Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne

Berserker (Berserker #1)

Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threate...

Details Berserker (Berserker #1)

TitleBerserker (Berserker #1)
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Berserker (Berserker #1)

  • karen
    oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the author’s pitch for this book series:“so, it’s like x-men in the wild west, only the x-men are a family of norwegian teenagers on the run in the american west in the late 1800s after some regrettably bloodbathy berserking back home and there’s only a few different kindsa powers you can have, so it won’t be like ‘shit, it’s book three and i'm out of ideas - meet jubilee and her sparklework...
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Actual Rating: 3.75 starsEmbrace the Nytte. Open your heart to it, or it will be the ruin of you. —AudFilled with intriguing elements of Norse mythology and American history, Berserker is one of the most unique (and surprising) books I've ever read. I would've finished it sooner had I not been in a terrible reading slump caused by Korean dramas and K-pop m...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was an excellent book! I was really quite surprised by just how much I ended up liking this one. I try to go into books as blindly as possible so I didn't read the summary of this book too closely and as a result, I was really quite surprised by some of the turns the story ended up taking. This was the kind of book that I found myself reaching anytime I had a moment to spare. I a...
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    3.75/5 Stars review to come on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio)Full review can also be viewed on Lair Of Books: PLOT Berserker wasn’t at all what I was expecting & for a minute there I wondered aloud what exactly I was reading? the answer took me by surprise & intrigued the hell out of me enough for this frightful bookworm to read through the bloody scenes. I can only describe Berserker as Norse Mytholo...
  • Emmy Laybourne
    I'm so excited for my fans here on Goodreads to discover my new book, Berserker. While Berserker has a very different setting from my Monument 14 trilogy, both series share the same fast pace and breathless, visceral action sequences. I've invented a new kind of Norse mythology for Berserker -- the teens in the book have a gift called the Nytte and they are a new type of Viking superhero.The Nytte is an ancient blood-gift given hundreds of years ...
  • Kristen Burns
    4 StarsReview:*I received a copy of this book from the publisher and JeanBookNerd. This has not influenced my review.*I was super excited for this book because I’d been craving some fantasy books set in the Old West, and I’m happy to say this Old West/Norse mythology mash-up did not disappoint.One of my favorite things about the book was how well the settings were portrayed, both Norway and the American Old West. The book was a little slow-pa...
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    Best Character: Daisy the dog cattle-herding-extraordinairePublisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Feiwel & FriendsSetting: Norway & MontanaSource: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜Plot: 3.8/5Main Characters: 3.8/5Secondary Characters: 4/5The Feels: 3.5/5Addictiveness: 3.8/5Theme or Tone: 3.5/5Flow (Writing Style): 3.5/5Backdrop (World Building): 4/5Originality: 5/5Book Cover: 5/5Endi...
  • Misty
    4.5 Very quick, really enjoyed this one, review to come closer to the release.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I was very excited to get to this book, because did you read the synopsis? Sounds amazing, right? And yay, it really was! I am quite a fan of historical fiction, and I think you probably need to at least like it to enjoy this book, because it definitely fits that genre. But there's a lot more to it, of course! So, let's get to it.What I E...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**3.5/5Berserker is a young adult norse fantasy novel by Emmy Laybourne. Emmy Laybourne is an author with such diverse skills. She has written apocalyptic stories, fantasy stories, monster stories and I have to say I am a huge fan of hers. My favorite book of hers is Sweet, but Berserker was a good read as well. The description of Berserker immediately caught my attenti...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    At first I was so surprised by how quickly I finished this, but then I checked and saw that this book is only 288 pages lol Anyways, this was a really quick, easy and rather entertaining read. Though, it could probably use a little more world building. And while I certainly have some unanswered questions, I am not sure if they warrant another entire book. The conclusion of this one felt rather solid, but I suppose we'll have to see how the rest o...
  • Christie
    4.5 stars!This was really good and I'm so glad I took a break from my YA fast to enjoy it. I've always had a fascination with Vikings and Norse history, but I haven't found many fiction books that explore the culture or time period. I won't name names, but those that I have read were mediocre at best. Berserker is a fascinating blend of fantasy and historical fiction. We visit historical Norway and the western frontier. We experience a family imm...
  • Devann
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a pretty good book, although it was missing that special something for me to bump it up to the 4 star level. I really like the background of the kids' powers and the Norse mythology in this and it blended with the old west setting better than I was expecting it to. I think that for me the plot just moved a little bit too slowly and also I thought the big f...
  • Kristin
    I received this book courtesy of Netgalley and boy, am I glad I did. Can I have some more please? I'd love for there to be another book in this series.Berserker is a fairly short book (less than 300 pages), but it packs a lot in. It's about a family blessed/cursed with physical "gifts" than manifest at puberty. Each of them has a different gift and they also come with some pretty harsh downsides. Hanne is a berserker which means that she flies in...
  • Amanda
    Got a copy of this from netgalley and I really really enjoyed it. It actually pulled me out of a book slump where I started 5 other books and just couldn't get into it. I managed to fly through this one and then finished 3 of the others since. I would definitely recommend this one
