This secondary novel in the Valkyrie series is packed so full of action and adventure that there's barely a moment's pause. Where other books may accentuate the blossoming love between protagonists or explore the gritty side of crime, T.G Ayer stays right on the money, never losing sight of her plot, it's ever-thickening drama and the overall end game.
Picking up where the first novel left off, we once again follow the action and musings of Bryn Halbrook - recently inducted Valkyrie, skilled fighter, treasure hunter and soldier of the gods.
Bryn is still shadowed by the choices of her last mission, the love of her mortal life Aidan, poisoned by the trickster god Loki and relegated to the depths of Hel. Still expected to requisition the recently deceased from Midguard, and re-establish the warrior ranks in Asgard, Bryn is forced to focus on her latest mission - discovering why the chosen warriors bookmarked to stand in the fight with Odin during the approaching war are plagued with a sticky, black substance stealing the chance of rebirth.
Teamed with this mystery, Bryn is challenged by the trust of her friends, tasked with an aside mission into the dwarf compound to kill the evil queen, cure the sick granddaughter of a dragon shifter while still finding time to lead other Valkyries into battle and find a way to bring Aidan back from Hel and into her arms.
Hands down this sequel excels the first. Why? There was not one moment where dialogue seemed monotonous or pointless. Action was fast-paced and necessitated through carefully constructed piecing in the plot. Answers from the first book were uncovered as well as a few new mysteries added for spice. Above all the characters maintained complete consistency and I found myself drawn to a few of them, wishing I could read their side stories, delve deeper into their pasts and unearth greater content.
All in all this was an exceptionally well written novel with detailed imagery and tempered back story. Without bias I will happily be rating this novel four and a half fangs out of five and look forward to the next chapter in Bryn Halbrook's very coloured unlife.
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!