Norse fantasy novels pt 8: How Old Are You Again?

Where is your ID? – Age recommendation for readers & content


The majority of the Norse Fantasy I have read is for a teenage or young adult audience and this is clear from the number of heroes and heroines and mythological characters that are cast in this age group, so the reader can relate. There are a good number of books that are also for children and pre-teens or more able readers. And there are just a few I would categorize as being for older, 17+, readers due to the elements of violence, death and sexual content in their stories.


For a good laugh, we recommend the hugely entertaining Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan.


For a touch of romance, we recommend Fate of the Gods series by Amilia Dillin.


For a drama-packed Norse Fantasy we recommend:

Swords of Good Men (Valhalla Saga) by Snorri Kristjansson.

As punishment for disgracing his father, Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two bitterly uncomfortable years on the road, tasked with taking his highborn cousin Geiri on a tour of the kingdom. Now his journey is almost at an end – the walled town of Stenvik will be their final stop.

For a spine-chilling Norse Fantasy we recommend:

The Fetch by Chris Humphreys.

In the attic, in an old sea chest, secreted away, are a mysterious journal and a set of runes: 24 stones that will change Sky’s life forever.


For a good YA Norse Fantasy, we recommend:

Sisters of Fate series by Rinda Elliott.

The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.


For a child-friendly read we recommend:

The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon.

Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she is drawn to the Lewis Chessmen and Heimdall’s Horn. Unable to resist, she blows the horn, waking three chess pieces from their enchantment; the slaves Roskva and Alfi, and Snot the Berserk. They are all summoned to Asgard, land of the Viking gods, and told they must go on a perilous journey to restore the gods to youth.


PG/Suitable for All Titles:

The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

Runemarks, Runelight, Gospel & Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris

West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish

Valda and the Valkyries by Mark Neumayer

Valkyrie series by Kate O’Hearn

The Littlest Viking by Sandi Toksvig

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

‘Before you reject me, before you hate me, remember: I never asked to be Hel’s queen.’ But being a normal teenager wasn’t an option either. Now she’s stuck ruling the underworld. For eternity. She doesn’t want your pity. But she does demand that you listen. It’s only fair you hear her side of the story . . . It didn’t have to be like this’


Other YA/Teenager Titles:

Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout

Age of Odin by James Lovegrove

United States of Asgard series by Tessa Gratton

Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvyn Burgess

Runes series by the late Ednah Walters

Loki by Mike Vasich

Ship in the Hill by William Sullivan

Dead Radiance series by T G Ayer

Freya and Slay by Matthew Laurence

The Swan Road by Angeline Hawkes

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Fade, Fall and Flame by A.K.Morgen


Other titles for 17+ readers:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Wolfsangel series by M.D.Lachlan

Broods of Fenrir by Coral Moore

The Fetch by Chris Humphreys

Valhalla Saga by Snorri Kristjansson


And you have now reached the end of your whirlwind trip through my favourite and totally unacademic review of the different types of Norse Fantasy books & ebooks out there to be discovered and enjoyed. There may be more added in the future.


You may notice that I do repeat recommendations for certain titles but some do tick all the boxes, there is a lot of overlap but each story is unique to the rest.


You can read my full reviews of pretty much all of them in a variety of ways:


  1. Either look me up on Goodreads (soulchaserbecky) and view my bookshelf for yourself.
  2. Visit my humble blog www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com where any favourite Norse Fantasy book will be reviewed with the title ‘Becky Bookworm Book Review’.
  3. Visit my little hall of fame for ALL my favourite Norse Fantasy titles and more on the Viking Index at Fantasy Castle website – http://fantasyguide.stormthecastle.com/viking-index.htm


Hope some of these categories and recommended titles get you tempted to make a purchase, download or borrow from your local library in the same way that Freya couldn’t resist the Brisingamen necklace.


I am of course about on social media if you ever want to fangirl/boy with me over any of these titles or even tell me I’ve missed out your favourite – I’m always happy to talk Norse Mythology.


On Twitter and Instagram @soulchaserbecky.


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