Author: Amanda Carlson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Day: May 24, 2016
When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.
Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.
After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…
I like stories with kickass heroines. It doesn’t matter whether they’re already a part of the world of the book, or they come into their powers along the way, those stories call to me. They have a good pace, as is the case with all urban fantasy series, and I really enjoy getting into the heads of the heroines while they most likely deal with all kinds of troublemakers and frustrating heroes.
Phoebe was one of those who discovered her powers along the way. She was a Valkyrie but didn’t know about it until the day she was struck by lightning in the stockroom in Macy’s. Before she could dwell on that particular oddity, she was shooed from her own home and later, kidnapped. She did face some horrifying creatures by the way. And to her credit, freaked out on a lower scale compared to how I imagine I would’ve reacted. Hmm, must be the Valkyrie blood.
I’d be lying if I said I connected with Phoebe right away, the world is still building and the story still continues, so just like her being acquainted with her powers, I think I’ll find a way to fully appreciate her character in the coming books. Everything was fast paced here, including her introduction, and that may be why I was slow on completely grasping her.
Talking about fast paced, her love interest also quickly escalated. I guess that’s understandable under the terrible circumstances they met, but I kinda wished the author had taken things slowly and created a sexual tension instead of pledging their love for each other in the first book. Yeah, I know, I know, I’d probably curse that too, but it’s more fun that way, c’mon.
The world building was fast but I was okay with that. Just like Phoebe, we’re plunged into this strange new world where myths become reality. It’s all good and fun though, because it’s always enjoyable to read certain stories from different authors.
A nice start to a new series, I think I will be following Phoebe and Fen’s adventures. I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge and looking forward to how Phoebe’ll discover her powers as a Valkyrie.
Other titles by Amanda Carlson:
- Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1)
- Aces Wild (Sin City Collectors #1)