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A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own. For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own. For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she's leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go. Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms. As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?


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A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own. For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own. For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she's leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go. Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms. As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?

30 review for The Valkyrie's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Della B

    I was saving The Valkyrie’s Daughter to be one of my last five reads of the year simply because of the stunning cover. ( since this review the book title and front cover have been changed). Behind the cover is exactly what I was expecting, a sensational YA adventure wrapped in Norse mythology and then some. Warner bent the myths beautifully to support her narrative of two young outcasts, one trying to redeem herself and the other following her destiny. The epic adventure story is told in a scint I was saving The Valkyrie’s Daughter to be one of my last five reads of the year simply because of the stunning cover. ( since this review the book title and front cover have been changed). Behind the cover is exactly what I was expecting, a sensational YA adventure wrapped in Norse mythology and then some. Warner bent the myths beautifully to support her narrative of two young outcasts, one trying to redeem herself and the other following her destiny. The epic adventure story is told in a scintillating fashion sure to hold you spell bound. The Valkyrie’s Daughter offers readers who are questioning their identity a positive place to explore and visualize their future. This is a queer utopia for burgeoning LGBTQ young readers.  Sigrid is a lowly stable hand who always wanted to be a Valkyrie riding her winged horse to protect her kingdom. Mariam is an enemy valkyrie tasked to stealing a Seer’s stone and bringing Sigrid to Helheim. The Valkyrie’s Daughter is everything I would want if I was a YA reader and as an adult reader it is pure entertainment. I received a free advance review copy from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tiana Warner

    This story is a marriage of everything I love: warrior women, Norse mythology, horses, and a sapphic enemies-to-lovers romance. Enjoy the journey into the nine worlds! Official promo art for The Helheim Princess. Illustrated by April Pierce. This story is a marriage of everything I love: warrior women, Norse mythology, horses, and a sapphic enemies-to-lovers romance. Enjoy the journey into the nine worlds! Official promo art for The Helheim Princess. Illustrated by April Pierce.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    This was such a fun Norse book! And it was super queer normative aside from still being heavily based in the binary. Also the MC is a horse gay. The Helheim Princess tells us about the story of Sigrid, an oprhan in Vanaheim. Sigrid has always wanted to join the Valkyries, but since she bonded with a normal horse instead of a winged one when she was born, she's been left to the sidelines of being a stable hand. For the most part Sigrid doesn't mind, she loves the horses and caring for them. But sh This was such a fun Norse book! And it was super queer normative aside from still being heavily based in the binary. Also the MC is a horse gay. The Helheim Princess tells us about the story of Sigrid, an oprhan in Vanaheim. Sigrid has always wanted to join the Valkyries, but since she bonded with a normal horse instead of a winged one when she was born, she's been left to the sidelines of being a stable hand. For the most part Sigrid doesn't mind, she loves the horses and caring for them. But she wants more. She and Hestur (her horse) have been training in secret and she knows if she's given the chance, she can prove that she'd be a worthy Valkyrie. During an attack on Vanahalla, Sigrid finds out what the opposing army wants and she goes to stop them from stealing an ancient relic. Sigrid ends up holding the Eye and sees a vision of herself riding Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged horse. The vision gives Sigrid hope that she could join the Valkyries. Sigrid takes the captured Valkyrie, Mariam, and together to two set out to find Helheim and Sleipnir so Sigrid can figure out her destiny. I really liked Sigrid as a character. She was so fierce from the get go, but getting to see her go from someone super impulsive/trusting to becoming a leader and learning how to be part of team was awesome. I loved seeing how while this Norse society did have gender roles, no one was told no because of their gender. The world also was very queer normative for MLM and WLW couples as well as trans binary people. Sigrid is most likely a lesbian, but I hesitate to label her that way. She does discuss that while she's never really had feelings for people, she's definitely found women attractive. So I feel like she could definitely be aspec and lesbian, but nothing is confirmed. I loved the action and exploration of Norse society/mythology of this book. I loved getting to see what the Valkyries are about, and I'm super curious about what they'll do next. I really liked the development of Sigrid and Mariam's relationship over the course of the book. In the beginning I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between the two of them, but it was a big slow burn with a lot of "will they/won't they" vibes. One thing I really appreciated is while they do admit to being attracted to each other, they don't jump to "I'm in love with you". Overall, this was a fun YA action-adventure Norse mythology. Rep: Sapphic female MC, sapphic love interest, trans female side character, two BIPOC side characters. CWs: Abandonment (mother/child), alcohol consumption, animal death, blood, bullying, death, violence, fire/fire injury, grief (from loss of companion animal), toxic relationship (mother/child).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    FUN, BUT NOT GREAT Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐ I might be biased, seeing as how I am Scandinavian and a fan of Norse mythology. If you're not that into the mythology, this might work better for you. But please don't make the mistake of thinking that this is about Norse mythology. It's just inspired by it. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Sigrid: I had great sympathy for our main hero, Sigrid. I felt her pain and her desires very acutely. I was rooting for her to have her happily ever after. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Writing: For FUN, BUT NOT GREAT Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐ I might be biased, seeing as how I am Scandinavian and a fan of Norse mythology. If you're not that into the mythology, this might work better for you. But please don't make the mistake of thinking that this is about Norse mythology. It's just inspired by it. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Sigrid: I had great sympathy for our main hero, Sigrid. I felt her pain and her desires very acutely. I was rooting for her to have her happily ever after. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Writing: For me, the writing was a sore spot. It felt choppy and fragmented. It lacked a natural flow. Dialogue: Another issue for me was the dialogue. It felt stilted and didn't reflect the setting of the novel. That might, of course, be creative choice by the author. But it was a choice that did not work for me. It made it very hard to buy into the concept of Norse warriors in a foreign, magical land. Mythology: Like I said in the beginning, I feel like it is wrong to sell this as a novel about Norse Mythology. Because there were so many things that were unsupported by scholarship. It would be more accurate to say that it was inspired by Norse Mythology. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 10 Criminally Underrated YA Books with an LGBTQ Twist

