Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley #Review

Posted December 12, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley #Review
Viking Warrior Rising

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Series: Viking Warriors #1
Genres: Mythical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 3, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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5 years ago

I just can’t with vikings, I get all historically incorrect!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

Haha, the author is from Sweden plus she put her Vikings in the modern age for a paranormal so I think you would be safe.

Red Iza
5 years ago

I think it’s something I might enjoy, even if secrecy would probably bother me. I’ll try it ! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

There was a lot to like, but there are a couple irritating moments. Typical, really. πŸ™‚

Lekeisha Thomas
5 years ago

I love all things vikings, so this may be a book I could enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I saw that title and was instantly wanted the Vikings. πŸ™‚

5 years ago

I know exactly what you mean about the romance. This however looks worth a look for the world.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

It is. I think knowing what to expect will make a difference and make the book more enjoyable.

Lover Of Romance
5 years ago

I am really looking forward to reading this one. I will keep in mind the romance though. I dont mind secrets but only when it doesn’t detract from the story line. But I really like the other elements… I will probably pick it up when it becomes available at my library. Love your Christmas look…the flashing lights are so cute with the falling snow!!!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Shari made it festive. I love it, too.

Yes, the overall story is worth getting over the secrecy.

Melanie Simmons
5 years ago

I love the idea of a book with more Norse mythology. If I decide to try this, I’ll be picturing Chris Helmsworth and Tom Hiddleston for Thor and Loki.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

LOL! I had those images, too. It is a treat for the senses. πŸ™‚

5 years ago

I don’t read a lot of mythology books, but this one does sound good! Those lab experiments sound really horrifying though. That’s too bad the secrecy went a bit too far. I am not a big fan of characters who keep a lot of secrets especially when it comes to the romance. I can see the need for them sometimes, but in some books it goes a bit too far. The conflict does sound well done. It sounds like a good solid start of the series. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, the mythology was a nice backdrop element. Fortunately, the lab part wasn’t told in detail because I am squeamish.
The secrecy was frustrating, but there was a lot to like, too.

Alyssa Susanna
5 years ago

Vikings and Norse mythology, you have me sold! Also heat rating of 4? Yaaassss. This sounds exactly like something I might like, Sophia. Lovely review!

Have a fantastic weekend. πŸ™‚

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Glad to point you toward one of interest.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Nice! Viking warriors, I do like that. And that cover is very nice too.

I love the addition of the Christmas lights on the blog. πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks, Mary! Shari is making it pretty and festive.

Oh yes, I saw Viking Warrior and I had to grab that one. The cover certainly didn’t hurt. πŸ™‚