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Freyja's Daughter

(Wild Women #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Meet Faline. Bounty-Hunter. Huldra. Wild Woman.

Well behaved women seldom make history, but they still end up as the monsters of folklore.

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy sol

Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by City Owl Press
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Rachel Pudelek No, it's the first in the Wild Women series. The second book, Lilith's Children, comes out Winter of 2018, and the third book, Ishtar's Legacy release…moreNo, it's the first in the Wild Women series. The second book, Lilith's Children, comes out Winter of 2018, and the third book, Ishtar's Legacy releases in 2019. (less)
Rachel Pudelek Book two, Lilith's Children, will release January of 2019 and book three, Ishtar's Legacy, will release April of 2019. This will complete Faline's sto…moreBook two, Lilith's Children, will release January of 2019 and book three, Ishtar's Legacy, will release April of 2019. This will complete Faline's story, but there's talk of more books in the Wild Women world, possibly following other characters. I'd love to hear from my readers, which characters they want to read more about. (less)
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Samantha Heuwagen
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a kick ass heroine surrounded by other strong, smart, and independent females? Look no further. Pudelek bursts onto the scene with a gripping and imaginative story for readers looking for a bit of themselves represented in fantasy.
Follow the protagonist through her self discovery as she finds her place in the world and beyond. A must read for anyone sick and tired of reading the same stories about “strong” women. Trust me, you’re getting that and then some.
Wendy Higgins
Strong writing. Strong characters. Strong plot. I think this is the first of many amazing books to come from this author! And if you like kickass female heroines, ADD THIS RIGHT NOW.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel is a master at creating a world to escape into. Her characters are living and breathing and you can feel like you are right there with them.

Freyja’s Daughter did not disappoint me. I was sucked in from the very beginning and had a hard time setting the book down. The story line is amazing and I love that this book is different from anything else I have ever read. I am in love with all of the fierce Wild Women in this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next thing Rachel Pudelek wr
I received an ARC copy of this book from LibraryThing

This started out a little shaky for me - I was worried that I had been introduced to another heroine who was just going to run around obsessing over hot guys for the whole book - but it picked up and took a definite turn fairly quickly and I ended up loving it by the end [even the romance subplot, which is high praise coming from me]. I think it was a really cool idea to take all the mythological creatures that are generally only female and ti
Amy Patrick
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute breath of fresh air! It can be hard to find a new concept in urban fantasy, but Rachel Pudelek has done it. The concept is fresh, the plot inventive, and the characters are so interesting. I cared about the main character Faline from page one, and I loved the connection between the different groups of Wild Women as well as learning why they'd become alienated from each other over the years. I was also really into the forbidden, opposites-attract romance storyline. Excell ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting book!

FREYJA'S DAUGHTER takes the battle of the sexes and gives it a spin that's both literal and folkloric in nature, introducing us to a world where mythical creatures known as the Wild Women have been forced to hide away from human society by the Hunters, their masculine nemeses. Our heroine is Faline, a huldra whose long-suppressed powers start bursting out after she's manipulated into a dangerous situation. Things escalate quickly from there, as the kidnapping of Faline's si
Faline, bounty-hunter, Huldra, a Wild Woman. Faline enjoys her job of catching bail jumpers and bringing them back in so that they can face the courts. She and her fellow Huldra are tree women. But they are mandated to keep their abilities under control and never used. If she uses her abilities the Hunters, holy soldiers deemed the "protectors" of them, will not hesitate to bring her in and punish her. Everything about her and her fellow Huldra is controlled and monitored by the Hunters. Faline ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I CPed this book and am friends with the author.

I love UF, but every once in a while I need a break from the tall, dark, handsome that eats half the novel even though it's not supposed to be a paranormal romance. This is the perfect cup of fresh water. This is about the women, who they are and what they can accomplish. And sometimes we need books like this to regain a little perspective.
Kim Imas
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that tell stories about women, and that give us women characters who are true-to-life. And Rachel Pudelek gives us all that and more: she's also infused her book with the restlessness, rage, and call-to-action we've been witnessing among women here and abroad in the last couple years. And she shows us just how far back in history those feelings really go... I'm so excited to follow this series, and this author! ...more
Cassie Walker
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book!! I loved the storyline, the lore, and the characters. I can’t wait for the next in the series to come out!
Caitlin Farley
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faline Frey is a bounty hunter and a huldra. Her kind, as well as the succubi, rusalki, mermaids, and harpies are known as Wild Women, mythological beings that live among us under the rule of their self-proclaimed guardians—the Hunters. This is how it has been for centuries, since the time the Hunters saved the Wild Women from destroying themselves through their bitter rivalries. When Faline’s sister, Shawna, is abducted, Faline is certain it’s the work of the succubi. The Hunters refuse to help ...more
Scarolet Ellis
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I have ever read a story by Rachel Pudelek. Oh boy am I glad I read this one I thought I read all their was about the different super naturals. this is the first time I ever heard of a huldra. This was awesome I loved reading the story from cover to cover. I can not wait to see if there is a book 2 coming out.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She never does what people expect as she never uses her powers as she prefers her files and handcuffs. She goes for a date hoping to get lucky but she wasnt. Her fellow wild women were missing she has to ask for. Can she save them all? Will they use their magic? Maybe

