“Valkyrie bones are discovered by an eminent professor and her able assistant. The significance of this event becomes clear seventeen years later, when Brynhildr (call me Bryn) Halbrook puts a meaning to the golden auras around people. She doesn't figure out what this means until she stays in one place long enough to put it together – Bryn is more than likely a Valkyrie.
She's mourning the loss of her best friend, a guy who paid attention to her when the rest of the school called her a freak. Bryn can't get past losing Joshua, until Aidan Lee shows up. He pays attention to Bryn, makes her feel good about herself, but he also spends a lot time reading very old books, translating text Bryn can soon read without assistance.
Then Aidan disappears, and Bryn learns he was sent to evaluate her for extermination. Is she safe now?
T.G. Ayer weaves this tale of Norse mythology connecting with modern life in interesting, exquisite detail. Every moment draws the reader further and further into the tale. The characters are deep and well-rounded. These are ordinary teens thrust into a life and death game, without the usual freaking out (much) or running away. Bryn and eventually Aidan embrace their destinies, but not without more than a few questions and qualms. Their rough edges make these teens seem more real.
The machinations in the background add interesting suspense, especially when Bryn must run for her life. Her ability seems passive at first, and she wants more control over it. Yet, once she discovers the true meaning of her ability, she's shocked, understandably so.
I can't believe I've never heard of this author before now. Her innate talent shines through, as does her extensive research into Norse mythology. This is a well plotted story from beginning to end with fabulous characters and a suspenseful plot.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
“Decent YA read.”Kathryn wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What can I say about this book besides you have to read it. I mean WOW what a great story this was and I can’t wait to get into book two. I loved the characters in this book from loner (in the beginning) Bryn to her foster mom Ms. Carver to the ever sexy biker boy Aidan. I mean OMG really, leather, motorcycle, cute butt, sexy eyes, what girl wouldn’t swoon over that, I know I was. When he first shows up in the story I was like rushing to get past Bryn and get him for myself – YEAH!!!! And lets not forget about the God Odin and Godess Freya I mean hello perfectly done in here.
I have always loved the old Greek and Norse mythological stories. I have always believed that there has to be something to it – there are way to many stories out there for it to all just be made up. Some of my favorites were about Valhalla, Asgard, Odin and the dead who are brought back to Asgard by the Valkyrie. Imagine fighting for what you believe in, for good, having courage and dying for that cause. And in honor of that the amazing Odin and Freya wanting you in one of their armies to fight in what is the greatest battle of all time for them. To be brought back by the beautiful and mythological Valkyrie. I mean hello YES!!!!!
And I love when an author researches their stories before they write them and use real facts not changing stuff to make their story “BETTER”. To me it is better when the real stuff is used not twisting the story with different places, names, etc. That takes away from it. I give huge cudo’s to the author for staying the path on this story.
The detail which the author used to describe Bryn’s (Brynhilda) transformation from the alone and lonely foster child to an amazing Valkyrie was so amazing it was like I was in the room watching this unfold. Like you could feel what was going on inside Bryn’s head and body. As well as her heart when she is suddenly face to face with the one she fell in love with who broke her heart. To the fight between her and another Valkyrie who holds a grudge. Ever nail biting moment, ever sweet tender kiss scene, every sad and heart breaking loss was felt. My emotions hit ever range reading this book.
Now to go buy another box of Kleenex so I can start reading book 2.
“Bryn has always seen a glow and now that she is grown up she realizes it means that person is going to die. After her best friend dies she feels all alone in her foster home. The foster home soon get a new foster kid and Bryn feels close enough to Aidan to sort of ask him about it since he seems to have some knowledge concerning it. She wasn't expecting to have feelings for him. Feelings that make it all that much harder when she learns the truth about him. When he leaves suddenly he leaves behind a book that shows her just what she is and begins a journey that causes her to realize some things she always believed a myth are real and cause her to grow in strength and character.
