Rule the realms.
Brynn Aksel is a valkyrie—a battle goddess tasked with protecting both the God of War and the future of Asgard. She fends off giants and dark elves with an iron fist, a glossy smile, and no less than perfekt control. She’s focused one-hundred-percent on rising through the valkyrie ranks, and not at all on her lifelong crush on Henrik Andersson—the one guy in all the realms who could be her undoing.
Henrik serves as War’s other bodyguard, and he’s too focused on protecting their shared charge to realize that Brynn’s a girl. When an unprecedented surge of darkness abducts the Goddess of Love, Brynn’s already-steely focus is singularly directed on her new assignment—accompany Henrik to recover the realms’ source of light before the cosmos descends into chaos.
While battling demons, dragons, and the not-quite-dead, it becomes clear that immortality does not equal invincibility. And when Hel herself puts a hit on Brynn, the valkyrie has to decide if staying in control is worth losing everything . . . or if it’s time to rule the realms.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Brynn and Henrik in Perfekt Order. They are Tyr’s bodyguards. But something happens and Freya ends up missing and Tyr charges them (by way of Odin) to figure out who it is and to get her back to them. Brynn has a lot riding on this and she needs her wits about her and to not let her emotions take control. But there’s a past history that she must muddle through and it doesn’t help that the man that she’s been in love with forever is standing right next to her and she can’t even tell him.
I have loved these two characters since the last book. We actually got a hint of Henrik in the Elsker Saga, but we never got more than that. But these two truly were perfekt for one another. We also get to see more of Mia and Tyr, and Forse and Elsa, and Freya. I think that the Goddess of Love should also fall in love. (HINT ST BENDE! There’s a certain human who’s in desperate need…)
Ms. Bende’s writing is only improving. This world that she’s building is becoming greater and grander and her characters are flowing smoother. I really can’t wait for the rest of this series and anything else she decides to put out. So, I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, but would I recommend this book? Well, DUH!?!? Of course!
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga and the Ære Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.
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