Molten Dusk (The Norse Chronicles #3)

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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 trying to overcome the most recent betrayal and must rely more on Thorin than ever. While they continue their search for Skoll, Solina has a vision of Helen trying to bring about another apocalyptic war with soldiers of the dead. Soline does sense that there is more than meets the eye to the plot, however, she can’t quite figure it out.

I really put off reading this book.  It won’t have seemed like it for you, but I really really did. I enjoyed this book series so much that I didn’t want it to be finished.  It’s was a really interesting book series, finishing with a tad of a book. To be fair, if this book series finished with a pretty bow, I think I would have found it even odder. I will say though the ending is tied with a pretty little bow.

We finally meet Solina’s parents in this book, and I feel like they took things a little too well.  Given, if your daughter came back spouting fire from her hands, I might believe her. However, I would have loved to have more of the attitude that her mother showed at the beginning.  Solina’s personal growth reached a pinnacle in this book. Though she struggles, she finally focused oh her feeling and relationship with Thorin. They work a lot better in this book together then they did in the previous books. I feel like that is mainly due to her personal growth.

This book was an excellent wrap up for the rest of the series. It finished off all of the storylines as well as the character arches in this book. I kinda wish that Helen was used more in this book, it seems like a waste. Especially since she was an instrumental part of Nina’s growth.

Overall, I loved this book series. Though it has some weakness in the flow of the story and the odd way it ended, I still really enjoyed it.

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Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles #2)

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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.

After everything that has happened in Las Vegas, Solina has gone in hiding. She doesn’t know who she could trust to keep her alive. While she hides, she tries to figure out how to wield her powers better. However, when she’s found, she can only think of one person who could keep her safe, Thorin. Things start to get a little weird when the Valkeries seem to be up to something, and Skyla can’t figure out what it is.

I really enjoyed this book, similar to the last book. We got to learn more about all of the gods. At the end of the last book, we were starting to get a better image of Thorin and his life. We also get to see how connected Solina and Thorin have become throughout the series so far. Each character develops nicely through this book. Though Thorin and Solina are the main characters, all the secondary characters grew in this book. We find out a lot about Skyla and Val in this book. We also get a validation about why Skyla doesn’t like Val. Also, I can normally tell when a plot twist is coming and I totally didn’t see the twist near the end. I loved how Laurel managed to write in that twist so it worked seamlessly and didn’t make it seem forced. I found that it actually explained some things from the previous book.

This book’s storyline felt a little segregated from that last book. Though it’s a direct continuation from the previous book, Helen barely mentioned. It seemed to focuses mainly on the Valkeries and the mysterious man who found Solina before she reaches out to Thorin. Though they do go after Skoll in this book, however, he does manage to get away. Or at least that’s what they believe. I felt like, though this book does build the storyline, it was mainly focused on character development. There were some lovely action scenes, however, some of them were glanced over because Soline wasn’t present for the fights.

Overall, I loved this series. I still find it similar to the Charlie Davidson Series. I will say though that this book also seems to pull from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Series. This is a really interesting book series so far.

Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles #1)

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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.