Genres: Mythical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 3, 2015
Well let’s see…immortal Viking warriors, enhanced humans, soul mates, lab experiments, and a deadline…
No brainer here! I grabbed it!
The exciting world of Norse mythology and Vikings come to life was heady stuff. For an opening story to a series this one did a fantastic job of setting up the series plot and offering up the first romance and volley in the battle between Loki’s minions and Odin and Freya’s warriors.
The story begins when Naya Brisbane who has been hiding out in the world returns to the lab that captured her and experimented on her to retrieve her younger brother. He is in a bad way and the experiments have poisoned his system instead of enhancing him to be a super warrior like they did her. Naya gets him to safety and then leaves to keep those who would recapture them from tracing his location through her. Naya is a brilliant cyber-security expert and turns to that to fund the treatments for her brother.
Leif is the Viking King of the berserkers and valkyries sent back to earth to protect the humans, stop an end of the world epic battle, and prevent otherworld interference. Leif and his band know that Loki is behind many attempts to send enhanced humans and creatures to destroy the only group that can stop him. Of late, Leif’s inner berserker has become harder and harder to manage. There will come a time when the berserker will take over entirely and Leif will have to be put away for the safety of all.
An encounter with a band of new breed of minions who poison him with a new more powerful drug and his rescue by a mysterious warrior human woman from said minions may just be the saving of him. Leif and Naya both have secrets and both have trust issues that keep them from sharing easily. The attraction between them is great, but Naya works hard to ignore it because she must always be alone and Leif doesn’t want to give any more than he has to after the losses he suffered the first time. Then their is their tug o war about safety, independence, family, and finding home. Will they put off admitting truths and accepting what they have together too late?
So, this was the opener in a series. It was exciting, action-packed, and full of conflict, but also delivers an engaging cast of new characters, worldbuilding, and the direction of the series arc. The author’s knowledge of Scandinavian history and Norse mythology shown through and made for a solid premise of the story.
The band of brothers camaraderie with Leif and his warriors was also an asset. Loved when they went into action or were just hanging around the stronghold.
For me the weak point was the romance. Leif and Naya were both guilty of squirreling away pertinent information. I get that trust was tough, but there is a point when the secrecy was carried too far. Lives are at stake and important things bigger than them or their tightly hoarded secrets. And then there was so much resistance to there being any relationship that when the resolve came I was left with wondering where I was when they resolved the issues that both made so much of for most of the story. The suddenness instead of a gradual acceptance and development was the issue and not the characters themselves. Oh granted, Leif is an arrogant, misogynist Viking leader and Naya is a prickly, fiercely independent loner, but I was good with their pairing. And what’s not to like about a big, brawny, possessive Viking as passionate in the bedroom as he is in battle?
I liked the direction of the action part of the conflict. There were a few big exciting scenes and its obvious that though good prevails in the end that there is a lot more to come from Loki’s bag of tricks. I look forward to each of the warriors getting their story as this ongoing battle rages.
All in all, this is a good start and I look forward to what is to come. Something a little different in the way of Paranormal Romance that I can easily recommend.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.