Magic. Mayhem. One girl to save the world, or end it...
Siri Alvarsson is thrust into an unseen war between the Light and the Dark and a world she never even knew existed. She's having strange visions and the Dark wants to use her as an instrument to win the war. The futures of both humanity and fae depend on Siri. Will she choose the Light or the Dark?
Experience Siri's struggle and triumph while she learns to follow her heart and discovers her true, inner origins.
Ellis Logan's bestselling paranormal fantasy series, Inner Origins, is action-packed with magic and romance. The books combine Celtic and Norse myth with ancient Faerie legend to create an adventure you'll never forget. If you liked Mortal Instruments, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Relentless, or A Court of Thorns and Roses, you'll love Shades of Valhalla.
Suitable for ages 13 to 105.
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Shades of Valhalla is the first book in the Inner Origins series, written by Ellis Logan. Seventeen-year-old Siri Alvarsson is about to start her senior year at Union High School in Vermont. Having just moved from Arizona, she takes time out from her extreme martial arts training to catch up on her school work, studying with her irresistible new boyfriend, Rowan Carey, and new best friend, Rose David. Terrifying dreams penetrate Siri’s sleep, causing her to question her own sanity. When she discovers that she is descended from the Norse gods themselves, Siri starts to understand her dreams and unique powers. Trapped within an age-old war of good versus evil, learning that nothing and nobody is what they had seemed to be, trusting others becomes a risk Siri can no longer afford. After being delivered an ultimatum, Siri realizes that she alone is the key to destroying the Shades (the Dark Fae), whose thirst for destruction can never be quenched. This exciting introduction to the Inner Origins series dove immediately into Viking lore, much to the delight of this Pagan reader. Ellis Logan’s tale of a young girl who’d thought she was just like any other teenager at school, only to find out she is the most important ingredient in determining whether or not darkness prevails in bringing about the end of the world, touches on almost every single emotion in the telling of this magical teenage romance. Each character in the book is introduced slowly and with depth, ensuring that their purpose is made clear. Whilst I do enjoy books which portray female heroines, Shades of Valhalla brings about so much more, showing strong family values, the mystery of Siri’s parentage and origins, and touches on sensitive social issues such as bullying and abuse. It also introduces a world filled with Valkyries, Faes and the complexity of the Norse Gods, showing how they play a major role in the past, present and future. I enjoyed Shades of Valhalla immensely and plan on seeking out the rest of the books in the series. I recommend it to readers over the age of 15 who enjoy adrenaline-pumping action, mixed in with the mystery of paranormal legend, romance and drama.
Read like Meyer’s Twilight but this time with Faes not Vampires Once upon a time, there was the new girl Siri Alvarsson and her only best friend in the whole wide world, her mother Fredrika. They had just moved from sunny, warm Tucson, Arizona to chilly Falls Depot, Vermont because her mother was once in the military and they were always moving around even when her mother was no longer a part of it. At first the book starts out slow with the two carrying moving boxes into their new home and Siri telling us more about her background and some awesome details like how she gets martial arts training from her mother to test her strength and level of endurance. The entire book is told in the first person point of view of Siri’s who mentions that her and her mother are very close who watch movies at home together and that Fredrika is always coming up with green drink combos because she believed in eating healthy food but also making room for chocolates cause she thinks that they are “one of the four basic food groups”. On those first few days of them trying to get acquainted with their new environment, they go out shopping for clothes, school supplies, and snowboarding gear and lunching at a pizza hangout called Giovanni’s, where Siri meets a guy by the name of Rowan Carey who eventually becomes her boyfriend and schoolmate at Union High, the local secondary school in Falls Depot. The rest of the book then goes on to the usual teenage stuff like Siri’s daily at Union High, her rivalry with a Rowan-admirer, and her meeting Rowan’s parents at Rowan’s remarkable home. In between all this are mentions of Siri’s visions of faraway places where natural and man-made disasters are destroying them. This book has a feel of Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight series but this time with faes, druids, and talking animals instead of vampires and werewolves. It is a Young Adult tale with Norse and Celtic mythology elements in it which I find very fresh and interesting due to my knowledge of Valhalla, the Valkyrie, Thor, Odin, Freyr, and fairy legend characters like Morgaine Le Fay. I can assure you that if you are a fan of Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and the aforementioned mythologies, you will adore Siri, Rowan, and a hunky character by the name of Alec Ward who Siri two-times with (this was the only disappointing element of this story, the fact that Siri romances with Alec behind Rowan’s back, I thought it made her distasteful and flawed). But anyway, nobody’s perfect right? Not in real life and definitely not a work of fantasy as that is the genre this book falls under. The names of the characters are Scandinavian and Irish and I had a funny feeling of Mariah Carey in it because one character was called Mireia and Rowan’s last name was Carey so my Mariah Carey fandom was tickled by this. This book also summons my knowledge of such masterpieces like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comedy and the more recent Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. One alluring factor to note is the mentions of essential oils and herbs like sandalwood and coriander to name a few. If you’re looking for something magical and captivating then I simply suggest getting this one. Enjoy it for yourself and Happy Magical 2017!
Great Story. Original. Want to see more.
This was a real pleasant surprise. Great story. Great characters. Siri is definitely not your typical 17 year old. The author did a great job of bringing everything to life. I love Miko and hope his adorable self continues on. On to book 2.
Excellent read, can't wait for the next one! Whether you are an adult looking for some good paranormal action or trying to find a fun book for your teen to read, this book hits all the right notes. Great storytelling, well-rounded characters, romance and adventure with some mythology and paranormal excitement thrown in. LOVED it!