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Darkness Forged

(Legends of the Ragnarok Era #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Norse mythology retold - Volundarkvida

The greatest crafts on Midgard come from the dvergar realm of Nidavellir. Volund, a gifted smith and once apprentice to the dvergar, escaped their dark realm to find solace in the arms of a valkyrie.

Nine years of respite.

And then she was gone.

Volund will do anything to get her back. But his reputation precedes him, and a cruel king
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Published February 2nd 2017 by Incandescent Phoenix Books
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I’ve read this book first last year, and left a short and brief review of it, but looking back at it, it didn’t really give justice to the book. Since it’s pretty short and I happened to have some free time, I decided to reread and leave a much better deserved review. I was interested if I still loved it after all this time and how would I rate it now that I’m a bit harsher with my reviews/ratings.

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Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A good solid 3 star read, reminds me of the Elizabeth Boyer books from the mid 80s.
Al Burke
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Larkin kicks off his Eschaton Cycle with Darkness Forged, the story that sets the scene for the rest of his Norse epic.

The story revolves around three brothers, sons of a king. When Volund, the youngest, is sent to the Dverg (dwarves) to learn the ways of the forge, their lives began to spiral out of control. Volund's tenure with the Dverg ends badly, and the brothers go into hiding. In a brief moment of happiness, the brothers meet and marry a trio of Valkyries, but the women have a higher
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Following three brothers as they search for their Valkyrie wives, Darkness Forged takes us on many dark and disturbing turns. The story features travels of all three brothers, but a primary focus is on Volund who has a very dark, disturbing story. The good; I found the story to be attention getting, descriptive and interesting. It has a dark theme, so that might disturb some. The difficult; I am unfamiliar with Norse mythology and that’s what this story is based off. I found
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to I like his style. If you like deep meaning, action packed aventure, then you found it. The characters and scenes are so realistic I felt like I could smell the forges. Matt has a style that really brings his perspective home. Smooth flowing storyline that comes a live as you watch the characters and their personalities transform and blend to make a strong unit. With a rollercoaster of emotions that kept my attention on the pages and frozen to my
Al Gritten
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked Larkin's "Skyfall" series, but he really shines in this one. By his own admission this novel is dark, but despite the dark story, the author's passion for mythology really shows - it is a compelling, well-written story with interesting characters that run the gamut from greed to self-giving. It is filled with supernatural and mythological creatures that stir ancient echoes of time. This is a prequel to the Ragnarok series, and if this book is an indicator then I am certainly looking ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up as a freebie somewhere, not really knowing the author, or what is was about, but thought I would give it a go. And I really enjoyed it! Great writing, easy to read, good characters, and very well-plotted. The language and complicated names where a bit confusing at times, but otherwise, don't think I can fault this for style. Overall very enjoyable, and shall keep an eye out for more from Larkin.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you were wondering about some of the characters in the other books, this is some darned good background. Now I know where Agilaz and Olrun got Sigyn and who and what the dverger smith, Volund, actually is. The story moves back and forth from the present (for them) to the past though it mainly follows Volund. Definitely worth reading
Marie Egerton
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found my progress through this book slow. I often found myself rereading the names. To make sure I knew whos story I was reading.

Aside from that this story was enjoyable, and I have already grabbed a box set of his, from amazon.

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Matt was born and raised in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary there. His lifelong love of fantasy began with The Hobbit. This led him to start writing his own stories at a young age. His primary influences are mythology and history. He now lives in Florida with his wife.