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From the Earth to the Shadows

(Valkyrie #2)

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Malin’s mission to avenge her mother's murder has uncovered dangerous secrets. As a Valkyrie-in-training, Malin must slay immortals who’ve had their time, to maintain balance between humans and immortals. But her quest could destroy earth’s stability – and unleash chaos.

Just when she needs to focus, her friend Asher is in grave danger. He’s been dragged into the underworld
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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About: From the Earth to the Shadows is a young adult fantasy written by Amanda Hocking. It was recently published on 4/24/18 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, mythology, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. There are 2 books to this duology: book 1 is Between the Blade and the Heart and book 2 is From the Eart
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking is the second book of the Valkyrie duology. The series is a young adult fantasy with a touch of romance inspired by Norse Mythology. This second installment picks up the adventure from the end of Between the Blade and the Heart so the series is definitely best read in order and not as a standalone.

The main character of the series, Malin, is a Valkyrie in training who readers discovered in the first book had her world turned upside down. Valkyrie’s
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Malin is on a mission to avenge her mother’s death, but as the Underworld threatens to rise and wreak havoc on the world, she must head to Central America in search of the one weapon with the power to save humanity. As she journeys to the depths of darkness, she will encounter both friend and foe, while knowing she may not survive this terrible battle. One thing for sure, she cannot fail, or chaos will rule.

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS the latest from Amanda Hocking, known f
Chelsies Reading Escape
In the first book of the Valkerie duology we follow Malin as she tries to right her mothers dangerous mistake not knowing how far reaching the consequences will end up spreading. In this sequel we get to see the devasting consequences in action as the Underworld tries to rise up and Mal scrambles to put a stop to it before its too late. Malin and her group of friends go on a quest to Central America to procure the only weapon that might just help them win this fight. The futuristic world mixed w ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just so...meh...and I found myself skimming a lot of parts.

In terms of the writing, as a mentioned it a status update I am not sure if the writing got worse or I just did not pay enough attention to the first book. But I did not like the way this was written. I am not sure if it was the over-simplicity of it or what but I could not get into it.

The plot felt really predictable and solutions ever the more convenient. And because of that nothing ever
Kai (CuriousCompass)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I have conflicting feelings about this book, however the last hundred pages or so truly picked up, and especially the last few chapters and epilogue were fairly satisfying to me. The reveals and twists here felt very interesting and the overall concept, looking back at it, is so ambitious, from the concept itself to the setting and journey. I did find the final confrontations rushed and anticlimactic; we built up to a giant war that was over so quickly, and the villains we'd been teas
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Ho hum. It was okay. The short chapters allowed me to read and put it down easily. The ending was too pat, and tied together much too quickly.
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This has been one of my most anticipated reads ever due to the way that book one ended and it's taken me a long time to wrap my head around all my feelings in order to write my review.
This novel picked up almost immediately after the last one but it continued at a super slow pace for a while after. I felt like the entire book was paced in a similar way and it took a long time for things to pick up. Once they actually picked up, obstacl
4 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed this, as in devoured it over the course of - roughly - a week. (I'm a slow reader so, for me, that's pretty quick). Without getting in to any particulars or "spoilers", the book was completely enjoyable, kept me engaged and wanting to continue reading. This is book 2 of a 2-book story, however the way it ended, I could easily see the possibility of more (and I hope I'm right!). There is a good mix of supernatural events and beings, well written characters with d
Michaela Whitney
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, books-won
I received copy through NetGalley for review.

When I had read the first book in this series, Between The Blade and The Heart, I struggled. It felt slow and messy and so unbelievably heavy on the info dumping, I forgave it thinking it would get better because it felt like it was all a set up for the next book, and I thought the next one would get lighter and easier to get though.
It didn't. It suffered from the same issues as the first. It's going to be a series problem, since this second book set
I wasn't a huge fan of Between the Blade and the Heart but wanted to wanted read the follow-up because of my adoration for the author. Sadly, I was left feeling disappointed. There is too much information overload in this installment, especially considering it's a duology. I found myself skimming chapters not pertinent to the the storyline. The plot is predictable and uneventful. I never warmed to Malin and the endless love triangle didn't help matters. It was obvious who would be chosen, and it ...more
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


"Either everybody has free will, or nobody has free will."

From the Earth to the Shadows is the second and final installment in author Amanda Hocking's Valkyrie duology. Picking up right where the previous installment left off, Malin Krigare, Valkyrie-in-Training, is on a mission to avenge her mother's death. Valkyries are meant to keep the balance in the supernatural world by eliminating immortals when their number comes up. Ye
Alyson Stone
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology, arc, fantasy
Book: From the Earth to the Shadows
Author: Amanda Hocking
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with this ARC.

This is probably the lowest rating I have even given an Amanda Hocking book. I loved the first book, but I did find this one to be lacking. I don’t know what it was, but there was a lot missing. I thought the plot was slow to build up with a rather rushed ending. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this world, but this o
From the Earth to the Shadows continues Malin’s journey in her quest to avenge her mother’s death. Only this time the stakes are a little higher as the Underworld is in a state of unrest, threatening the mortal world, and Malin has much more to lose. She and her ex have formed a tenuous truce, Asher has managed to burrow into her heart, and both are just part of the small group that Malin has grown to care for. Protecting the mortals is one side of the fight, protecting those around her is a who ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
The conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology. The first book I struggled with, so I was surprised to have been gifted a copy of the conclusion to review. I thought maybe after reading the first story that this one would have won me over a wee more. but unfortunately that didn't happen. It was too slow, I do NOT like love triangles, this trope is done, like we have to move on from this trope that literally just gets used so damn much, I have read so many ya book with triangles and then recent ...more
Marie -The Reading Otter

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Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
3.5 stars

I was very excited to get a chance to read this book. It's no secret that I'm a fan of Amanda Hocking's work. Plus, I had read book one in this series - Between the Blade and the Heart - earlier on in the year and I enjoyed it very much.

