Dead Embers is the second book in the Valkyrie series.
If you are new to this series, check out my review of the first book
Dead Radiance HERE
Dead Embers by T.G. Ayer
Paperback, 398 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Infinite Ink Books
Age Group: YA
Series: Valkyrie #2
Source: ecopy from Author
Valkyrie-in-training Bryn Halbrook just can’t catch a break. With her boyfriend stuck in Hel and the taunting laughter of Loki still ringing in her ears, she struggles to concentrate on her training and duties in Odin’s realm. The last thing she expects or wants is more adventure—but then treachery, a shocking abduction and a chilling discovery send her forth on another perilous, globe-hopping mission.
As the ultimate battle, Ragnarok, draws closer, it’s a race against time for Bryn, Fenrir and their team to discover who kidnapped her foster brother from the halls of Asgard and what’s causing the mysterious deaths of so many of Odin’s chosen warriors.
In the exciting sequel to DEAD RADIANCE, Bryn encounters dwarfs and dragons, new friends and old foes—but worst enemy of all may be the person she trusts most!
Dead Radiance was one of my favorite books a few years ago when it first came out and since then I have been so excited to continue the series. Dead Embers picks up right where Dead Radiance leaves off. Since the first three books are all out now, I would recommend reading series one right after another because TG Ayer has a super talent for crazy cliffhangers that leave you wishing for the next book to be in your hands ASAP. (Just a warning) This is going to be a really hard review for me to write without spoilers, because there are lots of the story that are based on twists and turns and crazy surprises. I will leave it at this- I am obsessed with Ayer’s plot writing abilities. I love how she tells a story. She incorporated all sorts of Norse gods and creatures and really lets them shine in the story. And through all of their parts we learn all about Morse mythology, but none of it feels like an information dump. It just feels like we are immersed in Norse mythology and culture and I loved that.
Bryn really starts to grow and come into her own in this book. She still struggles with feeling different than the other Valkyries. She is more human in a way than them and it shows. She is a little too trusting and more open than the others, but I don’t think those things are necessarily faults. I thought they were endearing qualities. And I loved the flying lesson scene with Fen. It was exciting and funny as heck! And this book would not be complete without Bryn’s signature snark that I adore. She is a tad stubborn and hard headed but she loyal to a fault. I just really like Bryn. And in Dead Embers she has so much resting on her shoulders. She has a war to prepare for, and she has to go to Hel to rescue Aiden- her budding romantic interest from the first book, and to make everything even more interesting all of the Valkyrie warriors are coming back to Asgard with this mysterious black tar/goo substance that is bad news bears for them. Holy cow, there is a lot going on in this book! I ate it all up! I was just as engaged in this book as I was in the first. And you better believe I will be reading Dead Chaos right after this one! I need to know how what is going to happen next!
A bunch of the characters from the first book are back in the fray, including Bryn’s human friend Brody. Plus some more Norse gods show up to make things interesting, like Thor. I will admit that I just saw the second Thor movie two weeks ago so I kept picturing Chris Hemsworth as this Thor. 😉 (I’m sure everyone else did as well.) TG Ayer has done a fantastic job detailing the Norse gods and telling a riveting story. War is brewing and I just know that the next book will be EPIC!
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