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Reviews for Give no Quarter (Spanish Waters)

          "Barbara Korsness has done it again! Give no Quarter (Spanish Waters) is a pleasure to read, an exciting Historical Adventure novel that flows smoothly, its grasp on your attention constant.
           The time period is ...1719 and
Spain and France are battling each other for supremacy in the New World. Catana, Spanish, and Louis, French, are the protagonists, childhood friends caught amidst ever-changing circumstances and shifting alliances. As the story unfolds and their world dissolves in cannon powder and gun smoke.

 SPANISH WATERS brims with a colorful, varied cast of secondary characters, from Tokala, the native Indian, to Jabulani, the run-away African slave, who add zest and meaning to the story.  After Catana and Louis rescue the two slaves, they meet an old sea captain named Jaime McDowell, and his first mate Orlando Cordova who join them.  Sailing to Cuba, Catana starts her search for her missing father, but she makes an enemy of the last man who had seen him.

 I sure am glad to see a writer of Barbara Korsness' caliber has entered the e-shelves!" Kristina O'Donnelly, author and publisher.

Spanish Waters

Barbara Korsness

 

 

 

            Barbara Korsness has penned a historical romance filled with suspense and action.

Travel with Catana, her friend Louis, Catana’s Cousin Inez, through battles, adventures, and escapes.  As the war between Spanish, English, and French escalates, Catana and her friends are forced to go to sea.  They enter into action packed battles, turn to piracy, and escape imprisonment as the search for Catana’s father. 

Spanish Waters is a suspenseful adventure that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last.  The excitement and suspense are never ending.  As soon as the characters manage to survive a battle, escape from imprisonment, or get out of a dangerous situation, another presents itself.

Spanish Waters is a beautifully written adventure and love story.  The main characters are believable and loveable.  The villains are despicable and loathsome as all villains should be. 

We highly recommend Spanish Waters to the romance fan and the adventure lover as well.  It is a very good read that flows smoothly through suspense, action, and love.  We give it our highest rating of five stars.

 

                                              Lola Pierce

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Reviews for Ballad of the warrior Maiden

The Ballad of The Warrior Maiden by Barbara Korsness is fascinating story of a young Celtic maiden who leads a band of Viking Warriors to an unknown land in search of treasure.  Barbara Korsness tells of lands that many of us will never have the opportunity to visit, and brings those places along with the people to life in this incredible book.  The Ballad of The Warrior Maiden will leave you on the edge of your seat as you cannot wait to read the next chapter to see what is going to happen next.  If you are looking for a book that you can enjoy, one that will take you on an incredible adventure, and one that will keep you in suspense then, The Ballad of the Warrior Maiden is the book for you. 

 

Tom Ward, author

The Enemy Within

Outposts of Hell or Portals to Heaven

www.warriorministries.us

By  Kristina O'Donnelly "Scribe" (Atlantis) - See all my reviews
Barbara Korsness is an author with imagination and flare. She deftly combines History, Fantasy and Time Travel. "Ballad of the Warrior Maiden" is yet another novel of hers that I am reading, and not only is it as good as the others, Ancient Fire, Crimson Dawn, and Bull Dancer, but offers yet another different locale and time period. As well, Ballad of the Warrior Maiden reminds us of the plight of women in the past,in the mists of Irish History during the era of Brian Boru.
But the Celtic Maiden Rianna, a spirited heroine you enjoy following as she battles the formidable obstacles thrown in her path, is undaunted. After her beloved mother's death, facing the certain prospect of a forced marriage to a man she has never met only because she has inherited property that the rulers of the Northern and Southern regions want to get their hands on,she vows to be the master of her own destiny.
With the help of an enchanted sword and Roderick the Raven, she sails with a Viking crew to a mysterious and dangerous land where the natives practice human sacrifice atop a pyramid....
Highly recommended reading!

Reviews for ancient Fire
 

Recent Reviews for Barbara J Korsness


Ancient Fire (Book) - 1/30/2007 6:19:05 AM
When I read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. Scuba diving in the Bahamas, time travel, ancient civilizations, a fantasy world… yep, this seemed to have a lot to offer. I wasn’t disappointed. The author deftly spins a story featuring the notion that the Bahamas were once a major land mass the eventually became submerged in a violent earthquake. Although she never calls it Atlantis, the parallel is unmistakable. The civilization portrayed is exciting, and full of palace intrigues, revolution, sacrifices and mysticism. The theory of “ancient astronauts” also plays into the theme, making this a riveting yarn of poignant eloquence. But perhaps the most interesting thing of all is how all of this comes together with Biblical history, reinforcing the oneness of God. Ms. Korseness beautifully illustrates the culture and peoples of a bygone era, making you feel as though you were there. Her love for animals in general and horses in particular, is amply evident. I recommend this book to people of all ages. It is a book the whole family can enjoy.

