Book review - Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
review by Becky
Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she'll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she's there.
Available on Amazon.com both in hardcover and kindle: Valkyrie Rising
Valkyrie Rising is another fresh and brilliant interpretation of these fantastic mythical beings from norse mythology.
I particularly like the way Ingrid has used the Valkyrie's famed beauty as one of their magical enchantments to lure modern day lads to an unexpected fate. Of course she has also equipped them with other kick-ass skills that will put any angel/vampire/witch to shame hehehe I'm pleased to say. The way Ingrid has invoked the mythology and in a prime location around teenagers and all their insecurities, worries, fears, hopes and dreams is extremely gripping and really pays off as the main character of Ella discovers her own independence and empowerment through discovering her secret strength and power as a Valkyrie descendant. I loved Ingrid's portrayal of Loki, the way his shape-shifting abilities immediately unsettle both characters and readers and is a strong signal for his untrustworthiness which he does prove occasionally.
Although I must admitI did for a few chapters believe the character Tuck was going to prove to be Loki in human disguise but Ingrid has a bigger and better suprise secret laying within him that reveals so much more near the end of the book.
The book itself has a decent lengthed chapters with enough action, intrigue, drama and mystery to keep you going although it did have a steady pace at the start to the middle so I was beginning to think of this book was going to be part of a series but when secrets and lies are revealed from the middle to the end it really umps up the dramatic tension and leaves you reeling at the end and excited when you do finally learn that there will be more norse mythical mayhem and adventure from Ingrid's valkyries in a sequel yet to come.
Valkyrie Rising sits proudly along my few fab valkyrie novels that are bringing these powerful mythical women back to the modern world with a hell of an impact on young readers minds. I can't recommend this one enough.
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