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(Phoebe Meadows #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Phoebe Meadows has one thing on her mind: Free her mother.

For the last month, Phoebe has been training in the Valkyrie stronghold readying for battle. But when she stumbles into a secluded valley after a day of grueling practice, she’s given a dire prediction. Phoebe must leave the stronghold immediately with the aid of the giant, Junnal, to rescue her mother from the dar
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Published September 18th 2016
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Another action packed fast-paced adventure!

Freed takes place one month after the ending in Struck. Phoebe has accepted what she is and has been training hard for the day she will rescue her mother. Her powers are beyond what she ever imagined and they continue to grow.

The world builds around Norse Mythology. All the characters, wither good or evil are captivating and very strong minded. I like that they all gravitate towards Phoebe in someway. Phoebe is a kick ass heroine that shows her skil
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Freed took off shortly after Struck had ended. Phoebe, at this point had fully accepted what she is. Being a valkyrie and the daughter of Odin has it perks. Her powers are beyond what she could ever imagined. She has been welcomed to the valkyrie strong hold to train and as soon as able, she is to rescue her mother.

Similar to Jessica Mcclain series, Freed is fast paced, action filled, and I can always rely on Carlson to deliver a kick ass heroine. Phoebe not only has honed her powers, her brave

May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, freebies
I loved Struck so I couldn't wait to read about more of Phoebe's adventures in Amanda Carlson's newest release Freed. Phoebe has come a long way from the girl we met in the first book, she has really embraced her Valkyrie heritage and has been training incredibly hard to learn how to use her powers. Of course most Valkyries start learning to fight practically from birth so she's still a long way behind most of her contemporaries but she doesn't let that stop her and she's determined to catch up ...more
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Freed is the second installment in author Amanda Carlson's Phoebe Meadow's series. As the story picks up, Phoebe has been in the Valkyrie compound training to become one of the legendary & immortal Valkyrie's. Phoebe is the daughter of Odin, and Leela, one of the legendary Valkyrie's. Alongside her are her lover Fenrir, her half-brother Tyr, the God of war, plus her best friend Sam, and her aunt Ingrid. While Phoebe is training
Sandra "Jeanz"
As I thoroughly enjoyed Struck which is book one in the Phoebe Meadow's series, I freely admit that I do have rather high expectations from Freed. I have read and loved other books by Amanda Carlson. I'm looking forward to catching up with Phoebe and learning how her Valkyrie training is going, as well as catching up with the romantic vibes going on between her and Fen, and her brother Tyr and best friend Sam of course!". Then there is sure to be some more mythology to read and l
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Freed picks up about a month or so after the end of Struck. Phoebe has been training with the other Valkyrie. She is learning fast, but the other Valkyrie have been training since they were very young children. She has a lot to make up before she can compare. She has the great support of her Aunt Ingrid, her boyfriend and son of Loki, Fen, her half brother Tyr, who is also the god of war, she also has her best friend
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a good time with the first volume but it is true that something was missing for me to really have a great time with the story. I was a little hesitant about this second part, I was afraid to have the same feeling but I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Indeed, the story brought me this little thing that I had missed in the first book.

I am a fan of everything related to mythology and I was curious to be able to learn more about all the characte
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3 and a half stars

The second novel in the 'Phoebe Meadows' series where Phoebe spends her days training from dawn to dusk with the other Valkyries at the Stronghold. Anya, one of the other valkyries, has taken it upon herself to make Phoebe's life a living nightmare.

As Phoebe grows stronger, Hugin the raven has decided the best opportunity for Phoebe to go rescue her mother alone. Along the way she meets Baldur, the god of light, who also is her brother, and Callan the whage, both
Tanya Davis
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phoebe Meadows had a lot of revelations thrown at her in STRUCK. FREED takes place a month later. After her previous adventures, she's getting accustomed to her new world and has been preparing with her sister Valkries for the rescue of her mother. Finding her weapon and controlling her powers are proving to be very difficult for Phoebe. It is hard when you have a power and you are able to release it, but getting the control down is the kicker.

