5+ stars for Alive Again, Book III of The Road to Ragnarök by @RochelleCA04 #romanticfantasy
Title: Alive Again, Book III of The Road to Ragnarök
Author: Rochelle Wilcox
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
As he threatened to do, Loki drags Lia to Helheim, hiding her with his daughter Hel — he thinks out of Freyr’s reach. But Loki doesn’t know that Lia carries the key to her escape. She’s befriended by Baldr and Nanna, gods trapped in Helheim since the worlds were young, who join her in finding a way out for all of them. As they search for Freyr, Freyja and Will, traveling through worlds long believed to be figments of imagination, Lia finds a connection to the dragons, dwarfs and elves who make those worlds their home. Finally, she begins to see her place in the pantheon of the Norse gods. And she starts to believe that if they can find Freyr — and survive Ragnarök — she will be worthy of her place in his world and by his side.
Once believed just to be human, Lia discovers she is the key. Stolen from her beloved’s side, Lia slips into despair. With every step, her lost memories return. Loki is taking her down into a place where no one can reach her. But he underestimates Lia’s strength and fortitude. Lia will be repeatedly tested yet she overcomes each challenge. When the end seems near, Lia manages to escape. Realizing she’s about to play a crucial role among gods and goddesses, it invigorates her. Will she find a way to out-trick the trickster and reunite with Freyr and Freyja? This is only the beginning of what she must do if she is to save a life…
Alive Again is a romantic fantasy steeped in Norse mythology. From the first page to the last, I was glued to my e-reader. The action starts right away and doesn’t stop. The story unfolds at a frantic pace and the reader gets to experience everything Lia goes through in real time. There’s a certain allure to that because the reader’s connection to the characters and story is authentic. The descriptive narration is intricate and very emotional. Like in book two, there are quite a few twists I didn’t see coming. Every time a plot twist appeared, I gasped. The foreshadowing was subtle so if the reader missed it, they are in for a surprise. The world-building is second to none. Rochelle Wilcox took legend and lore, spun it on its axis, and made it come alive. While this is book three and can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading it in order. Rochelle has penned another brilliant romantic fantasy. I cannot wait to read the final book in the series! Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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The prequel, Fickle Fate, is available to anyone who signs up for my newsletter at https://rochellewilcox.com. Fifty years before Freyr met Lia, launching The Road to Ragnarök, the Norse Goddess of love Freyja met Will. Before him, she had fallen in love only once in the millennia she has walked the earth. But if she tells her family’s secret to Will, the man who somehow captured her heart, her family will never forgive her. It will start a war she may not win.
Rochelle Wilcox was born and raised in Las Vegas, where she learned at an early age the value of fantasy and escape. Raised by a single mom — one of the first women trained to deal poker in the early 70's — Rochelle spent more time in casinos than most adults. She and her husband decided to leave the desert behind and raise their sons in Northern California, where they spend as much time on the water as they can.
Despite her lifelong passion for story-telling, Rochelle's path took her to law school and then to a practice focused on media law and appeals. But her love of writing wasn't sated with briefs bound by legal principles and a fealty to facts. And so she set to paper the story that had been playing in her mind for years, based on the Norse mythology she loved as a child and built around her favorite character — the Norse God of Love, Freyr.
Rochelle has been working for 13 years on her four-part series, The Road to Ragnarök. Book I (Lost Long) relaunched on August 26, 2022, followed by the launch of Book II (Enemies Eternal) on September 20 and Book III (Alive Again) on October 18. Book IV (Heavy Heart), the final book in the series, will be released on November 15. As this epic tale unfolds, Freyr will learn that Lia’s love and her unexpected powers will be the key to the fate of the Norse gods in the battles they’ll face in Ragnarök, and that his very survival will depend on her.
Rochelle plans to retire from practicing law at the end of the year and focus full time on writing. The next series, tentatively titled Tales of the Vanir, will pick up where The Road to Ragnarök leaves off.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N