ARC Review: ‘Between the Blade and the Heart’

I was attracted to this book because of the Norse mythology!

Title: Between the Blade and the Heart

Author: Amanda Hocking

Series: Valkyrie

Rating: 3/5 stars


This book follows the story of Malin, who is a Valkyrie warrior. I first learned about these while watching the newest Thor movie and was instantly attracted to this book because of it. Her mother is also a Valkyrie and the story unfolds when it is discovered that her mother did not kill someone she was assigned to kill and the unfolding of events after that. Asher is another main character in this story and his mother was killed by the person Malin’s mother did not kill. I know, it’s a little confusing!


I liked the mythology part of this book. I thought that it was written in a way that was interesting and encompassed the valkyries. I also liked the inclusion of LGBT themes (Malin had previously been in a relationship with a girl) and the female empowerment elements. It followed a standard mystery storyline and it did keep me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next.


I haven’t read any books by this author before and I really wanted to like this book more. But, honestly, it didn’t really draw me in until the final page (I won’t spoil why!). I didn’t care much for the romance in the story, I didn’t think that it had much of a place. I also found it interesting that the Valkyries were portrayed as contracted assassins: I didn’t have that view of them in my head when I first heard about this mythology.


I will certainly be reading the next book in this series because of the ending. I would recommend it to those interested in Norse mythology and mysteries.

Happy reading! ~ Taylor


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