The Helheim Princess
– Tiana Warner –
Published 4 January 2022
Norse mythology, a main character determined to prove herself and fantasy action in a journey to the underworld. The Helheim Princess is sure to please readers who love mythology-driven fantasy.
Sigrid might have been born in the Valkyrie ward but she’s not a Valkyrie. The Junior Valkyries in training and the General make sure she knows her true place in life. A stable hand, with a Midguard horse and no future in the Valkyrie ranks. Sigrid is determined to prove them wrong. She knows her horse is fast and that the secret training they’ve been doing makes them an asset to the army, even if it’s only from the ground. But when an army of Night Elves invade and steal a precious relic, Sigrid takes her chance to fulfil her destiny. Joining with an enemy Valkyrie, Sigrid travels to the Underworld. But more than just destiny awaits her there.
This book is filled with action and mythology we all know and love, given a fresh and unique twist. Despite all the action, I found it hard to read the middle of this book. Maybe it was just my state of mind at the time, but I found the story dragged. Sigrid also takes a long time to wake up to the truth and work though her feelings of needing to prove herself, wanting to belong and jealousy before she starts to make some better decisions. That said, she is a strong character and she displays growth as she learns to accept herself just as she is and to rely on the friends she has made.
There is romance in this book, to add to the story threads about Sigrid following her destiny. Sigrid starts to develop feelings for Miriam as they travel together. Mostly those feelings seem to be jealousy of the time Miriam spends with Fisk, but she and Miriam do find some times to get closer to each other.
I did love the horse knowledge and expertise shared in this book and enjoyed the bond Sigrid and her horse share.
I know my fantasy readers are always looking for mythology based novels, so they will be excited to get their hands on this book. There is also promise of a sequel, though the book has a nice conclusion, so no cliffhangers.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Themes: Valkyries, horses, warriors, women and girls, mythology, Norse mythology, LGBT+, romance.
Reading age guide: Ages 14 and up.
Representation: LGBT+ main characters. LGBT+ romance.
Published: 4 January 2022 by Entangled: Teen
Format: Hardcover, ebook. 400 pages.