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)
ISBN9781250055200
Author
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction
Rating

Reviews Berserker (Berserker #1)

  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Very quick, really enjoyed this one, review to come closer to the release.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
  • Olivia Farr
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    1970-01-01
    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. ...
  • Lia
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    At Reading Rants: http://www.readingrants.org/2017/08/0...
  • Fallon
    1970-01-01
    Vikings and Cowboys oh my!
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.First thoughts: Good historical fiction with elements of Norse mythology and a bit of romance.Review: Hanne has been gifted/cursed with being a Berserker. This is a gift passed down in her bloodline from the Vikings. She has the need to protect those she love. The story starts in Norway, where we meet Hanne and her three siblings, two of them have gifts of the...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    You can see the full review (with .gifs!) on my pointless tumblr. I love reading stories of immigrants in 19th century America. I also love Westerns. Like, seriously, I love Westerns. I've seen more Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies than I'd like to admit. Basically: no way in hell am I turning my nose up at a YA Western/Fantasy centered around a group of Norwegian immigrants and their cowboy guide making their way through late-19th century Mo...
  • sleepywriter
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Swearing and spoilers ahead!Very few books end up with the coveted position of being on my "wtf is this shit" shelf. This book managed to find its way there by about page 10. And it was a long slog to the grave after that moment. I don't know what went wrong with me and this book. I like Vikings. They're my ancestors. I like cowboys. They're cool. Mixing the two together should ...
  • Max Baker
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewDo you ever read a book and when you get to the last page it feels like you haven't read anything at all? Berserker is like that, for me at least. The only other Laybourne book I've read is Sweet and that had similar problems to this one. Both are gruesome and kind of dark, but the writing never dips any further down. It's all very superficial to me and with s...
  • Kathy Martin
    1970-01-01
    BERSERKER is historical fiction with a magical twist. Owen Bennett is a young cowboy in the wilds of Montana in 1883. He is a bastard and his only inheritance from his father is a horse and his loyal cattle dog. After being robbed of his entire wages at the end of a cattle drive, he is left looking for work.Hanne Amundsdottir is one of four kids on a farm in Norway. They are descendants of Vikings and have some magical gifts. However, each of the...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    Berserker by Emmy Laybourne was an excellent introduction into the new trilogy based in Norse mythology and the American West. It’s not often you find a YA book centered around Norse mythology and presented in a understandable manner but Laybourne did just that. She made me want to dig in and research it more to see what else I could find out. Hanne, Knut, Stieg, Sissel and Owen all were relate-able characters. The fact that there were four bro...
  • Rusty
    1970-01-01
    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Set in the late 1800s, this is the story of 4 Norwegian kids whose bloodline makes them Nytte. Nytte are people blessed with special abilities from the old Norse gods. The kids don't see the abilities as blessings and due to the main character Hanne's berserker ability causing her to kill several men to protect her family, the kids flee to Americ...
  • Lori Murray
    1970-01-01
    Really Wish I could have enjoyed it more. I guess you can't give all books 4 or 5 stars. I thought I would really enjoy this book more, so I guess that's why I am sad that I couldn't give this book such a score. I did finish the book but I skipped about 50 pgs, and I hate doing that.Owen is such a sweetie and of course he was my favorite, I loved the dream he has and I hope it happens for him. I also really started to like Hanne more but I hate t...
  • B220
    1970-01-01
    I'm a huge fan of all of Emmy Laybourne's work so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Berserker from NetGalley. Due for release October 10,the story follows Hanne, her two brothers, and her sister as they are forced to flee their home in Norway due to Hanne's violent, yet necessary, outburst in trying to save her father. Hanne possesses a gift (or is it a curse) from the Norse gods-she's a Berserker. When someone she loves is in danger, she exerc...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I received this through NetGalley.This fantasy western is set in (I am guessing) late 1800s, early 1900s. Hanne comes from a bloodline of people who have been gifted by the Norse gods. Hanne and her siblings have all been taught that their gifts are shameful and should be hidden, her gift most of all. Hanne is a Berseker, or a person who flies into a killing rage when someone she loves is threatened. It is this power that leads to the death of th...
  • Amie Wilson
    1970-01-01
    My students enjoy this author's other books so I will probably still buy a copy of this for my high school library. However, I lost interest in the book about 20% in. I think the problem was I didn't really like one of the character's story line. Whenever the story switched over to Owen's life I was bored- I got turned off from his story early on & couldn't feel much sympathy for him. I'm sure at some point Hanne & family meet up with Owen and it...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    Norway meets United States in this supernatural read. It was interesting to read about customs in Norway and Norse legends. I liked reading about Hanne and her siblings. Owen the cowboy in the United States was very likable and he had a unique dream he was pursuing. When he agrees to be a guide for Hanne and her siblings it is the start of the true adventure. I must admit when I first started reading I was unsure about the book but it soon hooked...
  • Samantha Beard
    1970-01-01
    This is a review of the first few chapters, I received them from the publisher in a chapter sampler. This book has such an original and intriguing premise, and it really shines through from the first few pages. It's definitely a darker fantasy, and if you have any issues reading about gore or violence, this may not be the book for you! The blood splatters on the cover do not lie. I have already pre-ordered an ebook of this and will be posting a c...
  • Heather Brown
    1970-01-01
    Hanne and her family are descendants of people gifted by the Norse gods with powers that allowed the Vikings to conquer all around them. Hanne doesn't see it as gift, though. She is a berserker, one who kills to protect those she cares about, and when she kills three men to protect her father, Hanne is sickened by her actions, especially when her brother Knut is accused of the crimes. Her family flees to America, hoping to escape the law and star...
  • Erica
    1970-01-01
    I'm on the fence about this one. It was a good book, but it was about Norse god given abilities and escaping through the Wild West to Montana. Plot wise, it was weird. It was well written, the characters were engaging, the pacing was good and I did want to know what would happen.... but Vikings. And the Wild West. Weird. I don't know who would see this cover, read the flap and think yes. I must read that. This one would be a tough sell for sure. ...
  • Barker Jones
    1970-01-01
    I adored Emmy's Monument 14 series. Berserker hews closer to historical, but it still has the speculative edge that set Monument apart. It's fascinating watching the different characters interact and seeing the very slight differences between our world and theirs. Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for the chance to read.