The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Valkyrie’s Daughter

Author: Tiana Warner

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Sapphic MC and character, f/f romance

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, mythology, Norse mythology, romance, LGBT

Publication Date: July 26, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy Mythology

Age Relevance: 14+ (violence, gore, animal death, homophobia, grief, death)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence and gore in this book, but nothing very descriptive or long. There’s also death mentioned and shown in this book, including a winged horse’s death shown. There is grief mentioned and shown in this book throughout. There is also one line where there’s a line stated about Loki birthing Sleipnir that reads a bit homophobic/transphobic since Loki is gender fluid and has birthed some of his children (it’s basically a scoff at how Loki could have done it).

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 389

Synopsis: For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she’s leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go.

Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms.

As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?

Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this book. It gave me Eragon/early 00s YA book vibes and it’s a fun read overall. The book is action packed and there’s hardly any downtime in the book. The book is a little tropey but it’s a fun Norse Mythology read that has a lot of fun callbacks to Norse mythology. The book also has great character development and world building. The book is evenly paced and well written as well.

However, the only issue I had with the book is that this is a world based heavily on Norse mythology with winged horses and going into the afterlife and such. Gods are known, but our MC doesn’t know that Loki gave birth to Sleipnir or that he’s what we would call gender fluid? That he’s changed genders and species many times and gave birth more than once? There’s a line in the book where our MC is reading about Loki giving birth and it reads as a scoff of disbelief. That’s the only instance of slight homophobia in the book, everyone in the book was really open minded and it didn’t even come into question about our MC and her LI’s romance, but I really wish that one line was re-written to be better and that the issue of her not knowing some of her own Norse mythology was better explained as well.

Verdict: It’s great! I loved it.

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE: The Valkyrie’s Daughter (The Helheim Prophecy, #1)
AUTHOR: Tiana Warner
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
PUBLICATION DATE: July 26th, 2022
GENRE(S): Young Adult Fiction—Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781649371485

SYNOPSIS:

A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own.

For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she’s leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go.

Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms.

As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Tiana Warner is an LGBTQ+ author from British Columbia, Canada, best known for her critically acclaimed “Mermaids of Eriana Kwai” trilogy and its comic adaptation. Tiana is a lifelong horseback rider, a former programmer with a Computer Science degree, and an outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore nature with her musician boyfriend and their hyperactive rescue mutt, Joey. Find her online at tianawarner.com.