relaxing. Shakespeare’s play echoes and vibrates through the pages without ever making too much of a fuss. The result is a tale that both shimmers and threatens. That’s what a Prospero writes.
Josefin Holmström, Svenska Dagbladet

The story of Andreas Lehman’s complex relationship with his sister, which is exposed in a feverish, fragmentary, backwards way in Sem-Sandberg’s prose, rightly described as hypnotic .
Björn Werner, Ystads Allehanda

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Madelein Hessérus – one of the most compelling voices in contemporary Swedish literature

“’The Elephant’s Foot is a beautiful, lingering novel: the plot is simple but the prose is intense and full of images.”
Josefin Holmström, Svenska Dagbladet

Hessérus, a graduate in Medicine from Uppsala University and a trained dancer from the Swedish Royal Ballet School, started out as a dramatist and wrote several plays for radio, television and the stage. However, it was her two collections of short stories, Not as Beautiful as in Valparaíso and The Dead Queen that introduced her original and graceful style of writing to a wider audience. Since then her novels To Isola and The City Without Women has enthralled readers with their visionary and multi-faceted stories, poetic narratives and  sharp criticism of modern urban life.

Her third novel, The Elephant’s Foot, was published in March 2016 marking the 25th anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl. In it, we follow young, Swedish, biologist Katarina as she faces the perilous nature of the forbidden zone while navigating the politics of a small international team of scientists.

Scientific accuracy is pitted against irrationality, sense against sensibility. Madeleine Hessérus writes about love and human kind’s complex relationship with civilisation and nature in a lucid, eloquent prose.

”I read the book slowly to prolong the pleasure of the novel’s suggestive description of the scientists’ surprisingly passionate existences. Patiently gathering data, aloofness and envy, the irrational disgruntlement /… / Hessérus’ portrayal of the scientists’ expeditions into the zone is a literary achievement. The prose wriggles and almost spills out of the pages in the same way that the trees pierce through abandoned buildings in the real-life town of Pripyat / … / ‘The Elephant’s Foot’ is an oil painting disguised as a novel.”
Inga-Lina Lindqvist, Aftonbladet

”The writing in Madeleine Hessérus’ ‘The Elephant’s Foot’ is startlingly beautiful when she describes how nature is reclaiming the zone, the sealed off area around Chernobyl’s quarantined nuclear power plant.”Milena Bergquist, Femina