The "Of Gods, Mortals and Vikings" Review
Q: What happens when a fierce, bloodthirsty Valkyrie, daughter of the gods, meets a cocky mortal with a destiny?
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A: One becomes a Party and they all set on an adventure.
This is a story deeply rooted in the Norse Mythology. Equally engaging for the myths&legends fanatic or for the clueless. One thing is for sure; it is an entrataining.
In this book we follow Valkyrie Svava, a legend on her own, on a quest, both official and personal, to find the mystery behind one man's destiny. In the process she finds, that though she thought of herself way above human condition, she might have a human heart. And a way to adorable pet friend. Solen, meant to be a fierce Alpha wolf like beast, is adorably portrayed as one furry friend you would want to have.
And men will be men with their roughness and their fighting, that Svava loves to be a part off. A true characteristic of vikings.
The story is set at a nice pace and reasonably balanced chapters, making for an enjoyable read.
Going through the 16 chapters I had the impression the first 3 or 4 were rushed and unpolished. I found as repetitive the spelled out usual gesture of fist to the heart. I think it would have been perfect if in half of the times the author would have implied them instead of accurately written them. This was not an issue in later chapters where the interactions between characters seemed so natural.
Another thing that I appreciated was the accurate use of terms and gods that made for a vivid setting.
Writing style 5/5
I appreciated the descriptive, well balance and witty turn of phrase, with a poetic twist. It made for an enjoyable read and a study case on how to do a good balance between telling and showing. I also took notes on how to keep a consistent POV when using the 3rd person and not do head hopping. A flawless, clear and to the point delivery, in my opinion.
Again, I believe the first chapters need a little polishing when it comes to repeating words and lengthy phrasing.
Most of the grammar issues I found in the first chapters. I could not tell if they were misplaced or misused words, probably because of the language barrier, but I did find my reading not flowing so easily up until chapter 5 due to this. I also remember an abrupt switch of POV from 3rd to first in one occasion. My conclusion is that a little editing here would go a long way when it comes to the value of this story.
This is such a wonderful read. It offers distinct and clearly fleshed out characters, that stick with you and make you feel something. The adventure factor is meant to push the story forward and is complex as it offers multiple subplots, all hinting to something as monumental as Ragnarok. But my main reason for turning the page remained the characters.