Nicola was never a hero. She was an everyday single mother, Heathen witch, and herbalist. And she was happy with her quiet life until the night Joseph showed up at her door with news that her step-sister joined a cult… and disappeared.
Pressured by family loyalties, Nicola goes back to Indianapolis, dodging old enemies and calling on old friends to help her. What she finds instead are an ex with super-powers, monsters and demigods on the streets, and a detective ready to bring her in for a murder investigation or three.
Can Nicola become the hero she needs to be, or will she lose everyone she cares for?
*I received a copy of this book iin exchange of a honest review*
Main problem with this: how hard it was to get into.
I found quite hard to get into the story, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable with the writing. I enjoyed the single POV but maybe other could have been good too.
The world building in this was just amazing. I loved the world in this book, how the author took time to really think about the world and how it worked. We get a lot of explanations, of ‘why it’s the way it is’. I really enjoyed that. The mythology in this book is really important, it’s an urban fantasy with mythology (fan here) and what is cool is that it’s Norse mythology. I learned a lot about it in this book.
Other thing I relly liked about this it’s the way a hero is presented, in general. And how truth it’s, a hero whether we realise it or not has a ‘formula’ and though the author is really clear about it she uses it and I really liked how our heroes were ‘born’
I don’t feel there was really any character development, they were great, don’t get me wrong, but they didn’t change. And I should add a * here because they change in a way, from being ‘normal people’ to accepting their role as heroes. But their peronalities don’t change.
The ending was interesting and it leaves you wondering what will happen in next books.
•Nicola: I really liked her and I felt her a bit different from the usual female hero. She has her abilities, definitely (and they are pretty cool too), she cares a lot about family and friends but what I found interesting was that she accepted she needed help. She needed others and complemented with her ‘team’. I liked her humour and just her personality.
•Joseph: He was an amazing friend. Reliable and didn’t hesitate to stand by Nicola’s side. As well as with her I really liked his humour.
The relationship between Nicola and Joseph was so great to read, true friendship, they fought together for real or nonsense things, they laughed and even run but most of all, they supported each other.
•Mercy: I really liked her role. There is a big change from what you think at the beginning and on the rest of the book. She was different from the other two but that was a good balance.
•Detective Ames: We don’t really get to know him but I hope we see him again. It was valuable to see him fight for justice (though he was mistaken).
Overall I enjoyed this book. I had problems getting into it, maybe the writing didn’t click with me but the world building was great and the way mythology was used too.
“Heroes – true heroes – tend to be everyday people until their quest begins.”
“And that’s why so many of us seek the additional power. To reach an impossible, unachievable level where it doesn’t suck so much. Where life is more like what we have learned is possible. Or at least theoretically possible.”
“Knowledge demands experience. If you don’t get the knowledge from the experience, you won’t truly get the knowledge until you have the experience.”
About the author:
Sarah has been writing for more than 20 years. With a tongue-in-cheek way of looking at the world, her form of story and verse is blunt and witty. She lives in the middle of nowhere with two monsters (the kids), an ogre (the hubby), and whatever drama-llama is coming to visit this week. Sarah is the author of several books,, including the soon-to-be released book 1 of the Runespell series, Too Wyrd, as well as the Life 101 (How to be a Grown Up) series. She has short stories and essays in several magazines, such as The Witches’ Hour and Dreams Eternal, and anthologies, such as Pop Culture Grimoire: 2.0 and Pagan Leadership Anthology.