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle's

    I love an underdog story. Sigrid is a stable had with a wish to become a mighty Valkyrie. Unfortunately her horse doesn’t have wings which means her dreams seem unlikely. When she sees a vision of something more than what she is, a spark of hope is lit. A fun journey with a girl/girl love interest. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    This was SO much fun from start to finish. If you've read the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, which I would say is upper middlegrade, and want to delve into YA, I think this would be a great choice. It explores Norse mythology in such a fun and accessible way, with a fast-paced plot including some twists and turns, and a lot of character development. That was also the book's biggest strength for me: I often feel like plotdriven books lack in character development, but here we have a loveabl This was SO much fun from start to finish. If you've read the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, which I would say is upper middlegrade, and want to delve into YA, I think this would be a great choice. It explores Norse mythology in such a fun and accessible way, with a fast-paced plot including some twists and turns, and a lot of character development. That was also the book's biggest strength for me: I often feel like plotdriven books lack in character development, but here we have a loveable, interesting main character who's realistically flawed and goes through a lot of development. It also has a very lovely enemies-to-lovers sapphic romance, which I couldn't help but root for - they're adorable!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Nonymous

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Helheim Princess in exchange for an honest review. Is the narration and character voice in this one jarringly modern? Yes. Does it take away from immersion some times? Absolutely. But until someone else writes me a queer enemies to lovers Valkyrie book book everyone's going to have to hear me rave about this one. Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Helheim Princess in exchange for an honest review. Is the narration and character voice in this one jarringly modern? Yes. Does it take away from immersion some times? Absolutely. But until someone else writes me a queer enemies to lovers Valkyrie book book everyone's going to have to hear me rave about this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ThianeJansen

