Lightning Seeker (Viking Soul #2) by Rachel Medhurst
Read: 14th – 23rd April 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Lightning Seeker is the second book (approx 284 pages) in Rachel Medhurst’s urban fantasy series – Viking Soul. Although the series is set in modern day London, Ms Medhurst has created a paranormal world taking inspiration from Norse Mythology, including some of its deities, with a new series featuring Fallen Ones, Dark Crawlers, magic wielders and other paranormal species living and thriving among us regular humans.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Another god in the mix, another Fallen One to kill.
Cults, Witches and Dark Creatures, all out to get me. However, something is different now. Some of the powerful leaders of the underworld are going missing, which brings my attention to the Hagalaz Cult. I’m investigating their claim that they’re descendants of the most powerful Norse god of all time. Are they the ones rotting the underworld from the inside out?
Contains Mature Content
So before I move on, what or who are Fallen Ones and Dark Crawlers?
Those Vikings souls who are deemed brave enough by the gods and have died in combat go to the god Odin in Valhalla to spend eternity with the gods but the dark souls (those belonging to the dishonourable dead, thieves, murderers and evil humans) are sent to the goddess Hel in Helheim but Freya kept some of the most powerful evil spirits in Fólkvangr to make a fearsome army. Two hundred of these souls escaped her meadow and sought refuge here on earth, these are the Fallen Ones that our hero, Trygger “Thunder Hunter” Odinson, must find and kill.
Dark Crawlers are minions of the Fallen Ones. Lesser evil than their masters, their spirits somehow managed to stay on earth instead of being taken to Helheim. They jump from human to human, possessing them until the flesh decays to the point where the human body can no longer exist.
You can read my reviews for the previous book in the series by clicking; Thunder Hunter – Viking Soul (#1) or by searching the tag #Viking Soul Series.
So, what did I like about it?
I have read a couple of books by Rachel Medhurst before; I find her writing style easy to read, her plots well paced and her tales full of action. My Kindle edition of this book has a different cover than the one shown on Goodreads – I much prefer my one actually and have used it with my blog’s review – and has 284 pages not 169 as listed on Goodreads.
This series is written in the first person, from the point of view of our hero, Trygger Odinson who is the grandson of the Norse God of Thunder, Thor and Lightning Seeker kicks off a month after book 1 – Thunder Hunter – left off.
Chloe was one of my favourite characters in the first book because I liked her humour and I could see her potential. I really liked reading that her training was still ongoing and that she was improving both in her physical fitness and her magical talents. I also liked how Trygger and Jack are both affected by Chloe’s presence; we see more glimmers of humanity in both of them in this book.
The mysteries are piling up in this tale and I enjoyed flexing my Miss Marple tendencies. I liked the new reveal about how the mysterious journal got into Chloe’s hands and how Trygger’s mission is having a knock-on effect, expanding Ms Medhurst’s paranormal world with new characters, potential allies, threats and agendas.
Lightning Seeker is full of surprises; I was never sure where the story would take me next. There are revelations, new threats, new enemies, new friends and new Fallen Ones to vanquish.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Ok, so here’s where I have to be honest; although I did enjoy this book there are few niggles that took the shine off for me.
So the main one has carried over from the first book; I don’t really like our hero, Trygger, I don’t get his “need to work off tension” among other things. During these books he hasn’t exhibited enough of the traits (actions or thoughts) that I like in my broody kickass alpha type heroes and although these books are written from his perspective (in the first person) the inner dialogue that we do get doesn’t always help me to like him better, in fact on occasion it had the opposite effect! However, I have seen glimmers of potential during this book and I am hoping that in the next instalment he will finally become my wet dream alpha hero. Lol!
Oh, and I felt that that the book ended mid-scene which I found a bit frustrating; I was left feeling oh, is that it? Although there is no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end of this book – Woohoo! You know how I hate those! – Lightning Seeker is only the second book in a new series and as such we are left with more questions unanswered and mysteries unsolved than you can shake a sword at plus there are still more Fallen Ones to be dispatched.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I enjoyed reading this book; it’s got a good mix of personalities in our main cast of characters and in the villains they fight, the plot is well paced with a good balance of mystery and action that kept me guessing. I have already bought book 3 – Storm Guardian – and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Due to the nature of some of the more violent scenes, the sexual “depravity” inferred and language used, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are fans of urban fantasy, action adventures with story-lines edging towards the darker side.
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