Title: Fallen (The Will of Yggdrasil #2)
Author: Sara C. Roethle
Pub. Date: February 5, 2020
As it turns out, finding the charm was the least of Madeline’s worries.
Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.
Enter the mischievous Viking. Mikael seems to know more about Madeline’s quest than she does. His ancient vendetta will take her back to the time of his birth. Unfortunately for her, Mikael was born about a thousand years ago, in a place far different from anything Madeline has ever known.
In order to return home, she will face Vikings, bandits, and the spinners of fate themselves. The stakes may be high, but at least Madeline finally knows just what, and who, she’s fighting for.
This will be a spoiler free review.
I’m just going to dive right into this review, so if you want to know more about my general thoughts and feelings, you can check out my review for Fated the first book in The Will of Yggdrasil series here.
I bought this eBook legit the moment after I finished reading Fated. Then I started reading it that same night but didn’t actually finish it until the next night. Once I start these books, I tend to not move or get up until I’m done. They’re pretty quick, engrossing reads so it usually doesn’t take long. I definitely enjoyed this book more than Fated. I was already familiar with the world, the characters and the stakes, and this book picks up right where book 1 left off. I was just ready to find out what happens next. A few new characters were introduced in this book, and I kind of love them.
Why are big, tortured, moody Vikings with soft, tormented centers so damn attractive? Mikael was introduced and while I have no idea what his ultimate goal is, I thoroughly enjoy his character and the chemistry he has with Maddie.
I also kind of really like James, which I didn’t expect.
He’s a grade A asshole and probably a sociopath, but something happens to him and this new version feels more like a lost, hurting puppy, and I feel for him. Between James and Mikael, I think they could both probably use hugs.
I think the thing I liked least in this book is the little plot twist that is revealed. The only reason I don’t like it is because it’s my least favorite thing to happen in books. Like, it doesn’t matter how realistic it is, I just don’t really care for it in books. It’s kind of a turn off, but I find that I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to fantasy, especially these kinds of books. they’re already full of tropes and clichés, so it’s kind of to be expected. But when it was revealed, I audibly groaned and then rolled my eyes.
I can’t really go into too much detail, since this is book 2 and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I did enjoy this book, and I really can’t wait to start reading book 3, Fury. The stakes are higher than ever, characters are being tested and Maddie has some incredibly tough choices ahead of her. The question of who will rule once the war has been fought and won has yet to be decided and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Book 3 is already loaded on my Kindle and I’m diving into it soon.