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
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!
It would be hard not to, an awesome blend of humor scifi and romance i cant wait to see more of the series on audible
Unfortunatly no, im definitly going to be keeping an eye out for her other performances
Kara stole the show for me, and i think id love to see more of her story in a prequal or series of prequals to Return of the Asgard, a character with alot of potiental
Well worth a credit keep an eye on Erik Schubach definitly an amazing up and comming author
A great first book from the Valkyrie series by Erik Schubach
The powerful ending.
To many to choose one.
Made me laugh .... a lot
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!!!!
A fictional scientific explanation of the myths containing Thor, Oden, and the Asgard.
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.
She brought life to the characters. I wouldn't have experienced the dialect and passion Hollie associated with the characters.
Waiting for book 2
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.
It is well written with a very good story line that keeps you interested and wondering what is next.
There wasn't any one thing, but the whole story itself.
She did a 5 star performance. She played Kara so believable.
The main character Kara
Looking forward to the next book. Can't wait. Looking for more books like this.
I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to anyone! It is full of action, romance, and wit!!!!
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!
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
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.
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.
Avid reader. Listen to audio books on long drive back and forth to work.
Awesome story. Great strong characters. Fantastic reading by Hollie Jackson. excellent action, well paced and wonderfully told. Fantastic beginning to a great series.
Being able to experience the joy and pride of the characters as expressed through Hollies' read... Yes absolutely!
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.
A wonderful voice to listen to, you can practically feel the emotions of the characters coming through.
Rise of Valhalla
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.
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!
The scenes with action and switching character perspective were the most interesting!
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.
Kate of course. She would be fun to get riled up.
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