Not all of the Valkries are completely accepting and
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really loving this series! All the cool magic, and I love the interesting worlds that Phoebe gets to! The Norse angle is still awesome, and I'm loving all of the different characters! I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and just like with the first, the narrator does an amazing job! She does multiple voices for all the men and women, and she also does different voices for each type of creature, such as trolls and light and dark elves! She's really wonderful! In this book, Phoeb ...more
Just as fun and exciting as the first in the series. I know a little bit about Norse mythology (from the book by Neil Gaiman), so some of the characters and backgrounds are a little familiar, and it’s fun to see these gods, goddesses and demigods “in action”. Don’t read these books out of order as each leads into the next. Listened to this one on audio and it’s well narrated. Read and listen for free through Kindle Unlimited but worth the price to pay for it, as well.
Antoinette Lewis
What a journey Phoebe had to save her mother.
I liked the book. It held your interest enough to find out what will happen next.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amanda-carlson
Finally, the second book is out and I will probably start the next review with the same sentence. Amanda Carlson has a way of writing that draws you in and you never want to get out. Same as Jessica McClain series. I will not lie to you, there is a sort of cliffhanger, but I hate that word, so let's call them loose ends. I think it is the author's style to tie up some loose ends, and right before the end, she creates some new ones for the next episode. Because that is exactly like her books feel ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Phoebe is back in the game with Amanda Carlson’s Freed! The mission to rescue her mother from Svartalfheim is nigh and it’s going to take serious cunning and moxie to break her out. Once again, Amanda Carlson brings new light to Norse mythology with this incredible entertaining and exciting new series!

Phoebe has been training with the Valkyries for a while now. Her best friend, Sam i
The 2nd exciting, fast-paced, action-packed installment in the author's fun Norse mythology urban fantasy series!

“You’re just doing what you gotta do,” Sam assured me. “You can’t leave here, and you can’t have them worried. It’s not like you can say, “Hey, Mom and Dad, I was struck by lightning and now I’m a Valkyrie! Oh, and Odin’s my real dad, and the Norns are out to get me, but have no fear because my boyfriend is a wolf!”

FREED by Amanda Carlson is an exciting follow-up to STRUCK. It picks
I liked this book so much more than the first one, Struck. I thought this one had more depth to it and had better pacing. But I do wish though that there were more snarky/fun conversations between Fen and Phoebe. There's not enough scenes with them in the book to suit my tastes. But then maybe I'm measuring them unfairly to Curran and Kate --- who are my ultimate favorite kickass couple.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

It has been a few months since I read the first book in this series, so I started this story a bit fuzzy on this world and these characters. However, I didn’t have long to wait to remember just why I like this series so much! Right from the start, the book is fun and action-packed, and it makes for a great beginning.

In urban fantasy, the main character of a series is often what can make or break it for me. Phoebe really makes t
Dolly Sandor
4.25 Stars!

What a roller coaster ride!

What I liked: In Freed, Ms Carlson picks up almost where Struck finished. I enjoy that aspect of any series. Phoebe and her crew are preparing for the mission to free her mother, Leela. They know where she is but getting there and getting out is another story.

While Phoebe is practicing her fighting skills, not very many in the Valkyrie stronghold seem interested in helping her learn. It’s left to her lover, Fen (Loki's son who can turn into a huge wolf), her
Melissa Hayden
3.5 stars
Phoebe has to work to catch up at being a Valkyrie, so she can go find her mother. When she's ready, she stumbles across the portal to take her to where her mother's a prisoner. Junnal is all who can travel with her. But while in the realm of the dark elves, Phoebe meets new allies that can help her accomplish her goal - bring her mother home safe.

Phoebe is a strong woman. She is learning about being a Valkyrie but she also retains much of her human feelings. She's spent her life as a h
Melanie Marsh
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Phoebe Meadows series is exciting, fun, and addictive. This is my first Valkyrie series, and I am thoroughly enjoying it every step of the way. The writing is what I have come to expect from Amanda Carlson and Freed sucked me in just as quickly as the first book, Struck, did.

