I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Viking Warriors #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
Source: the Publisher
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.
A strong start to what I’m sure will be a great series, VIKING WARRIOR RISING was a rollercoaster from start to finish. Filled with fantasy and mythological elements such a Norse gods, Valkyries, and Berserkers, but also liberally peppered with science fiction too (Naya is a super-human thanks to genetic experimentation), this novel was difficult to categorize but a thoroughly entertaining read! Moreover, there are still many questions to be answered in upcoming installments (I hope) in this series which will have readers coming back for more.
Naya Brisbane is a super-human. She was captured and experimented on until her abilities outgrew those who held her captive. It is these abilities that allow her to rescue Leif, King of the Beserkers and leader of the army sent by Odin to battle Loki’s minions on earth. Once Leif recovers from the drug Loki’s minions used on him, instant attraction blooms between him and Naya. But Leif and Naya have major (make that MAJOR) trust issues which make up most of the back-and-forth romance between the two lovers.
The romance isn’t really the focal point of this novel, however. Sure, it plays an important role, but I felt as though much of the plot was devoted to the first stirrings of battle between Odin and Loki’s armies. Regardless, I still very much enjoyed VIKING WARRIOR RISING and look forward to more novels in this series. Can’t wait to see what happens next!