    Buckle up and get ready to charge into a adventurous Sapphic valkyries and Norse Mythology novel filled with descriptive landscapes, enchanting fantasy elements and fierce badass Valkyries. This book is perfect for you if you enjoy any of the following: 📍Norse Mythology 📍Valkyries 📍Queer MC 📍Underdog story 📍Enemies-to-lovers 📍Animal companions 📍Slow burn romance We follow Sigrid, an orphan and stable hand who with everything in her wants to become a great Valkyrie. Without a horse her dream seems les Buckle up and get ready to charge into a adventurous Sapphic valkyries and Norse Mythology novel filled with descriptive landscapes, enchanting fantasy elements and fierce badass Valkyries. This book is perfect for you if you enjoy any of the following: 📍Norse Mythology 📍Valkyries 📍Queer MC 📍Underdog story 📍Enemies-to-lovers 📍Animal companions 📍Slow burn romance We follow Sigrid, an orphan and stable hand who with everything in her wants to become a great Valkyrie. Without a horse her dream seems less likely every day, until one day the Eye reveals to her a vision of who she is to become, hope is sparked and she sets out to fulfill everything she was shown. With a threatening attack on Vanaheim that results in Sigrid killing a mere of an enemy valkyrie. This enemy, Mirriam is tasked to bring Sigrid to Helheim after the incident and Sigrid accompanies her while setting out to fulfill the vision she was given. The story gave me a lot of Percy Jackson elements which I loved, I also enjoyed the immense growth Sigrid went through as a character. Mirriam was an absolute compassionate sweetheart, and I love the contrast between her and Sigrid and yet how well they fit together. I am also a sucker for a slow burn so this was right up my alley. It was jam packed with beautiful descriptive scenery and adventures and I can honestly say there wasn’t a moment I was bored. I think my favorite part of the book was Sigrid’s relationship with her horse Hestur and the beautiful bond they shared. Overall it was a good book, I think I might have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t YA, but as an adult reader I still found it enjoyable enough. Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for this ARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)

    Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This was such a fun read! I have always loved Norse Mythology and I adored this refreshing take on this world. Sigrid is a stable hand. But she is a stable hand for the Valkyrie warriors who practice drills daily on their beautiful flying horses. The thing about Sigrid, though, is that she truly has a heart of a Valkyrie and she knows she would be fierce if given a chance. When Vanaheim comes under attack, Sigrid takes off on her trusted (and really Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This was such a fun read! I have always loved Norse Mythology and I adored this refreshing take on this world. Sigrid is a stable hand. But she is a stable hand for the Valkyrie warriors who practice drills daily on their beautiful flying horses. The thing about Sigrid, though, is that she truly has a heart of a Valkyrie and she knows she would be fierce if given a chance. When Vanaheim comes under attack, Sigrid takes off on her trusted (and really awesome) horse. She almost saves the Eye, a tool for prophecy but in the process she sees a vision and when she attacks, she unfortunately kills a rider's horse and is overcome with grief. The Eye has been stolen. However, this does not stop Sigrid from pursuing her future that she briefly glimpsed in her vision. This book was a blast! I loved the look into Norse Mythology, the enemies-to-lovers Sapphic romance, and, of course, horses! Out July 26, 2022!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)

    Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This was such a fun read! I have always loved Norse Mythology and I adored this refreshing take on this world. Sigrid is a stable hand. But she is a stable hand for the Valkyrie warriors who practice drills daily on their beautiful flying horses. The thing about Sigrid, though, is that she truly has a heart of a Valkyrie and she knows she would be fierce if given a chance. When Vanaheim comes under attack, Sigrid takes off on her trusted (and really Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this Arc! This was such a fun read! I have always loved Norse Mythology and I adored this refreshing take on this world. Sigrid is a stable hand. But she is a stable hand for the Valkyrie warriors who practice drills daily on their beautiful flying horses. The thing about Sigrid, though, is that she truly has a heart of a Valkyrie and she knows she would be fierce if given a chance. When Vanaheim comes under attack, Sigrid takes off on her trusted (and really awesome) horse. She almost saves the Eye, a tool for prophecy but in the process she sees a vision and when she attacks, she unfortunately kills a rider's horse and is overcome with grief. The Eye has been stolen. However, this does not stop Sigrid from pursuing her future that she briefly glimpsed in her vision. This book was a blast! I loved the look into Norse Mythology, the enemies-to-lovers Sapphic romance, and, of course, horses! Out July 26, 2022!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacq.and.the.readstalk

