Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)

Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a brilliant new young adult fantasy duology inspired by Norse mythology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined t...

Details Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)

TitleBetween the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

Reviews Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)

  • Katerina
    That was not the best way to start 2018.I am familiar with Amanda Hocking's work, since her Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles hold a special place in my heart. That is why it saddens me to no end to admit that Between the Blade and the Heart was a big miss for me.Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book of a duology based on norse mythology. The world is divided between Mortals and Immortals; Mortals have a short lifespan, but they can...
  • Carrie
    Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking is the first book in a new young adult fantasy series, Valkyrie, which is inspired by Norse Mythology. The series features a main character that is a Valkyrie in training who finds her whole world turned upside down from everything she has ever known.I will admit to picking this one up half based on the beautiful cover but also the fact that instead of the Vampires and Werewolves that seem to be e...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Marlin is a Valkyrie, born and raised to slay the immortals and return them to the underworld before they can wreck havoc in the world. But when Malin’s mother fails to carry out a mission, and lets one of the immortal escape, she sets in motion a series of far reaching, life changing events that could change Malin’s life forever. I was drawn to this initially because of the myt...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART REVIEW – BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY (Giveaway rules: 1 usa winner only, finished paperback copy, ends 1/20/18 midnight – Rt&follow my twitter @howusefulitis to win).About: Between the Blade and the Heart is a young adult fantasy written by Amanda Hocking. It will be published on 1/2/18 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, mythology, and fiction. This ...
  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
    I reviewed this book as a participant in a blog tour hosted by the publisher. Thank you, Wednesday Books, for sending me an e-galley and a finished copy.My written interview with Amanda Hocking can be found here.Did I choose to be a Valkyrie, or did it choose me?Being a fan of Valkyrie Profile, I was very excited to delve into Between the Blade and the Heart, Amanda Hocking's new novel about a teenage girl tasked by Odin to gather the souls (kill...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    When Amanda was an indie author I remember buying her books like crazy and devouring them. I loved them all and just couldn't get enough. And as much as I loved her writing, for some reason, her past couple of releases have been good, but I haven't felt that frenzied loved for them or her characters like I once did.Maybe it is me and my tastes have changed or maybe her writing has, either way, as much as I wanted to love this and connect with it,...
  • Beth
    Between the Blade and the Heart is a brand new series by Amanda Hocking that is based on Norse Mythology and more specifically the training of a young Valkyrie who discovers that her life and all she believed was twisted lies and hidden agendas. Easy, entertaining a full of potential for another series that will be added to the must pre-order list, I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes.I'm a fan of Hocking's novels but I had a diff...
  • Dianne
    One thing can always be said about Amanda Hocking’s writing, it always flows along, the dialogue is spot on, relaxed and natural feeling, as if the characters were right there, feeling exactly what you are feeling.This time out, we are treated to Norse Mythology and specifically, Valkyries, those amazing women warriors, trained for battle, to carry out the biddings of the gods, to return immortals to the underworld when it is their time, no exc...
  • Juli
    Summary (from the publisher)When the fate of the world is at stakeLoyalties will be tested.Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*This was a rather quick and pleasant read. The story takes place in an alternate world where humans and immortals (demons, ogres, vampires etc.) co-exist. And there exists another group, the Valkyries, who were chosen by the gods to play grim reaper to the immortals. The book puts into question the idea of destiny or pre-determined fate versus our free will to choose. If...
  • Elise (On The Bookshelves)
    An easy and fast-paced read! Still maybe a 2 or 2.5 out of 5 though?This wasn't something I'd go out and buy, it just happened to be the cheapest book at the airport that I was most interested in. That being said, I was pretty excited by the idea of Norse mythology being present in this book, and it certainly was interesting throughout the novel.Nineteen-year-old Malin is a Valkyrie and she returns immortals to the afterlife when the higher ups d...
  • Glen
    I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing.Sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a Norse Mythology angle. Malin is a Valkyrie, and goes around retiring (killing) supernatural beings for a living. She has a difficult relationship with her mother; an ex girlfriend who still pines for her, and she meets with the usual mysterious, brooding boy, and there's secrets and crises.Not bad. The Norse stuff keeps the book from being completely cookie c...
  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    I wish that more time had been given to the world-building and less to the love triangle romance that I didn't think made any sense. I'm still interested in the basic premise of this book... But the romance and sections of the plot didn't work well for me. I did enjoy the diverse cast of characters though, particularly that the book isn't just centered on the diversity (it's not the focus of the plot).
  • Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Pan Macmillan, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.🌟🌟So while I was checking who the publisher was for the opening line of this review I saw NetGalley's description of this book started with these words: 'Game of Thrones meets Thor: Ragnarok'.Um, no? I feel like this is a severely misleading description if anything this book is Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Shadowhunters and w...
  • ambsreads
    Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy. All thoughts are my own.Just eh. I don’t have a lot of feelings, a mini review may come.
  • Mari
    1.5 starsI feel really sorry but no, I didn’t like this book. I have a strange relationship with Amanda Hocking’s books, I hate them or I really love them. There’s no in-between.I loved to pieces the Trylle and Kanin series but this one had seriously nothing to do with them. The action and intrigue and amazing characters and love triangles of those two amazing series are exactly what is missing in this book. I found it really boring and rep...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received an eARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I HAVE THOUGHTS. SO SO MANY THOUGHTS.I hadn’t heard about Between the Blade and the Heart until a lovely publicist from St. Martin’s Press pitched me the book as a part of a Blog Tour invite and the minute I read the word Valkyrie, I WAS SOLD.If you haven’t se...
  • Crazy4Books
    In Between the Blade and the Heart we follow Mal, a Valkyrie who returns immortals to the afterlife by slaying them to keep the balance of the world from being thrown into chaos. After Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die she struggles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought. Now she has to figure out how to fix her mothers mistake before the immortal sends the world cras...
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion: A slaying female heroine, naughty immortals hell-bent (haha, pun) on staying alive, and long walks into the underworld. Suh-Woon.Kind of.A Valkyrie has the sole duty of returning immortals to the afterlife once their lives are up. As one of the feared and sometimes hated Valkyrie, Malin dedicates her life to her job. When give...
  • Hristina
    Read an excerpt from this book on my blog illbefinealone reads.This was an interesting read. This is the second Amanda Hocking book I've read, and it's also the second time that I'm disappointed with the romance aspect of the story in her books (in case you wonder why I'm mentioning it first it's because I really like romance). The main character was a bisexual girl, and I was all for it until she was involved in one of the weirdest love triangle...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Valkyrie, loyalty, secrets, consequences, duty.I started this on the evening and had finished it by the early hours. A very quick read that I couldn't put down!Review to come.
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek *** Big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review***This ended up being such a quick and entertaining read! Everything just flowed so well and I absolutely devoured this!The story is an urban fantasy that mixes together many different mythologies but the main one mostly being Norse since the story revolves around Valkyries who were created to kill immortals. ...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....I haven't read many Nordic Mythology retellings. But after this book, I need to read more because I am clearly missing out. There are many things that I liked about Between the Blade and the Heart. The world building was unique, set in a world where mortals and immortals live together. However, the immortals are sent to the Afterlife to prevent population. There are super...
  • Meigan
    In the vast emptiness of space, the gods grew restless, and so they created the heavens above and the worlds below. They filled the earth with every creature imaginable, from the smallest fish in the sea to the largest dragon in the sky. A fast-paced adventure that pulls heavily from Norse Mythology, Between the Blade and the Heart centers mostly around a 19 year-old Valkyrie named Malin and her struggle with not only finding her place in the wor...