I’ve elected to participate in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’ve decided to post about my Valkyrie world since I’m currently writing the final book in that series and it will be easier for me to think about what to blog. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific 😉
So today is the letter B which stands for BLOOD.
Blood takes an important role in the story of Bryn and her life as a Valkyrie.
In the first instance, Bryn’s father eminent geneticist Dr Geoffrey Halbrook had a secret passion. He liked to play with genes. He was also involved in assisted conception because he and his wife Irene had found it difficult to conceive. What better than to splice some DNA, add a little something extra to the mix and maybe make a special child. You gotta hand it to the man, he dreamed big, but I don’t think he knew what a can of worms he was opening. Wonder what he’d think if he knew his daughter was a Valkryie reborn, that the very genes he stole from an ancient digsite in Norway, was in actuality the genes of the legendary warrior princess Brynhildr, a Valkyrie of Asgard, and that he created a range of life-threatening problems for his only child.
Blood also plays and impportant part in the lives of the Asgardian warriors. Of the Valkyries, Ulfr and einherjar, the most vulnerable are reborn warriors, those chosen from the courageous dead of Midgard or Earth as we know it. When Loki discovers the Asgardians had created a special Kevlar like armor to protect the warriors he and Dr Lee find a way to penetrate that armor.
Using Bryn’s blood and a substance found in Jotunnheim, the land of the frost giants, Dr Lee creates a black poisonous gloop that is deadly to those who are becoming warriors, those courageous dead who glow as a sign of their future in Valhalla. Loki decimates the numbers of warriors coming to Valhalla, one of the ways he actively trys to reduce Odin’s Army. Loki’s plan succeeds, leaving Bryn to blame herself because it was her blood that provided the key to the poison’s success.
Check back tomorrow for the next post in the Challange: C is for Craven
Here is a list of the previouse posts in my series of challenge posts.
The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series
Dead Radiance currently Free
Dead Silence – Pre-Order