    Get ready for an amazing adventure of Sapphic Valkyries and Norse mythology!. This has strong layers of storytelling and weaves an interesting tapestry of Norse mythology, combined with fantasy and adventure elements. Whilst the pacing is slow at the start, it soon picks up into a whirlwind fantasy ride of realms, creatures, and kick-ass Valkyries. It was great to finally read a Norse-based story centred on the Valkyries, making it stand-out and fresh. The MC Sigrid goes through phenomenal growth Get ready for an amazing adventure of Sapphic Valkyries and Norse mythology!. This has strong layers of storytelling and weaves an interesting tapestry of Norse mythology, combined with fantasy and adventure elements. Whilst the pacing is slow at the start, it soon picks up into a whirlwind fantasy ride of realms, creatures, and kick-ass Valkyries. It was great to finally read a Norse-based story centred on the Valkyries, making it stand-out and fresh. The MC Sigrid goes through phenomenal growth and transition. She is one bold MC but is also balanced with a tender side. I loved the relationship between the Sigrid and her horse Hestur. It is such a pure and beautiful bond that people and animals share together. Her relationship with Mariam is a natural slow-burn. A fun mythological romp! Thankyou to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carola

    Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others. When I saw this book is about Valkyries and winged horses I thought count me in! The writer has knowledge of horses which is very refreshing and nice to read about! Sigrid, the main character wishes to become a valkyrie, however her horse doesn’t have wings so the valkyries make sure she knows her place, which isn’t with them. Sigrid however dec Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others. When I saw this book is about Valkyries and winged horses I thought count me in! The writer has knowledge of horses which is very refreshing and nice to read about! Sigrid, the main character wishes to become a valkyrie, however her horse doesn’t have wings so the valkyries make sure she knows her place, which isn’t with them. Sigrid however decides not to let this stop her and make her own destiny by making sure she will become a valkyrie with her horse. This book has Norse mythology, enemies to lovers and action. The beginning is slow, like really slow but further on the action takes place and takes the reader to another level in this story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I absolutely loved this underdog story that is set in Norse mythology. Sigrid longs to be a Valkyrie but as she lacks a winged horse it's never going to happen . However when she gets involved in trying to stop the theft of a mystical object she has a vision that shows her anything is possible ! I'm not going to be long winded but will say this story of a young girl finding her place in the world was fun to read and had action, emotion and of course delightful horses. I was a tad nonplussed that I absolutely loved this underdog story that is set in Norse mythology. Sigrid longs to be a Valkyrie but as she lacks a winged horse it's never going to happen . However when she gets involved in trying to stop the theft of a mystical object she has a vision that shows her anything is possible ! I'm not going to be long winded but will say this story of a young girl finding her place in the world was fun to read and had action, emotion and of course delightful horses. I was a tad nonplussed that the Valkyries don't seem to kill their enemies and only wound but its aimed at teenagers so perhaps that explains it. A good story and just the beginning of Sigrids adventures. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  14. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Review will be posted for the book tour!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Misago

