Author: Kate O’Hearn
Series: Valkyrie #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Norse mythology, Urban fantasy, Young adult
Dates read: 18th – 19th August 2019
5th sentence, 74th page: Archie climbed painfully to his feet.
VALKYRIE: NORSE GODDESS,
CHOOOSER OF THE SLAIN,
REAPER OF SOULS.
Freya dreads turning fourteen – the official end of her childhood and time to take up the full duties of a Valkyrie.
But Freya doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her. As she observes the human world she wonders what it’s like to make friends with girls and laugh with boys, without fear of causing their death with one touch.
And then, on her first mission, she reaps a soul with unfinished business that sends her to the human world on a desperate quest…
Will she find out the true meaning of being human or being legendary?
This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages. And it’s one that I have looked at, picked up, and then seen something else and always just missed out on reading. And now I’m wondering why I just didn’t read it in the first place. This story was filled with the typical misfit storyline, but with extra oomph. Namely in the fact that the misfit is a Valkyrie who has slight temper issues and bands together other misfits to make high school something far more enjoyable…
I’ve read a few series that feature a bit of Norse mythology (not as many as I’d like, but enough to make me kind of happy). I’ve never read one that features a Valkyrie. And definitely not one that has a teenage Valkyrie who is trying to find her place in the world. This was certainly a surprise, and one that made me incredibly glad that I got to spend the time reading this book. Now I just have to wait until the next two books arrive at my doorstep… which, sadly, could be a while.
Although this was an incredibly fun book, it also felt like it was more of an introduction. It had a good storyline, but mostly set up characters, rivalries and societies ready for the next two books. It’s a typical beginning to a trilogy in that it draws you in and feeds you many, many details so that when the really intense storylines take over, you aren’t underprepared. And it makes a great, easy read for those nights I’ve had lately when I’m just too exhausted and overwrought to actually concentrate on anything…
Freya has made it my list of favourite, easy reading heroines. She is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her word, is unable to consider lying and completely independent. Even when it could get her sister into trouble. The dynamics of the many relationships throughout this storyline are intense and so well structured. In each and every relationship that Freya forms, she evolves and changes, finds a way to become more comfortable with herself and the way she feels about others. Which ultimately saves her and her loved ones.
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