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Young Adult Indie 483
A must read for fans of Vikings!
(Updated: March 18, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
For those who can't get enough of Vikings, Norse Mythology, and kick-butt female leads, this one is for you.

This was my first leap into a Casey L. Bond novel and her writing didn't disappoint! Strong, effortless, and ensnaring from the first page.

Liv is just about to take her place as a shieldmaiden in her village, but two deaths occur days before and it changes the course of everyone's life, and death. Falling in battle, Liv strikes a deal with Skuld and she's allowed to live as long as she doesn't break the deal with the goddess. Along the way she meets Calder, and a few other characters as well, who strengthen and aid her cause to fulfill her destiny.

The writing, as I said, superb! But what I had a difficult time with was the pacing, it started off with a quick boil, then simmered the rest of the way. There is romance, but it certainly doesn't take the front seat, and at times seems a little superficial.

All in all, it's a solid read.
Good Points
A solid, kick-butt female lead in an epic world
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