From the Earth to the Shadows contains the same lovable cast that were in book one. I appreciated the characters in this book as well, since even the ones that I didn't care for, I understood why I didn't care for them. Not all people in life are likable
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

2.5 stars ✨

Between the Blade and the Heart was not what I had been expecting, so I was really hoping I would like From the Earth to the Shadows better since I was already prepared for the setting and world. Unfortunately, some of the issues from the first book were not improved upon and the story continued to fall flat for me.

From the Earth to the Shadows picks up right where the first book ends. One of the
Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this novel. I very much enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was so hard to follow along with. It was uncaptivating and vastly boring, in my opinion.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking is Valkyrie #2. It continues the story of Malin, now on a mission to avenge her mother's murder. There have been consequences from the events we learned about in the first book, when her mother didn't return an immortal she was supposed to, and the world they live in is starting to come apart at the seams. Her boyfriend Asher getting pulled into the underworld and the growing revolution there is part of it. Malin and her other friends go on a quest ...more
Cassie C
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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From the Earth to the Shadows was an exciting finale in the Valkyrie duology! The story picks up right where the previous book leaves off, and we dive right into the story. Amanda Hocking has crafted yet another imaginative, wondrous story that sucks you right in. Her continued world-building was fantastic and the characters experience a lot of growth over the course of the story.

The stakes are much higher this time around for not only Malin, but t
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is book 2 in the Valkyrie duology and a continuation from Between the Blade and the Heart. Malin is tasked by Odin to return to the underworld to retrieve his sword in order to restore balance between humans and the immortals. She is also on a personal task to rescue Asher from the underworld from the immortals who are plotting to take over the world.

I really liked this book for
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: From The Earth To The Shadows
Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Mythological
Format: Ebook - NetGalley
Pages: 336
Rating: 4
Heat: 2

Thoughts: What an unexpected ending, not at all what I thought was going to happen. I knew the good would win but there were so many twists that I did not see coming. I’m bummed that it’s over, I was really enjoying the characters along with the world. It’s hard to call this fantasy since it takes place in Chicago but most everything else was v
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
My blog doesn’t give half stars so I’m rounding this up to 4.

I was so excited to receive this book for early review. I had read the first one and absolutely loved it! I had to know what happened with Malin and her gang. I wish I could say I was just as excited when I finished reading but I’m not.

I really don’t know what happened. I don’t know why this one fell short. I’m still sitting here wondering if maybe it was just me.

First let’s start with what I loved. I love reading about Mari and wha
Helin (bookishuniversee)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“We all must die, and we all die alone”- Between The Blade And The Heart, Amanda Hocking.

The duology is based about a f*cked future where immortals and mortals live among each other. In this world there are mortals know as Valkyrie which “return” immortals to the underworld in order to keep order and space on Earth. The novels follow Malin- a Valkyrie- and her adventure with her closest friends.

Amanda hocking is an auto buy author that I have been reading since when I first started reading. Oh
Apoorva Ranade
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Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you netgalley and st. Martins for giving me an e arc of this amazing book!

The first book was amazing to me and while the main character makes the same mistakes her mother made, she has to deal with the as ftermath and BOY WAS THERE A MESS TO CLEAN UP! I know a lot of people complain about the a amount of info being thrown at you but it is nothing compared to Outlander where it was literally like a historical text book. This is about VALKYRIES! WHO DOESN'T WANT TO READ ABOUT THEM?! Amanda h
Take Me Away To A Great Read
I was hoping for a good final book and this book just did not measure up for me!
Nathalie DeFelice
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am participating in the blog tour for the release of From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking, and have reviewed this book on my blog!

I really enjoyed this novel, I finished it in an afternoon, and I wasn't able to put it down, even during the slow parts. I was a little disappointed with the climax, but honestly, I was more interested in what the hell was going on with all of our characters.

The end of the world scenario was a good one, and the t
Feb 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways-won
Can't wait to start reading this series! I received my copy today! Thank you, St. Martins Press! Review to come... ...more
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AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list. Her zombie series

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“Come back to me," I told him fiercely.

He smiled at me then, subtly and a little crookedly, "Don't you know by now, Malin? Nothing in all of the heavens or underworld below can keep me from you.”
“Throughout history, the ruling class has gotten even better at enslaving you all," Gugalanna said. "They trick you into believing it's for your own good. They keep you safe, they promise. This is what you need, they guarantee. And now they've done such a wonderful job I doubt most of you even realize that you're caged.
"Those with all the power have always hidden away from those they oppress, and none are as far away or as powerful as those that hide in Vanaheimr, far removed from the mess that they've created." The Bull stopped speaking long enough to case a disparaging glare toward the sky, toward the legendary house of the Vanir gods and goddesses.
"It wasn't until I was trapped in the underworld that I began to see the earth for what it truly is: a cage," Gugalanna explained. "A place to hold you, to keep you busy, distracted. So you don't realize what they're doing to you and everything around you.”
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