By  Beverly J. Scott "Author and avid reader" (Ankeny, IA USA) - See all my reviews
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"Ancient Fire" by Barbara Korsness is a brilliant and engrossing tale of modern time travel and Ancient times. Readers are introduced to a plot so well thought out and written that it could actually be a part of someone's ancient history book. The author uses believable action and authentic dialogue to move readers through this captivating tale. Intrigue and Romance combine to make this an enjoyable read for all. I am eagerly looking forward to Barbara Korsness's next novel.
Beverly J Scott author of Righteous Revenge

By  T. J. Johannsen (Mountain View, CA. United States) - See all my reviews
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The author did a good job of mixing the fiction with fact and did well in keeping my interest through out the book. Generally speaking Im not into fiction stories but found this book interesting and intrigueing from cover to cover. Recomended for kids of all ages. T.J.

By  Lynn Barry (Lynn Barry, author of "Puddles" and "Bjoyfl") - See all my reviews
If you ever wondered what it was like to live in ancient times, read Ancient Fire by Barbara Korsness. This author has crafted a book that literally takes the reader back to ancient times and entertains as well as enlightens the reader about this time period. Beautiful book. Well done, author!

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When I read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. Scuba diving in the Bahamas, time travel, ancient civilizations, a fantasy world... yep, this seemed to have a lot to offer.

I wasn't disappointed. The author deftly spins a story featuring the notion that the
Bahamas were once a major land mass the eventually became submerged in a violent earthquake. Although she never calls it Atlantis, the parallel is unmistakable. The civilization portrayed is exciting, and full of palace intrigues, revolution, sacrifices and mysticism.

The theory of "ancient astronauts" also plays into the theme, making this a riveting yarn of poignant eloquence. But perhaps the most interesting thing of all is how all of this comes together with Biblical history, reinforcing the oneness of God.

Ms. Korseness beautifully illustrates the culture and peoples of a bygone era, making you feel as though you were there. Her love for animals in general and horses in particular, is amply evident.

I recommend this book to people of all ages. It is a book the whole family can enjoy.

"Ancient Fire" by Barbara Korsness is a brilliant and engrossing tale of modern time travel and Ancient times. Readers are introduced to a plot so well thought out and written that it could actually be a part of someone's ancient history book. The author uses believable action and authentic dialogue to move readers through this captivating tale. Intrigue and Romance combine to make this an enjoyable read for all. I am eagerly looking forward to Barbara Korsness's next novel.
Beverly J Scott author of Righteous Revenge

If you ever wondered what it was like to live in ancient times, read Ancient Fire by Barbara Korsness. This author has crafted a book that literally takes the reader back to ancient times and entertains as well as enlightens the reader about this time period. Beautiful book. Well done, author!
The author did a good job of mixing the fiction with fact and did well in keeping my interest through out the book. Generally speaking Im not into fiction stories but found this book interesting and intrigueing from cover to cover. Recomended for kids of all ages. T.J.
While on vacation to the Bahamas, Laura is transported back in time. She learns that she is in the same location, but the period is some time between the Great Flood, and the birth of Abraham. Rayland, an old mystic, has brought her here. He is a member of the Ancient Ones, and needs her help to preserve the belief in One True God. In a land with a tyrant ruler, where human sacrifice is practiced, Laura must become a priestess of the moon in order to fulfill her destiny. Now she has to face the dilemma of sacrificing those she had come to help. Weaving a little fact and theory with a lot of imagination, the author has created a wonderful and entertaining tale of adventure, a book you don?t want to miss!


 

By  B Korsness (lake mary, florida United States) - See all my reviews
The author has mixed theroy with immagination and written an entertaining story. The plot moves along with one adventure after another. I was able to picture the land of Lantos in my mind and enjoyed rooting for the good guys. There was a mix of good vs. evil, romance, and a bit of humor. I liked the novel very much and recomend it to anyone who wants an enjoyable read. I look forward to her next book.

