Shield-Maiden: Under the Thunder Moon by: Melanie Karsak

Shield-Maiden: Under the Howling Moon [book 1] Review

Shield-Maiden: Under the Hunter’s Moon [book 2] Review

Reunited with Hofund, and with Bolmsö safe from its enemies, Hervor takes her place as jarl. But the All-Father has bigger plans for his favorite shield-maiden. When Hervor learns that Jarl Bjartmar has vowed vengeance on Leif, she knows she must stand by her cousin. To free Dalr, they must enlist the help of old allies, former enemies, and a warrior-priest called the Reindeer King. Together, they will fight to free Dalr.

Content Warnings: Blood/gore, violence, body horror, war themes, death, grief, sexism, sexual harassment, nightmares, and pregnancy.
Mention of: sexual assault, rape, child abuse, parental abandonment, infidelity, death in childbirth [of mother and child], pedophilia, and child brides.

I am so happy I stumbled on this series because the way Karsak writes is phenomenal. It’s so easy to devour each book in this series as Hervor continues on her journey to discover who she is and where she fits in the world. Watching Hervor find her own inner strength and surround herself with people who build her up and support her brings me joy.

Here in book three, we see a strong jarl in Hervor as she takes measures to protect her land and people. We also see her gather forces to return home and face the grandfather who shunned and demeaned her at every turn. Hervor will have to remember that she isn’t the same girl who left Dalr just over a year ago.

With only two more books in the series, I’m excited to see where else Hervor’s journey takes her as she continues to grow her found family, make new allies, and explore more of who she is and who she wants to be. Hoping to read the last two books next month and then jump into the other Shield-Maiden series Karsak has written.

If you’re a fan of Norse lore and Viking stories I highly recommend checking out this series! Although there is some romance within the book it’s definitely historical fantasy and is FTB [fade to black aka all sexual encounters occur off-page]. This series is a fantastic story based on the old Norse saga of Hervarar.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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