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Dead Radiance

(Valkyrie #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,761 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow on the people around her. And she knows all too well what psychiatrists do to people who claim impossible powers. She's always stayed below the radar, but when she discovers the meaning of the beautiful auras, she's not sure why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead and be unable to do anything about it.
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Published February 25th 2012 by Infinite Ink Books
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After being placed in foster care after her father's death, Bryn begins to discover something about herself. She sees people's auras before they die. She starts to believe that she has some type of curse until the new foster kid, Aidan. He shows affections to Bryn and then disappears but leaves behind book that suggests Bryn might be a valkyrie. That's when things change for her and the journey begins. This was a very good book and I can't wait to continue this series.

Maria V. Snyder
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first in a series and it's also the first book written by T.G. Ayer. [Full disclosure - T.G. is a friend of mine] I really liked the premise for the story - the Norse mythology is a fun new aspect for me as I haven't read any other YA books with Valkyries in them. Of course, it's not new to the sf/fantasy world - Thor & the Avengers anyone? :) The characters were likable and there were some nice touches of humor and description. There was a little too much world building at times and ...more
Book Chatter-Cath
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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After reading the first chapters online I had high hopes for a great book, and Dead Radiance did not disappoint.

I can quite happily report that I thoroughly and enthusiastically LOVED this book.

I LOVED the story.
Norse mythology threaded into an intricately woven teenage tale of loss and hardship, mystery and intrigue, first love, deceit, self discovery and more.

I LOVED the characters.
Bryn is a typically normal kid dealing with the heavy burden of being in the foster system and never quite fitti
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Eh, another book I had a hard time getting into - really, really not for guys, though there's some cool mythology and with some creative editing here and there, deleting a lot of the first third of the book and then a few paragraphs every chapter or so in the second third, I might actually have really liked it. As it is, this book kind of suffers from somewhat overwritten, angsty prose (the prologue and first chapter are really bad offenders) and a cliched start (plus the Aidan character), thoug ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

Dead Radiance is a Mythology adventure, this is something I don’t normally read but to be honest I loved the cover and decided I should read it. T.G. Ayer writing is good, the story flowed well, character descriptions were well written well and I felt like I got to know and understand the main characters.

We meet Bryn Halbrook, her mother deserted her and when her father died she was placed into foster care. Bryn knows she is different and feels as she has never really
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author T. G. Ayer.)
16-year-old Bryn always knew that she was different, but despite a pushy psychiatrist, she’s always been able to see a golden glow around certain people. Now Bryn knows what the glow means though, and she’s scared.

It started with a girl at school – she glowed gold, then she died. Then it was Bryn’s best friend Joshua, and he died too. Now it’s Bryn’s younger foster brother Brody, and
May 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am not sure why authors' don't take advantage of every single avenue of publication open to them. I know that if I come across a recommendation from goodreads or a friend I check the book out right away, if it is available and is interesting to me, I buy it. If it is not available for me to buy on the Nook, I don't and then...I forget about it. Essentially the author has lost the chance at a sale, because I am not going to remember that I wanted a particular book 1 week from now much less 3 mo ...more
Patti Larsen
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book, the debut from T.G. Ayer. I'm a huge fan of all mythology, but Norse myth is something I haven't seen tackled in YA before. I found myself gleefully making connections, remembering things I'd forgotten from my uni days studying Odin and Freya and the amazing Valkyries. Ayer has done an amazing job with not only the accuracy of the myth, but with the development of her MC, Bryn. A teen abandoned to a life as a foster kid, Bryn is real and told in a sharply accurate emotional vo ...more
Jenny Whetzel
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is my first Valkyrie book that I have read and I doubt it will be the last, especially by this author. I very much enjoyed it and found it difficult to put down. The main characters are nice (mostly) and likable.
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The YA genre has had it's fair share of vampires, ghosts, angels, demons etc ... It's difficult to find something new and refreshing. When I saw that Dead Radiance was about Valkyries, I immediately signed up for the blog tour because I liked the sound of the book.

Bryn Halbrook sees golden auras around certain people. Up until her best friend, Josh, dies she doesn't realize that these auras mean that these people's deaths are approaching. Soon after, Ai
Dale Ibitz
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I admit, when I first started the book, I didn't think I was going to like it. I was a bit confused with some of the present/past bouncing, and sometimes I didn't know if we were in the present or the past or a flashback or what, and all I could think was, "Oh boy, is the whole book gonna be like this?"

Well, it wasn't. And it was well worth getting through that rocky start.

So you have Bryn, a likeable foster kid robotically moseying through her days, watching her best friend, Josh, glow
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really love Norse mythology, but this book was a disappointment. It was too hodgepodge to be taken seriously. Here is why I didn't really like this book:

1. Bryn and Aidan. She hates him, but then they kiss passionately and apparently they are dating. The whole book is based on this premise. They seriously have about 2 conversations and then the author acts like they have this deep relationship. I know that teens are always falling madly in love in young adult novels, especially in this genre,
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Halls of Valhalla! :) Dead Radiance is an awesome telling of ancient Norse Mythology. It took me on a wonderful journey from a small town of Craven, to Asgard and Valhalla, to the Underworld and back. Bryn, a girl who sees people glow before they die, finds out that she is a Valkyrie. But, not only a Valkyrie, a reincarnation of the Warrior Brunhilde.
I don't want to give away the story, but this book was hard to put down. I can't wait for Dead Embers!
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I Loved this story! Right up there with Twilight as far as I am concerned!
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wrote my whole review and then I have no idea what happened, so I hope I don't miss out too much :(


I showed my grandmother my bingo board, as she is a very avid reader and has worked at Whitcoulls for fifteen years. She gave me a list of books that she thought might fit the criteria of each section. I chose this book from the list of “New Zealand Authors” because the blurb interested me. It was interesting because it is a fantasy-fiction. This is a genre I
Cara Ginter
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
T.G. Ayer’s debut novel, Dead Radiance, was a breath of fresh air in the somewhat repetitive and often cliché YA market. Devoid of vampires, werewolves, fallen angels and 1984-esque governments, Dead Radiance brings something new and wonderful to the table.

