The Swordsmith

Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt Review


Welcome to the latest review on my blog.  Westu hal to you, I hope that you are staying safe and reading something awesome!

This is a review of something special, a book that I was incredibly happy to receive as an ARC, it’s a book that will take you to the nine realms, the world of the Norse Gods, welcome to my review of Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt.

Firstly, here is the premise.

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods. A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim. A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken.

The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

Firstly what I will say is that I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book grabbed my attention from the beginning, the stunning cover art is enough to pull a reader in to this most wonderous world.  Their are two main strands, the journey of Ragnar and his journey to Helheim (Darkness) and a catalyst event when a village is wiped out by christian raiders.  The defiant stand of the women in these scenes in particular hit me hard, the writing throughout the book is powerful, Thilde draws you in with atmospheric and beautiful prose and their is a real urgency to the writing.

One thing I would like to get out of the way is the main fault I felt, the characterization.  While the characters themselves are well defined, I just found there were too many and I found it hard to care for all of them as a consequence. However Thilde waves a compelling plot which transcends this and being quite a sizeable book as well, the story emerges in such a compelling way, I simply could not put the book down.

The worldbuilding was amazing!  Character driven and wonderful, Thilde’s love of her subject matter is evident.  What subject matter as well, Norse mythology, culture and history are all on display here and it is glorious.  It’s glorious to read a book where an author is so immersed in their subject matter, Thilde will show you another side of Viking life.  It’s wonderful to see this brought to life, the Vikings were like any other people.

Ultimately this is one of the best books I have read this year!  It really does have my seal of approval, there is something wonderful about this book that I would love as many people to experience it.  I have heard that the whole trilogy has already been written (bonus points Thilde) and this for me has preorder written all over it when it is available!  Anyone looking for a brutal story of Vikings, the nine realms of Norse Mythology and some wonderful writing, pick up Northern Wrath if you can.

My thanks once again to Rebellion Publishing for sending me a review copy!  Thank you as always for checking out my blog, ever view, click and like means a lot.

Westu hal to you, stay safe and keep reading.