Enchanting   
Ellen
Lake Mary, FL.
  (3/31/2002)
       This book transports you back to a time long ago. The details are well researched and told in an entertaining, yet informative, manner. I truly loved this book. Ms. Korsness is a great author, but she is also a wonderful neighbor and friend.

Reviews for Crimson Dawn

By  Jerry Minchew "Author of Knighthawke" (Soddy Daisy, TN) - See all my reviews
If you like novels set within an historical framework then Crimson Dawn is for you. Barbara Korsness has penned an excellent story that reminds me of three great movies: The Robe; Demetrius and the Gladiators; and Ben Hur. It is set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire during the reign of Nero and the rise of Christianity. The unique quality that Crimson Dawn has is that it reveals the historical events from a female perspective. The female heroine, Taryn, learns to be a survivor through the loss of her twin brother, the capture of her other brother as well as her own capture by the Romans. Barbara has obviously done a lot of historical research for Crimson Dawn and I easily give it 5 stars.

 

Crimson Dawn

Barbara Korsness

Publish America, Frederick, Maryland

ISBN: 1-4137-1636-9

Pages 195

 

Crimson Dawn catches the readers attention from the beginning. It is a spellbinding account of a tale during Biblical times in ancient Rome. Peter and Paul from the Bible come to life as the author brings them into the novel with ease as real and convincing characters.

            The bloody accounts of battles and tortures accurately depict the inhumane treatment of Christians during the time following the crucifixion of Jesus. Ms. Korsness has taken a very difficult time in history and woven a wonderful tale of romance, deceptions and loyal friendships. The story, while very entertaining, is filled with historical facts that I found interesting to read. 

            Crimson Dawn is well written and I would recommend it to anyone as an interesting look into the times of early Christians. I enjoyed the hints of romance, although I found the book entertaining because of the history and realistic characters more than the from the romance side.

            I highly recommend Crimson Dawn to all genre lovers. Christians will especially enjoy the references, but this is clearly not a book written just for the Christian. Crimson Dawn is filled with history, romance, intrigue, battles and action. This is not a book just for women. I believe men and women alike will enjoy the trip back in time and the action of this fast paced novel.

Review for "Crimson Dawn" at Gladiatrix

Crimson Dawn - by Barbara Korsness

In 60 A.D., a Celtic queen gathered an army to drive the Romans from Albion, known today as Britian. This was a time when women fought as warriors alongside their men. Buy Crimson Dawn from Amazon.com

Out of the chaos of war emerges a young warrior woman by the name of Taryn. After Queen Boudicca is defeated in a bloody battle, Taryn learns that her brother Brian has been taken to Rome to be sold into slavery, and she vows to journey to the great city to rescue him. It is the dawn of Christianity, and the demented ruler Nero is on the throne. While Taryn searches forBrian, she kills a Roman soldier in self-defense and is condemned to fight for her life in the arena as a gladiator.

If you like your novels fast paced and to the point, you can’t go far wrong with Crimson Dawn. Barbara Korsness grabs the reader, pulls him in and doesn’t let go for a breathless one hundred and ninety-five pages of intense action.

Crimson Dawn is unlike any gladiatrix-genre novel I’ve reviewed for these pages in that the theme is overtly religious. To use a filmic analogy, Crimson Dawn is more akin to “Demetrius and the Gladiators” than “The Arena.” Certainly, Korsness’s ocular style and breakneck pace has more the feel of a movie script as opposed to a magnum opus of literary fiction yet there’s a freshness and innocence to the prose that evokes those Christian epics of yesteryear. But whilst the novel wears its ecclesiastical heart on its sleeve, Korsness is careful never to preach to the reader and indeed even has the heroine Taryn question the faith at times.

If there’s a fault with Crimson Dawn it’s that the novel is too short. Weighing in at just under two hundred pages, there’s little time to settle into a scene before we’re whisked off again to a new setting. Bearing in mind the epic scale of the action – from Boudicca’s Britannia to Nero’s Rome, the arena, the Circus Maximus, the great fire, persecution of Christians and a romance as well, Crimson Dawn just goes too fast for my tastes. That’s not to say it’s a bad book, but my personal preference is a more sedate pace.

All in all, Crimson Dawn is perfect for a quick and satisfying read. The gladiatrix section of the story is well handled, but readers should be aware that Taryn’s stint in the arena is only part of her amazing journey. Barbara Korsness has packed in far more into her protagonist’s story. Fans of fast-paced, well researched historical fiction should definitely reserve a copy of Crimson Dawn. Barbara Korsness is evidently a fan of the Warrior Woman genre, and she writes what she likes - she has penned several novels in the genre and all are worth checking out.

