StruckSeries: Phoebe Meadows #1
by Amanda Carlson
Published by Self Published on May 24th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.
Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.
After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…
In the mood for a new urban fantasy series that has a “world” that’s easy to get into?
Have I got a story for you…
Struck by Amanda Carlson is out today (May 24th, 2016) and it’s a brand new series for Ms. Carlson, who is probably better known for her Jessica McClain series. The story is centered around Phoebe Meadows, a girl from Wisconsin who recently moved to New York City and works in the shoe department at Macy’s.
One day she is struck by lightning while INSIDE the storeroom at Macy’s and life, as she knows it, changes forever. On her way home from work she is stopped by a big, scary, smelly man who is missing a hand, her neighbor goes all “Valkyrie” on her, including toga and weapons, and she’s chased into a tree until she’s captured by a scary “witch”.
Not one of Phoebe’s better days.
I was impressed by how close Ms. Carlson stayed to Norse mythology. If you know anything about Odin, Loki, Thor, and Valkyries, even in passing, you’ll do just fine with the world building in this series. I’m not an expert on my Norse gods and demigods so I had to Google a few. But they were all easy to find and fit into the story easily. I loved that!!
Full of action and quick on it’s pacing, this isn’t a long story and it won’t tie you down like some urban fantasy mass markets do. I will give you heads up that there are some corny moments towards the end of the story. But after the humor in the beginning, I sort of saw some it coming. The humor worked well, the cheesiness, not so much for me.
BUT… I am definitely eager to get my hands on the next installment in the Phoebe Meadows series, Freed, coming this fall!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2016