Claimed by Gods by Eva Chase (Their Dark Valkyrie #1)

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Published by Ink Spark Press

5 stars

Synopsis:

The gods walk among us. And they just might steal your soul… or your heart.

I thought I’d survived everything life could throw at me. All I wanted was to keep my distance from the criminals I work for and get my little brother out of the hell that is our mother’s house.

Then I died and woke up to four stunningly hot gods telling me I’m now a valkyrie.

Sly, sharp Loki. Jovial but ferocious Thor. Dreamily compassionate Baldur. Grim and secretive Hod. They all have something to teach me. And around them, my walls start to crack.

But the gods didn’t summon me just for kicks. Their king is missing, and they need me to find him. The first three valkyries they sent on the job never made it back.

More power is awakening in me than I could ever have imagined—and the gods’ enemies are more devious than even they knew. It’s going to take every trick in the book for me to save myself, my brother, and these divine men who’re getting under my skin in the most alluring way.

I’m Aria Watson, and Valhalla ain’t seen nothing yet.

*Claimed by Gods is the first full-length novel in a medium-burn reverse harem urban fantasy series. This action-packed, heart-wrenching ride gives you a kickass heroine, four irresistible gods, and Norse mythology like you’ve never seen it before.*


 

A badass heroine who doesn’t balk at her newfound powers, isn’t emotionally stunted and manages to hold her own against Norse gods. So much yes.

Aria is a tough cookie who is picked by Loki for that very quality – she’s a survivor and just the kind of person they need to help them from Odin who disappeared years ago and is now suspected missing. Each of the gods Loki, Thor, Baldur and his twin Hod contribute their powers to turn her into a valkyrie.

The romance side of this book is a slow burn, this book is more about the action and world building. All of the characters are complex and well developed, each with distinct personalities and relationships – a lot of which is based on Norse mythology which is one of my all time favourite genres, the gods have a lot of old school drama and resentments to work through and having Aria around seems to be stirring everything up. Despite that, they’re all working towards a common goal and form a sometimes uneasy truce.

She’s not your typical heroine in that she’s not reluctant to pick up her new powers and start kicking ass – she’s adaptable and hard headed, not meek or submissive in any way which makes her interactions with ancient gods all the more fun to read about.

The writing style is well paced and totally compelling, I read this in one setting and immediately downloaded the next book in the series just so I could keep following these characters.

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