Bryn is so fascinating!! I love how we see her grow from someone who always thought something was wrong with her into someone who isn't afraid to go after what she wants. She has much heartbreak, betrayal and surprises along the way and has a hard time knowing who to trust but she keeps moving forward. Aidan I wasn't sure how I felt about him at times. He went back and forth for me and at the end I ended up really liking him. When you read the book you will see why. There is many other great characters in this book including the trickster Loki that keep your attention and keep you flipping the pages.
First off got to say this book is one of my favorite I have read this year. After i finished it I instantly bought the next book. It has Norse mythology in it and that is something you don't get very often. The author does a wonderful job letting you get to know Bryn and she really develops her as you read. The world you find yourself traveling to is a wonder to behold and the descriptions used make it a joy to read. There is plenty of action as Bryn trains and battles her way to what she wants and needs. This is sure to please anyone wanting a book dealing with Mythology.”
“I would say this was ok, 2.5 stars. Didnt dislike it but didnt really like or love it. Just didnt really grab my attention and suck me it.”Chelsea wrote this review Tuesday, March 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A review copy was provided for an honest review. Dead Radiance is really fun, it has great mythology in it and is a must read for anyone who loves mythical stories. Having watched Thor and the Avengers I had the vaguest insight into Norse mythology but this book weaves in some interesting facts and tells a highly enjoyable tale of Valkyries focusing on one in particular. I spent two days with this book glued to my hands - I was utterly engrossed. I'm a huge Greek mythology fan but T.G. Ayer made me want to read more about Nordic myths and its gods & creatures as they are absolutely just as fascinating as Greek folklore if not moreso.
Bryn Halbrook has never been normal because she can see strange glows emanating from people - which she has ignored all her life--until her best and only friend Josh starts to illuminate with light. It's only shortly after that she discovers what the bright radiance means--death. Josh dies and she's left alone at the mercy of an unforgiving town who blames her for his passing. What makes things worse is she is a foster child branded as an outsider from the very beginning therefore isolating her even further. But that all changes when seemingly out of nowhere Aidan shows up as her new foster brother taken in by her foster mother Ms. Custer. Aidan is older, attractive, smart, and a bit of a rebel and they find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other--until someone very close to her starts to glow. Fearing Aidan won't believe her or that he'll think she's crazy Bryn doesn't know who she can tell and time is running out. Bryn has secrets she didn't even know she was keeping until she's tossed into the middle of an unbelievable world and a whole new existence. There might yet be hope for her to fit into the world--even if it isn't the one she's always known. Bryn must learn who and what she is to prepare for what's yet to come. She finds herself on a new journey in life--one of great importance filled with an even greater danger.
This was such an enjoyable and easy read that had all sorts of surprising elements integrated within it. I really admired Bryn as the main heroine because she starts out as this frightened young adult who ends up becoming this brave and strong warrior. I found each character in Dead Radiance to be very likeable in there own unique way (especially Sigrun) and I'm so glad T.G. Ayer decided to focus on lesser known mythological beings because Valkyries are absolutely amazing. I don't want to spoil the Valkyrie myth so you have to read the book to find out more it's astonishingly interesting!
Dead Radiance is really entertaining and the writing is well done. I was intrigued from the very start! Archaeologists uncover the remains of what they believe to be a Valkyrie and that's where everything begins unraveling at such a fantastic pace. There are however some small things I found to be a little disappointing such as limited character depth, the lack of romance, and Bryn's snarky and fun attitude she has at the start of Dead Radiance that is almost non-existent after that. BUT the creativity and the plot make up for its minor flaws. I'm very much looking forward to reading the sequel Dead Embers (A Valkyrie Novel - Book 2). Dead Radiance is a different and highly compelling read and one that can thoroughly be enjoyed. It's loaded with action, adventure, drama, mythology, and romance. Mythology lovers rejoice because this novel needs to make it into your collection! It's a great YA read that shows lesser known Norse mythology in all of its glory. ”
“I love this debut book by T. G. Ayer. I will admit that once I read the synopsis I was pretty much hooked. Dead Radiance is one of the best YA Mythology/Paranormal books I have read this year.
