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4.5 stars for Lost Long, Book I of The Road to Ragnarök by @RochelleCA04 #romanticfantasy #norse
Title: Lost Long, Book I of The Road to Ragnarök
Author: Rochelle L. Wilcox
Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Fantasy, Norse Mythology
The Road to Ragnarök is ready!
Books II-IV will be released starting in September, with preorders for Book II, Enemies Eternal, available now, Book III, Alive Again, available on September 20, 2022, and Book IV, Heavy Heart, available on October 18, 2022.
The Norse God of Love Freyr doesn’t want to drag Lia into the strange world of Gods and giants hidden in humanity’s midst. But after Lia witnesses the impossible in the sky above her on a dark Los Angeles morning, he has no choice. Hoping to save her life from members of his family determined to end it, Freyr takes Lia to the other side of the world, into the realm of dragons and monsters far below, and finally to the mythical land of Asgard. Along the way, as Freyr discovers a love he couldn’t have anticipated and didn’t want, he must decide how far he will go to protect Lia from the fight that his brothers started, and he will end.
Lia sees the unthinkable and is thrust into a world she couldn't imagine but at what cost? Lia is your average person living in LA. She happens to look up to see two 'beings' fighting in the sky. She doesn't know what to think. Before she can process what she's witnessed, the one called Freyr kidnaps her. She's terribly frightened and pleads to go home. He refuses, instead taking her through time and realms to a land she thought was nothing but a myth. She experiences things she thought were impossible such as giants, gods, magic, and even Asgard. Freyr makes her feel things she's never felt before. He tells her he must protect her by keeping his distance but it's not enough. Little does Lia realize Freyr loves her and will sacrifice everything for her.
Lost Long is a reimagined fantasy adventure of classic Norse mythology set in modern times. The action starts from the very beginning and doesn't stop until the cliffhanger ending. I enjoyed the action scenes with intricate narration and world-building, unlike anything I've read before. The action scenes do overtake the plot at certain points but overall, they propel the plot. I liked both Lia and Freyr. They're very much opposites yet there's a connection there. The reader truly gets to become a part of the story through the narration. The pacing of the plot progression is fine but there's a frantic edge to it. If this was the author's intention, then well done. The ending took me by surprise, and it is a fall-off-the-cliff type of ending. I didn't care for it, but many readers will love it. If you're a fan of Norse gods and Norse mythology, you're going to marvel at Lost Long. If high-octane fantasy is your reading jam, pick up Lost Long. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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The e-book of Lost Long will be 99 cents until Enemies Eternal is released on October 1.
The prequel, Fickle Fate, is available to anyone who signs up for my newsletter at www.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 storytelling, 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 started to tell 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) will be relaunched on September 3, followed by Book II (Enemies Eternal) on October 1, Book III (Alive Again) on November 5, and Book IV (Heavy Heart) on December 3. 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.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N