Title: The weight of a soul.
Author: Elizabeth Tammi.
Genre: YA, fantasy, historical fiction.
Publication date: December 3rd 2019.
When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.
But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.
Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?
The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking that I recognized the authors name, and when I read her acknowledgements I finally realized I read her debut novel, outrun the wind, last year! I quite enjoyed that one!
Unfortunately this one was not as good, but this book was not bad at all! Just not as good as I had thought.
This book contains Norse mythology, which I absolutely love! But we did not get that much from it, I thought it would have been a way bigger part of the story than that it actually was!
This book focusses a lot on an arranged/forged marriage between the chief’s oldest daughter and some guy from the village. Which I understand that it was important, but it was like 2/3 of the book, and this book is not long at all!
Maybe I just wanted more of the Norse gods! But I really feel like more could have been explored of this god part in this world, and I think if that was done I would have liked the book even better!
I do really like the writing of this author, and I did enjoy her debut even more, so I will definitely check out her next work!
Also a side note, from the author page at the end of the book I learned she has her roots her in Sweden and Finland, and I thought that was cool! Also it explains her last name!
Elizabeth Tammi was born in California and grew up in Florida, but is currently double-majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism as an undergraduate at Mercer University in Georgia. When she’s not writing, you can probably find Elizabeth at work for her university’s newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated beverages, and mythology. You can find Elizabeth online on Tumblr at (annabethisterrified), Twitter at (@ElizabethTammi), Instagram at (elizabeth_tammi), and at elizabethtammi.com.
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