Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising

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Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she'll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she's there.

What Ellie doesn't anticipate is Graham's infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect that something powerful and ancient will awaken in her and that strange whispers will urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, suddenly there's a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it's up to Ellie--and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring, Tuck--to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl's unexpectedly epic coming-of-age.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 147 x 217 x 30mm | 426g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062025724
  • 9780062025722
  • 366,222

Review quote

New elements such as the isolated Norway backdrop and the coldly beautiful Valkyries add a fresh touch. Teen girls will empathize with Elsa's feelings of unsure independence and courage. -- Booklist

Readers who like a strong, talented heroine who can save the day but still lose her heart to a roguish equal, in the spirit of Cashore's Graceling and Melling's The Chronicles of Faerie, will find much to enjoy in this complex, clever fantasy. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Rating details

6,549 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,771)
4 35% (2,283)
3 27% (1,776)
2 8% (506)
1 3% (213)

Our customer reviews

FINALLY! A book with Valkyries set in NORWAY! I cannot tell you how happy those two things made me while I read Valkyrie Rising. Seriously. I'm sick of mythological being appearing out of the blue in the U.S.A. I don't know why but it really irks me. So the fact that Ingrid Paulson wrote a young adult novel about the Valkyries that took place in Norway was a huge deal for me. Plus the fact that she made some attempts to talk about places in Norway showed she did a bit of research on the country which I totally appreciated since the book was read for my Around the World Reading Challenge. I've always loved Norse mythology so when I found out about this book months ago I couldn't wait to read it but like always when I got the book from the library I didn't get around to reading it until the night before it's due back...which was last night. However, the book had me hooked from the first page so it worked out remarkably well since the writing was so addictive I could not put the book down at all. Ingrid Paulson brought a fantastic debut novel to the table that has a lot of action, Norse mythology, a wee bit of romance and a kick ass heroine that comes into her own. I absolutely loved Elsa (Ellie)'s character. She started off very unsure of herself and very shy but by the end of the novel she matured, and became a lot stronger sand more self confident which was great to see because I hate characters who are pushovers. I loved how much she cared about not only rescuing her older brother Graham but also rescuing all the other boys Astrid the leader of the Valkyries kidnapped for use in Odin's army. The other characters in the novel were great too. Graham, Ellie's brother was the typical annoying big brother. He was always butting his head into her business and trying to make decisions for her completely ignoring the fact that she is her own person. Tucker was a great love interest for Ellie because of his teasing nature he balanced out her more serious nature and he added a lot of humour to the book which was needed and I thought he was really endearing despite the fact that he was a little annoying in the beginning. Hilda, who is Ellie and Graham's grandmother on their father's side was unlike any grandmother I've ever read about and if you read the book you'll find out why that is. I thought she was a wonderful chsaracter and you csn tell that Ellie gets a lot of her strength from her Grandmother. Overall all other characters were great. I was a little bit worried that there wouldnt be very much attention paid to the side characters but they were wonderfully created and they had just the right amount of depth to make the interesting and to make me want to read more about them in the next book in the series. The plot was also wonderfully written. There was a lot of action that was interwoven with the mythology and romance themes which were not over done or cheesy but were just right. I liked how the story was mainly focused on Ellie's search for her brother and learning about who and what she is as well as a bit of the mythology behind the Valkyries. The romance between her and Tucker thankfully too a backseat for most of the novel and I am so glad that their relationship wasn't another dreaded case of the wretched insta-love fad that's been plaguing young adult novels as of late. The pace of the novel was great and it kept me reading late into the night and I couldn't put it down until I finished it because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. The story will draw you in and you'll be thinking about it long after you finish it. Ingrid Paulson wrote a great debut novel and I highly recommend this novel to everyone especially if you're a fan of young adult novels that deal with mythology especially Norse mythology. I think she's a talented author and I can't wait to read the next book in the series and this is definetly one of the best books I've read in more
by Kimberly Roy
Valkyrie Rising was a very well-written book that taught me more about Norse Mythology. There also some other mythical characters that I knew of before. Being a total mythology junkie, I knew I had to read this one :) The first chapter goes off well at Graham's party. We were also introduced the very charming Tucker (ah, such a cutie :3). We see how Ellie's life was always lived in Graham's shadow and controlled by Graham. I think Graham is too much of a controlling character. REALLY, DUDE. That guy needs to let Ellie live her own life. I am not as familiar with Norse Mythology as I am with Greek/Roman. But at least I knew Odin (the one-eyed dude, lol) and Loki (he was pretty sexy or downright evil in some other books). There was also an appearance of the goddess Morrigan (did I spell that right?). Morrigan is a celtic birdie (raven?) goddess I think.. I knew that from a series of MG books I read. In this book, Morrigan isn't sadistic but actually a kind goddess so I was kind of surprised by that. I think Ellie is a very kick-ass Valkyrie. She tried to beat Astrid even though she's not experienced at all. No, really. Astrid beats her by a few thousand years or something. Oh yeah, ELLIE & TUCKER. BEST. COUPLE. EVER. As I'm typing this, I got a goofy smile on my face. Ah~ They're so cute :3 *fangirl* I really wish there was more on Norse Mythology. The only thing mentioned about it was Odin and Loki and some war that they're in. That's not that much on Norse stuff at all. Heck, I know more about Norse Mythology than this book mentions and I've never read a single book about Norse mythology. So I thought that's something the book could have added. So, that's basically my whole experience of reading Valkyrie Rising. And an amazing experience, that was :) I really loved this book and I would totally recommend this to any mythology junkie (like me!) or just anyone who wants some action :)show more
