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.