"A compelling dark fantasy"
In VALHALLA, Mandy Roth has written a compelling fantasy
that shows the world of Valhalla in a wonderful light. She
also goes back in time, a little, to tell the beginning of
the story introduced in THE VALKYRIE, about Valerie,
showing why she is the person she has become.
Linnea is a Valkyrie whose whole purpose is to go out into
the world of mortals and bring back those warriors most
deserving of immortality. The world of Valhalla is in
existence to fight the world of evil, and Linnea is one of
the most powerful Valkyries, with powers not gifted to the
The greatest battle of good vs. evil is imminent and
Linnea's mission is more important than ever. As she leaps
through time and space to find those warriors they need,
she finds love with different men in different times, only
to seemingly lose them to her greater fate, the evil she is
bound to fight. Circumstances are dire and Linnea is in
danger of losing her very life and soul. Will the Valkyries
win the battle or will evil take hold forever?
This is another compelling story by Ms. Roth. She creates a
vivid world for her readers, making the land of Valhalla
vivid and beautiful. She also is talented in showing the
different time periods and countries visited by her
characters, making them come alive. Her characters are so
skillfully rendered, that one can imagine seeing them
walking down the street and knowing them.
Linnea is a strong heroine, unique in her world, and that
of mortals, and trying to find where she belongs. Also,
what woman wouldn't love to be in her shoes, having so many
men desiring her and wanting to make a difference in her
life and destiny? The men in her life are powerful, mortal
or immortal, and they are perfect matches for Linnea's
However, it does get confusing in many parts. So many
characters are introduced and play key roles in the drama
unfolding, that sometimes readers may have a hard time
following and keeping them all straight. However, this
reviewer read this book before THE VALKYRIE, so hopefully
reading that book will help clear up some of the confusion.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, August 2004. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted November 22, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 14, 2006