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Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1 | [Erik Schubach]

Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1

The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.
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The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

©2013 Erik Schubach (P)2014 Erik Schubach

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    Trace Pacifica, CA, United States 04-09-14
    Trace Pacifica, CA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Return of the Asgard the most enjoyable?

    A great first book from the Valkyrie series by Erik Schubach


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return of the Asgard?

    The powerful ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to choose one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh .... a lot


    Any additional comments?

    I am impressed by the wealth of detail Mr. Schubach incorporates into his Valkyrie stories. Mr. Schubach writes the way every day man/women thinks. It's not all perfect grammar or poetry - it’s just hard facts with a comic twist. The book has action - history - and life lessons all rolled up in a good story. I would say it is well worth the credit! I hope his other books in this series become available to Audible Books!!!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 05-17-14
    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 05-17-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant Twist on an old Mythos"

    Schubach takes the classic Norse mythology and twists it. Instead of the gods of Valhalla we have an alien race. Instead of the Valkyrie and the Einherjar preparing for an event called Ragnarok, they are fighting other aliens called Ragnarok. In the story the ancient norse mythology was actually all started by Kara, the main character, when she got drunk and told the tales of her people to a group of vikings.

    Though all the characters are a little larger than life, since they are super old and powerful aliens, they all still feel real. And Schubach adds plenty of humor into his books too that make the characters feel that much more real.

    I absolutely loved this book and the series just gets better with each book. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Even Fitjar, Norway 05-13-14
    Even Fitjar, Norway 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Return of the Asgard again? Why?

    Yes I definately will. It was funny and fast paced. Also the action was great. |


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is very hard too choose just one, so I have too say Kate, Kara and Arena. They were funny and badass.


    Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but her voice was a perfect fit 5/5.


    If you could take any character from Return of the Asgard out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hah I don't think that would end well too be honest =)


    Any additional comments?

    If you read and loved Iron Druid Chronicles this is definately for you. Its like the female version of Atticus (Not a copy or anything, just realy well written and performed imho), just different Mythologi. And their not gods just realy long lived and powerful because of Nano tech, so its more Sci fi than Fantasy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Florence, MS, United States 04-27-14
    Amanda Florence, MS, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting take on Nordic Myths"
    What made the experience of listening to Return of the Asgard the most enjoyable?

    A fictional scientific explanation of the myths containing Thor, Oden, and the Asgard.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect of the story is that some parts felt rushed. I would have loved to learn more about the city and the main character's adventures on Earth and on Asgard.


    What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought life to the characters. I wouldn't have experienced the dialect and passion Hollie associated with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for book 2

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Buckelheide 04-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining."
    Where does Return of the Asgard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is well written with a very good story line that keeps you interested and wondering what is next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return of the Asgard?

    There wasn't any one thing, but the whole story itself.


    What about Hollie Jackson’s performance did you like?

    She did a 5 star performance. She played Kara so believable.


    Who was the most memorable character of Return of the Asgard and why?

    The main character Kara


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book. Can't wait. Looking for more books like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Jones 04-19-14
    Anna Jones 04-19-14
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    "Amazing book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to anyone! It is full of action, romance, and wit!!!!


    What other book might you compare Return of the Asgard to and why?

    The characterization of this book is on par with the engaging characters of Erik's MOTS books. He has also created another world that I just want to step into and never leave!


    Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?

    That is such a hard question. I really love Arina and Kate, but I think my favorite would be Kara. She is such a strong woman, holding the line for so many years. She is also so smart, as she has taught her nanites so much


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not sure....Um, After 5000 years of holding the line, she is finally taking her rightful place in Asgard, if she can live long enough for help to arrive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book! I highly recommend this book to everyone that wants to read a book filled with compelling, interesting characters, an intricate world, lots of action, and just the right amount of romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KV 09-01-14
    KV 09-01-14
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    "Amazing Story and Voice!"
    Would you listen to Return of the Asgard again? Why?

    OFCOURSE!! I just can't get enough of Hollie Jackson's voice!


    What other book might you compare Return of the Asgard to and why?

    Well... i haven't thought about this one really... i love the valkyrie Chronicles and it's amazing in its own way


    Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?

    Well i have to say both but i'm leaning more towards Kate her husky voice just sends shivers down my spine everytime.


    Who was the most memorable character of Return of the Asgard and why?

    Kara ofcourse! i can only imagine what it feels like to see your friends and family age and die while you yourself barely age a day.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first ever audiobook to listen too and finish. I love Hollie's voice. She really made the characters come alive! and it felt like i was in with them listening to them and watching the story unfold! and i will definitely listen to the rest!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ChromeViking 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Return of the Asgard to be better than the print version?

    Being able to experience the joy and pride of the characters as expressed through Hollies' read... Yes absolutely!


    What other book might you compare Return of the Asgard to and why?

    I'd compare it to the "Iron Druid Chronicles" by Kevin Hearne because it takes a wonderful slant on classic Mythos. Definitely more Sci-Fi, Stargate SG-1 might be a better comparison.


    What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful voice to listen to, you can practically feel the emotions of the characters coming through.


    If you could rename Return of the Asgard, what would you call it?

    Rise of Valhalla


    Any additional comments?

    The first few chapters felt a little forced. Kate was just too accepting and willing to believe everything. Also we heard nothing from her point of view until well over mid way though the book. A few more chapters of character development would have helped flesh out things more. And as wonderful a reader as Hollie is her presentation of male characters will hopefully get better as the series progresses. I'm going to be re-listening to this book with joy time and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn north carolina 06-26-14
    Cathryn north carolina 06-26-14
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    "A great story and characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend! The story is fun and different, the characters are easy to fall in love with, and it leaves you wanting more. Immediately after finishing I wanted to research more on Norse mythology and I love the direction that it goes in. I can't wait to listen to the next book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenes with action and switching character perspective were the most interesting!


    Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of Hollie Jackson's performances before but she did a good job and added 'attitude' and 'spunk' which was fun.


    If you could take any character from Return of the Asgard out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kate of course. She would be fun to get riled up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sunmonu 06-22-14
    A. Sunmonu 06-22-14 Member Since 2009

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    "great new series"

    I am so glad I gave the novel a chance. Great take on Norse mythology , with grand characters. It is wonderful to have the Valerie take centre stage, rather than the usual Odin and Thor stories. I like the blend of sci-fi, fantasy and mythology, set within modern parameters.
    A few scenes made me smile and one or 2 actually made me laugh.
    It isn't as funny as the iron druid series, but it definitely holds its own.
    Can't wait for book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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