Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Thrillers
"Action-packed, sexy, and fun! Reminiscent of J.R. Ward—but with Vikings!"—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author on Viking Warrior Rebel
A double 2016 RITA Finalist for Best First Book and Paranormal Romance!
When Loki's forces descend
Immortal Vikings are humanity's only protection against the dark
Under attack from Loki's minions, immortal warlord Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif's warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn't find her fast, he's going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn't want to be found...and they're both running out of time.
I’m a sucker for books with any type of mythology or lore and you can tell that the author did a good amount of research when creating the Viking Warriors world. She made sure to weave in norse mythology without info dumping which I really appreciated.
The book was reminiscent of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series with these dark protectors tasked with keeping humanity safe from creatures they aren’t even aware exist. I like that this is still very much paranormal romance but that we’re seeing magical Vikings with berserkers and our villain is Loki. It was refreshing to have something so original.
I found myself instantly interested in Naya and her story. I wanted to know more about her and her upbringing. She is the picture perfect heroine for me. Strong-willed, independent, and stubborn. Leif was a great hero but I didn’t feel as strongly invested in him as I did our heroine. He seemed to check all the alpha-hero boxes but I never felt that pull or connection. My interest was piqued enough though that I do plan to continue the series.
All in all, Viking Warrior Rising was a well thought out, unique, and action-filled novel that I genuinely enjoyed. It didn’t suck me in to the point that I blew through it in a day and just couldn’t put it down but I am interested to see where things go next and I think the series has some serious potential. I’m looking forward to starting Viking Warrior Rebel next.
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About the Author
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romances. She came to the US as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV series. Asa currently resides on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed.
Booklist has attributed her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building.” Her debut book, VIKING WARRIOR RISING, was a 2016 double RITA® finalist and her most recent release, VIKING WARRIOR REBEL, received Top Pick! status by Romantic Times Magazine, which described the book as “filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.”