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Freyja's Daughter (Wild Women #1)

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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 soldiers
Published May 22nd 2018 by City Owl Press
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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
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
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
Ivelisse Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
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!
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!
Caitlin O'Connor
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
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
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!
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This pretty much sets the bar for butt-kicking chicks that take the reins and set the bar for independent females. I mean she is strong, she is smart, and she is just amazing. Usually, women trying to find themselves are down in the dumps or have no backbone. The protagonist is so not like that. Faline is amazing. Even finding herself I admire her. Loved the folklore and plot as well. Feminism is prominent in this book. All in all a great read.
What if the evil ladies of mythology weren't the evil ones?

Why I started this book: I needed something fun and interesting to read at the gym this morning. A book that could hold my attention and let me forget were I was.

Why I finished it: Quick, fun and potentially more... we'll see with the next books. There are so very obvious threads that I want followed up on.
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
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Rachel Pudelek is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women's history and women's advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction, concentrating on birthing books rather than babies. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA'S DAUGHTER, book #1 in t ...more
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“They hadn’t anticipated that she’d be so close to the surface, excited from hunting skips, scratching to be released. When I blacked out, my huldra broke free.” 0 likes
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