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The Last Valkyrie

(The Last Valkyrie #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.
When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s
Published August 3rd 2018
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Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love Karina Espinosa's writing, her Mackenzie Grey series is phenomenal but in The Last Valkyrie she brings us something different, some more. I really loved the characters and can't wait to see more from them. First let me just say Raven is a total bad a$$, I love her character. She's hilarious but you can see she has a lot of hurt hiding and she doesnt really know how to handle it. So much happens in The Last Valkyrie that you can't help but to turn each page and wanting to know more, ...more
Overall, I did enjoy this book but there are some rough spots, stilted characters, and unsatisfying plot points.

There is a lot to work with here, the full pantheon of Norse mythology, banshees, vampires, and werewolves, drug lords and corrupt cops. I'm interested in seeing how the rest of the series progresses and hoping that the characters will become more fleshed out and deeper.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading the McKenzie grey series and meeting raven briefly and thinking I’d move to find out more about this character and finding out that series about her was going to be written!!

I was beyond excited, this book had me hooked from the first page. I feel in love with the characters even Fen, can’t wait to see how Raven and her friends evolve. I would put my favourite part of the book but there’s to many parts to choose from and it would spoil the book for others.
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Angela *Whiskey Angel Life Blog*
I was provided an ARC of The Last Valkyrie from Lady Amber's PR for my honest thoughts.
This is was my very first read from Karina Espinosa and it has left me wondering, "Where the hell have you been all my life!" She's a reader's dream UF writer.
The Last Valkyrie is a fast paced, well plotted read. The female lead, Raven, is fierce, strong and independent. The book is full of twists and turns that made it very hard for me to put it down. Add in some Norse Mythology and the foreshadowing of a l ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

One awesome tough butt kicking chick who is also vulnerable and a bit of a hot mess; but buried deep down under all that, and slowly working itself to the surface is a kind heart seeking a second chance to be other than that which she was made to be.

Absolutely entertaining, sexy, funny, fast paced and love love love the mythology. I'm so ready for book two and more Fenrir please. Gotta love the bad boy.
L.P. Hidalgo
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Valkyrie by Karina Espinosa is a great tale where the use of Norse mythology isn't the foundation of the story but the evolution of one lone Valkyrie (Raven) who sought to go against the masses and fight for the underdog—humanity. Unfortunately, humanity's appeal after the centuries never seem to be redeemable, and this Last Valkyrie spends her immortality being bitter and angry and numbing her disappointment.
Reader Warning: This story isn't for those looking for the automatic hero, bu
Diane Lynch
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Karina Espinosa’s THE LAST VALKYRIE is a work of creative genius. Raven Romero is the last Valkyrie on Midgard (Earth). Someone who knows what she is, is trying to frame her for a murder. This Urban Fantasy takes place in Portland, Oregon.

THE LAST VALKYRIE is an exciting and original read. The story is full of action and mystery. I enjoy contemporary books that are based on mythology. Karina Espinosa does a great job melding the old and the new.

I like the characters. Raven is far from perfect.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
She was once a warrior that was destined to be well known. She was her father’s favorite and was hand picked to train with the top Valkyrie to learn all that she needed to learn to be a great warrior. Her loyalty to her father and her position as a top Valkyrie made her decide to stay back when all of her sisters left the humans to fend for themselves, and closed the doors to Valhalla. Now, centuries later she is being framed for murders she did not commit. She’s no longer the powerful warrior s ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just so you know I am a huge fan of Karina Espinosa.

I am giving you full disclosure here!

I have been lucky to read and review her Mackenzie Grey series and it was all I could have ever dreamed of. If you are not familiar with it, then I strongly suggest you have a read because it is fantastic! I am adding the link here for the 4 book series to have a quick look should you be interested.

Now Karina has a new series and a brand shiny new leading lady. I need to introduce you to my new friend Raven,
Marlou (life_of_a_bookdragon)
This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


This book wasn't necessarily good, but it was good enough to keep reading. It's short and uncomplicated so you get through it quite easily.

Writing style: It was quite crappy in the beginning but got much better towards the end.

Characters: Fun but flat, they could have had any name, any personality and the story wouldn't change one bit.

Story: The idea of the story is interesting enough, but not that well build u
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A superbly crafted urban fantasy

This is a new to me author, but I've read a couple of great fantasies based off Norse mythology recently, so when I saw the blurb for this, I jumped on it. My understanding is this new series is related to the author's Mackenzie Grey series, but I never got the feeling I might be missing some background as I sometimes do with a spinoff.

The story started off with a film noir kind of vibe that I enjoyed: a dark, seedy bar and a cynical, world-weary Raven (who has b
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was quite different from the last book I read by Karina but in the best of ways. There's subtle texturing of educational mythos mixed with puns, pills and powerful storytelling.

Raven Romero, not her real name and I loved the reference made in her choice, chose to await her father Odin on Earth when the rest of the Valkyries chose to seal the entry to Valhalla.

I loved that the action starts fast. The bodies start piling and so do the clues. I gotta admit I thought Fen would be the villain, e
Heather Russell
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love Norse Mythology then Karina Espinosa’s The Last Valkyrie is for you!
A new twist to an old story that makes it really hard to put down until the last page! Raven will probably remind you a bit of Jessica Jones, a head strong kick butt and take numbers kind of girl who is hurting, alone and with some trust issues! Raven is a Valkyrie who has no way to go back home but when Raven is accused of murder and taken into custody she has really one choice…escape and find the real killer who
Jessica Belmont
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome first book in an urban fantasy series! It had everything you’d expect and want in this kind of novel. This is my first read of Karina Espinosa’s work, and it won’t be my last.