Crimson Dawn is available from www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com and you can sample Barbara's other novels at her website - http://sunstone40.tripod.com/

 



 

Review of Crimson Dawn

 

 

Crimson Dawn

By Barbara Korsness

PublishAmerica

PO Box 151

Frederick, Maryland 21705-0151

877-333-7422

www.publishamerica.com

ISBN: 1-4137-1636-9

Tradeback

195 pages @

 

 

Crimson Dawn is a captivating tale about Celtics, Druids, Romans, Christians and dogma destroying crusades.  The author successfully and skillfully builds an entertaining vehicle with three-dimensional characters.

 

 Taryn, filled to the brim with a rough and ready attitude, ventures off with her twin brother who is returning to school.  Taryn’s purpose for traveling with him is to relocate her wolf.  The wolf, killing a hare, was the final straw.  The dead hare was interpreted as a bad omen for her people, the Celts.

 

Taryn is smitten with a virile Roman, Marcus, but soon a battle takes place putting them on opposing sides.  Taryn’s twin brother, Connor, is killed and her other brother, Brian, ends up being saved by slavery.  Brian becomes a slave to Marcus’s family only until they can free him.

 

Taryn, possessing a hard as nails mental and physical strength, is kidnapped and forced into gladiator fighting.  Against all odds, she earns her freedom with her vividly fierce and intelligent display of warfare.  Yet, her freedom isn’t for long.  The brutal Nero recaptures her when he hears she receives messages from her deceased twin brother, Connor. Connor tempts her with knowledge from the other side including telling her about the God of the Christians.  Nero, wallowing in his own mental mud, challenges Taryn to bring forth his mother’s spirit or to die.  With Marcus’s help, she finds an escape route in Nero’s room and flees.

 

She locates her brother, Brian, who is happily in love and becoming a Christian.  As curious as she is about this new faith, she is distracted with the chance she will lose Marcus once and for all to a scheming devious woman.

 

The story is highlighted with enthralling gladiator fights, chariot races, young love and religion producing a high-velocity story.

 

Sherry Russell

Reviewer

MidWest Book Review

Reviews for Bull Dancer

 

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Author Barbara Korsness has just released a new novel called Bull Dancer. This is her second novel, her first was Ancient Fire. It is time for me to get back into some fiction and so I am going to avail myself of a copy of each book. I suggest you do the same . . . support Catholic fiction!

It sounds like Barbara's books are well researched and they just sound well done, so I am really looking forward to reading anything but German articles on J.H.Newman.

In 1938 BC Crete, Kira, a bull dancer, is injured in the ring & must return home.

To keep a promise she made to her dying father
, she teams up with her brother Niko, to expand their family's merchant business. She & Niko venture to many ancient seaports as well as Egypt & Mesopotamia.

On one adventure Kira must find a man near the Dead Sea to deliver a mysterious book meant for him. Traveling on to Babylon, Kira and Niko buy a boat & sail to Ubar, a city in southern Arabia that produces the purest incense in the known world. It is worth more than gold. If they can establish a trade route from Ubar to the kingdoms of the north they will become rich.

Guest Reviewer Jeanmarie Morelli writes:

Bull Dancer's impulsive, big-hearted heroine leads an action-packed life, & will win the hearts of many young readers as well as be a source of inspiration for her courage, generosity & innovation.

We are introduced to 21 year-old Kira on the day when she throws herself in front of a raging bull to protect the life of another bull dancer. In the process Kira receives a gash from the bull's horns. Being injured & loosing blood is taboo for Bull Dancers. Her courageous act is not appreciated by the King, who banishes her from the Palace.

This young dancer has trained for her profession from the age of 15. She knows of nothing else. Along the way she has become a skilled horse woman, & a strong swimmer, strengths that will save her life in future adventures.

Not content to stay at home, she joins her brother who is the captain of a trading vessel. A few days out at sea, pirates block their passage, & Kira develops an innovative plan. The seasoned sailor follows his sister's advice & they out smart the pirates.

Again & again Kira plans important strategies & leads others through perilous adventures. all the time accompanied by her falcon who often comes to her aid.

