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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, 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. Get this romantic sci-fi today on pre-sale and be among the first to read it when it goes live.


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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, 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. Get this romantic sci-fi today on pre-sale and be among the first to read it when it goes live.

30 review for The Artist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    I believed that the Men of the North series had come to a natural end with book 10, The Pacifist. I didn't think we needed a "next generation" series of books because I've been disappointed by those done by other authors in the past. Well I stand corrected because I really, really DID need The Artist after all. So much so that I'm already desperately waiting for the next book in the series I absolutely adored Mason and Belle's story, in fact I adored Mason and Belle full stop. Both characters we I believed that the Men of the North series had come to a natural end with book 10, The Pacifist. I didn't think we needed a "next generation" series of books because I've been disappointed by those done by other authors in the past. Well I stand corrected because I really, really DID need The Artist after all. So much so that I'm already desperately waiting for the next book in the series I absolutely adored Mason and Belle's story, in fact I adored Mason and Belle full stop. Both characters were immensely likeable and their path to forever was both dotted with landmines but also filled with hope and joy. The author has created another culture, with it's own idiosyncrasies, to bring a fresh new feel to this wonderfully warm and familiar world. It was fascinating to observing the subtle cultural changes that have evolved with the younger generation and paralleled many of the shifts in society that happen under our very noses. Whilst this is called book #11, the main players were small children in earlier books, and I do think this could be read stand alone. The experience is enhanced by having read at least the first 5 books, where we learn so much about the two nations and their beliefs. This is wonderful love story and a great series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    4.5 stars. 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 attem 4.5 stars. 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. I felt there was a lot of focus on all the next generation rather than just the couple the book is about. Hero is a virgin. Heroine is not, she's not promiscuous like the people of her region are. HEA. Breadcrumbs dropped for future books in series. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. I felt there was a lot of focus on all the next generation rather than just the couple the book is about. Hero is a virgin. Heroine is not, she's not promiscuous like the people of her region are. HEA. Breadcrumbs dropped for future books in series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    The Artist Men of the North Series #11 Elin Peer https://m.facebook.com/AuthorElinPeer/ Release date 09/26/2020 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 neit The Artist Men of the North Series #11 Elin Peer https://m.facebook.com/AuthorElinPeer/ Release date 09/26/2020 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. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will his promise and their differences tear them apart ... I just adore this series, I am already guilty to have not yet read the prequel book Forbidden Letters so I could not pass to learn more about the children of the first couples. If this series would have still been focusing it the Motlanders-Northlanders different, it could have been redundant but in adding a third party, one we know nothing about raises the stake. Because who are these people, how do they survive, what drive them... Mason is the son of his father, not only literally but also psychically, they are giants with a teddy bear heart. While he was bred and raised to be a leader, when they fall, it is hard. His affection for Belle grew with time, during a week every a year for eleven years, he was her knight in shining armor, the giant who saw the little girl, the one seen as unworthy because she did not the academic levels to be considered as thus. She draws him to her, she is shy and kind, a man’s dream, his. But he made a promise and Belle being an European, it dooms from the beginning any kind of relationship with her. Belle was raised very differently than the two other nations’ inhabitants. She is not viewed as an important citizen, her only value is her being female and the children she would be able to bear. She was schooled to avoid romantic entanglements, to suppress any kind of deep attachment. Physical release is encouraged but not psychological affection. When the northmen are fiery and full of tantrum, her people brag themselves as coolheaded and cunning. But she is not like her yearly travel companions, she is a caring soul and is straightforward, and despite her nurturing nature, expressing her feelings is something she was never taught. I do not want to say much but if you do not know this series, wait for this one, The Protector will be the right book to read first. But if you have already read the other 10 books, I can only say, jump straight in this one. You will Iove this new generation, and seing again old friends will be of course a must. Can’t wait for the next installment. 5 stars https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bea8404

