Happy #releaseday to Author Melissa Snark and BATTLE CRY!
Attribution: Norns weaving destiny, by Arthur Rackham (1912). Public domain.
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In Battle Cry (book 2, so I HIGHLY recommend trying to win book 1), we continue on the pack leader's story: a formidable Victoria Storm. She is pregnant and mourning the loss of her beloved Daniel and is finally able to tell his father and his brother that it was not HER who killed him.
The books opens in the heat of action and the action never lets up! Following the different POV of Victoria, Jake, Sawyer, and the gods, we learn of all the convoluted plot twists and battle axes thrown in the path of pack leader Victoria storm.
Articulated crafted, I love the care for each perfectly chosen word that Ms. Snark has woven into the adventure story. I'm a fan of multiple plot lines and POV, it keeps my interest peaked. I read this book in a few sittings, always eager to get back to the book. Her fight scenes are some of the best I've read and I love the vampires getting their butts kicked. The undead are just that...evil and undead. I'd rather cozy up with a were or a tough-ass hunter anyway. Go were books!
I really wish I'd have read book 1 first, even though this is a stand alone book, as it would have explained the only thing that was never fleshed out for me in this book, exactly why she took a mate (Arik) and is pregnant with his child after her beloved Daniel dies. So time to delve into the back story on this one!
Victoria Storm is no simpery, whiny, or woe-is-me heroine. She has a tough as nails exterior with a heart of gold. Enough to do things that will get her in trouble. Doing the right thing even when she may get in trouble for it, that's the BEST kind of hero.
Kudos to Ms. Snark on a hard-core contemporary, fantasy, action novel. I can't wait to read more!
BATTLE CRY to be released on Dec. 18th, 2014
Book #2 in the Loki's Wolves series
Genre: Norse folklore fantasy
Word Count: 96,000 approximately
Cover Artist: Farah Evers
Tags: #Fantasy #Amreading #Norse @MelissaSnark
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Logline: One man dares defy Fate.
Survival demands sacrifices; healing requires forgiveness.
Men revere him; monsters fear him. Jake Barrett, the notorious Hunter King, values loyalty to family and followers above all else. When the daughter of his closest ally murders Daniel, his oldest son, it sets off a chain reaction of violence and destruction that claims the lives of both wolves and hunters. Determined to avenge his son, Jake seeks the truth at any cost.
After losing her lover and then her mate, Victoria Storm simply wants to get on with building a new life in Sierra Pines, California. A vengeful Jake Barrett and his organization aren't going to make that easy, especially with the unwelcome attraction between her and the Hunter King's second son. Perils beyond the mortal coil plague Victoria. When the Norse Fates predict Victoria will destroy the world, her duties as a priestess of Freya come into conflict with her responsibilities as a Valkyrie of Odin. When they tell her she will do it to save her unborn child, she's not so sure they are wrong.
Sawyer Barrett has been trying to kill Victoria for so long, he doesn't know whether he loves her or hates her. Desperate to end the war, he's willing to take chances with everything–except his heart. The hunter harbors a deadly secret he can't reveal without risking the ceasefire and his life. At Sawyer's urging, Victoria agrees to peace talks with Jake. All the while, an ancient vampire plots the destruction of wolves and hunters alike. If the embittered rivalry between hunters and wolves doesn't end—and fast—there is no hope for Victoria's pack... or for their world.
Short excerpt (PG):
Shade enshrouded Skuld, and her voice manifested upon the air, thick and oppressive, closing in from all sides. "Your daughter will not grow to adulthood in Midgard."
Victoria's heart slammed against her breastbone. Her breath expelled in a horrified gust. The bowl dropped from her hands and flew to protect her abdomen. "What do you mean?"
"Your daughter will be taken from you on the eve of her third birthday," Skuld said. "The one you trust most, a member of your own pack, will give the child over to your greatest enemy."
A growl trembled in Victoria's throat, and her entire body shook under the dual assault of fear and rage. The suggestion of betrayal from within her own pack filled her with disbelief to the core of her being. It was unthinkable. Gritting her teeth, she sought a solution, refusing to dwell on it. "How am I to prevent this?"
"We speak of what will come to pass," Verðandi said in a sympathetic tone.
"Your predictions are not carved in stone," Victoria said. Arguing with Fate was a foolish endeavor, but she refused to accept their prophecy.
The old woman, Urðr, smiled with a frightening gleam in her eyes. "Predictions, carved into the trunk of the World Tree, carved into the spiritual fabric of the world."
Stubborn determination settled over Victoria like armor. Her mother had taught her there was no absolute fate, just as there was no absolute free will. Life consisted of a wide range of possibilities between the two extremes. She refused to allow her daughter to die at three years of age. She would move worlds, alter fate, slay gods.
Whatever it took.
"Do you wish to save your child?" Skuld asked.
Victoria answered without thought. "Yes. I'll do anything. Tell me. Please."
"The final days are upon us," Verðandi said.
Skuld took over speaking. "To save your daughter, you will side with Loki against the Aesir. You will use your enchanted dagger to cut the binding of the great wolf Fenrir. You will be responsible for freeing the beast that kills Odin."
Victoria's stomach turned. Her head shook in automatic denial. "When the gods imprisoned Fenrir, my people pledged fealty to the Aesir. We have served them loyally ever since. Even when we were driven from the homeland, almost a millennium ago, we remained faithful. I will never cut Fenrir's bonds. To do so would end the world we live in and doom us all."
Skuld's gaze held steady. "You will."
Victoria snarled her denial. "No. I will never become the servant of the Trickster or willingly take part in bringing about Odin's death."
Skuld turned her head and pinned Victoria with one black eye that rolled in its socket like a liquid marble. "To save your daughter, you will."
Fast Facts About Melissa Snark:
- Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with five unique titles: A CAT'S TALE, THE MATING GAME, LEARNING TO FLY, THE CHILD THIEF, and HUNGER MOON.
- Her Loki's Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON and BATTLE CRY.
- She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring of cats.
- She is a professional cat herder and unrepentant satirist who blogs about books and writing on The Snarkology.
Connect with Melissa Snark:
Email: melissasnark at gmail.com