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The Valkyrie (The Saga of Edda-Earth Book 1)

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Ex nihilo nihil fit: From nothing, nothing comes.

Enter the world of Edda-Earth, in which Rome never fell, science and magic coexist, all the gods are real . . . and war is coming

Everyone must serve. Everyone must sacrifice.

The god-born: Sigrun Caetia, valkyrie of Tyr, born in Nova Germania, across the sea
The summoner: Trennus Matrugena, son of a petty king, nativ/>The/>The
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Published October 13th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Deborah Davitt
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm proud of it, and the rest of the trilogy, which is forthcoming. The ending is already written, and set in stone. And while there are plenty of twists and turns, everything should be well foreshadowed. People who like ferreting out the secrets of a mystery should have it figured out before the end; people who like to experience the journey as they go along should have their questions answered at the end. Here's hoping everyone else enjoys reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)
Jake Mittelman
I found The Valkyrie to be a fantastic read, and it kept me entertained - and immersed - on a variety of levels. I typically write thoughts and opinions in a hierarchical format, so writing this review is difficult for me because multiple aspects of the book were equally fantastic. So I'm just going to dive into this in no particular order.

I'm a huge fan of world-building, be it futuristic sci-fi in the form of Hamilton's The Night's Dawn Trilogy or pure fantasy such as Martin's A Song of Ice a
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Valkyrie (The Saga of Edda-Earth Book 1) is a long, epic fantasy, suitable for readers who like their stories sweeping, their protagonists believable and compelling, and their fantasy worlds well-detailed and intricate. It's based on two historical concepts: what if Rome never fell, and what if magic was a real part of human experience?

Against such a backdrop is, predictably, the specter of war - and also within such a scenario dance a cast of characters who represent interplays
Michael Maupin
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a connoisseur of epic fantasy I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I have never encountered another book quite like it. A fantasy based on historical fiction spun forward into a modern context. This book is strikingly detailed and I enjoyed it as much for the vivid, three dimensional characters and the gripping and well executed climactic sequences as I did for unwinding the places where Edda Earth departs from our actual history and seeing where and why this world took the turns that ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was in a bit of a slump and looking for something to read when a friend recommended this book/series.

I couldn't be happier that I took his advice. I've enjoyed this book (and now into the second) so much. The story, the lore, the characters, the length of the book... it all makes me happy.

The way the world is woven into a fantasy, history, mythology mash-up just worked for me. The personalities of the various characters and their lives have enough resonance with 'the real world' to connect m
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read both the Spirit of Truth and Spirit of Redemption probably a dozen times each, so I was quite excited to see a published novel by the same author.

I've read it over the last couple of days, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. As some of the other reviewers have stated, while the book is lengthy, it's broken up into mini-arcs if you you need a break. Though, I'm not sure I could have stopped reading except for work and sleep if I tried - the world building was fantastic, pacing gr
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"If you only read one book this year, make it this one."
No, really. I cannot imagine you'll find one better written, or with a more wonderfully complex and well-designed setting.
This is the kind of book that neatly overwrites reality for you, until you find yourself forgetting that most of the vibrant cultures cultures described within are extinct in this day and age.
An alternate history story that really puts the effort in, loaded with characters you'll not forget, and action
Kriselda Gray
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[Note: This review covers the first two books of the series - the stories flow together so well, and my comments for each are essentially the same, so it didn't make sense to make two separate reviews. There are no spoilers for either book in this review.]

Let me get straight to the point - the first two volumes of "The Saga of Edda-Earth" contain some of the best epic fantasy fiction - Norse based or otherwise - I've read since Marion Zimmer-Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon," a book th
Isis Ray-sisco
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Valkyrie by Deborah L. Davitt is a fantasy that will keep you turning the pages. It’s the first book in the Saga of Edda-Earth. It’s a retelling of history and brings us up to date with the Roman Empire still in control. It is a very interesting look at how the world would have been if Rome had never fallen with detailed accounts of all the major events in history since the beginning of time. The Valkyrie is full of interesting and different characters with different stories and different ro ...more
Flavar Olonar
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy, Alternate History, world building Fans
Wow, i finished reading this yesterday and i was really impressed. It was a great fun to read. It is a long story with great characters and and really interesting world that makes sense.
Its a mix of fantasy and alternative history. Each chapter starts with an article/piece over the world or the history. The more you learn the more interesting it gets.

If you like history and fantasy or only fantasy books buy this. It has great characters, great combat scenes and an interesting m
James Bryant
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have always toyed with the idea of a utopian world where Rome never fell and this book had that and more. Some really interesting interactions between magic and technology gave me some ideas for my D and D games. There were a few moments where the author seemed like even more of a Roman Fanperson than I am and I had to scratch my head. I also had a bit of a hard time remembering that the story was set in 1910. I think the pacing was perfect and I was definitely left ...more
Nina Cooper
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
What if the Roman Empire had never collapsed, and ancient gods and spirits had power? The world would be a completely different place, and in The Valkyrie you have exactly that setting. The time is the early 20th century, the place is all over the world, depending on where the characters are sent during the missions of their leader, a Propraetor with direct access to the Roman Emperor.

The story is told from the different main characters’ point of view, which is quite interesting, as it re
Erin Howe
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This came highly recommended. I was pleasantly surprised in some ways and disappointed in others.

The Valkyrie showcases Davitt's, quite frankly, fantastic world-building skills. Her extrapolation on this alternative history and society is very well-thought out and clearly well researched.

I couldn't help but be invested in the universe, but there were a number of things that kept continuously annoying me.

While the world itself is gripping and the writing is great in itself, sometime
Random German Guy #42
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not that much else to say than: Really well written, pretty much an entirely different yet similar world (the amount of information, research and imagination this must have taken is pretty impressive) and a very solid and interesting cast of characters.

For real though, read it if alternate History is your thing. I have read a good amount of books, a lot of which had good world building, but this takes it to an whole other level (with a few thousand pages for the books combined this m
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! I don't think I've been this excited about a new fantasy series since reading "Kushiel's Dart"! "The Valkyrie" is a rich, dense, and complex story about an alternate world in which magic exists and Rome never fell. There is a large cast of characters from all parts of the empire--Rome, Judea, Britannia, the Americas (which have a different name), Carthage, and so on. The main action revolves around the bodyguards of a high-level Roman functionary charged with investigating and dealing with ...more
Robert Mills
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the alternate timeline of Caesar living and what he did with his life and how it changed the world at large.
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Deborah L. Davitt was born at an Army hospital in Washington state, but spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Reno, Nevada.

She graduated first in her class from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1997, and took her BA in English Literature with a strong focus on medieval and Renaissance literature. In 1999, she received an MA in English from Penn State.

Since then,