Book review - Freya-
review by Becky
Freya is the myth. Freya is the legend. And she’s about to make one hell of a comeback.
There's far more to Sara Vanadi than meets the eye. In her prime, she was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death - though that past hardly seems to matter now. For an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers - and the strength they bring - are painfully hard to find. But when a new, rising power threatens to remake the world by bending the divine to its will, Sara realizes her days of hiding have ended, and a chance to claw her way out of the history books has arrived. She'll just need new clothes and a manicure before she gets started. Blending elements of fantasy and scifi in a modern-world setting, the first novel in this new young adult series by Matthew Laurence is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Really enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to find a norse fantasy novel that focuses on a single god and not the whole pantheon. It is also highly refreshing for the underlying moral/ethical debate behind the characters and storyline. That of If Gods are real, do they do more harm than good? This is explored well within the character of Freya who is a Goddess of multiple specialities - Love, War, Beauty and Death.
For in Freya's story you learn that a lot of gods from centuries past have survived despite critical low levels of belief or worship keeping them alive. However, soon Freya's secret life in a psychiatric care home is discovered by an elusive powerful and well connected coorporation looking to recruit Gods with the offer of factory produced belief in exchanging of utilising their powers for the companies own ends - or non-existence.
Freya of course being the type of God she is doesnt comply but due to her weakened state she runs. Dragging Nate, a mortal who had just got a new job at the care home, into a life changing adventure.
Involving Disney World, magic, secrets, gods from other pantheons, danger but also some touching moments of laughter.
Great fun to read and definitely the first in a series. I for one look forward to Freya's next adventure.
About the sequel: Becky has reviewed that book too!
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
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