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A to Z Challenge – L is for Loki

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Loki 

It’s easy to see why Loki, the Trickster son of Odin, is often cast as the villian. His is at first full of mischief, the ultimate pranskter, but then he develops a mean streak, and his jokes move from funny to destructive and harmful.

Loki is a complicated god. He is the adopted son of Odin, taken in when he was a baby. Little is known about his parents, but the sagas say he is a Jotunn or frost giant. His ability to change form confirms his Jotunn genes. Despite the family that Odin offered to his adopted son, Loki inevitably began to seek more. 

Within the Valkyrie series, Loki is Bryn’s nemesis, and in many ways he is right to consider her dangerous to his standing in Odin’s eyes. At first he seems to be up to his old tricks, just having fun, but then his actions take on a more sinister tone. What does Loki have to do with Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world?

Within the series we also see many members of Loki’s family, who all play very different roles in the trickster god’s downfall.

So come back tomorrow for M.

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge 


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A to Z Challenge – K is for Knowledge

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Knowledge 

Knowledge is an important tool in my Valkyrie world, it is a tool that is the key to Bryn’s adventures and her success as a valkyrie. 

Bryn starts off in the very beginning, with limited knowledge of the Norse world and its mythology. Her first encounter with detailed Norse mythology is the books she finds in her foster home. This is the moment she first learns about the Valkyrie Brunhilde, this is the beginning of her journey into the world of the Norse gods.

Bryn’s journey of knowledge does not stop there as she is swept into a world of myth that she does not recognise, only armed with limited knowledge from her Midgardian education. Her path is filled with knowledge and learning from the moment she arrives in Asgard, she learns how to fight, is taught some of the history behind the gods, figures out the intricacies of Asgard and how it functions. Bryn also learns about valkyries too and most important she gains knowledge about herself, that is crucial to all the battles she fights. 

Bryn still has a lot more to learn before her journey of knowledge is over and so do you! 

So come back Tuesday for L is for Loki

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn 


The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

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Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge – J is for Jotunn

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter J which stands for Jotunn.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

The land of Jotunnheim is one of the Nine Realms within Norse mythology’s Cosmic World. Jotunnheim is the home of the Jotunns, or frost giants. Within Bryn’s story, the frost giants are large creatures who look human, except for their pale, bluish skins, ice-like eyes, and the ability to turn into ice and into piles of stones. Jotunn can change their size at will, and can generate spears of ice from their fingertips. Add to those skills the ability to draw a glamor around them and mimic other people, and we have a very dangerous creature, poised to run riot over the Midgard world.

Bryn’s skills are pitted against the frost giants on more than one occasion. Not to mention the fact that she has to battle the worst Jotunn there is, the Trickster Loki.

So come back Monday for K

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible 


The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

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Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge – I is for Impossible

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter I which stands for Impossible.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Today’s post is just a mention of the impossible. Bryn gets sucked into a world that has only ever been a mythology. Legends and fairy tales. It was impossible that this would be real.

But so many things in the Valkyrie series are the impossible that defies reality. The gods are real, and so are dragons and dwarfs, elves and werewolves. Not to mention wings and talking birds, and traveling on a bridge you can’t see, going from plane to plane and materialising as if nothing strange had just happened to your body.

Writing a fantasy novel based on creatures that do not exist, and on a mythology that is largely no longer a living religion, is both easy and difficult.

It’s easy to let you mind wander, to take creativity along roads its never been before. Because you know the reader opens the page sof the fantasy already suspending disbelief, it is easy to play with unrealistic aspects, like women with animal tails and backs made of tree bark, or a bodyless head that predicts the future, or talking birds and shapeshifters. Fantasitcal aspects are what a reader expects and that is what you provide as entertainement.

The difficult is in the way an author presents the fantastical. The story must be grounded in the believable, it must make some sort of sense within the context of the book, and the world the author creates must be balanced. Everything mus make sense withing the story itself.

Very few people will pick up a paranormal of fantasy and say ‘That just wasn’t believeable’ or ‘That’s jsut not possible’ because in choosing these genres you are entering the pages of the book expecting to read something impossible, something fantastical.

