From the first instant Rosamund sees the captive slave in a Viking camp, she's snared by his extraordinary beauty. Chained and beaten is he dead? the man nonetheless moves her to challenge his captor to a roll of the dice in exchange for his life. Captured, by Helen Kirkman, explores the story of two battle-weary survivors of the Viking wars, who have both been forced by the times and their positions into situations they would not have chosen. Both have secrets that shame them. The Dark Ages settings Kirkman creates are meaty and sensual, and she has the voice to carry it off. Her language is as heady as mead and firelight, her vision of Viking England and its conflicts a refreshing change from the traditional settings of historical romances.