Review: Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors #1) by Asa Maria Bradley

October 31, 2015 Review 1

Review: Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors #1) by Asa Maria Bradley

"Move over Highlanders...the Vikings are coming!"-Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Protector series

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.

Title: Viking Warrior Rising
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Viking Warrior Rebel
Series: Viking Warriors #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Author
Published: November 3, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Being a Avengers fan I knew the minute I read the blurb for Viking Warrior Rising, I was going to need to read the book. Evil Norse god Loki, elite band of immortal warriors, Vikings, oh lordy…PLEASE tell me there’s a smoking hot Chris Hemsworth as Thor that comes with this book!

Okay, there’s no Thor except for as in a passing comment (Blue cats??!!) however there is a fairly nice substitute in one fierce Viking king, Leif. Sexy and all male, Leif was the epitome of what a Viking should be including a wee bit protective of his woman – hello caveman much! Naya is filled with secrets and super strength. Leif ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time and BOOM he is under attack by mysterious Wolverines! Good news – Naya comes in and saves the day…and then leaves. Bad news – Wounded and feverish, Leif kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient bond…and he knows nothing about her. The hunt is on to find her and then to protect her, however from her POV, there’s nothing to protect. She’s been taking care of herself, protecting her self for a long time. Naya doesn’t want nor need a man, particularly, a warrior king in her like. There’s quite a bit of battling between these two as he trries to convince her they were chosen for each other by the gods. The one place they can agree things are all good is between the sheets!

Lots of action and intrigue in this book to keep the pace moving fast as well as keeping me guessing to the end what was going to happen. There was the right blend between adventure and romance to keep me glued to my Kindle. Bonus points for all the of secondaries, most being Vikings, that I can’t wait to read more about. It a close tie between Astrid and Harald on which was my favorite. The dialog between all the characters as well as their attitudes at times was humorous. Really there was nothing to hate about this book. Except for the bad guys that is.

Viking Warrior Rising is my very first book by author Asa Maria Bradley and it was real good. It sucked me in right away and kept me hooked until the very end. I did have a twinge or two where I felt I wasn’t reading a book one of a series. I almost felt I should understand more about the lab and the battle they have with Loki. I checked and sure enough, this was a book one. I guess for now I’ll call it world building and hope there’s more in the next book. Of WHICH, I am going to be waiting very impatiently for. Can’t wait to see who it’s going to be about.

 

Viking Warrior Rising

LokiAsa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Viking and Valkyries in the Viking Warriors series. She came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student and liked it so much she never returned home. Asa holds an MFA in creative writing and an MS in Medical Physics. She lives on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with her British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Visit her at www.AsaMariaBradley.com.

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This November Asa Maria Bradley releases the first in her exciting new Viking Warriors series, Viking Warrior Rising! To celebrate, Asa’s here to play a game of Marry, Kiss, Kill with three names we provided. For this round we gave her Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathon Harker.

I’ll pick Count Dracula as my husband. I always thought he was misunderstood and in my mind he’s like Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad character (hot & sexy) or how Luke Evans played him in Dracula Untold (also hot & sexy).

And yet, I’d totally make out with Van Helsing–the Hugh Jackman version of him–because, Hugh Jackman = hot & sexy. 😉

That leaves Jonathon Harker to kill, which even as played by Keanu Reeves’ movie version didn’t make my hot & sexy list. And forget the original character in the book. I just always felt kind of “meh” about Mr. Harker. Not that I wish him harm, but if a rogue vampire attacked him–I’ll probably run rather than help–mostly because the vampire might kill me too.

An Excerpt:

Leif strode toward her, stopping a few paces away, concern on his face. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah,” she croaked. The air between them crackled, making the hairs on her arms stand up. Was she the only one feeling this?

He took a step closer and cupped her cheek in his palm. “Are you sure? You look a little pale.”

She resisted the urge to rest her head in his hand. “No, I’m fine.” She took a step back.

He frowned.

“We found one more bug in the game room.” Her voice sounded rough.

“Ulf told me.” He stepped toward her, eyes blazing.

“We’re working on the computers tomorrow,” she whispered, taking another step back. He crowded her. His body heat confused her, making her want impossible things. She cleared her throat. “It shouldn’t take us long to improve your firewall and install a few security checks.”

Leif watched her silently.

“You want to sit down?” She gestured toward the arm chairs.

“Sure,” he said, but didn’t move.

Naya had to step around him. Her skin sizzled when her arm accidently brushed against his. Relieved, she sank down in one of the blue chairs. A small table created a barrier between her and Leif. “So,” she said. “You were going to explain what makes you different from regular humans.”

He sat down in the empty chair, elbows on knees, studying his clasped hands. After a few moments he tilted his head and looked at her. “I’ll try to answer all of your questions, but some of this

may sound a little crazy.”

“I’ll keep an open mind.”

Leif’s eyes met hers. Whatever he saw in them seemed to satisfy him. “I died in 1050.” He paused, watching her reaction.

Naya kept her gasp from escaping and instead nodded encouragingly.

“In the Norse culture, warriors who die in battle or die a heroic violent death are sent to live with the gods in Asgard. The men spend their time training in Valhalla with Odin. The women are schooled by Freya.”

Naya’s mind reeled. What he described didn’t seem possible, but he was so sincere. Obviously he believed his story to be true. “I thought there were only male warriors in the Nordic tradition.”

“Most stories are based on the old Icelandic sagas. They describe Valkyries as leading the men to Valhalla.”

“And that’s not the way it is?”

Leif smiled. “The sagas were all written by men long after the Viking age ended. They didn’t know what happened in Freya’s meadow and took some poetic license.”

“So, typically male, instead of just saying ‘I don’t know,’ you make up shit instead.”

He smiled, his dimples stealing her breath. Again.

She looked away. “So, this place where the gods live, this is the Nordic heaven?”

“Not exactly. It’s the warriors’ reward for dying an honorable death. They are allowed to live on, to fight again.” He studied his hands. “I don’t remember much of Valhalla. Time flows differently there. All my memories run together as if they happened the same week.”

She looked up to find him watching her. “I’m sorry, I’m trying to follow what you’re saying. But—”

“It is a little crazy?” He smiled.

“A little.” A lot.

“Is it any crazier than being abducted and kept in a camp? Any crazier than enhancement injections?”

“Touché.”

 

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