Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne (Review)

       Hanne is a Berserker. She goes into violent killing rages that cannot be stopped whenever the people she loves are threatened. And as much as she wants to protect them, she hates the killing, she hates being a killer. When things go off the rails, she and her family must flee to search for her uncle, her only hope to learn how to control her "gift". Along the way she and her siblings flee to the wild west and meet a handsome and honourable cowboy that will help them flee in their mad dash to safety.
       I surprisingly got really into this story. It took a moment to get into it, but all things considered, I became invested in Hanne and her siblings fairly quickly. I also liked that the world was structured around a key set of rules and myths, and actually held to them... (for the most part). They follow the rules enough at least that I was successfully able to find my bearings in the universe and experience it as if its mythology was actually moderately realistic. This story was definitely character driven and that felt like a major strength of its story telling. The readers are really led to feel a lot for these characters and to feel their pains and triumphs. The characters were also very dynamic, from the passive big (in stature) brother, to the snippy and selfish younger sister. These characters were more real then what you would find in some contemporary literature, and for that reason as well as many others, I give Berserker the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

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