Today its the turn of the second book in the Hanged God Trilogy, Shackled Fates by Thilde Kold Holdt. Many thanks to The Write Reads for allowing me to experience this marvelous trilogy on the tour and Solaris Books for the copy of the book.
Following on the breakout success of Northern Wrath , Holdt weaves myth and history in a deeply magical saga.
As Ragnarok looms, the trickster Loki breaks free from his chains.
In the battle to come, all shall die, but Ragnar will do anything to save his gods.
Einer scours the nine worlds for Hilda, who walks among gods and goddesses, searching the truth of the Runes.
For centuries Siv has run from her past, but she knows that to protect her daughter, and Midgard, she will have to face her worst fears.
It is time to confront the Alfather.
The second book in the Hanged God Trilogy picks right up from where Northern Wrath left. The chapter numbering carries on too. It really feels like you are reading one rather large book, not separate ones. This is the first time I have seen this with a series or trilogy. I felt the continuity was so much stronger this way, my connection to the characters just carried on like there hadn’t been a break.
Shackled Fates continues and this book gave me an enthralling story which concentrates more upon the mythology. I was introduced to God’s and Goddesses I had never heard of, but adored meeting. The richness of the settings yet again easily had me travelling between the Realms with whichever character the story was following at the time. We again move between Hilda, Einer and Ragnar plus other equally interesting characters.
I seriously can’t believe how quick I read this book. Yes it’s 643 pages (ish) and it wasn’t read overnight, but it was quicker to read than I anticipated. That’s the magic of Thilde Kort Holdt’s storytelling. Its akin to a spiders web. Each strand connecting and interweaving with each other. Not unlike the strands of fate that are spun constantly by the Norns.
The only time spent in Midgard follows Finn, whose journey is just as intriguing as the ones of Hilda and Einer. Whether I was with God’s, Goddesses, Giants, dwarves or the people in Midgard, it had me riveted. I felt like I was being educated in all things Norse and it was such a delight to learn. This is not a story that drags, or has big chunks of information that just overload. I can’t be anymore positive than I am for this book.
Another chapter in the Hanged Gods trilogy that makes me really feel these characters and for the events that shape their lives. A book that moves me closer to the finality of the end of this cinematic, vivid and addictive story.
Thilde Kold Holdt is a Viking, traveller and a polyglot fluent in Danish, French, English and Korean. As a writer, she is an avid researcher. This is how she first came to row for hours upon hours on a Viking warship. She loved the experience so much that she has sailed with the Viking ship the Sea Stallion ever since. Another research trip brought her to all corners of South Korea where she also learnt the art of traditional Korean archery. Born in Denmark, Thilde has lived in many places and countries, taking a bit of each culture with her. This is why she regards herself as simply being from planet Earth, as she has yet to set foot on Mars… Thilde is currently based in Southern France where she writes full-time.