Valhalla

Valhalla

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by Jennifer Willis
     
 

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Modern mythology with a comic twist!

Sally Dahl doesn't know she's playing with fire. Casting rune spells for a healthier planet, the teenaged witch catches the attention of a lesser god desperate for her magickal help.

Forgotten but not absent, the Norse gods are living and working in Portland, Oregon -- albeit without their divine powers. Odin is a

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Modern mythology with a comic twist!

Sally Dahl doesn't know she's playing with fire. Casting rune spells for a healthier planet, the teenaged witch catches the attention of a lesser god desperate for her magickal help.

Forgotten but not absent, the Norse gods are living and working in Portland, Oregon -- albeit without their divine powers. Odin is a high school principal, and blustering Thor is about to lose his job as a photocopier repairman. But Heimdall uses his cover as a forest ranger to hunt for the newly reincarnated World Tree, under lethal threat by a mysterious force.

Sally stumbles into the path of Managarm the Moon Dog, who claims to share her vision of a more eco-friendly world but whose intentions much darker. All the while she struggles with ancient Berserker warriors who pledge their allegiance and gorge themselves on junk food and television.

Can Heimdall, Thor, Loki, and Freya cease their squabbling long enough to prevent Ragnarok, the literal end of the world, and help save Sally from herself?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012683441
Publisher:
Jennifer Willis
Publication date:
04/25/2011
Series:
Valhalla , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
356
File size:
851 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Willis is an author, essayist, and journalist in Portland, Oregon. In her non-fiction work, she specializes in topics related to sustainability, spirituality/religion, history, and health. Her articles have appeared in The Oregonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, The Portland Tribune, The Writer, Ancestry Magazine, Aish.com, Skirt!, InterfaithFamily.com, Vegetarian Times, Spirituality & Health, and other print and online publications at home and across the globe.

In fiction, she focuses on urban fantasy and playful mayhem.

This is her second novel. Her previous book, rhythm, was released in 2001.

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Valhalla 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the blend of old and new; old Norse gods and high-tech. I like the references to the scenery in Portland and the surrounding naturescapes of Western Oregon and Washington. Thor reminds me of a larger, more ADD version of myself! Except I don't have lightning bolts ... I also liked how human the gods were. I hope to hear more about Mr. Thor and also Loki. Anyone who has to sit in meetings all day and deal with the mundanity of everyday life can relate to Thor's level of frustration with modern machinery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! Nice to see young girls as the heroines and working to handling their own mistakes, with alot of maturing along the way. In fact aging is one of the consequences of the draining act of practicing magic! That must explain why I look over 50 now! The girls in the story get in many difficult situations that take as much brain power as they do magic power to fix. Though having Norse Gods help you is pretty important too! An enjoyable read for summer vacation for girls and guys. (Enough fighting, racing and just being a Viking, to satisfy any guy reader.)
UniquelyJoanna More than 1 year ago
Bewitching tale In this hugely entertaining fantasy tale, Jen Willis presents a magical and bewitching brew of a well intentioned teenage witch; displaced Viking gods forced by loss of power to work in the human realm as strip club doormen and photocopier repair men; heroic gay biker gangs and an epic battle to save the world. The novel is perfect for the young adult market, for those who grew up on the tales of Harry Potter and who are now hungry for something a little different, but equally compelling and magical. Ms Willis's writing is exceptional, fluent and engaging, managing to weave a fantasy world that really fires the reader's imagination and makes the impossible seem believable. A healthy dose of humour runs throughout the book, and this is never more successful than in the bizarre but brilliant concept of the great gods of Viking mythology sending text messages on their mobile phones, or the murderous Beserker warriors gaining strength to fight by devouring huge supplies of pizzas, cheesey puffs and burgers. Beyond this, the author clearly knows her mythological stuff, and has created the story and its characters through meticulous research. Most impressive. If there are young adults you want to treat to something special, give them a copy. Better still, whatever your age, treat yourself to one too. I haven't had such fun reading for ages, and am still finding it hard to drag myself out of this magical world and back to the mundane one in which I live.
Blue_Highway_Gal More than 1 year ago
Juggling a pantheon of characters, and lending them modern personalities as well as problems, Jennifer has created a scramble through the Pacific Northwest worthy of "Portlandia." This tale is for readers who seek more than a comic book Thor, and who know - or want to learn - a bit more about Norse mythology and legends. Can't wait for the sequel!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Wasn't a good fit for me, but I glad I read it The Deliverer offers a fresh take on Moses and what happened after he led the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the desert. The book also tells what happens after Moses dies and Joshua steps in as his successor. The book is an interesting take because the stories from the Bible are told from the perspective of a fallen angel who desperately wants to return to Heaven to be with God again. The fallen angel still has yet to reveal his name and finds himself drawing closer to Moses and Joshua, caring for them and what they go through. There are times when the plot falters because of the way the dialogue is written. The author ventures far too modern in the language making it come off unrealistic and harsh. The modern day dialogue didn’t fit with the rest of the novel being told in a more antiquity tone. I still find the fallen angel pretty humorous and feel for his plight. I enjoy the Reluctant Demon Diaries. It’s fun and pretty easy read. The books follow the Bible stories closely and The Deliverer shows how close God is to His children and how much He loves them by always finding a reason and a way to give them another chance. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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