A little disclaimer at the beginning and this will be at the beginning of the 3 posts attached to this book series, I did get this book for free from the author as a review copy… Well, really I got the omnibus that contains the first 3 book. I will say that this book already is right up my alley which is why I agreed to review it. It’s an urban fantasy. Now given what my review is and how much I like this novel, it might not seem like I am giving this a glowing review because I was given the book… However, that is not the case, I will try and write my reviews as objectively as possible… But I will tell you off the bat that I absolutely love the book.
Solina is just a baker working in her family’s bakery. However, when her brother dies and someone needs to go an clean out his apartment in Alaska, she jumps at the chance. She is determined to find out what really happened to her twin brother and the only way to do that is to go to where he died. When she arrived, everyone at her brother’s old job is really welcoming. She quickly finds out that not everything around her brother’s death is what it seems, and how do his old co-workers play into everything.
The storyline in this book is very interesting. I remind me a lot of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. We have the aspects of Gods that were reborn into mortal vessels. I enjoyed the integration of the Norse mythos into the series and really gave you a background to the story while you’re trying to figure out the mystery throughout the book. For someone like me who is not well versed in many mythologies, this allowed me to have just enough knowledge on the subject to understand the background of the characters.
I enjoyed the character development throughout the book. Solina is pretty normal and soft at the beginning f the book, but while the book progress she starts to grow a backbone and learn a lot about herself. Val remains pretty constant throughout the book. However, Thorin in the book was very interesting. He was always more aloof in the beginning but we really got to know more about him further into the book. I feel like he’s going to be playing an even bigger role later in the series. He just seems to have a background that will be useful in the future.
This storyline definitely goes more towards the fantasy in, however, it works so well that it’s really interesting. Overall I really loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.