Title: Loki Ascending (Viking Warriors #3)
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 320 Pages
Loki wants to end the world
Only immortal Vikings can stop him…if she can cure them
Scott Brisbane has been in love with immortal Viking healer Irja Vainio for years, but as a human, let his fear hold him back. Now that Scott has finally earned his place with the tribe whose king his sister married, there’s nothing standing in the way of his true feelings. But Irja knows that getting close to someone is a death sentence…
When the Viking warriors start falling into comas one by one, Irja is desperate to stop the illness from spreading. Without a cure, she’ll have to rely on magic she hasn’t used for centuries–magic that taught her to never let anyone get close. When the evil god Loki offers her the cure, it comes with a steep price that could cost Irja and Scott everything…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I don’t want to be spoilery – I just want to point out: the title is a dead giveaway. It’s just a matter (for reader) to figure when and where. I have been following Bradley’s “Viking Warriors” series have waited a while for the third entry to come and was ecstatic when this book announced. The simmering attraction between Irja and Scott had been hinted ever since the two met. Heck yeah, I so wanted to dig right into their story! Only it wasn’t as exciting as I expected it to be.
There was too many telling not showing way of delivery of the story. Big portion of the story laid on the mysterious illness that befell the Vikings/Valkyries, yet interesting bits such as group mental battle was described as Irja reviewing what others told her after the event instead of showing that battle itself. Even with alternate dual voices, the tale felt very one-sided from Irja’s POV; practically portraying the band of warriors as scattered and shiftless in their dealing with such crucial issue.
The way they were dealing with Loki felt anticlimactic after such a built-up, not only from this book but also the previous entries. Not only that, with the bait thrown for the two characters, Irja and Scott’s supposed romance struck me as flat and unromantic. Which is such a let down. Contrary to what I hoped to be ultimate battle – I mean, look at that title! – LOKI ASCENDING served only as another ordinary chapter in the “Viking Warriors” tale and not necessarily tying-up loose ends for the series. At least this reader was left still parched for more.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.