From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2) by Amanda Hocking
Published by Wednesday Books
Published on April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, New Adult, Young Adult
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Malin’s mission to avenge her mother's murder has uncovered dangerous secrets. As a Valkyrie-in-training, Malin must slay immortals who’ve had their time, to maintain balance between humans and immortals. But her quest could destroy earth’s stability – and unleash chaos.
Just when she needs to focus, her friend Asher is in grave danger. He’s been dragged into the underworld, where vengeful immortals plot revolution. Malin believes her feelings mustn’t distract from her goal – but is desperate to rescue him. So she ventures into the darkest of realms, knowing she may not survive. With new allies at her side and new enemies ahead, Malin will face terrible choices. She’ll have to keep her head – or be ruled by her heart.
If you are wondering what my thoughts on book one in the Valkyrie series are, just click here!
I gave the first book in this series 3 stars. Wasn’t blown away by it, yet still intrigued enough, I had decided, that I would read the next one. I now feel like that may have been the wrong choice, as I had the feeling the second book would be better…. but sadly, I was wrong.
One of my main issues from the first book stayed the same, and that is Malin. She did not grow on me, nor did I feel like she really redeemed herself. It’s hard to stay invested when you just cannot connect with the main character! She is just not super likable. Not to mention, she is still wishy washy and the love interest issues surrounding this series still bother me. I also hoped that, as this was stated as being New Adult, and the first book still felt like YA to me, that maybe book two would step up the game, but nope. Still that same YA feeling as before.
Another issue that carried over from the first book yet somehow got worse was the info dumping an excessive descriptions, focusing on non relevant things for too long… like, the book is long enough. Many of the details are not necessary, the world building is good, but I just didn’t need all the additional fluff. At one point, I stopped and realized I was reading but had no idea what the last few paragraphs were even talking about.
Then, inevitably, I had to start skimming. I was losing interest, but I was determined to finish and see if the book was redeemed in the end. I love the mythology parts of this series. I love that it is based in Norse mythology, that we see Odin and other Gods, Valkyries, and all that cool, interesting stuff. I even like the attention the author gave to backing up that history within the book (though it could have been a little less long winded at times). But the interest in the mythology was not enough to keep this book afloat for me. The ending is good, I guess it seems to work for the story, it made sense I guess…. but I couldn’t maintain interest or excitement throughout the overall book, which lead to less interest in the ending as well. The series is not terrible, I think it’s just not for me!
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