Valkyrie Symptoms by Ingrid Paulson
Released: October 17, 2012 / Rating: 4 out of 5
Valkyrie Symptoms is a short story prequel to Valkyrie Rising. It happens one day prior to the events in the main novel, and all 20 pages of it are from Tucker's point-of-view. I loved Tuck in Valkyrie Rising, so it was great getting a glimpse inside his head. To know how he sees Ellie and to read more of the banter between them that I enjoyed in the full novel. I wish it were longer though because it went by too quick! But I am glad to have something else to read in this world. If you loved Tuck in Valkyrie Rising, you'll get another fix with this prequel.
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Released: October 9, 2012 / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the story and the fact that it was filled with badass female warriors known as the Valkyries.
Ellie, the main character, was likeable and brave, and her brother's best friend and the love interest Tucker was my favorite because of his awesome personality and protectiveness of Ellie. All the characters were great and believable, and I loved how the romance played an important role that never once overshadowed everything else the book had to offer.
The pace and action really began to pick up at the halfway point, but the beginning was still as intriguing as the rest of the novel. Overall, I thought Valkyrie Rising was well done and thoroughly entertaining.