Viking King’s Vendetta (Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon) by Sky Purington ~ #Excerpt #BookTour

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Viking King’s Vendetta

Viking Ancestors 
Rise of the Dragon 
Book One
Sky Purington
Genre: Time Travel Fantasy/Shifter Romance
Date of Publication:  August 13, 2018
Number of pages:  260
Word Count:  83,000
Cover Artist:  Tara West

Book Description:

Taking a few months to reflect on what she truly wants from life, Emily returns to her family home in Winter Harbor, Maine. Yet she should have known her ties with ancient Scandinavia and those with dragon blood would catch up with her. Moreover, that her connection with the man she loves would be impossible to ignore. Something soon proven when he pulls her back in time to tenth century Norway.

Determined to help his people defeat a dark prophecy, Viking Sven Sigdir returns to his homeland to find two regions minus their beloved kings. Leaderless, both clans look to Sven to rule. Though willing to rise up, he must first uncover the root of the prophecy. That means reuniting with the woman who holds his heart and setting forth on a perilous journey.

Sven and Emily navigate not only their feelings for one another but the burgeoning prophecy that might take it all away. Will they be able to conquer their new adversary before it’s too late? Or is this just the beginning of something that will change life as they know it? Find out in Viking King’s Vendetta, an action-packed adventure ripe with sizzling passion, epic battles, unexpected twists and memorable characters.



She eyed someone suspicious. The warrior was smaller than his counterparts, but there was no missing his stealthy ways as he managed to keep just out of the fighting. Though there was no sign of a tattoo, to her mind that made sense. Why put it where it could be seen again?

If anything, the enemy likely learned from his mistake yesterday.

Though tempted to communicate with Sven telepathically, she wasn’t about to take any chances. So she kept on fighting, all the while moving closer and closer, assessing the man for anything that might help them in the future. From what she could tell, he was completely normal. No glassy mesmerized or even black eyes. He just seemed sleazy.

She was nearly on him, ready to lunge when the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. Her inner dragon screamed up, and her vision went bright red. She wasn’t shifting, but her dragon was terrified, and Emily listened. Caught in a strange limbo made of repressed dragon magic, she spun, aimed and whipped her dagger without giving it any thought.

The blade, thank the gods, missed Sven’s cheek by a centimeter and slammed into the windpipe of a man that had been seconds away from running his sword through her mate. Sven spun, and his eyes locked on the warrior as he fell to his knees. A man, as it turned out, with a fading dragon tattoo on his neck.

She had taken down their assassin.

Half a breath later, a blade slipped around her neck, and the sleazy man behind her roared, “Drop your weapons, or she dies!”

The look in Sven’s eyes when he turned back was thunderous. He was so close to embracing his dragon that rain hissed and spit off his skin. Time seemed to slow as she thought fast and weighed her options. Her kin still fought, not quite comprehending what was happening yet.

So she needed to act decisively.

She needed to end this before they complied.

“No,” she whispered as steam began rising off Sven’s skin. She spoke into his mind. “Stay your dragon, Sven. Our people and kin are too important for you to lose control.”

Then she did something extremely risky. A move she had only ever practiced on Sven, and it never went well. Not ever. It always risked her jugular vein. But she had to give it a shot. She had to keep him from shifting.

So as fast as she could, she slammed her elbow back into the man and deflected the hand holding the dagger to her throat with her other arm. Thankfully, she got lucky, and he stumbled back. Adrenaline rushing, she punched him hard then drove her dagger up into his heart.

“Gotcha,” she whispered, grinning before she pulled away then staggered back as she lost her balance. Having long perfected her sea legs, she didn’t understand at first until she looked down and saw blood pouring down her chest.

“Crap,” she whispered as she pressed her hand against the wound on her neck. He had gotten her after all. Nicked the jugular based on the amount of blood. She turned and tried to stumble to a nearby mast for support, but Sven was already there, his eyes wide with fear.

“Loki’s Hel, woman, you know better than to have done that,” he growled in anguish as he pressed his hand against her neck. Connected in a way only dragons could be, the others knew as soon as it happened that she was fatally wounded.

Yet they had no choice but to keep fighting.

Vigdis helped Sven lower her against the mast, replaced his hand with hers against Emily’s neck and met his eyes. “I will stay with her. You need to keep fighting, dragon.” When he shook his head, she cut him off with sharp words. “You need to help your kin and end this fighting if you intend to keep your people safe, King Sven.”

His eyes drifted in shock to Emily. He was already lost thinking she was leaving him. She blinked and tried to nod to him that it was all right, but she wasn’t sure anything moved. Everything was going numb, and her tongue didn’t work.

“Go!” Vigdis roared and shoved him with her free hand. “Now!”

He nodded, his eyes tortured before he spun, roared and took up defense in front of them. But not before his whispered words rolled through her mind. How much he loved her. That he would keep her safe. He would be back. Not to fear.

Then she slipped into utter darkness.


Sky Purington is the bestselling author of forty novels and novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth, and legend. When combined with a love for history, romance, and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

4 comments on “Viking King’s Vendetta (Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon) by Sky Purington ~ #Excerpt #BookTour

  1. Awesome cover,excerpt and giveaway!!! I love this cover,can’t wait to read!! Shared on all my socials!!

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  2. Thanks so much for the feature! Much appreciated. 🙂

    Sky Purington

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