Blog Tour Book Review: NORTHERN WRATH by Thilde Kold Holdt

I received a review copy of the book from the publishers as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

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Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: first book of trilogy

Blurb:

Book cover for NORTHERN WRATH: title in yellow above a

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods.

A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim.

A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken.

The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

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Review:

NORTHERN WRATH is the start of an epic series set in tenth century Scandinavia about fighting to survive and get revenge as the end of the world approaches. It is a chonky book full of multiple narrators (there are five main ones in my opinion, as well as supporting narrators) and covers raids and sieges, the opening stages of intrigue and the coming of Ragnarok.

Despite there being an enormous cast, particularly of narrators, I found it easy to keep track of who was who and what they were doing (the book fractures in four main storylines early on, with only two meeting back together by the end.) There are sections were we spend a lot of time with one group and very little with another, but the pacing was good and the return to the other characters well eased in that I didn’t feel lost or unable to reconnect with them.

I read this not long after reading LOKI, and I certainly felt glad I’d read them close together because it gave me a better sense of the world. NORTHERN WRATH is not a book with the gods and tales of Norse mythology at the centre, they are part of it but not the focus. While there is absolutely enough to understand the world and its religion and tales without reading something specifically about the mythology, I found it useful to have had that refresher recently and so added to my experience as I was already close to the world so could just get right on into the story rather than needing to be eased in.

Instead it is a tale of tenth century Scandinavia as Harald Gormsson (Bluetooth) is taking over and uniting Denmark and Christianity is sweeping over the region. Balanced against this is a tale of mortals getting tangled up in the supernatural and, in some cases, interfering with the gods. I do love historical fantasy, and so really loved the interweaving of real people (like Harald) into the tale of revenge and dying magic.

Onto the next book!


Read my reviews of other books by Thilde Kold Holdt:

The Hanged God (this series):

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