Friday, April 20, 2012

Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Suzie Grant

Stranded on foreign soil. Rescued and raised by the enemy. Tyra Svensdottir declares war on her own people after witnessing the death of the very woman who’d saved her life. Kidnapping the man who wields the sword of the underworld—Hel’s Hammer—Tyra forces him to repair her shipwrecked vessel. Her quest to kill the swordsman’s king takes them across frigid waters on a myriad of adventures and a voyage of sensual discovery.

Rorik Thorlicksson uncovers treachery within his clan but in order to return home to warn of the impending attack, he must yield to the woman holding him captive. Along their voyage he unravels the mystery behind his captor. He discovers she is the woman promised to him in wedlock at birth though her disappearance years ago released him from his betrothal. Dissuading the little heathen from her purpose and into his bed becomes a more appealing prospect with every passing day. Blood vengeance brings them together even as desire binds their hearts. Amongst the secrets and obscurities of their destinies, they find a love that spans a lifetime as well as an end to A Valkyrie’s Vengeance.

Valkyrie’s Vengeance was a good book. This was the first story I’ve read that involves Vikings, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Tyra was a kick-butt protagonist. She was strong, determined, and a girl who you do not want to mess with. Rorik was my favorite character though. He’s enjoyable, intriguing, and just as strong as Tyra, so you definitely want to stay on his good side. I loved the interactions between the two of them. Their romance was fun to read about.
    The writing was very descriptive.  The author made it very easy to picture myself in Iceland. The plot was also extremely fast-paced. Unlike some books, there weren’t parts throughout that were slow. Instead, it seemed like there was never a dull moment. When there is so much happening, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, it was pulled off quite well.  
    Despite everything that was great about this book, it felt like there was something missing. I don’t know what it is, but something just wasn’t there. I really wish I knew what. Whatever it was, it took away from the enjoyment of the book.
   All in all, this was an entertaining read. I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of Historical Fiction.

Abbey - I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are expressly my own.

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