    The author told me this is going to be less dark than Ice Massacre, so maybe I can get through this one without wimpering.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    3.5 stars rounded up. This was a good book! It is very slow to start though and the first third in particular feels a little on the wordier side. I understand there is a lot of set up to do, I just feel it could be tightened up a bit. That being said the last third or so is so enjoyable. We have Sigrid, the want to be Valkyrie who doesn't understand her place in the world. She's an orphan with no clue where she comes from. She wants to be more than a stable hand, to be able to be someone special a 3.5 stars rounded up. This was a good book! It is very slow to start though and the first third in particular feels a little on the wordier side. I understand there is a lot of set up to do, I just feel it could be tightened up a bit. That being said the last third or so is so enjoyable. We have Sigrid, the want to be Valkyrie who doesn't understand her place in the world. She's an orphan with no clue where she comes from. She wants to be more than a stable hand, to be able to be someone special and believes her destiny is to do just that. She's a fierce character who loves her horse Hester, and is great with horses in general. The author obviously has a lot of knowledge about horses and I loved it. "She wanted the reverence that came with being a guardian, a protector, a valued member of the best warriors in the cosmos. Most of all, in her heart, being a valkyrie was her destiny, and without parents to confirm or deny this, it pained her to think she was missing out on her cosmic purpose." Sigrid goes through a ton of growth throughout this book. She starts truly feeling like she deserves more and that her cosmic destiny is more important. But she becomes this tough, yet tender leader who is able to listen to others, admit her mistakes and lead when needed. I enjoyed her journey. The love story felt forced to start with but grew into something sweet. I appreciated lesbian pairing and thought that was done well. I agree with the author, I too wish that all relationships were more accepted in our world and that one didn't have to worry about what others would think, only what they feel for a person. "Don't be so hasty about reaching your destiny that you forget the most important part of life discovering who you are by living moment to moment." I liked the Norse world created here, I thought it was pretty well thought out. I never realized how little concrete information was around about Norse religion and liked how the author explained that in her note at the end of the book. I look forward to reading the second book when it is out. It looks like the story will be moving in an interesting direction.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    Review coming soon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Booklover (Ash)

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Esmay

    2.5 stars. It's interesting, but nothing special. This is another one of your typical YA fantasy books. A strong female protagonist, who is strong willed. It is enjoyable to read, a quick read, but no longer what I look for in books. I would a 100% recommend this to a younger reader getting into the Fantasy genre. 2.5 stars. It's interesting, but nothing special. This is another one of your typical YA fantasy books. A strong female protagonist, who is strong willed. It is enjoyable to read, a quick read, but no longer what I look for in books. I would a 100% recommend this to a younger reader getting into the Fantasy genre.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liena

    Percy Jackson vibes with a breathtaking adventure about North Mythology and Valkyries. Sigrid is 16 years old, and she lives in Vanaheim. Her dream is to be a great Valkyrie, but she doesn't have a mere, so her position in the Vanaheim is a stable hand. Her life is far away from perfect. Sigrid doesn't have parents, and she's mocked every day by Valkyries. But she knows, that her destiny is to be more than a stable hand. She meant to be a greatest warrior from her land. All things changed when Va Percy Jackson vibes with a breathtaking adventure about North Mythology and Valkyries. Sigrid is 16 years old, and she lives in Vanaheim. Her dream is to be a great Valkyrie, but she doesn't have a mere, so her position in the Vanaheim is a stable hand. Her life is far away from perfect. Sigrid doesn't have parents, and she's mocked every day by Valkyries. But she knows, that her destiny is to be more than a stable hand. She meant to be a greatest warrior from her land. All things changed when Vanaheim felt under attack, and she killed a mere. Now, after the Eye has showed her her path, she will go after it sharing the company of Mariam to redeem herself, after she killed her mere. This story is pretty interesting. I didn't enjoy so much the beginning of it, but after the first hundred pages I've really was hooked. It gives me such a great Percy Jackson vibes. I loved how Sigrid travelled and went through all these adventures. I never got bored. Plus, I've adored Mariam. She's so compassionate and sweet, and seems to be so mature. Sigrid is a bit different, she's very passionate, and goes directly to what she really wants, even without thinking a lot about it. The story is very good paced, and I've adored the descriptions of the landscape and the worlds. This is not a complicated story. It's a lovely book filled with a big amount of adventure and some great turnings. I didn't predict almost all the things, so it's great for a reader. A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the copy of this great book. Thank you so much. I've enjoyed it a lot!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All I had to see was sapphic Norse mythology and Valkyries and I was instantly foaming at the mouth for this book. This is a very well written YA underdog story that weaves Norse mythology into the plot and setting, and on top of that normalizes queerness. In this world, there's no real label for the characters in terms of identity because any identity is normal, so that's always a refreshing read! It's a fun ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All I had to see was sapphic Norse mythology and Valkyries and I was instantly foaming at the mouth for this book. This is a very well written YA underdog story that weaves Norse mythology into the plot and setting, and on top of that normalizes queerness. In this world, there's no real label for the characters in terms of identity because any identity is normal, so that's always a refreshing read! It's a fun, sapphic fantasy adventure with an enemies-to-lovers romance! The chapters are also pretty short, so the book feel fast paced and keeps the plot rolling. However, the narration does feel overwhelmingly modern for a book that follows and takes place in Norse mythology-inspired setting, so it really does break the immersion into this fantasy world, but that's really the only gripe I have after reading the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andee

    BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5, rounded up. Once this story found its footing, it became a really solid tale. The prose, however, felt a bit choppy to me, and this caused me to put it down for over a month after the first quarter because I couldn't make myself get into it. The slow burning romance of our teens was really sweet, and I found myself rooting for them a lot towards the end. BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5, rounded up. Once this story found its footing, it became a really solid tale. The prose, however, felt a bit choppy to me, and this caused me to put it down for over a month after the first quarter because I couldn't make myself get into it. The slow burning romance of our teens was really sweet, and I found myself rooting for them a lot towards the end. I like Sigrid, she's interesting and her motivations make sense. I'm not familiar enough with Norse lore to comment on its accuracy, but I found it intriguing and informative enough from that point of view.

  23. 4 out of 5

    river

    I had the pleasure of being able to read an early copy of this book and I must say that I enjoyed it! At first I was iffy and didn’t really care for Sigrid because of how impulsive she was and she never really thought through some of her actions, but I enjoyed watching her character develop as the story went on. I also love the representation in this book! Being trans myself, the trans character was a very pleasant surprise seeing as I haven’t read many books with relevant trans characters. As f I had the pleasure of being able to read an early copy of this book and I must say that I enjoyed it! At first I was iffy and didn’t really care for Sigrid because of how impulsive she was and she never really thought through some of her actions, but I enjoyed watching her character develop as the story went on. I also love the representation in this book! Being trans myself, the trans character was a very pleasant surprise seeing as I haven’t read many books with relevant trans characters. As for the mythology, I thought this book was very well done and the author clearly knows their stuff when it comes to norse mythology. However, i did feel that some parts of the book were very rushed through. Almost like there was a constant rush to get from one scene to the next in order to wrap the story up. But overall this book was very enjoyable and worth the read!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    rat

    i received a free copy through netgalley if you want a sapphic enemies to lovers romance -that is not the main focus of the plot-,Norse mythology,royals and an animal companion this book is for you I don't know how to rate this because objectively speaking this wasn't a bad book. Personally, it had the correct pacing, "showing not telling", character development, AN ANIMAL COMPANION AND NORSE MYTHOLOGY. WHAT ELSE COULD I WANT? However, given that I read it in a period where I started uni and I wa i received a free copy through netgalley if you want a sapphic enemies to lovers romance -that is not the main focus of the plot-,Norse mythology,royals and an animal companion this book is for you I don't know how to rate this because objectively speaking this wasn't a bad book. Personally, it had the correct pacing, "showing not telling", character development, AN ANIMAL COMPANION AND NORSE MYTHOLOGY. WHAT ELSE COULD I WANT? However, given that I read it in a period where I started uni and I was pressed, I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I decided to go with three stars since it's the middle rating. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that this book will be enjoyable for a a lot of readers and honestly, I would really like to read the rest of the series once it comes out

