Published by Createspace Independent Pub on May 29, 2014
Series: Elsker Saga #1
Genres: Love & Romance, mythology, New Adult, Paranormal
Source: ecopy from Author
Reading Challenges: Clean Sweep ARC
ELSKER - Featured in USA Today
You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.
Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.
Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.
Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mythology and Norse mythology is particularly fascinating to me because I don’t know as much about it as I do greek and roman mythology. I knew a little bit before I read this book and I have read a Valkayrie book before, but I feel like I learned so much about Norse Mythology from Elsker. I really enjoyed how much it was woven into the story. The main character, Kristia is taking a mythology course while she is studying abroad in Wales and her class lessons were a perfect way for S.T. Bende to work in some details and background information on the Norse Gods. It all worked really well.
The book is told completely from Kristia’s point of view, which was nice because it kept Ull mysterious, but I think I would have liked to have gotten some of his point of view as well. It would have been interesting to poke around in his head a bit at the beginning to see what his inner conflict was with Kristia. We eventually get to find out, but it comes much later in the story.
Ull is a big ole softie. I know he was described as being an intense warrior, and while we do get to see a hint of his fierce temper, he mostly seemed sweet, sensitive and like a super hot cuddly bear. I enjoyed watching Ull court Kristia. How could anyone say no to him? I certainly wouldn’t. And I loved how Kristia continually challenged him and put him in his place. She has more than a little spunk in her.
Elsker’s part in this book was a pleasant surprise in the plot line. I loved how it tied everything together. There is some solid foundation laying for what looks like it will be a very interesting and high energy series. There is a free novella available for #1.5 of the series. And after this, book #2 seems like it is going to be pretty action packed and intense. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with that. Fans of norse mythology will really enjoy this book. (and yes, Thor does make an appearance)
Side note: this is a very clean New Adult book.
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