e-ARC Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking|Valkyrie #1|

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. 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.

As Malin 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. Malin, along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend, must decide where her loyalties lie…and whether helping Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and to her heart.

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A plot that is inspired by the Norse Mythology, ‘Between the Blade and the Heart’ talks about the Valkyries- the mortal folks created by Odin himself and entrusted with the job of sending the immortals back to their land of origin, or basically, slaying them. Each Valkyrie has their own sword, and hyperfocus Valkyrie powers as well as exceptional fighting skills.

Malin is a Valkyrie, she is not yet licensed thereby fighting alongside her mother- Merlin. She believes that her life is perfect because she gets to fight and slay, has an adorable pet and her best friend is truly the best. Then she meets Asher- the gorgeous blue-eyed guy who tells Malin that her mother killed his mother and he is looking for answers. And suddenly Malin can’t breathe anymore. She needs to find the truth and fast because the world is ending.


Malin and her friends take up the responsibility for finding out the truth about the murder and the undead immortal, but Malin has another thing coming. She has unexplained feelings for Asher, but she has an unresolved relationship with her ex-girlfriend.

A tale of adventure and love, this book brings you the Norse World in a modern format. There is technology and pollution, and the world is a more messed up place than ever. But these bunch of kids is all set to take revenge for the deaths the evil immortal has caused and to save the world. What they don’t know yet that this is a trap that runs deep, and there’s no way one can fix all the problems without losing a few soldiers in the process.

The story is fast-paced and the writing style is extremely simple. The characters are shallow and fail to create any impact. This book can be a headache for anyone reading Norse for the first time because things just drop out of nowhere. No warnings. Full of strange characters and folklore elements, this is a light read and varies in intensity. Not really sure whether I’ll pick the second book in the duology up or not.

ratings3 star

Purchase Links:                             |Amazon Paperback|Coot_page_dividerlovenetgalley - ARC

2 thoughts on “e-ARC Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking|Valkyrie #1|

  1. Ah I am sorry you couldn’t enjoy this book a bit more and really be able to get to know any of the other characters. I read Freeks by Amanda Hocking and while the Norse mythology side didn’t factor into things, I had similar thoughts. Not enough character depth and a bit slow and sudden sometimes…

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