Friday, April 23, 2010

The Valkyrie

Title: The Valkyrie
Author: Mandy M. Roth
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60504-942-7
Genre: [M/F] Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Five years after waking up in the hospital, Valerie still doesn’t remember anything about her past aside from her name. Valerie Falkyre. The doctors all agree that she may never regain her memory and she’s resigned to not knowing where she came from or if she has family searching for her. She built a satisfying life. She lives with her friend Molly, has gotten involved with Dr. Payton Sullivan, has a part-time job and is going to school. Life is good until Valerie begins to experience disturbing nightmares and flashes of sounds and events she doesn’t remember or can’t explain.

Her life reaches a turning point when magical abilities begin to manifest and she comes face to face with the reality of things that go bump in the night. She’s suddenly thrust into a deadly world and the only way she’s going to survive is with the help of three not quite human lovers from her past— Lucha, Gregory and Kerr; men she doesn’t remember.

The Valkyrie is the first release in Mandy Roth’s series Valkyrie. It’s an exciting urban fantasy that kept my interest from the first page to the last. She’s created an unusual character in Valerie. I don’t ever remember reading a book where the main character is the victim of amnesia. It’s an interesting premise and the intermittent manner in which pieces of Valerie’s past is exposed works very well. I also enjoyed the differences in her personality: clueless as to her abilities versus vague memories of anger, death, blood, violence and passion.

Molly and Payton are great secondary characters and both play a vital role in grounding Valerie and moving the storyline along. Add in the three men: Lucha, Kerr and Gregory from her very distant past, along with a few vampire bad guys and you’ve got everything needed for a complicated ongoing story arc. I’m anxious to see what other abilities and aspects of Valerie’s personality Ms. Roth reveals in the next release. As is usual for books that fall into the urban fantasy genre, you’re not going to find a happily ever after with this release. If you can enjoy an “I’ve-survived” ending then I say give this story a try.

This book was previously published.

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