When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.
But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.
Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?
I’m here for mythology retellings, or expansion on myths. But…I don’t necessarily think this one expands on a myth. This is more a story of grief.
Lena’s little sister Fressa is by far the best warrior in the clan, but the men don’t really see her as a warrior since she’s a woman. And then she just…dies. No wound, no poison. Just up and dead. And the whole village just accepts it (weird thing number one). Then the winter starts waaaaay earlier (weird thing number two) and no one seems…really disturbed at all by it? Lena is the only one who seems to pick up on the Something’s-Amiss vibes.
She convinces her sister’s boyfriend/her best friend, Amal, to use rune stones to summon Hela, the goddess of the dead. Hela listens, and brings Lena to her realm on a three legged horse. There’s a discussion about how to get Fressa back from Valhalla, the realm of dead warriors. Because Odin wanted Fressa there. Therefore, to keep the score even, Lena must provide a soul of equal weight to Fressa’s to bring her back.
While the beginning of the story was awesome (a goddess using a human as a mercenary? YES. A murder mystery? Also here for it!), the rest of the book just…dragged. It’s like a lot of story happened, but nothing actually happened, if that makes sense?
When I say this is more of a story about grief, I mean Lena’s days run together, she cries, she’s enraged…she goes through all the stages of grief until she finally starts to accept that she won’t be able to have her sister back. But most of the book is her trying to figure out how to postpone/avoid the upcoming wedding between her and Amal. That’s right! We get a forced marriage, too!
Overall, it’s an okay story. It’s by no means the worst book I’ve ever read, and I do like that we get more mythology that isn’t always covered. I give The Weight of a Soul 3 out of 5 wolfblades.