Title: Dead Radiance
Series: The Valkyrie Series
Published: February 25, 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Blurb: That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.
I finally knew what the glow meant.
I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.
Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.
The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.
Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?
I have never read a book about Valkyrie. I’ve seen them mentioned in books, but not as the main type of creature. Dead Radiance did not disappoint.
When you begin Bryn’s journey, you don’t really know what is going on. With Aidan’s arrival, pieces begin to fall together. The only thing I didn’t understand was the instant attraction between the two. I’m not sure if there is more to it other than he’s hot and mysterious. I love the world building. We’ve seen Asgard in movies like Thor, but Ayer’s description is a million times better. I could see the palace walls forming around me.
There were a couple of moments when the writing seems a little choppy, but that could be because I have zero knowledge on anything dealing with Norse mythology. I know a lot more though, and I love how the gods are portrayed in different books, as well as mythologies. I have been left wanting to learn more. 😀
The characters were great. It was easy to be annoyed with Aidan considering how he behaves. I love Bryn. She’s a strong character. She may not always make the right decisions, but she is loyal to those she cares about. She is also protective.
All in all, I really liked this book. I’m ready to jump into Dead Embers to see what Bryn is up against next. 😀
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