Bryn is a teen lost in the foster system since her father died. In her latest foster home, Ms. Craven has made her feel welcomed along with her foster siblings. Then Bryn sees the glow around one of the boys. This kind of glow she has seen before when she was younger but she never knew what it meant. She had seen this recently to two others and a few days later they died. Bryn turns to Aiden, the newest foster boy. He believes her and suddenly packs up and leaves. Bryn is upset and find he had left a book behind. This book is helps her learn who and what she is.
Bryn is a wonderful character who became more interesting as the story went on. Her relationship with Aiden is complex and I can’t wait to find out what happens to them. To say I am looking forward to the next book in this fabulous series is a serious understatement.”
“Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer is the first novel in her Valkyrie Series and it was great. I knew I had to read the book when I read the book description and I can tell you the story didn’t disappoint me. It pulled me right in from the start and I couldn’t put it down.
Bryn Halbrook has been in the foster system since her father died a couple of years ago. As long as she can remember she sees a gold glow around some people, but she always kept her strange gift to herself. It is until now in her new foster home and a very understanding foster mom that she understands what it all means.
When Aidan moves into her foster home, she is immediately drawn to him. But Aidan hides something from her and she is determined to find out what. So when she investigates some books he leaves behind, she discovers that she is his topic and finally understands what she is and why she sees the gold glow.
I loved Bryn and Aidan as main characters. Bryn is nice, strong and very determined young woman; who is finally learning more about her heritage and try to deal with the changes in her life. Aidan is the bad boy when he steps into Bryn’s life, but with his knowledge of the Norse Mythology he is a strong link in her journey.
There are some very interesting secondary characters that make the story complete. I love Fenrir, who’s training Bryn in her Valkyrie role. Sigrun is a Valkyrie and becomes Bryn’s friend in Asgard and of course a lot of the Norse Mythology characters like Odin, Freya and Loki.
T.G. Ayer has written a fantastic novel, created a fabulous world with great characters. The way she uses the Norse Mythology is great and I can honestly say that I will be looking forward to the second book in this series. Because with an ending like this, you really need the next book to see how it will turn out.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys young adult novels with a mix of Norse mythology, you won’t be disappointed.”
“I first saw this beautiful book when somebody tweeted a link to the publishers freebie event. I fell instantly in love with the cover and blurb, I knew it was something I needed to download.
I haven't read anything about Valkyries and am not even all that familiar with the Norse Mythology, so this really caught my attention.
I am so glad I got this book when I did. It was so captivating. I enjoyed every second, from the first word I was sucked into a world I was unfamiliar with but could feel unfolding around me as time went by.
I can honestly say, this is one of my favourite books and I simply cannot wait for the next book, DEAD EMBERS to be published. You can guarantee I will be downloading it as soon as Tee hits 'publish'.
So what's the book all about? Sit back, get comfortable and I will tell you (in a non 'spoilery' way, of course).
Bryn Halbrook lives in the town of Craven. It's the most recent in a string of foster homes. This time, her foster mother, Ms Custer is different from the others. From the start she makes Bryn feel welcome, like a real part of the family, even insisting she should called her Mom. She's a sweet woman with a broad smile and a good heart. It's here Bryn feels most at home, with her foster siblings; Brody and Simon.
But even feeling a sense of peace from being in good care cannot help Bryn feel better about the glow.
She'd seen the glow since she was a child, but never understood what it meant. The first time she saw it happen in Craven, Aimee Carter ended up dying from Cancer. The next time, her best friend Joshua died in a car accident. An accident Bryn feels guilty for as she was also in the car.
After Joshua's death, people treat her like a social pariah, silently blaming her for the death of the beautiful boy they all knew and loved. What they don't know is, they could never make her feel worse than she makes herself feel. It constantly runs through her head that she too should be dead. The impact threw her from the car, straight into a street lamp. Something that would have crushed a normal persons spine. But not Bryn. That's because she's not normal.
