Friday, March 23, 2018

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne - ADVISABLE

Laybourne, Emmy Berserker, 340 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Publishing), 2017. $18.00 Language: PG  (18 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG13.

Hanne Hemstad and her family are bestowed with gifts from the Norse Gods. When her family is attacked, Hanne, a Berserker, flies into a murderous rage. After protecting her family by killing a group of men, her family is forced to flee to America and search for an uncle who can help them control their gifts. They find a guide in a cowboy, Owen, to lead them to their uncle in Montana. Their trail is fought with dangers- wild animals, blizzards, and gruesome bounty hunters. To make things even harder, Baron Fjelstad sends Rolf and Ketil are sent to “collect” the Hemstads.

This book is a unique blend of historical fiction and Norse mythology. You can’t help but see part of yourself in Hanne and become captivated by her journey to self-realization.  As a history teacher, the story was oozing with historical tidbits that was really blended in with the plot. It was a unique and refreshing read! There are three off the page sexual references and several violent killings. The violence is not too graphic but could be disturbing to some readers.

HS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: RK

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