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Valhalla by Tom Holt
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Jul 23, 2008

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bookshelves: fantasy, world_builders
Read in January, 2008

I read this as a follow-up to break into Holt after having completed The Portable Door. It has an amazing concept, but the problem lies in execution.

The concept revolves around the thorny situation of the Afterlife. When you die in battle, the Norse Pantheon says you're theirs. Some people like it, most don't and some people REALLY like it - to the point where they must be restrained.

The problem is, Lin Kortright's daughter is in Vallhalla - and it's not her fault. As a matter of fact, she's only there because Odin is pissed at her father - who got him the gig as ruler of Valhalla - and he's looking to even the score.

It also is the tale of Vincenzo the Amazing (or something) who takes up forty pages of the book but has no point or relation to the story.

You can see where the execution part is a little off by the above statement.

It wasn't bad, but didn't leave me as impressed as I was with The Portable Door. If you're a die hard Holt fan, give it a go - but don't expect too much, just go with it and enjoy the ride.
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