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Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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If you love book that uplift women, and have women working together to fight the patriarchy, you're going to love this book. If you love mythology and folklore, you're going to love this book. If you love both of those things, you're REALLY going to love this book! ...more
Sarah Marshall Malluck

This is a marvelous book. There were points that I literally had chills running up and down my spine. This is a memorable fantasy adventure story that I can't wait to read the next installment.
Nadea Croix
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this page gripping read, the storyline was well worth the time with obstacles, steamy scenarios and hiden secrets as it unfolds with issues to sort
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like strong female characters and mythology, I highly recommend this book! The author brings a fresh take on mythical creatures like succubi and huldra, packed into a fun adventure. It’s a wild ride!
Rebekkah Brainerd
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come - I HIGHLY enjoyed this!!
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first time reading anything by Ms Pudelek. I was drawn in by the blurb and really enjoyed the book.
Hester Fox
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into urban fantasy and now I'm totally hooked. Loved the strong women, the mythology, and the fast-paced plot. Am looking forward to a sequel :) ...more
Ivelisse Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors-18
I don't normally read fantasy, but the book sounded fun, and it sure was! I am only mad that I have to wait to read the rest of the series. Like a good show, you just want to binge all at once. Besides the entertaining story, it was imbued with so much feminism that I really appreciated that. The cast of characters were also multi-ethnic and of different sexual orientations. This all created a more inclusive world, which allows a multitude of readers to enter it and be represented. I loved the p ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this action packed, strong women story. I'm always up for stories with mythology and I especially liked the twist this one provided with myths being altered by men to villainize the Wild Women. History is written by the winners. The divisiveness between the different factions of Wild Women and how Faline tries to bring them together stuck with me because I always say women need to work on building each other up instead of tearing each other down. This book shows strength in unity of wo ...more
Neg Dardashti
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical Fantasy. It's that and so much more. It has folkloric figures, wound together with a kick-ass heroine and a tribe of fabulous magical women, that all work together toward a common goal. I fell in love with the author's storytelling abilities as she successfully pulled me in from the very first scene, and kept me glued to the pages until the last moment. Pudelek surpasses the bar on her debut novel! I can't wait for the next book in the series! ...more
Lorella Piras
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I enjoyed that this story was a healthy mix of romance and plot. While the romance in this is integral to the progression of the story itself, it is not overbearing

This story has a full cast of unique characters, but I especially found myself loving Faline .and of course, Marcus.
I can't wait to find out what happens next.
I will definitely be recommending this series to everyone I know.

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May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Moly this girl is a bada$$!!!! I really enjoyed this story, it does have a romantic aspect but really its more of an urban fantasy than anything, the romantic relationship doesn't take center stage.

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Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-read, adult
Absolutely lovely!
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

I can't wait for the next book. Not much more to say than that. I love it. If you haven't read it, you need to
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Rachel Pudelek’s debut novel, Freyja’s Daughter, is based on an interesting premise: groups of supernatural women have been forced into submission. A group of men called Hunters control these women, terming their care as "protecton" them but more truthfully, keeping the women “tame". These women are subjected to punishments if they don't adhere to monthly and random check-ins and follow the Hunters' rules. The women are forced to suppress their abilities.Any use of their powers is revealed on th ...more
Dylann Crush
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed my escape into the land of the Wild Women. It was a quick, entertaining read that kept my interest all the way through. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series. ...more
Debbie Eyre
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story of feminine empowering paranormal fantasy with all the elements of mythology and folklore! With a kick ass female mc bounty hunter and a fast paced exciting storyline all in an amazing world built by the author, you will get sucked in and not want to leave!
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