Raven, our main character is a total bad ass. I just want to be her. She’s everything a lead should be – strong, independent, witty, and a little broken too. Well rounded, well developed and well written. I give a lot of credit to Karina Espinosa’s writing- she truly made one hell of a main character.

The sto
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Valkyrie is a dark and gritty Urban Fantasy seeped in Norse Mythology. Now if all you know about Norse Mythology is that Thor wields a hammer and Loki is a major mischief maker, then I’m sorry to disappoint. Neither Thor or Loki are in this book (except by name) - which I’m actually glad for as Thor is one of my least favourite gods from the original myths. However, we do get a plethora of awesome supernatural and mythological creatures, both from Norse and not.

Raven has given up on her
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When I first read the snippet of Raven from the Mackenzie Grey series, I didn't really like her character.... Then when Karina Espinosa announced "The Last Valkyrie", I was skeptical.... I was so incredibly wrong!


She is so flawed and raw that you can't help sympathising with her.... She has lived for a long time, yet in some ways she behaves quite naive and gullible.....

Who is the enemy? The big question in this book..... I'm actually in love with all these char
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, I want to thank Lady Amber for providing me with an ARC of The Last Valkyrie by Karina Espinosa, for an honest review. The last Valkyrie has become one of my new favorite urban fantasy books. This was an amazing first book to a new series, it is action pack, dark and gritty, and I just can’t get enough. Looking forward to reading more from Karina Espinosa.

Raven us such a strong and clever character fighting with her inner demons and you just can’t help but love her. I am not very kno
Jessica Moro
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Valkyrie books and this one is rife with well researched lore. Karina takes familiar characters in Norse mythology and gives them her own kind of spin. There’s plenty of action and suspense as Raven is thrust back into a world she thought she had been banned from. Raven is a loner who reluctantly ends up saving a couple of humans from demises and also ends up gaining some new friends. It’s the first in a series so there’s a lot of story that is set up for, hopefully, many more books to co ...more
Rebecca Veight
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Raven immediately. She is bad ass, with a laugh out loud, often sarcastic sense of humor. Stubborn and presenting her own moral code, in spite of herself. Her life is sex, drugs and alcohol until she is accused of murder. This forces her to deal with being a Valkyrie again, and the supernatural in general.

I really enjoyed the flashback chapters showing Raven as a Valkyrie, their intensity making you wonder even more what had happened to make her the last one of her kind.

Tarah Didley
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story.

Raven is such a strong, sarcastic, smarty pants girl that makes you want to just slap her crazy.

I loved how it kept you glued into the book because you want to know why they keep framing her, and why she cannot get back to where she really wants to be.

Fen is a tricky man that I wanted to slap towards the end and I’m curious as to what his sister will do now.

Charlie and Will are in for a ride that will make you drink like crazy.

This is going to be a ride that I ca
Sara Drew
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raven Romero is not your typical hero. She’s not even your typical antihero. She seeks redemption, while still trying to stave off her humanity, and i can not wait to see where she goes from here. I adore the stragglers she picks up along the way, and the unexpected bonds she forms. She’s self destructive, self loathing, and self involved, with so much potential to redeem herself with. There was also clearly an awesome editing team on this novel!
Linda Dolven
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

This was an intriguing story and the characters were interesting. Our heroine, Raven, is seriously flawed though. But that gives her room to grow. I want to smack her head every time she grabs for a bottle or her pez dispenser. She could be super cool, but her Valkyrie training has made her so aloof and cold. I hope her compassion grows in the upcoming books, which I will definitely be reading.
Taltos Hicks
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Storytelling!

In depth story with so many twists and turns, it kept me on my feet! Love the twists with making some mythology characters bad guys when they're traditionally good! Really enjoyed the depth and breath of the world, feels very Shadowrun meets World of Darkness with The old Gods mixed in.
Morgan Davis
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I probably should've seen that coming, but it was hidden in plain sight. My only "issue" with the book is what I thought was an important detail in these beginning didn't turn out to be as important as I thought because Raven completely ignored/forgot about it. This didn't detract from my overall love of the book, at all, and I'm off to go find the next one in the series 💜
Louise A
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting twist in mythology

Even though I had some reservations at the start of the book - it was a little slow, I continued reading. The story became more intriguing and the twists more entertaining. I ended up enjoying the premise to the point of going on to the next book in the series.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
An entertaining thrill ride! I loved the story and the characters especially Fen! I hope we see more of him later on I’m rooting for Raven and him ;)
Full of mythology and suspense the story was hard to put down and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Veronica Saldivar
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love Norse mythology you will absolutely love this book. It’s the perfect combination and difference. The lead character was captivating and intriguing. Highly recommend the book. Can’t wait for book #2.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Ravens character and loving the storyline so far couldnt put the book down. Although in some parts of her inner dialogue she was similar to Karina's, Mackenzie Grey (which i loved), with the self loathing. Can't wait for the next installment. ...more
Jan Staniec
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I read several genres, but secretly adore urban fantasy! First time reading this author but not the last. The story just seemed to flow and the characters are really well written. If you want a light read that will keep you turning pages, this is for you!
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