Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan, but when faced with her brother’s betrayal, and driven by a growing love for her brother’s friend Fiske, she attempts to unite the two clans.
This book was amazing!!! I loved how well-written and interesting it was!!! All of the characters were almost perfect and they all changed a lot over the course of the book. The plot was very twisty and I loved how it kept me on my toes. The setting was also pretty good, but the mythology was great!!!
The writing style was somewhat generic and base. I enjoyed it enough but it seemed a bit like most other fantasy novels I’ve read. The storyline was original, it was just that the way she told it wasn’t. I wanted a story that was unique and told it in a different way as well. It wasn’t the writing style was bad, it was just . . . like everything else. I wish it was as different as the story. Everything that needed to be in the story was in it, and then some. So even though the style was unoriginal the book was still good.
The characters were very well-written and unique. They were each beautiful in their own way and so so kind to Eelyn. Iri was the classic kind older brother and I was glad that he didn’t die before the book started. Fiske was great and I loved him so much. Inge and Halavard were the puzzle piece that completed this happy family. They were the perfect people for each other and I am so glad that they found each other and became a family. I loved reading about them so so much!!!!
My one issue was that there might have been too many characters. I forgot their names and who they were almost instantly. I wish that there had been fewer characters or that the characters in the book were used more. That was my only major problem with the book (besides the writing style), everything else was good.
The mythology in this book was impressive!!! I loved how intricate it was and how intense it sounded. All of the lore was very detailed and it made me way more invested in the story. I wish that there were more myths about the Herja, besides the ones that the Riki and the Aska had.
The plot was very very very well-written. It constantly kept me on my toes and it threw me into fires and off cliffs. Basically, it ripped up my heart into tiny little pieces, burned them, and then scattered them across the mountain range and the fjord where the Riki and the Aska lived. There were so many plot twists that crushed me and then there were so many plot twists that made me want to walk up to someone and give them a hug. If you love books with great plots then this is the book for you.
I really enjoyed this book even though it had its flaws. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and people who are obsessed with Vikings. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons