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The Weight of a Soul

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  43 reviews
When Lena's younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should've lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Flux
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Elizabeth Tammi
Jan 09, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: uh-i-wrote-this

I'm very excited to share my second book with you! Norse mythology is dark, strange, and endlessly fascinating-- the chance to explore it through this story has been an immense privilege and responsibility. Most of my family is Scandinavian, and my great-grandfather moved to the United States from Sweden at just 19 years old. All this to say that I feel very fortunate and fulfilled to have learned more about the place my family came from, and the history and mythology behind t
Ashlee » Library In The Country
This cover is simply beautiful.
Madison Terwilliger ♥
*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book wrecked me. This story was so beautifully written and entwined with emotion. When I finished the last page, I let my kindle fall into my lap and I stared at the ceiling in awe for several minutes. I was truly wrecked and also, heartbroken.

I struggled with the fact that this entire book was about bringing Lena's sister, Fressa, back from the afterlife. Halfway through the book, my min
Edna L. (thebooknymph)
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
My bestie wrote another book! Can’t wait to read it <3 I’m immensely proud
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

The Weight of a Soul totally CRUSHED me. I went in mainly for the Viking life but left amazed with this book and with what happens with Lena and Fressa. There's not only the huge mystery surrounding Fressa’s death but also hints towards Ragnarok, which is only supposed to be a legend.

Above everything in the book, I thought the relationship between the two sisters was the best part of it. Following the death of her younger sister Fressa, olde
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie to you half of these characters I pictured as the Marvel cast.

“Weight of a Soul” finds Lena drowning in grief following the seemingly random death of her younger sister and as the rules of her clan pushes her towards marriage and the responsibilities of a chiefs wife, she sets off to plead with the God of Death to bring her sister back, even if the price is more than she may be willing to pay.

I really loved the concept of this book and just how far someone would go for som
Brenna Clark
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC of this book filled to the brim with lore and heart! I love a novel that takes mythology and makes it their own, and that’s exactly what Elizabeth has done here. We see familiar faces like Hela and hear names we know by heart like Loki and Odin, but it’s in a way you’ve never seen them before.

We follow Lena, the daughter of a chief of a Viking settlement. They are awaiting her father’s return from a raid to ask his permission for her sister, Fressa, to
Rating: 3.75

Character and plot development was good. It was very slow at the start, but the climax and ending really pick up the pace and wrap the book up together nicely.

I loved Lena, and I was so sad at her ending. I think she deserved more; the poor girl had been through hell and back for her sister.

My one, and biggest gripe about the story were the GODS. I am not familiar with Norse legends, and I feel a good backstory and explanation of the gods would have been very nice. We get a few st
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
Received an arc from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Heather Roth
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Savannah Worman
Aug 13, 2019 is currently reading it
How far would you go to save your sister? Would you kill a stranger? A friend? In Tammi’s novel The Weight Of A Soul Fressa is faced with those questions when her sister mysteriously winds up dead in the forest by her village. Set in the times of vikings we are thrown into a plot that is ever more complicated due to the mysterious Norse gods that Fressa meets along her journey.

Fressa is given the near impossible task to find a soul that weighs the same as her sister’s so that Hela can retrieve h
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
(I got the uncorrected version from NetGalley for a honest review.)

Takes quite a while to pick up pace. Even after the mythological bits have officially started, the book drags on forward. If I were to list the things that actually happen to make the plot move forward, it would be a discouragingly short list; too much of the book is about describing the protagonist's emotional state - grief and dread, basically - so in the end it's just repetitive. Some excerpts: (spoiler free)

- "Lena wondered i
Sarah M
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This review will be published on my Goodreads on August 2nd 2019.

ARC provided by Flux, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The Weight of the Soul by Elizabeth Tammi is a story about love between sisters - (Magda)Lena and Fressa. They are part of a Viking society and are daughters of the chief of the clan, who during the book goes back and forth between travelling (aka raiding) and being your typical brawl-y father figure. Their mother, Val, is present but is not given much of a cha
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
**Will be posted to my blog on November 3, 2019 - nearer to publication date**

Thank you to Flux and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eArc.

This was an interesting read and what kept me reading was watching Lena deal with the grief of losing her sister. But as the story went on and Lena makes a deal with the goddess of death to bring her sister back, I thought Lena was at some points, truly losing it.

Making that deal made her do some heinous things and al
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-8august-tbr
I requested this because of the premise that Hela is going to make an appearence. Because you know, you gotta have an interesting time making deals with the Norse goddess of the dead!
Happy to say that we even got some more of the gods (which I was not-so-secretly hoping for)!

Lena is the oldest daughter of Fredrik, the chief of the village and head of his clan. She has two best friends in the world: her younger sister Fressa and Amal, the boy who came to live in the village from a foreign land. L
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to Flux and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book had everything I could have ever asked for - Norse mythology, drama and tragedy and a female lead that is relatable and complicated.