    The Artist by Elin Peer is 11th book of the Men of the North series or the third generation. And, this time, a new player has arisen: the Old Europe or the French. In this story, the children of the Motherlands, Northlands and Old Europe who will be the future leaders have to meet at a summer summit every year and attempt to build good relationships. At nearly 16 years old, Mason meets 12 year old Belle Dupont who is the odd one out in the French delegation. Straight away, Mason feels an urge to The Artist by Elin Peer is 11th book of the Men of the North series or the third generation. And, this time, a new player has arisen: the Old Europe or the French. In this story, the children of the Motherlands, Northlands and Old Europe who will be the future leaders have to meet at a summer summit every year and attempt to build good relationships. At nearly 16 years old, Mason meets 12 year old Belle Dupont who is the odd one out in the French delegation. Straight away, Mason feels an urge to protect her. 11 years later, they meet again. Previously, through the first and second generation, you discovered how the Men of the North and the Motherlands interacted, but in this book, this new participant, the French, spices the game of who is going to rule the world. The French are very reluctant to any changes and they have a very rigid hierarchy society. Can the summer summit change their views on a new society? Furthermore, can Mason and Belle change their attitudes towards family? Can solutions be found when different cultures clash? Elin Peer ascertained clearly all the stereotypes of Northlands, Motherlands and now the French society. As a French person, I can easily relate to some of her spot on descriptions. I found these stereotypes funny but quite true. Again, in this book, she has succeeded to create a romance that is funny, spicy and intricate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lupe McClan

    Not sure that Love will conquer anything! Continuing this saga of the families of the Northlands, we‘re introduced to the third generation and this book is as great as the previous books are in this series! You need to read this book! In the year 2465 it’s time for the Summit to be held in the Northlands. Delegates from the other two countries, the Motherlands and France arrive to join the delegates of the Northlands for a Winter Summit instead of the usual Summer Summits. It’s been 11 years sin Not sure that Love will conquer anything! Continuing this saga of the families of the Northlands, we‘re introduced to the third generation and this book is as great as the previous books are in this series! You need to read this book! In the year 2465 it’s time for the Summit to be held in the Northlands. Delegates from the other two countries, the Motherlands and France arrive to join the delegates of the Northlands for a Winter Summit instead of the usual Summer Summits. It’s been 11 years since the Summits started, and all involved have learned much about the co-delegates; but have they learned enough, not just about their counterparts but about themselves? One of the delegates from France is not an Academic but is a Practical - and results in eye opening information for the other two groups. The artist, Belle sees things around her a bit differently than the Academics and a series of events changes things, and life as some of the delegates knew it changes too, whether temporarily or forever. A few twists & turns brings you another love story of seemingly incompatible people finding their way in this new world. Favorite quote = “Again, my stomach felt like five fairies were tickling me from the inside.” ❤️ Love this book! Thank you Elin Peer for writing another awesome story!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book is a wonderful continuation of the Men of the North series and introduces a third culture (the French). It was really interesting to read about the underground living style of the French. All the first books described interactions between two cultures (the Nmen of the north and the Motlanders of the south). I loved the simple summary of the three cultures: the Nmen are known for bravery, the Motlanders for empathy, and the French for their reasoning abilities. As the young people from This book is a wonderful continuation of the Men of the North series and introduces a third culture (the French). It was really interesting to read about the underground living style of the French. All the first books described interactions between two cultures (the Nmen of the north and the Motlanders of the south). I loved the simple summary of the three cultures: the Nmen are known for bravery, the Motlanders for empathy, and the French for their reasoning abilities. As the young people from the three cultures get to know each other over the years, an Nman named Mason and a Frenchwoman named Belle fall in love with each other but both cultures frown on them getting married. The book deals with the diplomacy and negotiations between the three cultures and has some great adventures scenes. I highly recommend all the books in this series but this book adds a whole additional dimension to the others by the addition of the French culture.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    You could pretty much see this pairing right from the start. But what kept me reading was the introduction a whole new society, Old Europe. I liked the council of kids and thought the idea of them getting together for years was a good one. This way they at least know each other. It's interesting how each different country has such a different view on sex, marriage and babies and how not everyone on those countries likes what they are doing. Or at least that is what it seems like when the move to You could pretty much see this pairing right from the start. But what kept me reading was the introduction a whole new society, Old Europe. I liked the council of kids and thought the idea of them getting together for years was a good one. This way they at least know each other. It's interesting how each different country has such a different view on sex, marriage and babies and how not everyone on those countries likes what they are doing. Or at least that is what it seems like when the move to a different country. Mason and Belle were cute, but I hated how neither really said what they wanted until very late in the book. It was like they were too scared to vocalized what they really wanted because there was no possibility of it happening. I think things ended the best way they could for everyone, but especially for Mason and Belle.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Reva Parks

