Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author T. G. Ayer.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Valkyrie-in-training Bryn Halbrook just can't catch a break. With her boyfriend stuck in Hel and the taunting laughter of Loki still ringing in her ears, she struggles to concentrate on her training and duties in Odin's realm. The last thing she expects or wants is more adventure—but then treachery, a shocking abduction and a chilling discovery send her forth on another perilous, globe-hopping mission.
As the ultimate battle, Ragnarok, draws closer, it's a race against time for Bryn, Fenrir and their team to discover who kidnapped her foster brother from the halls of Asgard and what's causing the mysterious deaths of so many of Odin's chosen warriors.
In the exciting sequel to DEAD RADIANCE, Bryn encounters dwarfs and dragons, new friends and old foes—but worst enemy of all may be the person she trusts most!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author T. G. Ayer.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Valkyrie’ series, and kicks off where book 1 left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Dead Radiance’.
Following the events of book 1 it is now up to Bryn to rescue Aidan from Hel, but unfortunately she’s got other things to worry about too.
Warriors are being lost everywhere. Every time a Valkyrie goes to retrieve a new warrior their glow has gone and they are covered in a black sticky substance, which seems to have been fatal.
Can Bryn save Aidan? Can she figure out the mystery of the black goo? And what will she have to go through to reach her final goal?
This was an action-packed second instalment in this interesting fantasy series.
Bryn once again showed how brave and loyal she was, and that there was very little she wouldn’t do to make sure that things were right, and to save the people that she loved. Aidan wasn’t as involved in this book because he was trapped in Hel, and instead Bryn was aided by an Ulfr called Mika.
I liked the storyline in this book, and it was pretty action-packed. Poor Bryn was tasked with not only saving Aidan, but also trying to solve the problem with the black goo, fighting dwarves, and battling the other Valkyrie who has seemingly had it in for her from the start, and several other tasks.
I liked how tough Bryn was though, and how she kept on going, even when circumstances seemed dire. I actually thought that this book was even better than book 1, and the added touch of Bryn’s learning to fly was wonderful! I did hope that we would maybe get to know Joshua a little better, but maybe he will show up again in the next book.
I have to say that the end was pretty shocking though! I really can’t believe what happened to poor Bryn! The mystery of the black goo was also really quite unexpected and surprising too, and adds a whole new dimension to the on-going storyline. Bryn seems to have gone through so much, and has even more yet to battle!
Overall; a great second instalment to this YA fantasy series.
7 out of 10.