Reviews: “Song for a Viking” and “Wanted, an Author” by K.J. Charles

The following stories are available for free on the author’s website and cannot be read as stand-alones. They are lovely follow-ups to the novels referenced in the reviews.

“Song for a Viking” takes place immediately after the novel Think of England and is best read with the ending of the book in mind.

I enjoyed this view into Daniel’s mind, and part of me wishes we’d seen his point of view during during the main novel. He is scathing of Archie Curtis in the most loving way possible, which is both humorous and poignant. This story makes me definitely want more of their continuing adventures.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Goodreads.

“Wanted, an Author” is an epilogue to Wanted, a Gentleman that also includes references to the books Unfit to Print and Band Sinister. It centers around a very real event in British history that did change the world for the better.

I wish that the story had revolved more around Martin than Theo, because of that moment in history, despite my enjoyment of the story’s plot from an author’s standpoint. However, I do appreciate that Charles writes about a Britain that expands far beyond rich white men.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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