Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dead Chaos by T.G. Ayer

Valkyrie #3
     "Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged…
Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn’s not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.
     A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin’s life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.
     In this thrilling installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain."

The third and final book in Ayer's Valkyrie series. I loved the first book, Dead Radiance, thought it was a great twist on Norse mythology. I found the character intriguing and interesting. The story was fantastic and I thought it to be quite imaginative. The romance between Bryn and Aidan was understated, which I prefer at times. I don't like when an unnecessary romance becomes the focus of a book when the story has more potential.

The second book, Dead Embers, was also very good, even though the story was a bit slow and sluggish in some parts, I still quite enjoyed the book. And with the addition of Thor in that book, his character brought something to the book, Thor being the favorite of the Norse. The romance aspect of the story started to feel forced, and unnecessary. I started to dislike their part in the story. Everything started to feel forced.

Now here at the third book, this is when everything started to unravel. I really wanted to like this book. With the cliffhanger of the second book, I felt that things could only look up for this story. Sadly I was wrong. Everything that happened in this book was just done in such an odd way and everything that was supposed to be climactic was very anti-climatic. Possibly what I felt to be one of the most important parts of this book was done in a way that was completely understated and overshadowed by her being sick and unconscious. There were also many parts when the amount of description was unneeded for the situation, and parts that could have used more description had less. There were just way too many small things wrong that added up to a much bigger issue with me, it made it seem like that this story wasn't really thought out that much. The other very pressing and annoying matter is that this story felt unfinished, the way everything went in this book it feels like there should have been another book to really round out the story and tie up all the loose ends. I wanted to love this series, and at first, I did, but this trilogy does not survive the dreaded Second-book-syndrome.

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