Thank you to Flux and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi
Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Tags: Young Adult / Fantasy / Norse Mythology / Historical Fantasy / Vikings / Loki / Valkyrie
Trigger Warnings: Arranged Marriage / Murder
When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.
But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.
Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?
The Weight of a Soul is a historical and mythological viking story. It focuses on the daughter of the chief of a Viking clan. She loses her sister and tries hard to find her back.
That premise is one you can do a lot with. However at the end of the book I would say that the book was boring. Our main character has to find a soul that is as heavy as her sister to get her back. Again, this is something you can do a lot with. Just about the whole morality of it all. Can you honestly kill someone else to bring someone back that is already dead? But there was none of that. Our mc has never killed before and is training to be a healer. But she barely blinks an eye to killing someone and is more busy with being caught than that she cares she took someone’s life, who wasn’t even good enough. And this book is just her trying to find the soul that is of the same weight. If you have read enough of these book than you know where this is going…
It just did not make sense to me at any point. I didn’t understand this character who immediately knew something was wrong about the death of her sister when there was no hint or proof for that. She attempts to kill someone from her own clan and there are no consequences for that. We never even see this character again who was suppose to be her friend. And there were more things like that.
I honestly think that the other side of her story, what her sister’s soul went through, would have been much more interesting to have read about and should have at least been told alongside our mc’s story.
What I could appreciate was that the mc was not busy with romance. While she was being married off to her best friend there was never any true change of those feelings to one another. I liked that. It was realistic.
At the end of it there was too little for me to love here. It is currently standing as a standalone but judging by the ending I would not be surprised if it turned out to have a sequel.