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‘Land Of Hidden Fires’ By Kirk Kjeldsen

The Stjordalen Valley, Norway

March 1943

Kari looked up from mending a damaged sheep pen when she heard the faint buzzing noise. At first, it sounded like the blackflies that swarmed up from Lake Romsjoen every summer, but she knew that couldn’t be, as it was still weeks before the thaw.

She scanned the horizon, looking for the origin of the sound. There was nothing but empty grey space in every direction. Then she looked southward and spotted a fighter plane streaking across the sky. Thick black smoke trailed from its fuselage as it plummeted toward the mountains.

Even if she hadn’t seen its Army Air Force markings, she knew by the whistling sound of its engine that it was a P-47. She’d seen a few in December, over Trondheim, escorting a bomber on its way back to England.

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    • Hi Sassy,

      It wasn’t until I began checking out the book’s premise when author Kirk Kjeldsen contacted me about the possibility of promotion / review posts, that I realised just how embroiled in World War Two Norway had become, especially when its close neighbour Sweden managed to maintain its neutrality throughout. I really should have been paying more attention during those World History lessons at school !!

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Bev,

      Occasionally I quite enjoy a wartime story and as ‘Land Of Hidden Fires’ explores the genre from a completely new to me perspective and is set in a part of the World about which I know very little, I have high hopes for a new, unique and interesting style of storytelling.

      Thanks for visiting today, I always value your comments 🙂

    • Hi Cora,

      This is my first foray into the world of Nordic writing and I am cutting my teeth not on a book from the unique Nordic Noir style of story telling, but on an intense and emotional ‘coming of age’ wartime story.

      I am hoping for some great descriptive writing, featuring well defined, yet sensitively drawn characters.

      Thanks for sharing your comments and for taking the time to stop by 🙂

  • I remember your earlier post about this one. It sounds quite interesting! Maybe when I’m ready to delve back into this time period again, I’ll add this one to my list.

    I’m currently reading a rather creepy (but not in the sense you’d enjoy) book I got via Tracy’s blog. It might be a couple of weeks before the review makes it to my blog.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I tend to try and review books in the order in which they were received, so I generally don’t get much of a say about the genre of my reading, which is usually quite a ‘mish-mash’ of writing styles and storylines, that I actually quite like and prefer.

      War time stories are not something I could read on too regular a basis, but ‘Land Of Hidden Fires’ is so different to anything I have read before, that I am sure I am going to enjoy the change!

      I am intrigued about the book you are currently reading, even more so now that you have laid down the challenge that I might not like your choice. I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for your review, unless I can work out what it is from visiting Tracy’s blog 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Aloi,

      This is quite a dramatic opening sequence by the sounds of things. A British plane crashing in occupied Norway doesn’t bode well for any survivors. Let’s just hope that friendly locals get to the crash site before the occupying German forces do!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      Those opening lines do draw me in with their unanswered questions and I need to know whether there are any survivors of this crash and whether Kari is going to do anything to help with the rescue.

      Thanks for taking the time to share in my post by leaving a comment, I appreciate it 🙂

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