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Between the blade and the heart
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New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.

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319 pages ; 21 cm.
As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. When she unearths a secret about her mother that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin must decide where her loyalties lie. Torn between her ex-girlfriend and blue-eyed Asher, she must decide if helping him enact his revenge is worth the risk to the world and her heart.
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Teen Paperback Fiction Hocki
Teen Paperback Fiction Hocki
Teen Paperback Fiction Hocki

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Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a brilliant new YA fantasy duology inspired by Norse Mythology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

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 with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk--to the world and her heart.

Author Notes

Amanda Hocking was born on July 12, 1984. She is an author who garnered a following by self-publishing many of her young adult novels. Her works include Virtue, the My Blood Approves series, the Trylle Trilogy, the Hollows series, and the Watersong series. Her title Frostfire made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Valkyries take center stage in this Norse mythology-inspired fantasy series opener. Malin is a Valkyrie in a reality far different yet very much the same as our own. The setting of this book is not very clear but readers will be able to surmise that it takes place in a futuristic alternative world. Hocking gives her setting a unique element in which every type of creature and being coexists in a contentious and not-at-all peaceful organization. The work's themes include a discussion of how the choices one makes can very much dictate one's future. An LGBTQ love triangle involves Malin, her ex-girlfriend Quinn, and Asher, the attractive rogue blue-eyed son of a slain Valkyrie. A revenge subplot adds intrigue. The story is fast paced, well developed, and fresh. VERDICT Give this to readers who love Rick Riordan, Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu, and Hocking's previous series.-Margie Longoria, Mission High School, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hocking (the Kanin Chronicles) sets this entertaining fantasy in a near-future alternate world where humans and immortals occupy crowded megacities. Eighteen-year-old Malin can't wait to become an official Valkyrie like her mother, responsible for slaying certain immortal creatures at the behest of the gods, until she learns that one of her mother's mistakes has upset the balance between good and evil. With the help of Quinn, her Valkyrie ex-girlfriend, and Asher, the vengeance-driven son of a Valkyrie, Malin journeys to the gates of the underworld to confront a long-forgotten evil. There's quite a bit for readers to enjoy in this series opener, including an openly bisexual protagonist, the diversity of characters and mythological source material Hocking draws on, and the intriguing blend of fantasy and science fiction elements. It's fast-paced and stocked with action, though aspects of the worldbuilding can be somewhat vague. Still, Hocking nicely sets up subsequent books in the Valkyrie series, which may flesh out the setting and history more than this initial installment does. Ages 12-up. Agent: Steven Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Malin's job operates strictly by following orders. She's a Valkyrie and her task is simple: slay the immortals to whom she's assigned and return them to the afterlife. No exceptions. When she discovers her own mother, who trained her to follow the rules, failed to complete her own assignment, Malin's world is thrown into chaos. With the help of her new and attractive friend Asher, Malin must finish what her mother didn't. Hocking's series starter feels like a darker take on Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, immersed in Norse mythology and packed with action, romance, and fascinating creatures. Trying to forge her own path in the world, Malin has to determine where her loyalties lie as a Valkyrie and decide whether to follow the rules or save the world. Hocking supplies detailed descriptions of each character (and creature), which paints vivid images in readers' minds. A cliff-hanger ending will make readers eager for more.--Patterson, Savannah Copyright 2017 Booklist