Meet Faline. Bounty-Hunter. Huldra. Wild Woman.
Well behaved women seldom make history, but they still end up as the monsters of folklore.
Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women--huldras, mermaids, succubi, rusalki and harpies--in check.
All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.
Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer Marcus Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most--exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.
Q: Why do you write?
A: I write because I'm compelled to create worlds and stories that introduce new kinds of archetypes, men and woman who defy their gender roles to be their authentic selves. I write with the hope that my readers will come away feeling a new sense of empowerment and self worth.
Q: What do you write?
A: I write adult and young adult novels featuring empowered anti-heroines, usually in a paranormal or urban fantasy setting.
Q: Why should readers pick up your books?
A: My books are crafted with care to think outside the box of societal norms to include history and "herstory" as well as marginalized people, because to me, a tapestry woven with unique and different fabrics is the most beautiful sight to behold.
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About the Author
Rachel lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat named Lucifer, and two well-fed guinea pigs. FREYJA'S DAUGHTER is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Creativity and an attention to detail are a great background to this fast-paced story that brings folklore into present- day. Think urban fantasy but with hulda, harpies, succubi, and mermaids. I thoroughlly enjoyed it and though I look forward to the next one, this is fairly stand alone, so no need to wait. Bravo to this new author.
Rachel Pudelek’s debut novel, Freyja’s Daughter, is based on an interesting premise: groups of supernatural women have been forced into submission. A group of men called Hunters control these women, terming their care as "protecton" them but more truthfully, keeping the women “tame". These women are subjected to punishments if they don't adhere to monthly and random check-ins and follow the Hunters' rules. The women are forced to suppress their abilities.Any use of their powers is revealed on their monthly check-ins, and if positive, the Hunters won’t hesitate to punish them. Worse, their history and much of their past has been expunged by the Hunters, so in many ways, like human women, they have lost their rightful place in the world as well as their trust of each other. Pudelek does a great job giving each of these tribes of women—huldras, mermaids, succubae, rusalki, and harpies—different personalities and traits. The protagonist, Faline, a huldra and one of these wild women, and her journey to self-realization and her growth as a leader of the various tribes is well-developed in this book. I recommend this book despite the fact that I can’t figure out how a tribe that reproduces with men and can only bear female children (the huldra) hasn’t died out over the centuries.
This is the first time I have ever read a story by Rachel Pudelek. Oh boy am I glad I read this one I thought I read all their was about the different super naturals. this is the first time I ever heard of a huldra. This was awesome I loved reading the story from cover to cover. I can not wait to see if there is a book 2 coming out. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Faline, bounty-hunter, Huldra, a Wild Woman. Faline enjoys her job of catching bail jumpers and bringing them back in so that they can face the courts. She and her fellow Huldra are tree women. But they are mandated to keep their abilities under control and never used. If she uses her abilities the Hunters, holy soldiers deemed the "protectors" of them, will not hesitate to bring her in and punish her. Everything about her and her fellow Huldra is controlled and monitored by the Hunters. Faline is attracted to a certain cop, Marcus. She goes on a date with him, and there is definitely chemistry between them. She has a "no second date" policy, because she doesn't want to get close to a human, but she decides to break that for this guy. She wants more from him. Too bad instead of the evening ending on a good fun note, she finds herself in a very dangerous situation. Next, her sister is snatched and disappears. Faline is determined to get her sister back, but as she embarks on her mission she will quickly learn that there is more going on than meets the eye. Everything she has ever been told, instructed and indoctrinated by the Hunters is a lie, and now is the time to fight. Freyja's Daughter by Rachel Pudelek is a fantastic female-oriented story. I love the different supernatural species the author uses in this story. The story focuses on Faline, but each of the other supernatural groups gets plenty of story time as well. This book is hard to put down as Faline goes from one group to another in search of her sister, and in the process learning more about each and the trials that each themselves have suffered. I love how the author touches on each of the goddesses that brought the various groups into being. We get some backstory in the appropriate places, and this book has some interesting twists as well. One twist you will see quickly when the author gives us a hint early in the story, but there are others that you won't see coming at all. The characters descriptions are beautifully done and I just wish that each of these amazing creatures were actually real. I love the prophecy that the author uses in this story. It is one that the groups know, and have anticipated happening. Some of the groups know their true history, and others have found ways to usurp those who would attempt to subdue them. There are so many layers to this story that help to keep the reader engaged. I am honestly shocked that I did not have any moments of being irritated with any of the characters in the story! Normally, I will develop an issue with someone's attitude or how they handle certain characters, but that never happened with this book. For me, that speaks volumes about the author's ability to make this story an amazing read. I am pleased to say that there are no editorial issues to speak of. The author and editor really took their time combing through this book and making sure that it was flawless. This book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger with some questions left unanswered. Despite this, I don't think that anyone should have a major issue with the cliffhanger. It is a mild one at most and just excites me to read the next installment of this series. I'm eager to learn what happens next with the characters in this story. I love how strong the various female characters are in this book and I look forward to reading more about them and of them in the future. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.