Immortal Vikings are among us
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
Under attack from Loki's minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif's warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn't find her fast, he's going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn't want to be found...and he'll do anything to find her. Because they're both running out of time.
Immortal Vikings, an uber strong mystery woman, Loki causing havoc and an eye catching cover (Yeah, seems I’m liking covers a lot lately, but this one definitely works and is a great representation of Leif *grins*)? I’m definitely down with that and found that I really enjoyed the ride! Viking Warrior Rising is a great blend of fantasy, action and sexual heat with a good dose of mystery and characters that you want to know more about.
Leif, I really liked. He’s got that whole alpha vibe surrounding him, which of course makes sense since he is the king of the group, but he’s not a staunch ‘my way only’ kind of guy, well in most cases, we’ll get to the exception. He respects the abilities of his warriors, trusts them and, being a warrior himself, wants to be by their sides so he can have their backs when in battle. He’s got a good heart and is sexy as all hell, especially when his berserker comes into play.
Naya, I liked the woman and admired her for surviving what she had and taking care of her brother. She’s highly intelligent and extremely strong, yes there were outside influences at play, but she uses those skills more for the side of good than bad, though there is a bit of a grey area at play. But because of these skills the woman did have me wanting to Gibbs smack her a few times. I wouldn’t say she was arrogant per se, because I understood where she was coming from, but she tended to believe that she didn’t need anyone because of them and that got her into trouble.
Their relationship was a rocky one. The sexual chemistry between them was intense due to the connection that made with the Norse bond, but secrets and lack of trust and communication between them as well Leif and his berserker, going all ‘my way only’ on Naya made things that much more difficult. I typically am not a fan of a lot of drama, but considering what each are dealing with, it made sense and I actually found that I wanted to see how it all came a head in the end and how it would be resolved.
Leif’s band of warriors were fun to be around and the learning about the different parts of the world they’d come from and the little details about the various languages totally appeal to the geek in me. Astrid is probably my favorite of all of them, but Irja and Ulf are right behind her and I am really looking forward to learning more about them all.
Ms. Bradley is a new author to me and I found her writing style and voice to be quite engaging and I like how balanced the fantasy, sci-fi and romance elements in the story were as well incorporating the Norse culture into the story. There are some issues that were not resolved, though I wouldn’t call them cliffhangers in any way, but all in all I liked how the story worked itself out.
The Bottom Line: Great start to a new series and can’t wait for the next one!
~ ARC provided by SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings in her paranormal romances. She also writes romantic suspense and now lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed.