Ulfbehrt’s Legacy – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Holly Bargo

In Holly Bargo’s Ulfbehrt’s Legacy, Lars and Zoe find each other when they are both in need of healing. Lars suffered numerous wounds from a fierce battle as he’s in the Royal Norwegian Navy, and Zoe, along with her history of deep and traumatic wounds, is searching for a new place to live and a new job so she can finish her graduate degree at a Norwegian university. They experience what seems to be love-at-first-sight or “pow” as Lars’ father calls it, but both of their pasts come back to haunt them and threaten to tear them apart.


Ulfbehrt’s Legacy is a stereotypical romance novel. Guy meets girl through his sister. Girl has dark and traumatic past. Guy is a tough guy and believes he needs to protect her. The pace set early on was a bit slow moving, but if readers are patient they’ll discover a real page-turner in the last two-thirds of the story. Unfortunately for Bargo, the tone is set for Ulfbehrt’s Legacy by misspelling “Ulfberht” and by entitling the story as though the sword and the legacy is a major focus -it is not. As long as readers can move past that, they can find a sexy romance inside the pages of Bargo’s story though.


Sexy scenes throughout, danger near the end, and evidence of a strong woman save Ulfbehrt’s Legacy just as Lars believes he needs to save Zoe. For readers who crave women that need strong alpha males to come to their aid to make them feel safe and to keep them safe, this story will likely light their fire. The last third of the story really shines a light on Holly Bargo’s potential skills as a wonderful writer, who can keep readers enthralled. If more attention is given to details, Holly Bargo has great potential as a romance author and thought there are some issues with Ulfbehrt’s Legacy it’s a romantic and sexy example of her potential.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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The Falcon of Imenotash – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Holly Bargo

In Holly Bargo’s The Falcon of Imenotash, Emperor Giroch of the Harudin Empire tasks the provincial Queen of Imenotash, Aridis, with producing an heir so that she can keep her reign over her lands. Edan, Captain of the Palace Guard, is her chosen candidate. However, their cordial arrangement soon blossoms into genuine passion, a relationship that the Emperor is displeased with. The Emperor does what he can to dissolve the union and dampen their spirits, but Aridis and Edan have a secret that could bring his entire reign to a brutal end.

The Falcon of Imenotash certainly wastes no time with exposition; rather, it jumps right into the meat and action of the story. Though a refreshing approach, perhaps it isn’t always effective. Some scenes and characters could have been developed a bit more thoroughly than they are. However, this rushed pacing doesn’t necessarily hinder the story; there are still plenty of details and development to help the reader follow along as the The Falcon of Imenotash progresses.

A most unique fantasy, The Falcon of Imenotash rejects the common tropes of the fantasy genre; instead, it is a creative, distinctive, incredibly memorable work that incorporates everything from strict politics to mystical shapeshifting. It is exceptionally well-written, whether the scene is a battle, an act of lovemaking, or one of cruelty and abuse. Holly Bargo’s strong, tactful, and descriptive writing leaves the reader wanting more, chapter after chapter and long after the book is finished. The Falcon of Imenotash is a spectacular novel, captivating from beginning to end, and a most fulfilling read for anyone searching for a great fantasy novel that isn’t just the same old fluff.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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