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by Amanda Hocking
Series: Valkyrie #1
Published on January 2, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.
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I expected. . . more from Between the Blade and the Heart. At the mere mention of Valkyries I was SO ready to love this book and I did to an extent but this wasn’t a home run for me.
But hey, bring on the mythology!
Hocking took several cultures and mythos and just smashed them together into one book. I kind of liked it because rather than feeling like the supernatural beings introduced were all put in a room together to make things “interesting,” there seemed to be a modern unified world theme going on. Plus I totally love mythology in general so I was more than happy to keep reading. Granted, I had to look up a lot of the beings as I was reading which detracted from the reading a bit but I also found it interesting too so good and bad there.
And the heroine, Malin, was typical for what I’m used to seeing in urban fantasies (which is what I’d say this book is most like). Spunky, a bit stubborn, and enjoyable to read. Though I can’t speak to the quality of rep (please check out other reviews that can better speak to it), Malin is bisexual and I loved seeing the dynamic between her and her ex-girlfriend, as well as her guy friend because, frankly, I’ve never seen it done in such a seamless way where it simply happens. I want more of that!
Honestly, the story was interesting enough too. I can’t say it was super memorable but I was hooked. Where Hocking lost me was the writing itself. I enjoyed her Trylle books well enough but this time around, it took me a while to really get into the book (well over 30% and I even contemplated DNFing). Between the Blade and the Heart is pretty heavy on the detail but it wasn’t anything I actually wanted to visualize. Earlier in the book, Malin’s food is described in far too much detail but could I tell you where she was in terms of setting? Nope. I liked the level of detail in this book but not what was described because it felt like anything relevant was glossed over and I lost a sense of place in this book. I wasn’t grounded in the world and ended up reading more on the surface than anything which took away from what could be a really good novel.
Thankfully, the detail didn’t get in the way as much further on in the story and I started enjoying the book more, but it took slogging through the first half. If you enjoyed her previous books then I’d say give it a go but if you’re already unsure about reading it I’m not sure I can recommend it. There are a lot of great elements but some of the final execution just brought it down for me.
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