"Valhalla," by L.A. Ashton
Historical Fantasy / Romance
Sakuma has served as a Valkyrie for centuries, smoothly escorting thousands of souls to the grand halls of Valhalla. While the world tears itself apart during WWII, he is summoned to retrieve the soul of a fallen Japanese soldier, Ishii Hiroshi. To Sakuma’s surprise, Ishii refuses his invitation to eternity.
The two meet again and again as the war repeatedly sends Ishii to death’s door, and what should have been a fleeting encounter becomes something much greater for the both of them.
Sakuma is determined to give Ishii the reward he so deserves, but Ishii’s stubbornness may condemn him to an eternity outside Valhalla.
Okay, my lovelies, this week’s review had me positively devouring every last word. When I sat down to start Valhalla by L.A. Ashton—from NineStar Press—I only intended to read the first chapter. I had a million things on my to-do list and simply wanted to spend a little me time with a good book and a cuppa Joe. However, next thing I knew, I was hitting the end and frantically swiping left in hopes of more words miraculously appearing on my phone.
I’ll be honest and say, when I’m hunting a pleasure read, I’m not one to pick up a historical anything, let alone a historical fantasy. It’s never been something I felt drawn to. However, as I’m stretching my boundaries with my new all-genre, #LGBTQ+ focus, I’m realizing my narrow view of what makes “good” fiction is all kindsa out of whack. And Valhalla went a long way toward solidifying that revelation in my mind.
Seriously, folks, this book was a diamond in the rough. Not only is the writing gorgeous, visceral, and so flippin’ eloquent I turned six shades of green with envy, but the story is beautiful, unique, and grabs you by the pants. This is the kind of book you should read if you’re hoping to improve your writing. It provides such effortless prose and gripping narrative that I found myself mouth-agape by the end. If ever there were a five-star worthy read, this right here is a perfect example.
I recommend this book to anyone. Seriously, no matter your taste, it’s a quick, bite-sized piece of amazing. You’ll walk away with a sense you just witnessed something special, and you’ll wanna jump right into your own writing and pray some of this beauty rubs off on you. At least, that’s where my head was at!
So, seriously, what are you waiting for? Valhalla is available at all of the fine retailers listed above for your immediate reading enjoyment.
Until next time,