Welcome to my MTMC Tours stop for The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner!
I flew through this one (we shall say pun intended since it features Valkyries and their flying horses). It’s a fast-paced fantasy romp with all the classic YA tropes: quests, enemies to lovers (but make it sapphic yes please and thank you), destinies and prophecies, and a good dose of Norse Mythology. It has a few fun twists too 👀👌🏻 to keep you guessing, and an ending that felt tidily satisfactory but with so much room for potential sequels.
Sigrid is a really forthright and earnest main character. She truly just wants to be a valkyrie and is obsessed with chasing her destiny — but make it a cool destiny because she’s super done being a stablehand and picking up lunch for the “real” valkyries. She has the soul of a valkyrie but only a mortal horse mount (say hi to Hestur), so she’s not included in training and given no chances, no matter how hard she tries to prove herself. Sigrid is definitely a flawed teen who has to learn to see beyond her own goals and dreams, and I liked seeing her realise just how precious her friends are and that glory and fame isn’t everything.
When she meets an enemy Valkyrie in battle, Sigrid never expects they’re going to end on a roadtrip across the nine realms in order to find Loki’s son, the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Mariam is so tough and gruff, and quickly became a favourite 😌👌🏻 Their relationship is terse at first, as they’re only teamed up out of necessity, but then the softness begins and the blushing and the sapphic yearning. 😭 I also loved when they met Fisk, a total chaotic Night Elf, who is basically the runt of his army and everyone teases him. He and Sigrid bond over being under-appreciated. But basically the lesbians and their himbo BFF is a great trope, very appreciated.
There is also lots of horse appreciation and love, and Hestur is a continual hero, let’s be real. (There is an animal death but it’s not permanent.) And we meet plenty of characters known throughout Norse mythology. We don’t see Thor/Loki in this book, but of course Loki’s son is Sleipnir am hoping Loki shows up in the sequel.
A fun YA adventure about chasing your destiny and yearning for the stars, while also appreciating your loyal friends as you take a quick trip to Hel together. As you do!!
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Title: The Valkyrie’s Daughter (The Helheim Prophesy #1)
Author: Tiana Warner
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Genres: YA Fantasy
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A thrilling, intricate, and romantic LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology.
For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she’s leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go.
Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms.
As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?
Tiana Warner is an LGBTQ+ author from British Columbia, Canada. Her Mermaids of Eriana Kwai trilogy and graphic novel adaptation have won multiple awards and hit #1 on Amazon bestseller lists. She has a forthcoming valkyrie series with Entangled Teen and many other stories in progress. Aside from writing stories, Tiana is a former programmer with a Computer Science degree, a lifelong horseback rider, and an outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore BC with her hyperactive rescue mutt, Joey. Website |Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads
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