Book Review: The Weight of a Soul
The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi
Released: December 3, 2019
Lena's life as the future chieftess of her viking village is turned upside down when she finds the lifeless body of her sister, Fressa, in the woods. There's so much she doesn't understand: how could a healthy young girl pass away with no sign of foul play? Did the glowing sword her father gave to Fressa have something to do with it? How can she bring her back? With the help of her sister's once betrothed, Lena makes a deal with Hela--the goddess of death. Can she sacrifice who she is to do what needs to be done in order to bring her sister back, or will the threat of Ragnarök stop her from bringing back the sister she loves? As secrets about her family and the gods unravel around her, Lena must decide if bringing her sister back is worth it.
I really loved the Norse mythology in this book! Tammi does a wonderful job of weaving it into the world she created. No spoilers, but I really loved how the Norse gods played into the story, as well as myths surrounding the culture like Ragnarök. Her descriptions are vivid and beautiful, really setting her scenes and characters well. I love being able to picture the characters and their world, and Tammi is excellent at this.
There were so many twists and turns throughout the novel, none of which I saw coming, and I loved that! As this is only Tammi's second published book, I can only imagine how her writing will continue to get better and her skills of creating such twists will be by the next book. There were a lot of secrets lurking and I enjoyed reading as I tried to figure them all out before the reveals. I think these reveals were my favorite part. Character-wise, I enjoyed being in Lena's head as she forced herself to make tough decisions. One life verses another is a really interesting moral question that Lena deals with in an interesting way. There were times I felt sorry for her, was angry at her, and couldn't believe what she was doing. She was a complex character that I really enjoyed, even though I was mad at her often.
If you're a fan of character-driven stories where we see a lot of the emotions and thoughts that drives them, then I think you'll really enjoy this story.
However, I do wish some things had been flushed out more, some things seemed to happen quickly or be forgotten about immediately after. The ending seemed abrupt, including the epilogue. I think I would have liked to see more of those scenes play out, especially because of the hint of a sequel to come. That could also be me being selfish and wanting more of a good story. If there is a sequel, I think it would help clear up my issues! If I had to sum up the book with one GIF (because obviously I have to):
Overall, I enjoyed this mythical book and can't wait to see what the author writes next!