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September 8, 2021

The Serpent & The Dead by Anna Stephens ~ a Review

by MK French



Lady Sif watches a close friend die in battle, but their soul doesn't go to Valhalla. This runs counter to everything she ever knew about the afterlife for Asgardians, and enlists the help of the Valkyrie Brunnhilde to discover why this is happening. As they scour Asgard, they hear rumors of warriors that can't be killed and souls that are stolen. This is a mystery worthy of these two valiant warriors.

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The Serpent & The Dead
September 2021; Aconyte; 978-1839080685
ebook, print (336 pages); fantasy

The Serpent & The Dead 
follows the Sif and Brunnhilde of the comics, not Jamie Alexander's Sif or Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie. Sif still automatically assumes the worst of Loki, that he would cast some kind of spell to steal souls and plague Asgardia. Sif is a hothead, and Brunnhilde's girlfriend Inge is a good balance between her and Brunnhilde's stoic nature. I liked the look into the workings of the Valkyrior, how they sense the deaths, and their relationship with the rest of Asgard. As much as Brunnhilde is calm, she still has great understanding of other's feelings, as well as really fun conversations with her girlfriend. It makes for great quiet moments in between battles.

I was fully drawn into the story, especially when the trio of warriors found the deathless and had to battle for the souls. The trust between them and their friendship is well written and had me rooting for them until the very last page. A great and exciting read.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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