Bryn Halbrook, foster kid and mostly typical teenager, has seen “the glow” for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she realizes just what it means – impending death. But knowing when someone is about to die isn’t
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Move aside Vampires and Werewolves… Valkyries are here and they are her to stay. When I found this book on tour, I knew I had to be a part of it because I have been practically itching to try out something new. While, Vampires and werewolves make for an entertaining read, and I am always up for a good murder story, but every now and then something new feels refreshing.

Bryn Halbrook is lost in the foster care system ever since her father died he stay mother walked out of her life. She often feels
This book was so awesome! I have not read a Valkyeri book before and this was such a great one to start with. The book just flows along at a great pace. It's never boring, never slow. Dead Radiance is a great adventure that kept me riveted from start to finish.

Bryn is awesome! She is kick butt, kind, and all around awesome! I started out feeling so bad for her. She had no friends and she was bounced from foster home to foster home. It must have been tough on her. I certainly couldn't imagine it
I grabbed this one awhile back when it was a freebie. I'm always a fan of a great mythology read. It took me awhile to get into it but once it did it had me hooked. If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan I recommend this book. Instead of a male lead you have a female heroine.

Meet Bryn Halbrook, a normal teenager placed in foster care after her father died. Her mother disappeared. After a short time Bryn meets Aidan. Aidan turns out not to be the person Byrn thought was and he m
Amy Braun
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 if I'm being technical. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it. I mean, the action is pretty good, the mythology is well thought out, there's a good amount of creativity and world-building, and I really like the character Aiden, but I couldn't get attached to the main character. She was way too cranky for my liking. I think the final straw for me was the way she treated Aiden. Yes, he did major wrong by her, but she couldn't figure out if he hated him or not. Also, claiming to love him ...more
Carlyle Labuschagne
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

I am one of those readers who get board so easily and if you do not grip me from the first page I struggle. Dead Radiance out did my first page rule - it gripped me from the first line ! T.G Ayer is an extraordinary writer. So much depth in a sentence. The story and plot very intriguing and original. Characters are bold and very likable. With loads of character and chemistry. I also thrive on fast paced reads , and this read met my expectations almost perfectly. I am hard to please - but I was s
Marija K.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one because you can do a lot with the story when you have Norse mythology as your source but the execution with this one was terrible. The biggest problem was the writing, it's just not good, very superficial i couldn't imagine the world at all because her descriptions are so basic and unimaginative. Everything was just so amateur-like, it felt like I was reading a book written by an 8th grader
Book Worm
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a MUST read!! No doubt about it! Words just cant describe the awesomeness that is Dead Radiance (: could not put it down! I read it again and again and again (: T.G Ayer takes you on a trip
In to Bryn's life and in to the world of Norse mythology. This book breaks from the current trends and is something fresh and new that will leave you definitely wanting more (:
Ro El
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometimes I like the old-mythology-done-anew genres, but this was pretty terrible.
Andrea Boyd
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The writing is a little too melodramatic for my taste.
Keren Hughes
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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
Lyn Mckenzie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I completely and absolutely adored this book!!! I have always had a huge love for mythology which i still have today and Valkyrie’s have always interested me so as you can imagine this was definitely a book for me. I thought the pacing of the book was perfect, it flowed really really well and it felt that everything happened at the right time. There is a lot in this book, a lot of information especially if you don't have any former knowledge of the culture that this book bases itself in but even ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins at an archaeological dig, where a woman's bones has been discovered. But there's something weird about the skeleton. It seems to have wings.

T.G. Ayer has given us a fun romp through a modern take on some Norse mythology. We have Odin, Freya, Frigga, Fenrir, and even Nidhogg. And Valkyries, of course. Our heroine has to battle some pretty formidable foes to accomplish her task in this book, and to save a good friend's life.

Bryn Halbrook is the main protagonist, and she lives wit
Kriselda Gray
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have a great love for books that use Norse lore as a basis, so checking out this series was pretty much inevitable for me - and I'm glad I did. It's one of the better ones I've come across. Author TG Ayer mines the rich treasure that Nordic myths provide and keeps the main core of the various characters reasonably close to the source material while giving them a unique spin to make them her own. She gives Asgard and its denizens the sense of ancient grandeur and magical wonder they deserve int ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the beginning, Bryn, a foster child, is haunted by her ability to foresee someone’s death. She develops an instant love for Aidan although the reader may find it hard to believe as there is no real reason for it. About halfway through the book I lost interest and put it away. Many of the contrived circumstances were just too frustrating for me. Recently I decided to forge through the rest of the book. It is loaded with the author’s view of norse mythology which I know very little about so it ...more
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