Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Valhalla


Title: Valhalla
Author: Mandy M. Roth
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-145-8
Genre: {M/F} Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Living in Odin’s heavenly paradise of Valhalla sounds like a walk in the park but for Linnea, one of the Valkyrie, it’s anything but. Even though she’s always followed the directives of the Elder Valkyries, she’s not happy about many of the things she needs to do to fight the evil looming on the horizon.

Her newest assignment makes her particularly unhappy. Now she’s leaping through time into the most important battles of time trying to get warriors with any supernatural powers to join the Valkyries’ cause. Unfortunately she’s in a battle against time. The vampire demons the Valkyrie maidens are fighting against are after the same warriors and she has to get to them before the bloodsuckers can attack and turn them.

Her quest brings her in contact with Kerr Laochailan and the love she’s desired for years. When it looks like her heart’s desire is within her grasp, Kerr is ripped away from her. Despite her deep emotional pain—her mission must go on—and she’s alone.

Valhalla is the second book in Mandy Roth’s Valkyrie series. She’s done a nice job with the characters from Norse mythology, but used her own unique creative twists and come up with a concept that’s new, fresh and original. Linnea is determined, dedicated and willing to do just about anything to fight the evil threatening the world, even if she doesn’t always like the way she has to go about doing it. She does have men in her life, many men, and some become important to her. Kerr is strong and powerful and their relationship is the most special in her life, influencing her actions for centuries. He is by far my favorite.

The world of Valhalla and its people are vividly described, leaving the reader with a good sense of the vast beauty of their surroundings and the fight against evil that drives them. Linnea is a great character and the author does a nice job moving her in and out of various time periods and countries, making her fit into each era seamlessly. Unfortunately, it’s also the part of the plot where it got confusing. There are just so many people added to the plot and different eras in the last portion that I got a little lost.

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