Elsker: The Elsker Saga: Book One

Elsker: The Elsker Saga: Book One

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by ST Bende

ELSKER - The Amazon Bestselling (sweet) Paranormal Romance, Featured in USA Today

You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull

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ELSKER - The Amazon Bestselling (sweet) Paranormal Romance, Featured in USA Today

You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

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Meet the Author

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet's Coffee) and Europe... where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga (TUR, ELSKER and ENDRE). She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day, pastries will be considered a health food.

Find ST on Twitter @stbende, her blog (http://stbende.blogspot.com), or sign up for her newsletter (http://eepurl.com/QwwLP) to hear about the next Elsker Saga release. While you're at it, introduce yourself to @UllMyhr -- when he's not saving the cosmos from dark elves, he loves meeting new friends. Especially the human kind.

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Elsker: The Elsker Saga Book One 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EnglishRoseJ More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and enjoyable romp through mythology and romance.  The author showed a thorough understanding of mythology (a must for me as an archaeologist) and was able to play with the classic characters.  The story pulled you in and through twists and turns.  There was lots of good drama, even if the events were drawn out.  Kristia is a fiesty protagonist while Ull is a broodingly protective hero.  their romance is sweet and lovely.  There were good and consistent side characters.  The story, though it jumped a bit here and there at first, left plenty of story to be tackled in the next book.  A few aspects I wished had been addressed more fully this time in order to allude to the next book, but that's probably just me.  Overall a satisfying read and one to look for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Action packed with a heart pounding romance! The plot is fast paced and full of twists and turns. I loved the blending of mythology and romance in this story. There was always something exciting waiting around every turn of the page so I had a hard time putting this one down. Kristia is a lot like me and I really liked that she was so relatable. She is a normal woman living in a normal world until everything gets turned upside down after her encounter with Ull. Seeing how she handled these crazy situations was so much fun. She was very brave and dealt with things the best she could. I loved that she never ran away even when things got really tough. I really admired that about her. Ull is strong and so sweet. I loved getting to know his character and seeing his interactions with Kristia was so hilarious. They are so great for each other. He protective of his loved ones and can be a bit stubborn sometimes. He and Kristia are so much fun and I loved their banter. The romance between these two was nicely paced and I could really feel the chemistry between them. A thrilling romance that you won’t be able to put down!
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
So I really enjoyed Elsker (and even the prequel, Tor, which is available for free at Smashwords). I wasn't sure what it would be like going into it as I'm not really a Greek mythology kinda gal (or wasn't, it seems, until recently), but Elsker was quite entertaining. For one, Ull, the sexy, you know, Greek god, was a nice change from the usual. For two, I liked his fashion sense, as did Kristia. (Very up to date on things, unlike how I'd imagine Thor to be.) For another, if you're into the whole Twilight scene (or even if you aren't...), there are a few similarities that will have you ladies swooning, but not enough to where it will be distracting.  That's another thing I appreciated: The whole love issue. (If you've seen the recent Thor 2 trailers... well... the same kind of storyline is definitely going to be part of the next book in the Elsker Saga, too. I can't wait to read it!) ST does a great job of telling an enjoyable story while weaving the whole mythology thing in and getting you to actually want to know more about it. (I wouldn't have seen myself feeling that way before reading Elsker.) I also love that Kristia has gone from the plain ol' US of A to an entirely different country and almost immediately blends right in. (I would have hidden in my dorm room for years.) And, as the book nears its end, you'll be glad these two are made for each other. AND excited for the upcoming battle. AND looking forward to a few particular scenes. (Which I can't tell you about, because I haven't read them yet. But I know they'll be there because it IS called the Elsker Saga, and elsker does mean love, so there you go.)  Definitely a fun, quick read with romance and a whole lot more to come in the saga. (Also, take Stephanie Wardrop's advice and imagine Ull with Chris Hemsworth's Thor accent. You'll be glad you did.)
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I got this book for review. After reading the prequel I couldn't wait to start Elsker, the prequel gives the reader some extra information, which isn't nessecary, but I liked having the background information. So I would certainly suggest picking up the prequel first. This book start off when Kristia is still living in Oregon, US. I liked that we first got a sense of her past life and how she made the descision to go to Wales and study there. After that there is a time skip and the story goes on when she arrives in the UK. The beginning of the book really has a NA contemporary feel to it. Kristia goes to a university and meets her two awesome roommates. There are some hints to the mythology aspect, but the mythology doesn't get really much attention until around halfway of the book. I did like getting to know Kristia and reading how she felt in love with Ull, before all the mythology started to surface. The pace of the story was a bit slow at times, but there where also some fast paced parts. I wanted to keep reading and find out more about the characters and what was going to happen to them. There are some surprising twists and turns, especially towards the end of the story. The beginning is a bit predictable, but still very enjoyable. The characters are really done well, I got a good sense of who they are and most characters have a few characteristics that make them feel like a real person, for example Veronica and her obsession with fashion. I really liked Kristia, she is a strong character and she can be very determined and stubborn sometimes. Her roommates are also great, they don't play a huge part, but still there are a few great scenes with them and I liked how they were always ready to help Kristia. At first I didn't really like Ull, I liked what I learned about him in the prequel, but at the start of this book he is being a complete jerk. Luckily that changes later on in the story. I also didn't really feel the romance between Ull and Kristia at first, sometimes it felt like their relationship moved a bit too fast and on other points it moved really slow. Later on in the story I did start to feel the romance more, they are just perfect together and there is almost nothing they wouldn't do for each other. Ull can be a bit too protective sometimes, but overall I did like him. I always have a slight problem with mythology books, because I have so little knowledge of mythology I am always feeling like I am missing something. Luckily for me in this book there is quite some explantion about the myths, so at least I learned enough about the important parts. There isn't that much world building in this book yet. Because the mythology only starts to play an important role later on in the story. The important things are explained, but not much more, I really hope we get to learn more about Asgard in the next book. I liked that this book focussed on Norse mythology instead of Greek, because so far most of the mythology books I have read are about Greek mythology. So reading about Norse mythology was a nice change. To conclude: I really enjoyed this book.The characters are great and I liked that there was some explanation about the mythology in this book, so I didn't feel like I was missing too much. At first I didn't really feel the romance, but this changed later on in the story. Also the first half mainly focussed on student life and the mythology only starts to play a big part later on in the story. This book is a great begin of this series and I am looking forward to the next book already!