In both my mythology series The Hand of Kali and The Valkyrie series I use mythology to convey the story of the main characters growth. In both I try to respect the belief system as much as possible because I understand that people who still believe in those religions would not appreciate or understand if I ripped thier beliefs to shreds.

May believe that the idea of gods and goddessed influencing our lives are impossible. But what if they are true? What happens then? 

;)

So come back tomorrow for J is for Jotunn

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | 

G is for Gungnir |H is for Huldra

The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

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Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

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A to Z Challange – H is for Huldra

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter H which stands for Huldra.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Huldra

A Huldra is a seductive forest sprite who entrance those they encounter. They are said to have cow or fox tails, and a back that is made up of the bark of a tree.

This image from deviant.art makes me think of the Huldras in my Valkyrie series:

  

Turi – *Spoiler*

Bryn’s personal servant is the Huldra Turi. She is always cheerful and smiling, and happy to do whatever Bryn requires. Bryn finds it hard to treat Turi like a servant so instead she accepts her as a friend and companion.

So come back tomorrow for I is for Impossible


For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | 

G is for Gungnir

The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challange – F is for Fenrir

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter F which stands for Fenrir.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Please note this post containes Spoilers which I have highlighted as a warning.

Fenrir

In the Norse legends Fenrir is an Ulfr or wolf, and one of Loki’s sons. He’s pretty hot and a werewolf to boot. The predictions were such that, at Ragnarok, the end of the world, Fenrir would kill the All-Father Odin. Because of the prediction, the wolf who was raised in Asgard, was bound  and kept away from everyone for his safety and for that of Odin.

In the Valkyrie series I have developed Fenrir as a character who takes on an human form in order to command the Ulfr armies. That he does after pledging his allegiance and devotion to the all-father who he takes as his own father. Loki and Fenrir have no relationship since Fen refuses to have anything to do with his birth father.

Fenrir’s half-human half-wolf form is impressive and scares Bryn a little when she first meets him

Family

Fenrir has lived his life, training the army of the Ulfr and even brought his own child Mika into the service of Odin. What happends with Mika, you ask?  Well you will have to read Dead Embers to find out.

*Spoiler*

Bryn and Fenrir form a special bond. He finds her strong and hardworking, and not one to do things by halves. He respects her from the start, and is happy to train her to brin gher to her full potential. He is both mentor and father figure to Bryn, who calls him Fen.

Love

Fenrir has a special relationship with a Valkyrie named Sigrun. Her devotion to him is quiet and she does not need him to publicly acknowledge how he feels. Because of past hurts and more so because he still fears that the predictions will come true and he would in the end be responisble for Odin’s death, Fen does not think marriage is a good idea. He does not want to leave Sigrun with the burden of being married to the man who killed Odin. So Fen has a lot to learn about the tenacity and strength of the woman he loves.

So come back tomorrow for G is for Gungnir

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar

The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge  – G is for Gungnir

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter G which stands for Gungnir.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Gungnir

Gungnir is Odin’s magical spear. Norse legend portrays the spear as being made from the ash from the Cosmic Tree Yggdrasil. It is said that Gungnir, when thrown, will always hit its mark.

In the Valkyrie series I have made Gungnir a little more magical, giving it the power to transport the user to whatever location in the Nine Realms as he chooses. The only caveat is that the user must have Odin’s blood in his veins.

Gungnir is long and made of gold, and has the ability to collapse to a short length. In later books, Odin gives the spear to one of the main characters in the story. 

So come back tomorrow for H is for Huldra.

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir


The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge – E is for Einherjar

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter E which stands for Einherjar.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Einherjar

Pronounced Ein (as in Mine) heR (as in Hair with the emphasis on a rolling R) YaR (as in Tar, again with an emphasis on a rolling R) Hopefully that makes sens.

Einherjar are the Warriors of Asgard who live in Valhalla and serve Odin. Essentialy they are dead warriors reborn (Norse Zombies anyone?) Only those who live a courageous life will be chosen to enter Valhalla. Warriors of old were collected on the battlefield, where Valkyries would come down from Asgard and search the fields of slain men, choosing only the courageous and brave to take with them to Valhalla.