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah F

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Want a book that's: Queer, enemies to lovers, Norse mythology, well developed characters, with great character development? The Helheim Princess is perfect for you. I will say that this books was a little slow at first, kind of hard for me personally to really feel immersed, but it quickly picked up the pace. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Want a book that's: Queer, enemies to lovers, Norse mythology, well developed characters, with great character development? The Helheim Princess is perfect for you. I will say that this books was a little slow at first, kind of hard for me personally to really feel immersed, but it quickly picked up the pace.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Jane Vincent

    I was given an e-arc from NetGalley to read and I am speechless. The Helheim Princess is a phenomenal book! Sigrid is such an easy character to love, she stands out so strongly from everyone else, and through this book is her journey of realizing that it's okay that she isn't like everyone else. It's a wild rollercoaster ride, filled with adventure after adventure. One of the best books I've read this year! I was given an e-arc from NetGalley to read and I am speechless. The Helheim Princess is a phenomenal book! Sigrid is such an easy character to love, she stands out so strongly from everyone else, and through this book is her journey of realizing that it's okay that she isn't like everyone else. It's a wild rollercoaster ride, filled with adventure after adventure. One of the best books I've read this year!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rice

    First off, the idea of Valkyrie is what brought me in but this love story is the best thing to come out of this story. The instant chemistry between the characters and their journey with finding themselves is incredible. It feels like we are just touching the surface of this world and there is so much more to explore so I am hoping this book will continue into a series! 5⭐️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Rice

    First off, the idea of Valkyrie is what brought me in but this love story is the best thing to come out of this story. The instant chemistry between the characters and their journey with finding themselves is incredible. It feels like we are just touching the surface of this world and there is so much more to explore so I am hoping this book will continue into a series! 5⭐️

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Norse mythology! Valkyries! Horses! Kick ass characters! You can’t ask for more in this new first in a series novel by the mega talented Tiana Warner. I flew threw her Mermaids of Eriana Kwai series and loved this too. Can’t wait for the next book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah M

    Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CONTENT WARNING: bullying, violence, death of an animal I loved the idea of merging queer fantasy into Norse mythology, with a hefty dose of valkyries, which is what initially drew me to this story. After recently finishing a full binge of Vikings and The Last Kingdom on TV, I was fully primed to love this story, but unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me. Sigrid’s character is a Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CONTENT WARNING: bullying, violence, death of an animal I loved the idea of merging queer fantasy into Norse mythology, with a hefty dose of valkyries, which is what initially drew me to this story. After recently finishing a full binge of Vikings and The Last Kingdom on TV, I was fully primed to love this story, but unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me. Sigrid’s character is a rough one to like. For so much of the book, she’s selfish, self-centered, and so overly focused on herself that she completely ignores all of the people around her. It made it hard to really empathize with her fully, and to get behind her when she finally starts to change, which doesn’t even happen until the last 20% of the book. I wound up liking some of the other characters better than Sigrid, especially Mariam and Fisk. These two wind up having more of a found family dynamic, and accepting each other’s quirks and weaknesses, as well as highlighting the strengths that they have. It stood out in a stark contrast to the way that Sigrid treated them, despite the slow burn romance that was simmering between Sigrid and Mariam. The writing depicts the setting beautifully. I was able to picture everything in my head effortlessly. However, the conversation felt a bit stilted and jarring, and there’s a decidedly modern flair to the conversation and even, at times, to the descriptions. It made it a little difficult to stay immersed in the story. In addition, it reads a little on the young side of YA. The pace is a little slow, and I was lucky enough to be reading another book at the same time, so that kept me motivated to read. I kept finding myself putting the book down, and pushing myself to pick it back up. The story didn’t really pick up in pace until the last quarter, and that’s honestly what redeemed it and increased my star rating for it. This is the first in a series, but everything felt pretty wrapped up by the end of this book, and I don’t think I’ll keep reading this series.

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