Blurb: For more than four hundred years, women have ruled the world, but things are finally shifting.
My father Magni always despised the Motherlands, and I’m no fan either, but I still go to the yearly summer gatherings that started when I was sixteen. The Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe each sends five future leaders. The Europeans are arrogant, the Motlanders are naïve, and neither of the groups seem to understand or accept that we Northlanders are born to lead.
This year, we postponed the gathering four months, and since we’re hosting here in the Northlands, our guests were going to discover our beautiful winters. It would have been fine, if not for the un-expected snowstorm and the Europeans leaving one of their women behind. Now, we Nmen are gearing up to find Belle. I’m furious and ready to show the two delegations why they should stick to calculus and meditation and leave us real men to run the world.
I’ve watched Belle grow up over these past ten years. She is as pure and sweet as her art, and even though I can never have her, the thought of her alone and scared in the woods makes me want to kill someone.
I’m going to save her life, even if it costs me my own!
The Artist is the eleventh installment in the Men of the North series. It continues a decade after book ten ended, offering the same fast paces storytelling that you’ve come to know from Elin Peer. Cultures clash and romance stirs, as the French Colony, the Motherlands, and the Northlands all battle for control and a new balance between men and women in the world.
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I was so excited to see this book because I really enjoy this series. I admit that I was a little bit concerned that the next generation wouldn’t live up the high expectations I have of this series but I should have know the author wouldn’t let me down.
This book features Mason, son of Magni and Laura, who is part of a five member delegation sent to meet with five members of the Motland as well as European Delegation.
We learn that some Europeans survived the Toxic Wars but made no attempt to make contact with the rest of world.
Mason met Belle, one of the European delegates and he immediately felt protective of her.Over the years, the reader watches as Mason and Belle grow closer and we also see Mason in action when a tragedy strikes. The story alternates POV with Mason and Belle telling the story. It allowed me to see the characters develop and evolve as well as understand their wants and desires.
The writing is top notch as usual and the humor in this series remains the same. Mason is a good mix of Laura and Magni. I liked his leadership. Belle and the Europeans were an interesting addition to the Nmen and Motlander politics and power struggle. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
*This is a series you have to read in order. The evolution of the characters and the plot is a continuation from each book.
*Special Thanks to the author for the e-ARC given in exchange for an honest review.