    Each new release by Elin Peer seems better than the last. The Artist is full of witty dialog and smart comebacks! You'll find yourself giggling regularly. Oh, don't forget Belle's misuse of English words. You will love all the competition in the debates, the bargaining, and the bill and cooing, too! But there are also feats of life-saving with daring bravery and sacrifices too scary to report! And of course, the unintended romance that creates a mushroom cloud between the NMen and the French wit Each new release by Elin Peer seems better than the last. The Artist is full of witty dialog and smart comebacks! You'll find yourself giggling regularly. Oh, don't forget Belle's misuse of English words. You will love all the competition in the debates, the bargaining, and the bill and cooing, too! But there are also feats of life-saving with daring bravery and sacrifices too scary to report! And of course, the unintended romance that creates a mushroom cloud between the NMen and the French with Mason's brother-in-law Jonah, esteemed MotLander Councilman, to aid negotiations! So glad Peer's fans convinced her to add this third generation set of another five books to the stories of the Men of North!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An enjoyable futuristic romance. Initially, I was unsure if I would enjoy this entry in the Men of the North series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The world building was vivid, with me the reader being introduced to the culture of the Europeans. The characterization and development of the romantic relationship were both excellent. Both hero and heroine were sympathetic individuals with strengths and weaknesses, and I was deeply invested in the romance between these two. Mason was deliciously alpha, a An enjoyable futuristic romance. Initially, I was unsure if I would enjoy this entry in the Men of the North series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The world building was vivid, with me the reader being introduced to the culture of the Europeans. The characterization and development of the romantic relationship were both excellent. Both hero and heroine were sympathetic individuals with strengths and weaknesses, and I was deeply invested in the romance between these two. Mason was deliciously alpha, and Belle had all my sympathy for her position as a member of her society’s underclass, and the fact that her own people did not value her artistic genius at all. I am now off to buy the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    What can I say about this book that I haven't said about the other 10? Once again it is another fabulous book. I love that we get to go all over the world with this one. Get to see tad bit into Old Europe. Some more of the Motherlanders. A little bit of Magni and Kahn. What more could you ask for. I truly love this series. I was so excited to see that Elin Peer decided to continue the series with with children of the main characters from the first 10 books. Thank you for that Elin Peer. I can't w What can I say about this book that I haven't said about the other 10? Once again it is another fabulous book. I love that we get to go all over the world with this one. Get to see tad bit into Old Europe. Some more of the Motherlanders. A little bit of Magni and Kahn. What more could you ask for. I truly love this series. I was so excited to see that Elin Peer decided to continue the series with with children of the main characters from the first 10 books. Thank you for that Elin Peer. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jean Wilde

    I really enjoyed this book. I love how the author introduced the new twist of the French delegation. The world building is great and the characters are all so likeable. Mason was a great male lead, always asking permission first and making sure Belle was comfortable. Interestingly the fact that Belle was an artistic wasn’t exactly central to the story or the character it was just a part of her and I was okay with that. Really looking forward to reading the next stories in this series. Freya and I really enjoyed this book. I love how the author introduced the new twist of the French delegation. The world building is great and the characters are all so likeable. Mason was a great male lead, always asking permission first and making sure Belle was comfortable. Interestingly the fact that Belle was an artistic wasn’t exactly central to the story or the character it was just a part of her and I was okay with that. Really looking forward to reading the next stories in this series. Freya and Victor’s story, if it ever plays out, would be epic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I feel like it has been a while since I read a Men of the North story, but The Artist made me feel like I was returning home to friends. This story of Mason and Belle was an amazing introduction to the next generation of NMen and their relationships. I love the summit meeting idea and how the younger generation can gather each year. I can not wait to read more of this new generation of NMen and NWomen as they meet their loves. And in future stories to catch up with those we know

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    I’ve read a few books on this series but I want to go back and read them all now. Mason and Belle represent two different sides and even though Mason path has been forged Belle feels like a outsider. Belle was astoundingly sweet and passive and Mason felt that he had to protect her at all costs. The differences between these two were not as vast as you would think, especially when push comes to shove. Looking forward to more

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Dalton

    It’s the same vein as others in the series except there is a new player. It adds another dynamic with new challenges but we still get our strong alpha male. I love the book and you will too if you loved the previous books in the series. There was even a hint of Freya’s story next and I can’t wait. I’ve been waiting on her story since she was born.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Wow. Mason & Belle, what an amazing pair. I just loved this story, the end of all ends. Don’t miss out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karina Lopez

