BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking / YA Fantasy / Released Jan 2, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested
Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.
As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.
This is the first Amanda Hocking book I have read and I must say that I am a FAN. My taste in books include Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Colleen Vanderlinden’s Home series and Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series so I am no stranger to the fantasy world. Ms. Hocking beautifully builds a world that is both familiar and fascinating and fills it with richly developed characters.
Familiar are the challenges of a college-aged daughter’s relationship with her mother, juggling an ex-girlfriend and a new heart-throb and having a pet. Fascinating is Malin’s role as a Valkyry, her questions about destiny and free-will and the fact her pet, Bowie, is a wolpertinger.
Seamlessly paced, BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART is a page-turner and I can’t wait for the second book in the series, FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS coming out in April 2018.