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The Weight of a Soul

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  184 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
Published December 3rd 2019 by Flux
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

I love everything that has a whiff of anything mythological, so this book should have been right up my alley. Sadly, there wasn't much else besides the mythology that got my motor running, so to speak. Still, I was fairly entertained but not ecstatic.


Mythology: Like I said, throw a little mythology into the mix and I am sure to pick up your book. Nordic mythology is, for obvious reasons (I am a Dane), a personal
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
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really really wanted to like this more than I did. Maybe it's because I sort of forced myself to keep reading it when I was doing nothing else with my life but I just kept going in and out of actually liking The Weight of a Soul That doesn't mean I'm going to give up on this book because I really do like anything that has to deal with mythology and Vikings.. so I will definitely have to dive into it again but more around a
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Flux and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

The Weight of a Soul is a historical and mythological viking story. It focuses on the daughter of the chief of a Viking clan. She loses her sister and tries hard to find her back.

That premise is one you can do a lot with. However at the end of the book I would say that the book was boring. Our main character has to find a soul that is as heavy as her sister to get her
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Okay, I loved that this is a Viking book and features Norse gods and goddesses! There aren't enough of these books around so I'm always happy to read them. This started out strong, fast pacing and lots of questions about what's happening. I liked the relationship between Lena and Fressa and that Lena would do anything to help her sister. As I got closer to the ending, I thought there must be a second book because there's no way all this will resolve. Well, I was (mostly) wrong. Things wrapped up ...more
Ashlee » Library In The Country
This cover is simply beautiful.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After having a debut based in Greek mythology, Tammi turned her focus to Norse mythology here. Mythology of any kind is an auto-read for me, though I will admit I was a bit underwhelmed.

This book is about sisters Lena and Fressa, who are daughters of their village's chief, and Amal, who is Fressa's lover and (hopefully) future husband. The book picks up with the arrival of the girls' father from
Katya de Becerra
Reading this book was like being caught inside a devastating, wistful, beautiful dream. I could feel it all so vividly: Lena's raw grief and despair, the bone-chilling coldness of her world, and the gathering darkness heralding the approaching doom. Offering a fascinating new take on Norse mythology, The Weight of a Soul is about what happens when gods meddle in mortals affairs and how sisterly love and devotion can challenge the will of the cruel gods and resist fate. Amazing and ...more
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
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death of a family member, grief, arranged marriage, murder, and deception

I wasn't entirely sure what I would get from this book when I went into it. By no means is it bad, it's just that not a lot happened and I was hoping for more.

The book follows Lena. She's the older sister of Fressa. Her father is the chief of their clan and he's finally coming back to them after an expedition. Fressa is secretly engaged to Amal with
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 Soulhas 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
Kim Chance
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Formal review to come but OH MY GOSH, this book was BREATH-TAKING! I loved it!
Kira Simion
Oct 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Ultimately I felt like this book just wasn't really for me. It likely has its audience, but I had trouble getting into it. I think my biggest issue was the characters. I didn't really feel anything for Lena most of the time. She didn't come alive much as a character for me and when she made some very drastic decisions, they often felt unjustified. I also felt like the plot meandered too much in the middle then just kind of ended within a few chapters. Further, the crux of the novel, Lena's ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sky in the Deep
I received an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Mixed feelings on this one, while the story was written well the plot itself was not as action packed as I had expected. Based on the blurb this sounds like a dark story about a girl who will do whatever it takes to get her sister back. This may be true, but the story spends most of it's time with the main character Lena crying over her arranged marriage to her childhood best friend and dead sister's lover Amal.
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 tbr-arc
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Savannah Porter
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was just...weird. The storyline, the theme, the characters, the ending...just unnatural, forced, and strange. It didn't seem like a Viking world at all, and the characters seemed too orchestrated to serve the very strange plot. Maybe I missed something? And also...the ending had way too many loose ends. I like endings with loose ends. But this one had way too many, which led to confusion and a lack of emotion over the characters and their lives. Would not recommend.

I received this book from
Veronica ( moon & coffee. )
This review can also be found on my blog.

C-/D+ | While the premise was good and interesting, the execution was unfortunately mediocre at best. The story drags on and on. The characters are boring. Although grief and denial are explored here, it was difficult to feel anything because things felt dry, flat, and stale. This book might be called The Weight of a Soul, but there’s little weight or soul in this book.

Part of the reason why I requested this book on NetGallery and got excited when I was
This review is also posted on my blog

Gorgeous cover, right? The description on NetGalley also grabbed my attention – young sisters in a Viking clan, grief and mourning, Norse gods and maybe even Ragnarök? Yes, please! I was thrilled to be approved for a free ARC of this book. Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me.

The blurb sounds very promising: when Lena’s sister, Fressa, is found dead, the whole Viking clan mourns, but Lena can’t move on. She needs to know how and why her sister died, and
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
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
I don't know what I've expected of this book, to be honest. I read the synopsys back in July or smth and received an ARC, and then promptly ignored it for five months.

What I got was a gripping novel about Viking sisters, one of which (the sword wielding one) has been found dead by her sister (the healer one). And Lena (the healer one) just goes nope and does everything humanly possible to get her sister back.
And let me tell you, I was invested! Lena was such a strong character that was willing
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
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
Marta Cox
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm this is a hard book to review because I just didn’t connect with the characters. I did like that the author chose to give us Vikings because Norse mythology is not used often enough in books in my opinion . The overall plot of the story sees Lena desperate to release her younger sister from Valhalla but you just know that Odin would need a price to be paid so she instead seeks help from Hela the daughter of Loki. The price is a soul that’s equivalent to that of her sister Fressa which ...more
Marie -The Reading Otter
I received this book from NetGalley for reveiw.

I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, it was kind of boring.

I didn't really feel a connection to any of the characters. I wasn't able to care about Fressa's death the way I was supposed to because she dies so early on in the book that I didn't really have much time to connect with the character for her death to matter to me as a reader, and with the book told in third person all the emotion behind the loss was a little
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fascinating book that starts off very slowly.

I really loved Lena as a character and her strength.

I really how there's a sequel!
Amanda Harlowe
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert, it's AMAZING!
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,
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received an advanced copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book, but overall (for me) it was an average read.

In the beginning you learn about the characters and what their relationships are and I liked what was going on, but was not that attached to the characters.
Later on, at around 50% I even thought about DNF'ing it, as I felt like their was not much happening and I was kinda bored. My interests in the ending kept me going.
And I have to say that the ending was
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
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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 work for her university’s newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated beverages, and mythology. You can find ...more