    Mason and Belle comes from different parts of the world. Mason is from the Northlands and Belle from Old Europe. A warrior and an artist. First meeting as teens, at a yearly future leaders of the world summits, they are drawn to each other, though they never act on it. Mason is supposed to marry a woman from the Northlands and in Belle's part of the world romantic relationships are just not done. But once again has Elin Peer managed to create story of opposites, where finding a happy ever after s Mason and Belle comes from different parts of the world. Mason is from the Northlands and Belle from Old Europe. A warrior and an artist. First meeting as teens, at a yearly future leaders of the world summits, they are drawn to each other, though they never act on it. Mason is supposed to marry a woman from the Northlands and in Belle's part of the world romantic relationships are just not done. But once again has Elin Peer managed to create story of opposites, where finding a happy ever after seems almost impossible, but our hero and heroine overcome their obstacles and changes history for themselves and the people around them. An absolute page turner.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    I absolutely love this Series but FYI it has adult content . I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that the Author(Elin Peer) decided to continue the Men Of North series. This is all about the Kids and the start of their great love stories and challenges. Its so so so so so good😁😁😁😁💋. Rating: X-Rated(-Vivid Sex Scenes & Cussing) Genre: Dystopia/Romantic/comedy/sex therapy P.S. if YOu Don't want to read bc of X rated..you can always skip those pages. Has a great Greaaaat storyline. If your tire I absolutely love this Series but FYI it has adult content . I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that the Author(Elin Peer) decided to continue the Men Of North series. This is all about the Kids and the start of their great love stories and challenges. Its so so so so so good😁😁😁😁💋. Rating: X-Rated(-Vivid Sex Scenes & Cussing) Genre: Dystopia/Romantic/comedy/sex therapy P.S. if YOu Don't want to read bc of X rated..you can always skip those pages. Has a great Greaaaat storyline. If your tired of the same old romance books ..then check this series out..Hands down Best/most creative/ just different Book series I have read. Best BestBest of ALL time. Mrs. C.🤓😍🍷

  19. 5 out of 5

    George

    The Artist, Men of the North Book 11, by Elin Peer. Well one thing is certain. There will be at least four more books to Elin Peer’s celebrated Men of the North series. With the first addition—The Artist—she gives us hints of who the books will be about. Belle, the artist is already here. She and Mason make a beautiful romance. We’re now happily awaiting books for Aubri , Thor, and Indiana. And maybe more. Is one for Jones likely? The Artist takes us from adolescent crush to full-blown adult romanc The Artist, Men of the North Book 11, by Elin Peer. Well one thing is certain. There will be at least four more books to Elin Peer’s celebrated Men of the North series. With the first addition—The Artist—she gives us hints of who the books will be about. Belle, the artist is already here. She and Mason make a beautiful romance. We’re now happily awaiting books for Aubri , Thor, and Indiana. And maybe more. Is one for Jones likely? The Artist takes us from adolescent crush to full-blown adult romance with many years and bumps along the way from first meeting to marriage and family. The outcome may be certain but Peer, as usual, keeps us on the edge of our chairs as the story progresses—never certain that the outcome is UN sure. Some of the things I love about this book include how rapidly it progresses, regardless of the fact that children grow up over the years. Peer never fails to demonstrate their growing maturity. And then there’s how skillfully she portrays the peculiarities of different cultures, how, and why they clash. It’s as if each culture has a personality that is striving for dominance, each in fundamentally different ways. We know that’s true in nature but the how’s and why’s are seldom seen in novels, much less love stories. And again Peer sows sheer genius in the scenes where the cultures are negotiating difficult seemingly impassible issues. She shows us there is always an alternative if we don’t lose our cool and react stupidly. And finally she shows us how difficult it is for those raised in alternative cultures to subdue (not necessarily lose) their childhood conditioning, even when their future as a personality depends on it. Even if you just read this book for its entertainment value and never look behind the words on the page you’ll love it. If you’re a more perceptive reader you’ll learn a lot about other cultures. If you’re more philosophically minded (like me) you’ll realize the life lessons behind this romance between Belle and Mason. Maybe even enough to start changing the world for the better—something we all need to get a handle on these days. I hesitate to make comparisons, but I believe Elin Peer with her Men of the North series is as influential a writer as J.K. Rowling became with her Harry Potter series. Both write romances. Both are based on growth personalities, and both have enormous influence on anyone who reads them, even if only for fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yogi Rogers

