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Vale of Secrets

4.84  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Mallory Kass at Scholastic Press has bought Sam Subity's middle-grade contemporary fantasy debut, Vale of Secrets, pitched as a modern retelling of the Beowulf epic, in which a 12-year-old Viking girl must face down foes like a ping-pong playing sea monster with a wicked backhand and a dark Valkyrie with killer oven mitts to save her father and her school. Publication is p ...more
Expected publication: February 2021 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
August 21, 2020: MG? Norse mythology? A game from the Viking times? YEAH. NEED. IT.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

I heard this book referred to as Beowulf meets Percy Jackson, but I have to be honest, I never read Beowulf in school and didn't know the story. Fortunately, it wasn't a requirement to enjoy this book. The Last Shadow Warrior is a story that puts a spin on Norse mythology the way that The Lightning Thief puts a spin on Greek mythology, and it's an excellent book to recommend to those fans.

Abby's mom was a Viking warrior known as
Mary Riley
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After having read an advance copy I can enthusiastically recommend this book for all ages. This is quality reading.
Ben Gartner
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both myself and my thirteen-year-old son read The Last Shadow Warrior and agreed it was 5-stars material. Our separate reviews are below:


The Last Shadow Warrior is a rip-roaring adventure with lively characters and an epic high stakes quest. Sam Subity brings the Beowulf legend to life with a modern middle grade spin, cheeky humor, and a page-turning plot. Not only does Abby have to save her dad from death’s door, but all while navigating what it means to lose a mother. The undercurrent thr
Lisa Frenkel Riddiough
I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC of this action-packed adventure! Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett's quest to discover a family secret and her own power as a Viking warrior will have you on the edge of your seat, especially as she races against time to save her father's life. There is mystery, suspense, and laugh out loud humor - also Grendels! You'll be cheering for Abby the whole way through!!
Jennifer Guyor Jowett
Any reader who loves fast-paced adventure that explores the world of the Aesir and Grendel will be fascinated by this book built around Norse mythology!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book, which I hope is not only just a book but the start of a magical new series! In this Harry Potter crossed with Percy Jackson adventure we go on a wild ride through Viking mythology (based on Beowulf!). A great story for middle grade readers with a 6th grade girl as heroine. She overcomes does many obstacles to discover her own true strength. The author does a great job in mixing modern life with a hidden Viking world and references to classic literature without slowing the pace of ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc, middle-grade
This book will be fun to read aloud to a class of kids, especially if you stop at the end of the first chapter because they will BEG you for more. Reminiscent of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, but with Vikings and Norse Mythology. I now want to read more Norse mythology as it is my heritage and I really know very little about it. The Last Shadow Warrior is a fast-paced adventure with a strong female lead character.
Katie Reilley
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and Scholastic Press for sharing an early copy with #bookexpedition.

Twelve year old Abby Beckett comes from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She wants to hunt Grendels, just like her mother used to before she passed away in a tragic accident.

After a mysterious attack at her home in North Carolina, Abby and her dad must flee to Minnesota. Home to Vale Hall, her new school filled with secrets,
history, and a quest that brings Abby closer to the tru
Kerelyn Smith
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A fast-paced action-adventure full of Vikings, mythical creatures, and lots of fun!
The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity stars twelve-year-old Abby who comes from a long line of Viking warriors but who is not yet sure of her own powers. But when her own family comes under threat from the sworn-enemies of the Vikings, the Grendle, Abby is thrown into a whole new world of friends, enemies, and challenges that push her further than she ever thought she could go. Full of humor and good friends, this
Megan Freeman
So delighted to have been able to read an ARC of THE LAST SHADOW WARRIOR. I loved all the Norse mythology and allusions to Beowulf, and it also made me homesick for the year I spent above the arctic circle in Norway, learning about Viking lore and legend. I hope we'll see more of Abby and Grimsby and Gwynn! Thanks to Scholastic for providing the ARC.
Payal Doshi
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book!! The Last Shadow Warrior has one of the most captivating first chapters I've read in a long time where I was dropped bang central into the main plot point of the story. From then on I was off on an adventure with 12 yo Abby Beckett, a Viking and a Grendel hunter who is waiting for her special abilities to kick in. The characters in this story are what I fell in love with - Abby, a sweet but spunky kid, Grimsby, a hilarious kid full of warmth and dry humor who has m ...more
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