This is one incredible non-stop action roller coaster ride of a book. I loved it. It was also a great start of a series which I hope will go on for a long while.
This was the first book I read from Amanda Carlson because it was recommended to me. I was only familiar with the short story set Sin City Collectors, which I liked a lot as well, and I was getting ready to start with Carlson’s Jessica McClain series. After this book, I will definitely read everything Amanda Carlson had published so far. Her writing style is easygoing but gripping and the characters are well developed.
The main female protagonist in Struck is Phoebe who sells shoes and lives a regular life, until she is struck by lightning and becomes the most wanted Valkyrie in the universe. She fights and overcomes obstacles. She is fierce and wonderful. She is consistent and smart. I really like Phoebe and can’t wait for the next book.
The main male character is Fenrir the wolf, son of Loki. It took me a while to warm up to him because he seemed a bit self centered, until he wasn’t any longer and I started liking him. He is a warrior, and a very sexy one. But the best part is that Fenrir did not take any of Phoebe’s attention away, she is still the main character and she is the centre of the story.
There are several very interesting supporting characters who are also very well developed and very important for the story but do not take away attention from Phoebe. They traverse worlds and fight monsters. The universe and characters are based on, or inspired by Nordic mythology, however it is not done in a overbearing way and it is easy to read and drown into. I drowned in this book and could not stop reading it until I was done. It was non-stop action roller coaster ride of a book and I highly recommend it.
Finally, the second book is out and I will probably start the next review with the same sentence. Amanda Carlson has a way of writing that draws you in and you never want to get out. Same as Jessica McClain series. I will not lie to you, there is a sort of cliffhanger, but I hate that word, so let’s call them loose ends.
I think it is the author’s style to tie up some loose ends, and right before the end, she creates some new ones for the next episode. Because that is exactly like her books feel, like chapters of a larger story. And obviously, now, it is a bit frustrating waiting for the next book but the plus is if you are one of the readers coming later, you will have all of them at your disposal. This is not a collection of a standalone novels set in the same world, this is a series of stories about Phoebe Meadows, her adventures, and her friends and family.
The book itself is even better than the first one. Phoebe is getting stronger and more skilled and we get to know her better. She embarks on an adventure with Junnal we briefly met in the first book. Along the way she meets several new and very interesting characters. She is wonderfully victorious against all odds and she becomes more sure of herself and more independent. We see less of Fen in this book but he is still here and still wonderful.
Again, I loved this book and I can’t wait for the next one and I hope there will be a lot more after that. I wholeheartedly suggest this series, starting with Struck. The characters are strong and well developed, the world is interesting and it draws you in, and the story is gripping and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
Still reading, but I can say that the beginning is already promising.