    YES! YES! YES! So happy for this series of the children from the Men of the North. I am waving, laughing and throwing kisses to Elin Peer for this wonderful gift. Mason is expected to marry a woman of the North but has turned down many offers and gotten into heated arguments with his parents when he is dissatisfied with someone they believe would make him a good wife. Why would a 27 year old man not want to marry? The reason is Bella. Bella is a representative of the European nation. They met at YES! YES! YES! So happy for this series of the children from the Men of the North. I am waving, laughing and throwing kisses to Elin Peer for this wonderful gift. Mason is expected to marry a woman of the North but has turned down many offers and gotten into heated arguments with his parents when he is dissatisfied with someone they believe would make him a good wife. Why would a 27 year old man not want to marry? The reason is Bella. Bella is a representative of the European nation. They met at a Summit for future leaders when Bella was 12 and Mason was turning 16 and continued to meet for one week every summer through their adulthood. 5 representatives from each of the 3 nations are required to attend the summit so if you read the Men of the North series you should know that NMen don't always play very well with Motlanders or Europeans. Elin makes the summit competitions and debates very interesting and funny with the NMen cusin', shouting and fighting not caring if their aggression offends anyone. During a summit event held by the NMen an unexpected accident occurs that brings Mason and Bella closer. When promises are broken they are forced to make decisions that change the direction of both their lives and the lives of their families. The situation accelerates when war is threatened. The Artist introduces us to the children born the year borders were opened between the Motlanders and the NMen. So we meet Thor and Freya who are the children of Khan and Pearl, Aubri and Mason the twins who are children of Magni and Laura. Then Indiana and Jones who are the children of Alexandria and Boulder. I love their names! I was so happy that Elin revisited most all the characters from the other books to give us a small peek of what their lives are doing. Of course Khan, Pearl, Magni and Laura were major characters in this book. Although they are older, they are still the same magnificent characters we knew from the series. Ok I have to stop writing! Read this series in order and at least the first 5 books with the 6th being Forbidden Letters. You should read all the books in the series because they are just so good but if you can't then read what you can. Enjoy! (I'm still smilin')

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kat Hall

    I love this series. This is the 3rd generation. The Northlanders and the Motlanders have been the focus, and now we have Old Europe or French introduced to the equation. The chosen young people of each of these countries meet each year for a summit as they are the future leaders. The summits are held in the summer, but this time, it has been moved to winter in the Northlands so they showcase the beauty of the snow. The French are arrogant, but not Belle. The other French members for the summits I love this series. This is the 3rd generation. The Northlanders and the Motlanders have been the focus, and now we have Old Europe or French introduced to the equation. The chosen young people of each of these countries meet each year for a summit as they are the future leaders. The summits are held in the summer, but this time, it has been moved to winter in the Northlands so they showcase the beauty of the snow. The French are arrogant, but not Belle. The other French members for the summits treat Belle with utter contempt because she is an artist and not academically intelligent. Mason has always been protective of her, not only for the way she is treated by the other French members in the summit but for her petite size. Mason is close to 7 feet tall. Tragedy strikes while they are enjoying winter activities and the other members of the French team leave Belle to die. Mason and the other Northlanders at the summit do a rescue mission. Mason is to marry a female Northlander but no one captured his heart. During the rescue mission, he realizes he loves Belle. In France, you do not get married. You also have to give birth to 2 children to help increase the population. You do not get to keep your children. They are raised in a facility. She is not allowed to leave France to live elsewhere. Belle is in love with Mason and wants to live in the Northlands but doesn't want to marry. France hates the Northlands even more now that Belle wants to leave and hasn't given them 2 children. An international war is brewing and the Northlands have to give up something so precious in exchange for Belle moving to the Northlands to be with Mason, that it rocks the foundation of the ruling family. Will they do it? And can the family survive giving up what France wants in exchange for Belle? Tempers flare that cause a problem for both France and the Northlands. What will be still standing after the dust clears?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terry Sasada

