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Valkyrie by Kate O'Hearn
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Cute, fun, simple. For fans of Percy Jackson, early Harry Potter, early Fablehaven. ( )
  kgriffith | Aug 2, 2016 |
It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it, either. The mythology is off just enough to be annoying, the main character is selfish and short-sighted, and the writing is mediocre at best. But, several of the supporting characters are endearing and it's inspired by Norse myths, so it's not quite disappointing enough to just be a one-star book. ( )
  BillieBook | Mar 1, 2016 |
Freya is about to turn fourteen, the time when she will take up full duties as a Valkyrie goddess. She will be an angel of death and collector of souls from humanity's battlefields to add to the warriors that fill Valhalla. But Freya is filled with dread at the thought of the soldiers that feast in Valhalla by night and practice their battle skills by day for all eternity. From her home in Asgard she wonders what it is to be human, whilst knowing that to touch one would cause their death.

During her first battlefield mission, Freya reaps the soul of a soldier with unfinished business and promises to help his troubled family. Always impulsive and often recklessness Freya sneaks away with the help of trickster Loki, breaking the rules and crossing Bifrost, the light bridge that connects Asgard to Midguard (Earth). Will helping the soldier's family fulfil her desire for to learn more about humanity?

Would have liked to see more character development and the ending was a bit predictable but a good story with a new concept. ( )
1 vote DebbieMcCauley | Aug 3, 2013 |
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"Freya is a Valkyrie, a reaper of souls. But she hates what she must do. She doesn't like humans and the pain they inflict on each other, and she never wants to visit another battlefield. But when a soldier begs her to help his family back in the human realm, she agrees and discovers a world of friends. Now she'll have to find a way to keep her promise to the soldier and prevent the wrath of Odin from destroying the world"--… (more)

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