She doesn't know yet what's so different about her. All she knows is that when she sees the glow around people, what some people call an Aura, it gradually gets brighter until they die.
It isn't until the mysterious arrival of another foster child that Bryn begins to slowly uncover the truth. Something she had only thought of in mythological terms was about to become Bryn's reality.
Aidan is the newest addition to Ms Custer's care. He rides in on a motorbike like the proverbial bad-boy. Long black hair that glistens as he removes his helmet...
Gorgeous and intriguing, he gets right under Bryn's skin, sets her pulse racing in a way no other boy can.
At school, the Headteacher tasks Bryn with showing Aidan around. She can't help but be annoyed at this. She shows him to his classes, hoping to get away from him as quickly as possible. Is it because just being near him sets her heart racing and makes her breathing quicken? His hair, his eyes, the way he looks at her...
At this point, I won't share any more about their encounters, I will fast forward a little in time, in order that you find out those things for yourself.
It's when Bryn decides to entrust her biggest secret to Aidan that he packs up and skips town. Great, just what she needed. The one person who knows about the glow has just disappeared on her without even saying goodbye. So much for trust. Now what is she to do?
Upon inspecting Aidan's room to see that he really has packed it all up and gone, Bryn discovers a book that will change her life forever.
Again, I won't spoil things for you so I'll fast forward a little more....
As events unfold, the FBI turn up at Ms Custer's home, looking for Bryn. But Ms Custer tells them she ran away after having her heart broken. Bryn hears snippets of the conversation and stays hidden in the broom closet. (Bear with me, I'm trying to remove spoilers as I go)
The FBI finally leave, resigned to the fact that Bryn is not home and may never come back.
Bryn sneaks outside to watch the FBI leave, to make sure they really are gone. But then a strong arm grabs her from behind...
When she awakens, she's unsure of her surroundings. She's no longer at Ms Custer's home. In fact, she's no longer in Craven. She's in Asgard. (But how she discovers this is up to you to read & find out for yourself)
Upon her discovery that Asgard isn't just a place of myth, but a real place - where she also discovers people and things that are also not just confined to Norse Mythology, Bryn has a hard time trying to come to terms with it all. But that isn't the biggest shock life has in store for her...
There are a lot of events that really begin to unfold for Bryn. Not only is the stuff of mythology real, she's an intrinsical part of it all. She stands on the threshold of the biggest, most eventful journey of her life. About to discover that she has a destiny much different to how she thought her life would go. Will she find her purpose in life? A place where she can finally belong?
The answers to these questions lie within the pages of one of the best books I have read to date.
Having never read anything by T. G Ayer before, I was unsure what to expect from DEAD RADIANCE. I sure didn't expect the impact it would have on me.
Tee is an amazing author. I love the way she describes everything so beautifully and explains things so fully you feel as though you are actually a part of the story. She weaves a spell on you so that you get sucked in from the first word - with a fast-paced, well plotted story where myth and real life collide - a beautiful debut novel by an author you can expect many more amazing things from.
I fell for Aidan, big time. I have to say, I really have a thing about the bad boys. Aidan is up there among my favourite book boy crushes. He has a sad story that made me feel so sorry for him (Yes, I admit I cried).
Bryn is one of my all time favourite female MC's. She's witty and sarcastic. She's tougher than she looks and has an inner strength - an inner core, that I really admire. The way in which she handled all that was thrown at her, she really hit the ground running. Bryn is beautiful inside and out and I really routed for her throughout all the trials and tribulations she faced. It just goes to show that the girl who starts off life as the under-dog really can come out on top.
Thank you Tee for introducing me to one of the most interesting, entertaining casts of characters. Bryn, Aidan, Sigrun, Turi, Odin - even Freya and Astrid. There are some wonders to be discovered on the journey that you undertake when you open this book.”