    I’ve waited so long for another book in the Men of the north series. I have mentioned in past reviews of the books in the series that this is one of the most original series I have read. I highly recommend reading the series in order from the start to get a good understanding of the time. And what has happened after what is referred to as the toxic war. During this series we have met the men from the north lands, and the citizens, mostly women, from the motherland. We are now getting a better lo I’ve waited so long for another book in the Men of the north series. I have mentioned in past reviews of the books in the series that this is one of the most original series I have read. I highly recommend reading the series in order from the start to get a good understanding of the time. And what has happened after what is referred to as the toxic war. During this series we have met the men from the north lands, and the citizens, mostly women, from the motherland. We are now getting a better look at what happened to Europe. It appears that the French is the predominant rulers. They started out underground working their way out after the war. And now we come to the summit which is a way to get future leaders of the three areas to work towards peace. Five people from each, the motherland, the Northland, and the Europeans. Belle is representing the society of the French or Europeans. Their society is very different and broken down into two groups. The main group with the most benefits, the better housing, the better everything is the academics. They pride themselves on academics. Everybody else is in the other group and that includes Belle, she is an artist at heart, her job is to work with the babies since mothers do not raise their own children. She first meets Mason at the very first summit. She is in awe of him, he is strong, handsome, and he always comes to her rescue when her for other members put her down. Mason cannot get enough of looking at Bell, she has such an innocence about her. Through the years the two of them become friends until a horrible accident almost ends Belle’s life, and Mason saves her. The book follows the ups and downs of what is supposed to be, and yeah happens when two people from very different upbringings come together. This could be a war in the making. The outcome is unbelievable. But a happily ever after for Mason and Belle. Awesome book, this series is amazing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marianne W

    When I had read "Forbidden Letters", I thought that unfortunately there were no more books in Elin Peer's series "Men of the North", but but but, Elin Peer has written another book and will continue to list more books in this amazing series. YAY ... The Artist (Men of the North #11) is about Mason, (who is the son of Magni and Laura) and Belle who comes from Old Europe. They meet for several summits for future leaders of The Northland, The Motherland and Old Europe, although Belle is not a future When I had read "Forbidden Letters", I thought that unfortunately there were no more books in Elin Peer's series "Men of the North", but but but, Elin Peer has written another book and will continue to list more books in this amazing series. YAY ... The Artist (Men of the North #11) is about Mason, (who is the son of Magni and Laura) and Belle who comes from Old Europe. They meet for several summits for future leaders of The Northland, The Motherland and Old Europe, although Belle is not a future leader for Old Europe. They get feelings for each other, and when Belle is buried in an avalanche, Mason comes and rescues her, and even more feelings emerge between them. Thor and Freya (son and daughter of Khan and Pearl), Indiana, (son of Alexander and Christina), Mason and Aubri (son and daughter of Magni and Laura) and Jonah who is married to Mila (adopted daughter of Magni and Laura) sent to Old Europe to get Belle to stay with Mason in The Northland, but to allow Belle to stay with Mason, the Prime Minister wants Freya in exchange, but Aubri offers to stay for 6 months, instead for Freya, as Aubri is out to experience the world. She offers to stay if she is allowed to become a member of the Old Europe team that cleans the country so that more of the population can come to live above ground. As always, Elin Peer's series captures me, and once I start a book, I have a very hard time putting it down before it's finished reading. I am really looking forward to following Thor, Freya, Aubri and Indiana, and maybe also Jones who are children of Khan and Pearl, Magni and Laura and Alexander and Christina. Thanks again to Elin Peer for continuing this amazing series about the Men from the North and I can only recommend this series and off course Elin Peers other series. I LOVE THEM ALL :0)

  24. 4 out of 5

    KatS

    I liked the 1st book in the series best, the Protector, but I liked this one as well. I read most of the books in the series and like seeing the next generation. Mason is Magni and Laura's son. Mason and Belle saw each other once a year for 1 week. During that time their feelings for each other grew. I liked that Mason was a virgin despite being around 27 years old. He fell for Belle and other women paled by comparison. Belle was not a virgin. I would have preferred that Belle been a virgin too f I liked the 1st book in the series best, the Protector, but I liked this one as well. I read most of the books in the series and like seeing the next generation. Mason is Magni and Laura's son. Mason and Belle saw each other once a year for 1 week. During that time their feelings for each other grew. I liked that Mason was a virgin despite being around 27 years old. He fell for Belle and other women paled by comparison. Belle was not a virgin. I would have preferred that Belle been a virgin too for the reason that she had bad sexual experiences. I wish that the author had not done that. Even today in the majority of romance books the heroine is not allowed to have good sexual experiences with anyone but that hero and that irritates me. Belle only had sex 2 times. Once with a woman that was not good and once with a man that she stopped in midway because she didn't like it. Why was that necessary? Moving on. The story kept my interest. It moved at a good pace. I liked that Mason showed a little jealousy and possessiveness towards Belle. I would have preferred that he be more so but then that is a personal preference. I always want my heroes to be possessive and jealous and a few of the heroes in this series are. Honestly, I wanted to sex scenes to be hotter. They just didn't do it for me. More telling than showing. The story has an HFN ending which I am fine with even though I prefer HEA endings because this is part of a series.. I may read the next story in the series. I am on the fence because I didn't feel any chemistry between Indiana and Aubri. Also, the fact that they are both in their late 20s and have been around each other since birth and yet neither made a move on each other shows a lack of passion IMO.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Drake johnson

