Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel (The Norse Chronicles Book 2)

Arctic Dawn
by Karissa Laurel

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Norse Chronicles - Book 2
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (July 5, 2016)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Print Length: 332 pages
Available from: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

 Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.

Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel (The Norse Chronicles Book 2)

Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2)So, clearly Solina’s life is NOT going back to quiet normality anytime soon. Just when she finally gets both feet on the ground again, after going all shooting star, exhausted, in need of a plan to survive, Solina had planned to lay low for a while, but Skyla is missing and she needs her best friend by her side, a friendly face and a staunch ally. Danger is coming, of the deadliest kind and Solina doesn’t have time to feel 100%. It’s time to suck it up and gather her ragtag, and often irritating group, find Skyla and save the world from a legendary weapon of mass destruction. The clock is ticking, the tension is sky rocketing and Solina must use her best strategies to stop the destruction of the world.

Hang on, because Karissa Laurel is taking us back into her Norse Chronicles series with Arctic Dawn! Rest up, this is non-stop action from the get go and Solina is the girl on a mission to kick butt and take names later, never flinching, never missing a beat and oh yes, she is pretty smart about it, too! Seriously, you think she could count on the gods for a little help, right? She does have Thorin, son of Thor, but his skills as a human are, well, on the slightly lacking side of okay. But we can hope he is evolving, right? As a matter of fact ALL of the characters are evolving into solid individuals and Ms.Laurel has done a marvelous job of bring this world back to life and really sharpening each scene to Hi-Def.

Chaos abounds, as evil and good ramp up for more battle. Even within her personal life, Solina has a skirmishes of the heart, as powerful and potently attractive males vie for her attentions. Can she even allow time for romantic thoughts? Who is really on her side without an agenda of their own? Strong female characters fill the pages and Ms. Laurel has done an excellent job balancing their femininity with their boldness, whether they are good or evil.

Leap into the fray, feel the heat of battle, the passion of warriors, have that scorecard handy. Right now the fronts are varied, the subplots are deepening and now is the time to start putting the puzzle together, but don’t expect to finish just yet, the gods and goddesses all have their own agendas, their own demands as myths, legends and mortals work their way to the final showdown that has not come yet. Prepare for the next ride, more action and watch your step on that final page of book 2…This is intriguing writing filled with enough action to satisfy every reader!

I received an ARC edition from Karissa Laurel in exchange for my honest review.