Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir Kindle Edition
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- File size : 6089 KB
- Print length : 156 pages
- Publication date : January 11, 2015
- ASIN : B00S5BYOXK
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Exploding Rogue Studios (January 11, 2015)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,180 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All in all, Sveidsdottir is a great read and a great start for an author that is only going to keep bringing it.
The place where Sigrid, her family, friends, and some enemies live is threatened by attacks of dwarves who control metal constructs. A former member of their community returns and shows them that he can control the bones of a long-dead giant, and invites others to learn to do the same. Sigrid leaps at this opportunity, despite the fact that it means leaving behind her family, friends, and brand-new wife.
Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir purports to be a journey of self-discovery for Sigrid, but the plot makes it feel like it’s more about Sigrid being extremely powerful to begin with, particularly when she learns to control the spirit of the Valkyrie that she possesses. When she then combines that with the power that bonding with the bones of a long-dead giant gives her, she becomes even more of a formidable force, but at that point, the book focuses more on her being powerful than her truly learning anything about herself.
This novel follows not only Sigrid, but also three other point-of-view characters. Unfortunately, the chapters based on other characters’ points-of-view are uneven, and don’t really seem to add much to the story. The early chapters featuring Sabina give a good outsider’s perspective on what is happening, allowing the author to explain some of the features of the culture and the world without it feeling too forced. But the other point-of-view characters don’t really lend much to the telling of the story.
Though written at a young adult reading level, the story is more about adults. However, it doesn’t contain explicit sexual content or particularly graphic violence, so it still seems appropriate for YA readers. Beyond my own criticisms, fans of Norse steampunk fantasy will still find things to enjoy in this book.
(Excerpted from a review originally posted at Mad Scientist Journal.)
Sveidsdottir primarily follows a young-woman born with the power of a Valkyrie who then gains the power of having the bones and spirit of a centuries-dead giant bound to her of course, with great power comes great responsibility and it is this lesson our protagonist must learn as she sets out to prevent Ragnarok.
The descriptions are evocative and the action moves along at a good clip. The characters are interesting and well-developed with ambitions, dreams, and flaws we can relate to. It's a good, quick read set in an interesting fantasy world that is at once new and original yet not unfamiliar.
My only issue with Sveidsdottir is something I think is a personal hang up. It's written in a shifting viewpoint 1st person present tense. The only other time I've tried to read a shifting viewpoint first person, I found it extremely difficult because it would take me several sentences to figure out which character's eyes I was looking through. Tracy Barnett helpfully labels each chapter with the name of the viewpoint character, so that helped. It's a narrative style I'm not used to and I'm not sure I particularly like, but some quick research shows it seems to be a fairly common, modern style for this type of fiction. Like I said, it's a personal hang up, and if it doesn't bother you, then you'll zip right through this story.
Sveidsdottir is an excellent freshman effort from Tracy Barnett and I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
Tracy created a variety of powerful and fully realized characters who struggle to protect their home and families. They do what they think hey must, sacrificing and dealing with the consequences.
Couldn't recommend this more.