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Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warrior #1) by Asa Maria Bradley #BookReview

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Asa Maria Bradley
 
Title: Viking Warrior Rising
 
Series: Viking Warriors
 
Book #: 1
 
Genre(s): Paranormal romance
 
Release date: November 3, 2015
 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
 
Length: 320 pages
 
Heat level: Moderate
 
Review copy provided by: Personally purchased by reviewer
 
Reviewer recap: Sent down from Valhalla to protect the people of Midgard (Earth), Leif Skarsganger and his band of Viking Warriors live to scour their territory of Loki's minions. When Naya Brisbane saves the king's life and inadvertently instigates a mating bond, Leif's berserker spirit won't rest until they have her in their bed and under their watch. But Naya has secrets of her own, and being controlled is the last thing she wants from anyone, especially the sinfully handsome Viking king she can't seem to keep her hands off of. In a paranormal debut adventure filled with cyber-sleuthing, (literally) kickass fight sequences, and two very solid leading characters, author Asa Maria Bradley's romance career is promising. I can't wait to see more from this fantastic new voice in paranormal romance!
 
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Writing style & finesse
8.8


 
Originality
8.7


 
World-building
9.3


 
Character development
9.5


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.4


 
Plot tension
9.0


 
Flow & pacing
9.5


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.0


 
Total Score
9.2
9.2/ 10


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Positives


The authenticity of the Nordic lore, the phenomenal world- and character-building, the relatability of the characters, the connection between Naya and Leif that is enhanced by their differences and struggles

Negatives


Naya is a little overly stubborn, but even so, she is GENUINE and loyal to her character!


Bottom Line

Viking Warrior Rising echoes some of the best elements of other successful paranormal romance series without feeling like a clone: the camaraderie and tight loyalty of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the lore and elegance of Jan DeLima’s Celtic Wolves, the pulsing sensuality and efficient lethality of Rebecca Zanetti’s Sins Brothers. Ava Maria Bradley has crafted a hard-hitting romance that is steeped in Nordic history and culture and feels authentic in every sense. Viking Warrior Rising is a celebration of all the intangible must-haves that make paranormal romance so addicting, and I freaking loved it! Now all I can think about is how soon can I get my hands on the next book!

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Posted February 3, 2016 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence. =) ***

I’m a sucker for a good, strong heroine, and the first thing we experience in Viking Warrior Rising is an expert rescue orchestrated by Naya Brisbane. She’s smart, good with explosives, and knows how to kick butt. Not only is she exceptionally trained in the physicality of combat, Naya seems to crave a good fight nearly as much as her Viking, and she kills with brutal efficiency. This little whip of a firebrand is stubbornly independent and sometimes brash, but she sure gives Leif a challenge, and I love that about her.

“You don’t believe I really am a king, do you?”
“I believe you think you are their ruler and they do seem to obey you…”
“It’s so generous of you to indulge me in my delusions.”

Leif Skarsganger is fierce, a Viking warrior king first, friend and lover second. His resident berserker has a real hard on for Naya— probably at least partially because she’s effortless and magnificent in combat, like a Valkyrie warrior. Ms. Bradley strikes the perfect balance between alpha and relenting with Leif, supporting his reactions throughout the story with believable circumstances rather than penning him as a bullying or as overly dominating. Leif is the ideal Viking king and Naya his perfect Queen.

Ms. Bradley has cleverly differentiated her two romantic leads with a clash of logic and calculation against emotion and instinct. Naya’s thoughts and decisions at times resemble the computers she’s so skilled with while Leif operates largely on the impulse and intuition of his berserker spirit. He is reluctantly old-fashioned where she is fiercely independent.

“I love you,” he whispered, leaning forward and nibbling her lower lip. “You belong to me.”
She pushed gently on his chest to create some space between them. Meeting his ice-blue eyes, she corrected him. “I belong with you.”

Viking Warrior Rising echoes some of the best elements of other successful paranormal romance series without feeling like a clone: the camaraderie and tight loyalty of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the lore and elegance of Jan DeLima’s Celtic Wolves, the pulsing sensuality and efficient lethality of Rebecca Zanetti’s Sins Brothers. Ava Maria Bradley has crafted a hard-hitting romance that is steeped in Nordic history and culture and feels authentic in every sense. Viking Warrior Rising is a celebration of all the intangible must-haves that make paranormal romance so addicting, and I freaking loved it! Now all I can think about is how soon can I get my hands on the next book!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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