  • Jena
    “She was a Berserker, cursed to fly into action whenever anyone she loved was in danger. A killer who would be compelled to murder elegantly, viciously, and without remorse.”Berserker is the story of a family blessed with the Nytte. Or cursed with it. It depends on who you ask.The story is told through the alternating narration of Hanne, Owen and Rolf. Hanne is the oldest daughter in her family. Her older brother Stieg, and her younger brothe...
  • Tish
    This was an enjoyable YA fantasy about 4 Norwegian siblings, 3 of whom are gifted--or cursed--with a special ability. Due to a crisis at home, they set sail for America to find an uncle who they think can help them. I really liked the elements of Norse culture and mythology and then being set (for most of the book) in the American West in the 1800s. Unique combination and one that worked for me! There was a bit of a romance, but no insta-love, an...
  • Olivia Farr
    "Berserker" was an interesting and unique story about four brothers and sisters who possess Nytte. Nytte were "gifts" given from the Norse gods to select bloodlines, and they show themselves upon puberty. A Berserker is one of the Nytte where the person is compelled to protect their loved ones by attacking whoever threatens them and murdering them. When the gift takes over, the Berserker is unaware and unusually skilled. Hanne is a Berserker, and...
  • Deborah Bond-upson
    Love this book!Evoking Norse mythology, diving into historical Norway, revealing the experience of immigration to the U.S., and exploring the cowboy west creates a delicious, rich mix of environments, perspectives, and characters. I could not put this down once I began reading. This is a YA book. But I am 68 and I love it. Does that mean I am immature? Or v. v. up-to-date. I will go with up-to-date. Hope a sequel is coming!
  • Jennifer Strand
    Started strong, went "meh" in the middle and then went into NO territory for me by the end. Disjointed plot (this was an ARC, so maybe things were fixed?). I felt no connection to any of the characters.
  • Kait
    **Originally posted on The Fandom** There are some books that– based on the description alone– don’t feel like they should work. Admittedly, Berserker was one of them. Deadly ancient Norse powers and an Old West immigration story? How the heck would that manage to come together cohesively? Now I’m humbly prepared to eat some crow because Emmy Laybourne blends those two elements together so well!In the days of old, the Norse gods gave the ...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    I had such high hopes for this book. To be honest, I was sold the second I read "old Norse gods" in the synopsis. I'm such a sucker for anything related to Norse mythology so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Berserker. And while it wasn't a bad read by any means, it didn't really spark any strong interest in me either.So. Berserker is a weird mix of a Western and fantasy. We have cowboys and unusual powers with their roots in Viking culture. ...
  • Amy
    Based on my various shelves, you can see why I'm having a hard time figuring out which genre this book would live in in my library. Part fantasy (Norse mythology/Viking lore), part historical fiction (westward expansion), part adventure (surviving on the trail and defeating blizzards and mountain lions alike), part horror (she is a BERSERKER-a mythological killer with supernatural abilities), part paranormal romance (but it's the GIRL who has the...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    4/5First let's talk facts.I requested this book on netgalley, but ultimately didn't finish it before release as I had hoped. I was also chosen for a @storygramtours tour on it. Neither of these altered my review in anyways.When I originally heard about this book, I saw the title and the tag line and I was sold. "Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?" Sounds badass, right? Then after I got excited I saw it mixed Vikings an...
  • Lia
    Things I Loved:The world: The magic system is original and fully thought out. Also, a part of it takes place in NorwayThe Relationships: Berserker prioritizes familial relationships over the romance, which is rare in YA. Each family member is fleshed out and endearing.This is not to say the romance isn't adorable, because it is. I love the realism. Instead of the two meeting eyes, realizing they are soulmates, and making vows of everlasting love,...
  • Taylor Metcalfe
    First off this cover absolutely drew me in. I found this to be a very interesting read. I had never heard of the Nytte before and loved the concept of the different Viking raiding gifts being passed down throughout the bloodlines. While this could have technically been ended with one book I am thrilled there will be two more books. I’d really love to see the different Nytte and how they use or accept their gifts. In the beginning I do wish ther...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I ended up really enjoying this book. I totally didn't think Vikings + Western would be up my alley, and it did get taking used to in the beginning. But I'll read anything Emmy Laybourne puts out.The thing that really drew me in were the strong characters. I loved both Owen and Hanne as characters. They are both very flawed and real, but likeable. I actually read this right after I watched the movie Logan and there are a lot of similarities betwe...
  • diana
    I absolutely love it when a book surprises me! I honestly had no idea what Berserker was about when I started reading it. I didn't expect it to be so dark, gritty and bloody. There were some really cringe-worthy moments and I love every one of them! The author gave Norse/Viking mythology a whole new twist in Berserker that made it all the more intriguing! Hanne was an amazing protagonist. She's loving and gentle but can be seriously badass. The f...
  • Sam
    3.5Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!Emmy Laybourne writes some fast-paced novels, and her latest, Berserker is not exception. I'd even argue it's her most unique book to date given it is a Western-meets-Norse Mythology-meets-Historical Fiction. It's a cluster of so many genres, a mish-mash that is though very fun, doesn't entirely work together as well as it could. I'm all for a genre mash-up, but Westerns tend to be always a difficult ge...