Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.
After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…
What I liked: I always enjoy how action packed Ms Carlson’s novels are. The pacing is almost frantic but it surely grabs your interest!
Phoebe is “struck” by electricity and from that point onward, her life is completely and permanently changed. Her eccentric neighbor, Ingrid, shows up to escort Phoebe to safety. Yep, Phoebe is just as confused as I was at first.
Phoebe is from a small farm town in rural Wisconsin and she is/was totally unprepared for all the weirdness she’s seen since arriving in New York City. But after being struck, strange becomes her way of life. If she doesn’t accept the warnings of her demise then, yep, she’s a goner. As Ingrid is escorting Phoebe to apparent safety, what seems like a demented one-handed man warns Phoebe she is in imminent danger. Thus the race to shelter begins.
And ends pretty quickly as Phoebe is captured and sent to one of nine other worlds. Here is where the story and some of the explanations of Phoebe's real identity begin to unfold. She meets so many horrible, sadistic people, she has to believe what she’s being told. She’s a Valkyrie, sired by Odin and another Valkyrie. Odin having “relations” with a Valkyrie and fathering a child is forbidden but he takes care to hide Phoebe and keep her safe. Well, not so much now.
Phoebe ends up in yet another world. She’s trapped with Fenir, a wolf type creature. He doesn’t want to kill her though; he wants to use her to escape his imprisonment. The majority of the story does take place in the hellish world where Fin has been banished.
Struck is loosely based on Nordic gods, demi-gods and other assorted creatures. I’ve not read many books with that as the basis of the story. Ms Carlson’s writing and descriptions drew me in completely. She builds the world very well in my opinion. The characters are still evolving but they are unusual enough to be more than just interesting. I want to know what happens next, NOW.
I foresee many books added to this series. I enjoy Ms Carlson’s writing style and the frantic pacing. I get lost her books every time. I now know to take a deep breath and just dive in.
What I didn’t like: I was hoping for more information from Ingrid to Phoebe about Phoebe’s background but I think those explanations will come in new books added to the series. I also found Phoebe to be a bit immature but, I think that’s more from her mortal background. In addition, some readers might not like the insta-love/lust, however, I don’t feel that detracted from the story at all.
I can’t wait to spend more time with all the current characters and look forward to the many I know will be developed in future books.