Asa Maria Bradley has brought Viking lore and folk tales to life, in her series Viking Warriors. Ms. Bradley, born in Sweden, and brought to America as a teen, writes of Vikings and Valkyries, mythology of her Swedish upbringing. In this series they are living amongst humans on Earth, or Midgard, as the Vikings call it. Heroine, and Valkyrie, Astrid Irisdotter, continues the investigation started in the first novel, Viking Warrior Rising. Loki, the god of mischief, has sent his minions to Earth to create havoc genetically altering humans and creating evil Wolverines. These evil beings are bent on kidnapping humans for nefarious reasons- and attacking her fellow Vikings. Sent on a mission to bring home her Queen’s brother from the hospital where he has been recuperating from being held hostage by these creatures, he again gets kidnapped by these Wolverines. Now on a mission to rescue him, Astrid recruits Luke Holden, night club owner. We met Luke in the last novel, when Naya, the Viking Queen was doing some illegal business with him. When Luke meets Astrid, his interest is immediate. Not a shock because even I know Valkyrie’s are tall beautiful blonde warriors, and he wouldn’t stand a chance against all of that. However, as we find out, there is a little bit more to Luke than just a night club owner, he has his own inhuman warrior strength.
I have not read a lot of books about Viking tales, or romances with Viking warriors. The closest I’ve come to them are Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series, which has the same gods, but are paranormal romances. The warriors are actually shifters. This series seems more true to mythology, not taking any fantastical misdirections. The authors use of Swedish terminology, although authentic, did make me break away for a translation, so that when I was reading the words, I’d have the correct pronunciation in my head. Although I’m sure I butchered the language brutally anyway. Despite my bad accent, I did enjoy this new world I was learning about, and always like a great story with some kick ass new characters. Literally.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, through NetGalley for my honest review.
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