    The next generation of leaders and women of importance. Mason, his cousins Thor, Freya, Aubri his twin, and Indiana a family friend were all going to attend a Summer Summit with all the different nations attending each summer, It started when Mason was 14 and that is when he met Bella who is from Paris, France and very petite and her own representatives treated her like she didn't belong because she was not as smart as the others they were A's. Belle would be a worker. It was hard for the others The next generation of leaders and women of importance. Mason, his cousins Thor, Freya, Aubri his twin, and Indiana a family friend were all going to attend a Summer Summit with all the different nations attending each summer, It started when Mason was 14 and that is when he met Bella who is from Paris, France and very petite and her own representatives treated her like she didn't belong because she was not as smart as the others they were A's. Belle would be a worker. It was hard for the others to understand how they treated their people and that they didn't have the same freedoms that they or the Motherland offered. But there was something about her that Mason found endearing and he was always there to help her when she needed it and even though he never thought of her in a sexual way they were just friends. But 10 years later when they were all supposed to meet that summer but the Northmen postponed until winter so the visitors could enjoy the winter games. They were enjoying the games and each other because they had actually become friends and they would be the next ruling class. All was well until they decided to have an ice sculpting contest and it was snowing and when Belle's group came back without her Mason was about to go out of his mind trying to get to her. They are both surprised about the other's feelings even though they do a little lying as well. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters as always were very intriguing. I was given an ARC from Bookfunnel without obligations. I am providing an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