In her native land of Crete, women have many rights including owning property. They experience freedoms unknown in other lands of the time. When her brother insists that she cover her body & veil her face before going out in public in one port, she responds by rolling her eyes toward heaven. “Another culture where the men think they are superior.” Page 144

The people of Crete worship a goddess. As she travels to exotic cultures Kira often asks people about the gods they worship. At one point she finds Abraham & learns of his one God. Later when asked about her own beliefs she says “I'm confused. Everywhere I go there are different gods demanding different honors. Some encourage feasting and that men take pleasures in life that hurt others, some demand human sacrifice. One god commands his worshipers to throw their infants into fire...Where I come from. we had no wars, no human sacrifice. We worship our mother goddess and involve bulls in our worship. I was a bull dancer, part of a religious ritual, but the reason I did it was for the fun and excitement.” Page 142. She claims to have no feelings toward her gods & continues, ‘El Shaddai (Abraham's god) holds my interest more than any of the gods of my land.' On her journey Kira seeks out followers of the one god.

Everywhere she goes, Kira is a champion for the underdog. In the process she upsets the balance of power. One of the characters in the story sums it up well:

“...Turning to her, eyes sparkling with humor, he continued. “ And, Kira, I hear you have made an impression on royalty again.” He then explains to his grandmother, “Kira has the talent to disrupt the royal families of each countries she visits.” He goes on to recount her adventures, including: how she is blamed for leading a princess astray, in another country she impersonated the princess of the land, & in a third she stole the King's slave. Page 173

Kira is invited to ride the Arabian horses that are bred in one region & gallops out into the desert. There she comes across “a large, strange, wounded animal.” Page 156

When she returns alone at night to help the creature she saves its life by killing an attacking wolf. She befriends the camel & adopts it. Although distant nomads are known to ride these “creatures of the devil”; the locals shun them, preferring to ride donkeys & horses. Kira comes up with ingenious plan to harness camels & let them carry her cargo, thus expanding the family trade route.

Everywhere she turns, this former bull dancer finds adventures that keep the reader turning pages. This compelling character will find her way into the hearts of young readers & those who are young at heart.

Bull Dancer is an enjoyable read. A map showing the ancient trade routes of the Mediterranean from Crete to Damascus to Egypt would have helped the reader follow Kira & her brother on their adventures.

More from Barbara Korsness:
Ancient Fire

By  Kristina O'Donnelly "Scribe" (Atlantis) - See all my reviews
Ancient Fire is the first novel of Barbara Korsness that I had the pleasure to read. The time period is of great interest to me, as it takes the reader to Crete, ca. 1900 B.C. The story revolves around Kira, a plucky female bull dancer but also encompasses Egypt, Babylon, and the South Arabian desert. Kings and prophets make their entry as well.
When Kira is injured she has to forsake being a bull dancer. Together with her brother she goes on a Minoan trading ship. They end up traveling through exotic lands and live through adventures that might cause you to bite your nail as you wonder and worry. Entertaining reading. Enjoy!

By  Lynn Barry (Lynn Barry, author of "Puddles" and "Bjoyfl") - See all my reviews
Author Korsness must be in tune with the past. With her second book, "Bull Dancer" she amazed me again with her knowledge of ancient history.
Korsness's first book, "Ancient Fire" had me believing she'd visited ancient times in order to write the book, and reading "Bull Dancer" convinced me she is so in tune with the past, she must have lived back then.
Sure, writers do research; but the style these books are written in pulls the reader into the flow of the story and makes them feel as if they are back in time...and I mean, wayyyy back in time.
The message that women were just as eager to do what men do in ancient times rang true in this beautifully written tale of adventure and searching. Excellent!

Reviewer: A reader
The story is of a bull dancer in Crete 1900 years BC. It is a tale that involves you with the various civilizations such as Egypt, Babylon, and even a city in the south Arabian desert. When Kira is injured she can no longer be a bull dancer. She joins her brother on a Minoen trading ship. They travel through the ancient world and experiance adventures everywhere they go. In Egypt she and her brother help uncover the assassin of the king and help Egypt's co-ruler return to his throne in Memphis. Later Kira delivers a message to Abraham who is camped along the Great Salt Sea. With her brother she ventures to a city in southern Arabia where the purest incense in the world is grown. She is able to establish a trade route, in an unusual way, to other parts of the ancient world. By doing this she keeps the promise she made to her dieing father that she would expand the family trade business. I enjoyed going back to a different time and place. I have found very few historical fiction novels that cover this time period and found it very interesting.