Blurb from Goodreads:
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
I honestly haven’t read a novel about Vikings before. This concept is just rare specially in YA so this one is really refreshing to me. It is unique despite some tropes. It is action-packed with a shred of romance. It has fierce friendships, amazing family bond, and just the tiniest bit of drama to add some more color into it. And the best part? It is a standalone!
This book is not for the squeamish though. Its world is violent and brutal, and the author is pretty descriptive. I mean, someone’s eyeball has been forcibly taken out of its socket somewhere in the book! Almost every character is a lethal killing machine—they’re Vikings, after all. With an age-old blood feud between two clans, battles were always fought throughout the book. There’s no shortage of bloodbath and epic battle scenes. Those with weaker stomach might not like this very much.