    Review of The Artist by Elin Peer This book is from The Men of The North series that now has taken on the next generation. Five chosen young people from the divided world meet regularly to connect, talk, learn from each other and create a background of friendship and peace. This year there are participants from all three parts - The Northlanders, The Motlanders and Old Europe, also called The French, after the dominant in that area. When they meet again it is interesting to see how the different Review of The Artist by Elin Peer This book is from The Men of The North series that now has taken on the next generation. Five chosen young people from the divided world meet regularly to connect, talk, learn from each other and create a background of friendship and peace. This year there are participants from all three parts - The Northlanders, The Motlanders and Old Europe, also called The French, after the dominant in that area. When they meet again it is interesting to see how the different cultures, characteristics and beliefs show up in their interactions. Mason is to be the next leader in The Northlands, now old enough to find a wife from his own country. He is always standing up for human values and he has taken on being the protector of Belle from The French. The French society has different rules for academics that give them better conditions and lifestyle. Belle, being an artist, is not allowed to form real relationships. Her task is to act as a surrogate mother and give new members to the community, She is of less value and they treat her accordingly. Mason has her back and she adores him. In an outdoor exercise creating a sculpture in the snow Belle is left alone after a heavy storm and avalange. Mason sets out to save her and she is almost dead when he takes her back to camp and keeps her warm with his own naked body until she is out of danger. You can well imagine what happens. How are they going to handle the situation? Mason´s future is already set. Belle is just an artist – of little value among The French. How will love play out?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    The next generation is started off with a story of Magnas son and yes he is his father's boy with his mothers stubborn fire. That's just a part of it. The teens are now involved in a summit with the Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe five future leaders. What starts off as him being in protection mode ends as much more as the lines of old traditions and new curiosities converge. I love how the author branches them out from what they know and brings in the new limbs, Old Europe, and how diff The next generation is started off with a story of Magnas son and yes he is his father's boy with his mothers stubborn fire. That's just a part of it. The teens are now involved in a summit with the Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe five future leaders. What starts off as him being in protection mode ends as much more as the lines of old traditions and new curiosities converge. I love how the author branches them out from what they know and brings in the new limbs, Old Europe, and how different it is from the other two groups. My problem is that the guys still seems angry, wild and reactionary with no real changes in their personalities as shown when Troy leads the negotiations. Don't get me wrong I love the differences in these three countries it's what makes this series so dang good, I just thought with him being Pearl's offspring and the next in line to be ruler he would have a temperament more like his sister but I am hoping we will find out more about him later (hint hint). Overall it's a great story and always so much fun to see the development and exploration of new love as it becomes more, along with the unexplored adventures of the new Old Europe and all of it's intricacies. These two together feels right and just made my heart sing. With her bringing out the best in him as each one sees the true person hidden in plain site.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Another enjoyable story in a wonderful series… Each couples’ relationship is definitely unique in that it brings to light another aspect of societal differences that took shape in the future. There is an ongoing effort among each of the three sovereign countries to resolve issues, learn from each other and work together in order to maintain harmony and yet they are so distinctly different that each finds the others somewhat threatening to their own way of life. Thus, inter-marriage among nations Another enjoyable story in a wonderful series… Each couples’ relationship is definitely unique in that it brings to light another aspect of societal differences that took shape in the future. There is an ongoing effort among each of the three sovereign countries to resolve issues, learn from each other and work together in order to maintain harmony and yet they are so distinctly different that each finds the others somewhat threatening to their own way of life. Thus, inter-marriage among nations is strongly discouraged. Over-coming these barriers is a challenge and discovering what makes each other tick, so to speak, is the essence of each couples’ story. I’ve enjoyed them all and this one is especially sweet – something like “The Beauty and the Beast” but not really. They have hidden their feelings for each other because they had to. An unexpected event finally forces Marcus and Bell closer together. Yes, there is descriptive sex but what interests me the most is the dialogue and the evolving communication. Without giving anything away, it would appear that there is definitely more on the way in expanding this series - in more ways than just one. So, I am looking forward to returning to the Northlands or where-ever else Elin Peer may take us for another romantic adventure among these culturally different, dynamic and skillful personalities.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion. At first, I was not really interested in reading this book. Boy was I in for a real surprise. I was amazed. She has written a book that encompasses generations of family members by continuing the original traditions set forth in the first series. Mason is Magni’s son. Mason is drawn to the summer time gatherings. The Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe each sends five future leaders. During an unexpected summer snow storm, everyone includ I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion. At first, I was not really interested in reading this book. Boy was I in for a real surprise. I was amazed. She has written a book that encompasses generations of family members by continuing the original traditions set forth in the first series. Mason is Magni’s son. Mason is drawn to the summer time gatherings. The Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe each sends five future leaders. During an unexpected summer snow storm, everyone including Mason are in search of a lost female, Belle. Belle is an outsider. She is treated like a persona non-grata. She is not an academic which is what her people value the most over anything else. In this particular book, the old adage stands true, opposites do attract. Mason and Belle are from two separate worlds, having previously met as teenagers. Is it possible to have Mason and Belle overcome their differences and conquer obstacles in their way of true love. Read the book to find out. The author has done it again. Elin has created another AWESOME page turner. She will continue to carry these traditions with each and every story that she writes. I am sure that those individual books will also be page turners.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amyiw

    I didn't know if I would like the second generation but it throws in the French, who have their own structured, really communal communistic society. They have laws on relationship and not having them, children and where you belong. Now the 3 very different countries are trying to build bridges by convening a future leaders summit, where all 3 send teens to meet up with each other each year to learn the other's rules and quirks. After years these people know one another. It is here that things ge I didn't know if I would like the second generation but it throws in the French, who have their own structured, really communal communistic society. They have laws on relationship and not having them, children and where you belong. Now the 3 very different countries are trying to build bridges by convening a future leaders summit, where all 3 send teens to meet up with each other each year to learn the other's rules and quirks. After years these people know one another. It is here that things get tricky as some even like one another but the rules of each country have issue with relationships. I, in the end, still didn't understand (view spoiler)[why Belle was chosen to participate in these "summits" as she didn't seem like the "future leaders" that they were trying to promote. (hide spoiler)] It never was explained well. (view spoiler)[ They claimed it was to show off the beauty and creativity of the French people but she was 12 and they certainly didn't value those traits as they had her working as a daycare worker. (hide spoiler)] So that and the slow burn of the romance and them drawing out their conversations brought down the love of this. I really loved all the different personalities and how they interacted though I wish they pointed out more positives of the other cultures then just the nmen and women. Really enjoyed the new generation and already bought the next book.

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