Friday, May 18, 2012

5 Star Review for Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Suzie D. Grant

Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award
"One of the best books I have ever read!"

 Says Reviewer Paula R.

Title: Valkyrie’s Vengeance
Author: Suzie D. Grant
Release Date: 3/13/12
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 230
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Series: Maidens of the Shield (book #1)
Format: E-Book
Posted: May 12, 2012
Reviewer: Paula R.
Rating: 5
Heat Level: 1


Tyra Svensdottir shipwrecked in the land of the Saxons off the coast of England. She was only twelve years old and she wanted to accompany her older brother on a trading expedition, but her father forbade it. Her father was a Viking king. Tyra stole away on the ship. The ship wrecked and she was the only survivor. The Saxons tried to capture her, but she ran and found a place to hide. She managed to battle and kill one of the captors, but then came the other two that were after her. She killed the second one while the third ransacked a cabin she had come upon. Then the third one came and she was too exhausted to fight anymore. Just when she thought she would die, the old lady from the cabin rescued her by killing the third Saxon. The old lady reached out to Tyra and Tyra found someone to stay with. Enid was the old lady and she raised Tyra.

Ten years later and Tyra went down to the shore. There she found a longboat, and Vikings. She has learned the Saxon ways in the ten years she has been with Enid. She followed the Vikings and was devastated to learn they were on a raid of the village. When she came upon a small boy whose mother has just been killed she showed her skills. All of a sudden Enid is there and the red headed Viking killed her because she raised a sword to him. Right then and there Tyra vowed vengeance on the red-headed Viking. Will Tyra be able to avenge Enid’s death? Where will her vengeance take her?


When I went to find a book to review at Risqué Reviews, I discovered Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Suzie Grant. It didn’t have a summary. I almost didn’t check it out. Something told me to give it a try. Am I ever glad I did! Wow!! Sometimes I will go to Amazon and read the book description. But for some reason, I didn’t this time. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have checked this book out. I'm not a fan of Viking stories. But I love historical romance. This book began in 901 AD. Yet, the main storyline took place ten years later.

The action had me from the very first sentence. Beyond the action-packed events from beginning to end, there are also tender parts as Rorik realized he is falling in love with the vengeful Valkyrie Tyra. Then, the more Tyra is around Rorik, the more she admires him. Add to that Grant's description of Norse cultural detail was wonderful. Grant teaches me a lot about how the Vikings and the Saxons lived through the description of Norse boats, weapons, and houses as well as Norse myth and gods. The story is interesting in Grant's portrayal of how the Vikings followed their beliefs. And don't forget about the tough heroine…

Tyra is such a brave girl who learned to fight and take care of herself in a world where a woman must to survive. I especially like it when she met the dark Viking--her name for Rorik Thorlicksson. She meets Rorik at the end of swords and daggers in an act of revenge because his king had killed the only woman she had known as a mother--Enid. Rorik mocks her when she swears to have the head of his king after the Norse King killed Enid. Tyra swears vengeance on the Norse King, and the dark Viking as well. Unfortunately, time changes all things…

Tyra was a Viking before she was raised Saxon by Enid. To follow through avenging Enid's death, she travels with Rorik to his homeland. They form a sort of bond. He secretly hopes to change her mind about his king. The journey leads to many different feelings as the story unfolds. I could feel her attraction to Rorik, but also her distrust of him because his people had raided and killed village people.

So, this book proves readers should always give a book a chance. I would have missed out on one of the best books I’ve ever read had I not done so with Valkyrie’s Vengeance.

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