I was sold on the blurb, but I didn’t realise just how much I would love this book. When you first meet Lena, Amal and Fressa, you are sucked into their friendship and their love for each other. They are a trio that can’t be broken apart till they are. As you can ima
Aug 07, 2019 added it
When Magdalena finds her younger sister Fressa dead, her world is shattered. Losing herself within the madness of grief, the only thoughts she has are of her sister and returning her to Midgard at any cost. Finding herself in Helheim, she seeks to make a deadly deal with Hela to return Fressa. Night has fallen in the middle of summer, and Lena knows that only Fressa can fix it. But the weight of a new soul is needed, and Lena must provide it. Now, Lena must decide if freeing Fressa from Valhalla ...more
Caitie Deranek
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Weight of a Soul presents an interesting moral question - what would you do to bring your sister and best friend back to life? Kill a stranger? What if that murderous goal turns closer to home? How do you measure the weight of your loss against the loss of others you love?

Lena is devastated when her sister, Fressa, is taken from her. A warrior of great skill, Fressa is found dead with no visible illness or wound. Lena believes there is more there than meets the eye and demands the opportunit
Alexandra Nae
I received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Flux!

Well, this was a fun read! The Weight of a Soul has a mix of mythology, family, and the sense of doing right or wrong. Definitely enjoyed this one, and I would have finished it way sooner if I didn't have a busy week!

The writing
I adored the writing style of the author. It was emotional and philosophical for me as it touches the topic of family—specifically a sister's love and estranged family
Kylee Jackson
Received from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I just... can't, dudes. I usually try to read at least a quarter of a book before I DNF, especially when there's nothing outright objectionable about a book, but I just can't with this one. The idea of finishing it is something I actually dread. I can't keep reading.

I actually do like Tammi's writing, and I enjoyed OUTRUN THE WIND for the most part. This just didn't hit home for me. It's incredibly slow and boring, but beyond that, it'
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
**Thank you to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

3/5 stars due to missing passages.

Unfortunately I think my e-ARC was missing quite a few pages, as it often jumped to the next chapter in the middle of a sentence, which also meant I missed crucial parts of the story. I loved what I was able to read enough to try and keep going, but I ended up missing large chunks of the plot that made it impossible to continue.

From what I w
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Netgalley Book Review! Thank you @netgalley and @fluxbooks for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
The Weight of a Soul
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
While on vacation I finished The Weight of a Soul. I really enjoyed this book 👍.
Lena's younger sister, Fressa, is found mysteriously dead in the middle of a forest. She decides to strike a deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, to bring her sister back. While on a journey to bring back her sister, Lena discovers that there are many other secre
Angelique Nish
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wow. This book really surprised me. In the best possible way. I came into it with no expectations but I ended loving most every part.

The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi is about a girl named Lena who wants nothing more than to bring her sister back no matter the cost, even if it means hurting others to do so. In this fast-paced semi-fantasy novel based greatly on Norse mythology, comes a heart-wrenching story of grief,
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-s
I enjoyed reading The Weight of the Soul by Elizabeth Tammi very much. From the description, I thought I would like it but did not realize just how much. The thing that struck me was the relationship of Lena and Fressa. While we did not get a lot of time with both sisters and most of our knowledge of their relationship is through Lena, we can sense the strong bond between them. The girls are complete opposites in nearly everything and it is made clear that Fressa seems to be just about everyone' ...more
Jenna R
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I was provided with an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Elizabeth Tammi's sophomore novel, The Weight of a Soul, follows Lena and her clan in the Viking age of Scandinavia. Of course, the Norse gods have their own plans, and Lena and her sister, Fressa, have roles to play.

It seems to be a somewhat recent theme in YA novels to go with a Viking sort of setting, and I am absolutely here for it. Tammi comes across as respec
Michelle Fohlin
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
First of all, the cover of this book really drew me in--it's just lovely. I also love the premise of this book: Lena's sister dies under mysterious circumstances and she strikes a deal with Hela, goddess of the underworld, to get her back. I'm very much a fan of the show Vikings, and I was eager to get into a book based on Norse mythology.

I really wanted to like this one, really I did.

However, I just can't get into this one (I'm finally going to DNF this at a little under 60% finished). The writ
Morgan Weis
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of The Weight of a Soul a few weeks ago, and it has taken me just as long to figure out how I feel now that I have finished.

On the one hand, I love Norse mythology, and this was a nice dip into a few Norse gods, and I will acknowledge that a relationship between sisters is one heck of a bond. The Scandinavian stoicism felt accurate and on full display in the community’s response to the events surrounding the events after Fressa’s death. There were moments I cursed and crie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
*I was given this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
The Weight of a Soul had a lot of good things going for it. I loved the premise of this book, a girl losing her sister and going to the ends of the Earth to bring her back by making deals with gods, all with a Norse/Viking backdrop. I loved the focus on family dynamics versus a typical romantic love story.
The last 25% of the book had me hooked, with all the consequences, good and bad, of our the MC Lena's actions through
Lucy Gardiner
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The weight of a soul follows our main character Lena, her sister Fressa and Amal who her sister intends to marry. They are vikings, Lena & Fressa’s father has just returned from raiding places overseas.

Fressa is killed under suspicious circumstances so Lena travels to the underworld to make a deal with a Goddess to try to get her back.
I love Norse mythology, after reading Norse Gods by Gaimain I always enjoy a book with this included.

I didn’t mind Lena as a main character, my issue was th
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Elizabeth Tammi was born in California and grew up in Florida, but is currently double-majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism as an undergraduate at Mercer University in Georgia. When she’s not writing, you can probably find Elizabeth at rehearsal for one of her vocal ensembles, or at work for her university’s newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated ...more