Freed picks up about a month or so after Struck ended. I was worried that I had forgotten some of what was going on, but as usual, Carlson reminded me without rehashing the whole story. Phoebe’s main goal in this book i
Debbie McQueen
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and loved Struck, book 1 of the Phoebe Meadows series, and have been waiting to see more of her story. I was so excited to read Freed, and zipped right through it. I just love Phoebe- the smalltown girl who moved to NYC and suddenly discovered that she is a Valkyrie and the daughter of Odin. In Freed, we see Phoebe really start to embrace her Valkyrie-ness. She trains hard to catch up to where she would have been if she were raised as a shieldmaiden, and not as a human. Once she begins to ...more
Phoebe hasn't had it easy since being struck. She's been tossed through the 9 realms, and along the way found Fenrir (hunka hunka wolf) her boyfriend and Tyr (her half brother). Life at the Valkyrie Stronghold hasn't been a cake walk either, although she's getting stronger and learning to fight. When an old friend comes and tells her that if she doesn't move quickly all chances of getting her mother back will be lost, yet more adventures come her way.

Phoebe's ability to inspire loyalty among tho
Full Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas

The second book in Amanda Carlson's Phoebe Meadows series was action-packed and full of craziness. Poor Phoebe got thrown into a world that she doesn't know much about it, but she's handling it pretty well for a newbie half-Valkyrie, half-demigod. I have to give her props, especially with everything that happened in the second book. She deals with Valkyries that pretty much don't like her or train with her too hard. She's told to save her mom pretty quickly
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a few authors are hitching up to the Norse bandwagon. Shelley Laurenston is writing about a sisterhood of warriors selected at death in her Call of Crows series -- not Valkyries, and with romantic interests who aren't headliners of Norse mythology, either.

Carlson write about characters with existing stories; within the Norse mythos, Fenrir, Tyr, and Balder have established narrative fates that could only be changed substantially by blowing up established stories. Challenging fate is the c
Rock Chick
The series is fast paced.

There is non stop action. But in this book, we get so much more depth.

I naturally loved the fight scenes, the world building and the Norse mythology thrown in .

I loved seeing Phoebe train to be a Valkyrie. She needs to work and improve in order to be a worthy warrior and capable enough to rescue her mother.

As much as the fighting and political intrigues entertained me, moments like Phoebe reuniting with her mother were the heart of the story.

Freed is also a story about
Melissa Levine
I listened to the audiobook version of this story and happen to have asked for a copy to review.

I feel like I rarely come across a good series, or soon to be series; but after reading book 1 I knew this one was for me. The story, overall, is very unique and I can't think of any other series/story that is similar. Can't wait for book 3!

I wasn't sure about Emma Wilder's (narrator) performance in the first story, but she ended up growing on me. She's very 'into' the story, if you know what I mean.
Effie Eshel
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe is quickly becoming one of my favorite kick ass heroine in the fantasy genre. Ms. Carlson writing is good and flowing as always. The down side, the story follows the Norse mythology and we all know it already, so the story line is predictable, unless some rabbits come out the sleeve, we may know the outcome. This distracts from the the story's tension build up. I still gave it five stars because it was very enjoyable and a good development from the first installment . I look forward to th ...more
Angel Ortega
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Those were my first thoughts after I finished this book. As great as "Struck", the first book in the Phoebe Meadows series was, this one was even better! I couldn't put it down. Phoebe continues on her quest to rescue her mother. In the process, she learns many new things about herself and her abilities. The characters in this series are very well developed. The pace is fast. Be prepared to put life aside when you read this book because you will NOT want to put it down. LOVED the story - the
Dana Whyte
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! We really got to see a new side to Phoebe, she has really come into her own in this book! I am so glad that there was a lot of action with the Valkyrie's they are so interesting. Well most of them are Anya's a piece of work. The time had come for Phoebe to go and rescue her mom from the dark elves, and the kicker is she is not able to take Fenrir with her. I can't wait to learn more about Sam's hertiage! I cannot wait for the next book in the series! Also can't wait f ...more
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Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

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“You’re just doing what you gotta do,” Sam assured me. “You can’t leave here, and you can’t have them worried. It’s not like you can say, “Hey, Mom and Dad, I was struck by lightning and now I’m a Valkyrie! Oh, and Odin’s my real dad, and the Norns are out to get me, but have no fear because my boyfriend is a wolf!” 0 likes
“Fen referred to my lack of finesse as my sluggish human carryover, which was an artful way of saying I sucked and hit like a girl. He kept at me to become more Zenlike and less like a human zombie while I was fighting.” 0 likes
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