by Cindy Lee
This is the first book I have read about Valkyries and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I have become a mythology fan over the last couple of years, so I was looking forward to seeing what this book held in store. Ellie Overholt is 16 years old and has been living in the shadow of her brother Graham, who is 18, all her life. Graham is perfect. He is popular, the star athlete, smart, center of attention, you name it. Ellie loves him dearly, but she has become a pro at not being noticed and becoming invisible, and is a little resentful about it. Graham is also very protective of Ellie, especially since her father is no longer living. Ellie and Graham are planning a trip to Norway to the small village of Skaveopoll, to visit Ellie's grandmother for the summer. She is really looking forward to this trip until she finds out Tuck is going, or so she says. Tuck is Graham's 17-year-old best friend who lives two doors down from Ellie. He is an athlete, totally hot, and he and Ellie have been at each others throats since they were kids. Ellie arrives in Norway 2 weeks before Graham does and is really looking forward to some alone time. When she visits the village, however, she finds people are treating her oddly, even hostile, and she doesn't know why. She meets a hot Norwegian, goes on a date, and things really get weird when two beautiful women enter the pub with a commanding and dangerous presence. She also finds out that young guys have been disappearing, and that the townspeople think her grandmother has something to do with it, believing she is a witch. Graham and Tuck arrive, and Tuck is acting differently towards Ellie, which is confusing and thrilling at the same time. Then, Ellie comes face-to-face with the reason these boys are disappearing. She has to come to terms with the fact that Valkyries are real, that her grandmother knows more than she is letting on, and things are happening to her and around her that she doesn't understand. Determined to keep her family safe and find out what part she plays in all of this, she and Tuck, who has plenty of his own secrets, set out on a mission to get to the bottom of things and save the missing boys. What she learns not only will surprise you, it surprises Ellie even more. I liked this book. I found the whole Valkyrie concept entertaining. Ellie's character was kind of passive in the beginning, but she developed into a pretty tough chick as the book goes along, and I grew to like her. Tuck was hot, and I liked him also, and I liked how he was committed to helping Ellie in her quest. Astrid, well, I hated her, then ended up liking her. The setting of the book was beautiful. I really liked how the Valkyrie Norse mythology was set in modern day time. As far as romance, I enjoyed seeing Ellie and Tuck become closer, and would have liked to have seen more of that. Overall, I found this book both entertaining and enjoyable. It ended well, but has the potential for a sequel, but I don't know if there are plans for that or not. I would love to see more Tuck and Ellie. If you enjoy mythology, especially Valkyries, contemporary romance, combined with some mystery and action, then Valkyries is one book you will want to check more
by Ellen Gault
You know what's hard about writing reviews? Trying to write a review for a book that didn't elicit in either direction. Valkyrie Rising wasn't a bad book; I found the story to be a bit interesting at times. But I also can't say that it is a great book, either. I just found myself simply not caring about the story or the characters. So basically, I feel as if I'm grasping for something to say. I'm certain part of the problem is that I'm discovering that I'm just not into Valkyries. And to this you're probably thinking "Well, Andrea, why did you pick up a book titled 'Valkyrie Rising'?" I decided to read Valkyrie Rising because it was sent to me by a publicist (Thanks to Harper Teen!) and I gave it a shot to see if maybe I do like Valkyries, but hadn't found the right book yet. Another reason I didn't connect to the book was that I felt the author used a lot of telling instead of showing. For example, at one point Ellie gains the ability to hear voices. But instead of "showing" the effect it had on her brain by making me feel as if I were experiencing it with her, the ability is simply told: "Just when I thought things couldn't get any weirder, a strange voice sounded in my head, one that was me and wasn't me. Like it came from a new part of my consciousness I hadn't had the chance to meet yet." Those lines didn't make me feel anything. I just know that "Oh, I new ability popped up at an awfully handy time." Which leads me to my next gripe. I am not a fan of stories in which the characters just magically develop abilities whenever it's convenient. Ellie randomly develops the ability to understand the language, she suddenly can hear thoughts, can fight when she's never been trained. I get that this helps keep the pace moving quickly, but I like for my characters to work for a payoff. So what did I like about Valkyrie Rising? I liked the setting. The author painted a lovely picture of Norway, a location I've not experienced in books. Also, Tuck. If not for Tuck, I don't know that I would have enjoyed the story at all. He was funny, charming, adventurous, and charismatic. I loved the effect he had on Ellie. He made every scene he was in better, and I missed him when he was off scene. Valkyrie Rising was an "okay" book for me. I didn't love it; I didn't hate it. I'm sure that there are a lot of readers who will love the characters, the mythology, the story and will have a fantastic time reading more
by Andrea Thompson
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