Rating: 5/5 stars
GUYS THIS WAS AMAZING.
A million stars to all the feels, tension, love, hate, and Viking badassery that this story was.
I AM BLOWN AWAY.
I’m so sad this is over now because I never wanted it to end.
I was sold on this book when I saw the cover and read the synopsis, but then I started this and knew I had just come across one of my favorite reads of 2018. This book will suck you in right from the start. I’m talking HEART POUNDING, page turning, non-stop Viking goodness from literally page one. I’m not kidding. My first status update on this book was, “My heart is already pounding from one chapter.” I am warning y’all now, DO NOT make the same mistake I did and start this book on your lunch break. You won’t be able to stop and you will be late to return back to work. Just take my word for it.
Anyway, this book is about Eelyn, a viking warrior, who is a part of the Aska clan. Every five years the Aska and Riki clan go to battle. Eelyn, definitely has A LOT of hostility towards the Riki clan, not just because of their history but because they are responsible for her mother and brother’s death. Chapter one starts off with the Aska and Riki battle five years after Eelyn, has lost her brother and to her surprise her brother is still very much alive, only this time he is fighting with her sworn enemy. Eelyn, not believing her eyes (literally not sure if she hallucinated) because she watched him die five years ago, sets out on a hunt to find out exactly what happened to her brother that would warrant him to be fighting with the clan he once hated too.
That’s all I am going to say without giving away any spoilers.
As usual here is a list of a few of the things I loved about this story:
-A brutal MC who is just as compassionate as she is badass
-The battle scenes were written so beautifully, it felt like I was there (probably would have died in the first chapter though)
-The love and hate Eelyn feels towards her brother is executed so well
–ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE IS THE BEST TROPE THERE IS
-The fact that this will have a companion novel (as much as I loved this story and I’m sad to see it go, it was the perfect length)
-Eelyn’s friendship with Mýra, and the two of them fighting beside one another was epic
– JUST EVERYTHING
All in all guys, this is going to be a VERY hard book to knock out of my top 3 favorite reads for 2018. You definitely need to get your hands on this book once it is released!
Until next time!