In the Valkryies series, the goat Heidrun produces a special Mead that revitalises the warriors, healing wounds and broken bones and easing pain. They live in Valhalla which is a gigantic longhouse that can hold hundreds of thousands of warriors. It is magical in that an endless number of warriors can be housed withins its walls.

Also in the Valkyrie series, every few months the warrior goddess Freya comes to Asgard from Helheim where she lives.  According to an agreememnt between Odin and Freya, a ceremony is performed in which the warriors are divided into two groups, half going to Freya to be take to Hel, and the other half remaining in Asgard. In this way the two regiments of Asgard are able to grow and train together as separate powerful units.

*SPOILER*

In The Valkyries series I’ve given Bryn the power to see people glow. A stange power that confuses her for a lot of her life, she eventually realises that those glowing people die soon afterward. The glow is the way the Valkyries are able to identify the courageous living in order to allow her to prepare to take them to Valhalla after their burial. Also, in this series, people fram all walks of life, and both men and women, can become Einherjar.


Friends

Not a spoiler but more of a hint ;)

Also in the Valkyrie series, Bryn goes to Asgard thinking she is alone, but she soon finds out that she has more than one familiar face to keep her company in Odin’s realm.

So come back tomorrow for F is for Fenrir


For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs


The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge – D is for Dwarfs

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter D which stands for Dwarfs.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Dwarfs

Within Bryn’s world she comes into contact with a few Dwarfs. Dwarfs live in the realm of Swartelfheim, and are best known for their ability to forge weapons and other special items for the gods.

Bryn has that opportunity to visit Swartelfheim to bring back a special goblet made by the old King. His evil wife was in control of the Kingdom, something both her sons disliked. In the Valkyrie Series, the dwarfs are short and stocky but have the ability to use glamor to hide their true features. They love drinking  and dancing, and have a penchant for stealing maidens from all the realms, elves, humans and Huldra alike.

Brisingamen

The beautiful amber stoned necklace that belongs to the goddess Freya – made for her by the dwarfs. It is called the circle of suns for its unparalled beauty and Loki made it a game to repeatedly steal the necklace from Freya.

In the Valkyrie Series, pieces of Brisingamen were found at the archealogical digsite at which Brynhildr was found. One peace was reset and given to Bryn by her father. Little did he know what trouble that would cause.

In addition, the dwarfs created Odin’s golden spear Gungnir, Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.  

If you want to know a little more about Bryn’s world, check back tomorrow for the letter E for Einherjar

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures

The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


A to Z Challenge – C is for Creatures

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter C which stands for CREATURES.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Ravens

Hugin and Munin are Odin’s two ravens. Hugin means ‘thought’ and Munin translated to ‘memory’. They are devoted to the All-Father and can be found scouring the globe for information to take back to Odin. So Odin will probably win every game of Trivial Pursuit he plays cos his general knowledge will be out of this world.

Wolves

Geri & Freki ar Odin’s two wolves who follow him everywhere her goes. They protect him, keep him company and will even kill for him. Both their names means ‘ravenous’ or ‘greedy’ and they have the power of glamor, to make themselves invisible so that they don’t always freak people out. So if you see Odin, don’t make any sudden moves. Chances are Geri and Freki will make mincemeat out of you. ;)

Eight-legged Horses

Sleipnir is Odins’s steed, his personal means of transport.  The strangest part of Sleipnir’s birth is that he is the son of Loki. The story goes that the gods made a bet with a builder, and believing he is sure to win because of his special horse, Svaðilfari, who helped him construct buildings really fast. Loki took it upon himself  to ensure the horse did not complet the task in time. As part of his attempt to distract Svaðilfari, Loki turned himself into a female horse and ran into the woods. Svaðilfari gave chase and Loki kept him entertained. Said entertainment resulted in the birth of Sleipnir. So Loki is the only male god to have given birth to his own child.

Goat

Heidrun is the hardworking goat of Valhalla who produces the delicious and regenerative Mead for the warriors of Asgard. Bryn has taken a liking to the Mead and would likely find herself addicted to the stuff given half a chance. 

If you want to know a little more about Bryn’s world, check back tomorrow for the letter D for Dwarfs


For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor

B is for Blood


The Valkyrie Novels – Norse Fantasy Series

Dead Radiance currently Free

Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

Dead Silence – Pre-Order


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