To my stop on The Last Warrior Book Tour!
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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing date: May 4th, 2021
Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She’s spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels – the ancient foe of the Aesir – just like her mother did before she died. But there’s just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir . . . forever.
When her father is injured in an attack that leaves him in a coma, Abby is forced to take refuge at Vale Hall, a mysterious school in Minnesota where nothing is quite as it seems. She soon discovers the tables have turned and a Grendel is hunting her, but when she tries to alert the Viking Council, they accuse her of making up stories for attention . . . just like her mother did.
Desperate to protect her father and clear her mother’s name, Abby goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth–a journey that brings her face-to-face with some unlikely foes, including a Ping-Pong-playing sea monster with a wicked backhand, and a dark Valkyrie with a fondness for bingo. Abby quickly realizes that someone at the school is trying to stop her progress and destroy the Aesir for good. And only she can unravel the sinister plot before it’s too late.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
Sam Subity’s debut is an action packed middle grade adventure, The Last Shadow Warrior with a passing reference to Beowulf.
We follow twelve year old Abby Beckett who has lost her mother four years before. Abby is descended from a long line of Viking warriors. She’s been steadfast in practicing her skills in preparation for her entrance into the Aesir, but without guidance she has had to wait until she is fourteen.Things take on a dark tone when Abby finds herself attacked by a menacing creature, that might be an ancient foe, a treacherous Grendel. In a series of events Abby father is hospitalized and she must learn to trust two friends Grimsby and Gwynn. All together they must work together to save Abby’s father who is a coma after a deadly attack.
This is such wonderful story about finding ones own strength and also allowing support of others help when you need it most. Friendship is a strong theme along with with insecurities that young people deal with everyday.
The world building was delightful, along with with magical realism.The author does a superb job in weaving Norse mythology in a modern day setting!
The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. I can’t wait for the next installment Oh my stars, this was a delightful book experience. I definitely need buy several copies an give out to middle graders I know
Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart.
When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery.
Or he might be mowing his lawn. Because that’s what adults sometimes have to do.
But in either case, Sam Subity is very likely imagining himself fighting mythical creatures or at the prow of a dragon ship feeling the wind and sea spray on his face alongside his own Viking queen and their two Vikelets. His greatest hope is that in reading his books, you too may be transported to another place where, for a little while, you can exchange the ordinary for the extraordinary.
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