Friday, 28 November 2014

#DeadWrath by T.G.Ayer - #Valkyrie Book 4 Release Blitz PLUS #DeadSilence Cover Reveal


Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)


Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves ... They all come to fight for Odin.

And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.

While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun's death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms - Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.

The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.

Ragnarok is here ...


In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.



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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015

Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves ... They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan's absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here ...

In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world.
 


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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Becky Bookworm Book Review: The Terror (Short Story) by Giles Kristian

The Terror: A Short StoryThe Terror: A Short Story by Giles Kristian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is Giles Kristian's first fully published short fiction and fits snuggly before God of Vengeance which leads ultimately to the Raven Trilogy.
The title is the most un-nordic of his viking historical fiction so far and the cover immediately made me think of haunted woods, siedr magic and angry volva's cackling on a stormy night. But it also made me think of a very important question - what could possibly be a 'terror' to a warrior-like northman? Who is willing to sail the seas without guarantee of his return? Who is ready to charge into battle without guarantees he will live to see victory?
My answers were shame, dishonour, betrayal - more inphysical things, virtues that all the northmen held close to their hearts.
I am not entirely sure if I am happy or not that these virtues weren't explored within The Terror, although they do feature heavily within his earlier Viking books. The Terror - is a tale with a twist in the tale and a cover and title that don't fully match with the content within I feel.
Without giving too much away the tale is about Sigurd the Lucky's (God of Vengeance/Raven)father, Jarl Harald and is a tale from the days when he was young and trying to prove himself. It involves a most unusual challenge which sets him and his friends against something indeed called 'The Terror' but I will leave it for curious readers to discover what the Terror actually is/was.
There is some battles, fighting, danger, excitement and thrills and quite a surprising amount of nudity in a way most readers wouldn't expect. The language as always with Giles is evocative, enchanting and well-crafted but as a reader who quickly devoured his earlier Viking works The Terror left me a bit empty - it didn't make a huge impact. Whether that's due to the nature of it being a short story or because all in all the story was fairly straight-lined, also perhaps due its compact nature.
But for readers new to him, his world, his characters and his talent I believe it makes a good enough taster of what readers can discover in the books following this little prequel.
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Becky Bookworm Book Review: Hereward- Wolves of New Rome by James Wilde

Hereward: Wolves of New Rome (Hereward, #4)Hereward: Wolves of New Rome by James Wilde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Hereward simply can't be beaten and can survive seas, shipwreck, desert, ambush, imprisonment, power plotting and more! It is out of the fire of William the Conqueror and into the bubbling cauldron of rival family factions, power politics and a dagger hiding not just behind every corner but in every word and look. Another heart pounding adventure. Looking forward to what happens next...
It is good to meet the familiar faces of the original trilogy and observe how they face off against the many challenges in this new journey and new land from elements to people, both on land and on sea. It is also really exciting to meet new fresh faces, both friend and foe alike and I especially like a particular female character that features repeatedly in Hereward and the gang's new adventures.
This fourth book continues to show that James Wilde is a master at starting off several strands of storyline and weaving them all into an patterned storytelling that grips the reader with each turn of the page and is a pattern that shifts like the sands so the reader can never predict or dare guess what will happen next. Each chapter packs a punch, a surprise, a delight, occasional relief but being replaced by more drama and intrigue than the tales of Hereward vs Normans. And the best thing is.... this is just the beginning for Hereward and the Gang - happily ever after doesn't exist for warriors of a conquered country, strangers in a strange land, where deciet is as common as water and where their famous struggle in England means nothing to the nobles of the Empire or the Varangian Guard.
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Becky Bookworm Book Review: Viking Myths- Stories of the Gods and Goddesses by Thor Ewing

Viking Myths - Stories of the Norse Gods and GoddessesViking Myths - Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses by Thor Ewing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An incredibly refreshing and quite reinvigorating retelling of the norse gods and their legends. Learnt many new details about the Gods and their events as well as recountered familiar with legends from a new aspect.
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