When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.
But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.
Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication Date: 3rd December 2019
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: Mythological / Fantasy
The Weight of a Soul
Elizabeth Tammi’s second book, The Weight of a Soul, offers a dark and fascinating take on Norse mythology. Beautifully written, being wistful and dream-like in her execution, Tammi has created an enjoyable Viking-era read, full of descriptive suspense and foreboding. It really does deserve all the praise.
Set in Midgard, we are immediately introduced to Lena and Fressa Freding, daughters of their clan Chief, Fredrik. Together, they are a strong and determined unit, sisters devoted to one another. One is set to eventually lead their clan, the other is a warrior recently engaged.
In the opening pages, the family dynamic is apparent – an often-absent father, an engagement disapproved of, and a sister (Fressa) unnaturally skilled. Life seems challenging for them but both appear hopeful for the future. Yet, when Chief Fredrik makes an abrupt return, gifting Fressa a blade, this sets off a series of events that ends with one sister murdered and the other fighting to bring her home.
Driven by desperation and grief leads Lena to call upon Hela, the goddess of death, and together they strike a bargain – this being a soul for a soul. However, it is not that simple. It must be one weighty and equal to Fressa’s – a fighter who is as brave and gifted as she. But in what appears to be a game between Norse gods, can Lena really succeed. Is she capable of murder?
Full of bold acts of betrayal and heartbreak, The Weight of a Soul shows readers the consequences of meddling with death, and the devastation one girl is willing to cause in order to see her sister once more. No doubt, lovers of mythology and fantasy will be pulled in by what I have deemed the Soul Effect: Tammi’s vivid world-building skills and the blurring of innocence and corruption.
Interestingly, Tammi says that this story has been an ‘immense privilege and responsibility’ due to her own heritage. As most of her family is Scandinavian, she felt very fortunate to have learned about the history and mythology behind where her family originated.
The release date for The Weight of a Soul is 3rd December 2019.
About the author
Elizabeth Tammi was born in California and grew up in Florida, but is currently double-majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism as an undergraduate at Mercer University in Georgia. When she’s not writing, you can probably find Elizabeth at work for her university’s newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated beverages, and mythology.
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