WOW – returning to Hel just got better. Eirik is thriving in his new environment and making strides on who he is. His character is becoming stronger with each book. Hel always seems like a scary character but Ednah does an amazing job bringing a softer and more motherly side to her which I love seeing. Hel and Eirik’s mother and son relationship grows stronger and is quite endearing to watch. I loved getting to know more about the support characters. Hayden and Trudy are amazing ladies in this story and I can’t wait to see how they play more of role in future books. It’s awesome to see more of Echo and his reaping side. Also get to get to know the other Grimnirs Rhys and Nara better is a treat. Celestia is amazing as she was in the first book. Her spunky and confident personality is stronger than ever and I love how she stands up to Eirik but will still help him in his need. Even though there has been bumps in the road – Eirik and Celestia grow deeper in their relationship. Don’t miss this fun and adventurous story, “Heroes” Eirik Book 2 by Ednah Walters. I’m counting down the days until Gods comes out.
Eirik Baldurson's story continues to captivate and enthrall in book 2 (even--dare I say it--more so than book 1). Ednah Walters has woven a fast-paced, intense, emotion-grabbing and action-packed tale spiked with twists and connections that I never could have imagined let alone anticipated. The plot-line here ties in with Seeress (Runes book 4) impressively--and thus I suggest reading that one first--and answers some of the remaining questions I had from that book, though it did seem to be explained fairly quickly and mostly in the epilogue. The relationship between Celestia--the proud, stubborn witch with dimples--and Eirik --cocky but caring son of god of light Baldur and goddes Hel--has a lot of ups and downs that tugged at emotions as nerve-wracking trouble with the Witches in Midgard complicate Eirik's search for his family and Celestia's attempts to stay away from him, his family, anything to remind her of her time in Hel. Not only do these two characters and their pasts become so much more developed in this book, but I really enjoyed getting to know the myriad of side characters (like Goddess Hel's maiden the bossy jotun Trudy, Celestia's best witch friend Hayden, even more about our favorite grimnirs Echo and Rhys). I absolutely loved getting sucked into the romance, action, witty banter between characters, travelling the realms, and (being a mythology nerd) all the fascinating Norse nuances. This is a bit longer of a book and much of the drama is resolved, thank the gods, yet the shocking final climax and tense cliffhanger left me wanting so much more! I am still reeling from seeing "The End" right when the mystery piqued leaving me concerned, confused, and so curious! Serious book hangover. I can't wait for Gods (book 3) to see what I'm sure will be a creative and heart-pounding resolution to Eirik's story. This is a FANTASTIC read, I highly, highly recommend, even for non-Norse-myth-lovers. Ednah Walters has yet again proven she's a goddess of YA paranormal writing.
***I received an Arc in exchange for an honest review*** Heroes is the 2nd book of Eiriks story. Honestly if you loved Demons you will love Heroes! It has action, romance, dragons, witches, etc. it's everything you want in a book. It is very hard to find a good stopping point in this book. I honestly wanted to keep reading because so much happened. Eirik is still looking for his sister but realizes he needs Celestia in his life. She is more important to him then anything in the world. Eirik and Celestia still butt heads but what couple doesn't. I have seriously grown to love goddess Hel even more! She may seem like a mean woman but she loves her children and would do anything for them along with her followers. Some familiar faces from the runes series come back along with some new characters. I can't wait to read Gods! The wait is going to be so worth it. Thank you for another great read Ednah!