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Steel Hand, Cold Heart

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Odyssey meets The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this Viking version of the self-exploratory road trip.

On the island of Helvar, women rule. Sixteen-year-old Carina has trained for most of her life to belong to the coveted Daughters of Hel, the steel-handed Viking warriors who provide souls to the Death Goddess in exchange for the prosperity of their island.
ebook, 229 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Here's a video of me sharing the inspiration behind Steel Hand, Cold Heart and a short reading!


I am so excited to share Steel Hand, Cold Heart with you!! Carina is a character very near and dear to my heart. She was featured in the third novel I wrote with a slightly different name. I decided to shelve that book for various reasons, but I could never forget my love for the girl with the steel hand.

Six-years-later, enter Carina, out-of-
Ninosy  (Wonder Woman)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Awesome stars

I dont know how I got to this book but I guess I'm lucky...

I simply loved it .. It is an easy read, non complicated, not too boring and I did not skip any page in between..
The characters were amazing I especially liked Mateo he is a cinnamon roll...I loved this author & I'd Iike to read more of her books..
I should definetly recc. it to my friends.. So whoever reads this review plzzz give this book a try...
Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

Gustaf the brave had fought and bled,
Then found himself cold and dead.
He pleaded with the Goddess Hel,
That if She would only make him well,
He would kill ten men that night,
And send them to Her without a fight.
She agreed and took him back,
To his body bent and black.
When his spirit stepped inside,
Chloë Jans
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am here for Viking YA! In this story, we follow Carina the Unstoppable as she is kidnapped by three boys (who I will be talking about later). Carina is a Daughter of Hel and actually has a steel hand. She always had to work harder and do better to fit in with the other Daughters, because she is not from the Island and is discriminated against. She has to prove her worth again and again. Then, on her first raid, she couldn't kill a priestess while she was supposed to. She later gets kidnapped a ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. Misfit Carina is raised by the very women that murdered her village and her father, and struggles to prove herself worthy to a people who see everyone else as lesser than their own.

With steel-handed warriors (very!) loosely based on Viking raiders, and a few flashbacks to Carina’s training, it took me a couple chapters to get into this book. Afterwards, however, I was drawn in and keen to read more. Carina is far from perfect, and despite her arrogance, idiocy, pride,
Harlan Dechamps
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy of Menard’s Steel Hand, Cold Heart, and I’m so glad that I started reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it, and had a difficult time setting it down and walking away to tend to life. I love young adult, and particularly fantasy, so this book was the perfect read for me.

The book takes place in a seemingly bygone era, dealing with a fictional clan of viking-type female warriors who, as a rite of passage, meld a metal hand over their own flesh
Jennifer Perkins
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steel Hand, Cold Heart defies the belief there is nothing new under the sun. An invigorating story, with a fresh take on Norse Mythology, creates a young adult novel fantasy you can’t put down. The main character, Carina the Unstoppable, is both dynamic and unique in concept. With her iron hand and cursed rune stone, the manuscript wields a small subtle current of steampunk and supernatural influences.

Carina is from a fierce warrior culture where the strongest women serve the Goddess of Death, H
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I NEED another book 😭 Please tell me there will be a book two

Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I continued on my indie cavort by picking up an ARC of Steel Hand, Cold Heart. I received this as an ARC from the author.
And I'm so glad I did pick it up. Menard has given us a fantasy world very similar to the Nordics, which was an awful lot of fun to explore. Carina is a sixteen year old girl, brought up and dedicated to the Daughters of Hel – female warriors who murder and pillage for their goddess. In order to do so, they have steel claws burnt onto their skin, to use as weapons. However, Ca
Barry Menard
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best YA novels I've read!
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Addicted to YA: VIKING YA FANTASY - Rachel Menard 1 6 May 15, 2019 05:56AM  
Authors & Reviewers: YA Viking Adventure 1 9 Feb 16, 2019 05:44AM  
My first published work was an essay I wrote in college to win a gift card to the university book store. They printed the essay in the school paper and asked if they could include a photo. I said, "sure," assuming the photo would be small. It was an 8x10 and took up half of the page. For the next three years, I was known as, "Hey, you're that girl who wrote that essay!" Until I volunteered for a c ...more
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