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Lucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.

400 pages, ebook

First published January 16, 2021

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N.J. Walters

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Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.

One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same.

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Profile Image for Carol [Goodreads Addict].
2,310 reviews24.7k followers
August 31, 2022
Bjorn Cursed is book four in the Forgotten Brotherhood series by N.J. Walters. I fell in love with this series and read the first three books. But then got sidetracked and never did come back to read this one. HUGE mistake. I loved this book. I had forgotten the beauty of this author’s descriptions and how she winds us up for these epic endings!

The Forgotten Brotherhood are the most dangerous men in existence, but they are not really men. They are other. They are loners with loyalty to no one. Stone cold assassins, men who had nothing left to lose. What I really loved about this book, though, is that these men have truly formed a brotherhood and have come to rely on one another more than they realize. Their closeness really becomes more apparent in this book. I think their women play a large part of that. But I love the bond that I see forming, stronger with every book!

“They had few rules. As long as he lived by them, his Brothers would back him to the end of the world and beyond.”

Bjorn Knutson is the very first Norse werewolf, father to all werewolves. After the murder of his wife and children thousands of years ago, he was cursed by the God, Odin, as a werewolf, and sought revenge against all that were associated with those that killed his family. Now, in the present time, he is part of the brotherhood. He received an order from Odin to find and kill a woman who has escaped from the afterlife. Only the woman he encounters is not just any woman, but his wife, Anja. The wife he lost, alive!

“She was the land, and Bjorn was the sun. They fit together.”

Anja was so strong. The love between she and Bjorn was so complete. In all the centuries they had been separated, their connection never weakened. She was forced into a whole new world with cars and electronics, cities and so many people. But she never hesitated. She accepted it all because the gift was that she was once again reunited with her husband.

“The Gods are playing games and we are but pawns.”

Of course, Lucifer is involved in this mess, pulling the strings. There are so many twists and turns among these pages. The story builds and builds until the epic ending that had my heart racing. Throughout all of it, though, it’s the love between Bjorn and Anja that captured my heart.

“Being with her made him whole.”

Now I’m all excited about the next book in the series, book five, Ancient Desire. We will meet Lucius, half dragon, half human. I have always loved dragons and can’t wait to meet this one.

“For the first time in centuries, he had hope. Anja was with him and he had friends helping him.”

For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World.

Profile Image for Aisling Zena.
633 reviews454 followers
January 19, 2021
4 stars

Out now 18/1/21

When I first read about Bjorn, the First werewolf, I really really wanted to know his story. I'm a sucker for werewolves and it's always fun to discover and read new takes of the werewolf lore.


Here, we read how Bjorn was turned into the First werewolf by Odin. After finding his wife and children slaughtered, he rages at Odin and begs for vengeance. Unfortunately, Odin is not a merciful god and he proceeds to curse Bjorn. Following years of being out of control with rage and pain and the compulsion of his curse, Maccus and Asher find him and help him gain control and sanity. He becomes a member of the Forgotten Brotherhood, killing paranormals who do don't follow the rules. Hundreds of years pass, and Bjorn still mourns his wife and children. They are never far from his thoughts.


Since Lucifer can't take Maccus on, he has been messing with the members of the Brotherhood. So when Odin summons Bjorn and orders him to kill a woman that escaped Freya's Hall(Norse afterlife) he knows that something is wrong. When he finds out that the escapee is his wife, everything changes. He will not allow any harm to come to his wife, now that he found her again. But Anja isn't a wallflower. She's Viking! Ready to fight and defend her husband. But can they survive fighting against the gods?


What I truly loved about these two, was their love and loyalty to each other. Yes, the sexy times were hot but their love transcended everything. The fact that Bjorn had been roaming the earth for hundreds of years and never took another lover in all that time made me love him all the more. And Anja waited for him all that time to die and join her in the afterlife.

"If we end up in Helheim, I will be beside you. Even if they toss our souls into the void, I will seek you out. Nothing will keep us apart. Not this time."


Now, that they are reunited they have to figure out what exactly Lucifer has done and how to evade Odin and Freya. This was an easy, entertaining read with appearances from the rest of the Brotherhood and their mates from the previous books as well as some special guests. I really hope N.J. Walters gives us a book about Death too.



I got an ARC! YAY! I love werewolves and it doesn't get more ultimate than the first Norse werewolf!


** ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC., via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,493 reviews1,208 followers
May 30, 2021

After learning a bit about Bjorn's past through the crumbs left in the last book, I needed to know the whole story about this gorgeous Viking. Knowing that over a thousand years ago he had tragically lost his wife and children... leaving him broken, miserable and alone... how did he make it through?

As Odin's creation, when called upon, Bjorn must answer and obey. So when he's told that a soul has escaped the afterlife and returned to Earth, that he's being tasked with finding and killing her, he thinks nothing of it. However, when he finally comes face-to-face with his target... he sees the face of his beloved wife. He quickly realizes that he's willing to defy the gods to keep her safe.

This story was exactly what I needed. Bjorn got the best kind of ending, one I couldn't even imagine. Without giving anything away, he got his answers, he and Anja were reunited, the gods and Lucifer were as ridiculous as ever, and The Forgotten Brotherhood have never been stronger. They're even two members richer! I love this team so much and I'm hoping that this isn't the last that I'll see of them.

I need books for Sven and Death! Seriously, doesn't Death give you goosebumps in the best of ways? And Sven... he has to learn to live again. He has to find a way to make real connections, especially with his parents. Maybe he'll officially join The Brotherhood. Find love. I'm not asking for too much. I sense a beautiful story there.
Profile Image for Mei.
1,881 reviews410 followers
February 24, 2021
OK, maybe it's just me but I was BORED!!!

At the beginning it was nice to see how much they loved and how much they missed each other, but after 60 pages of this I wanted to scream!

There was too much sex! She walkes and he gets hard; she smiles and he gets hard; she eats a banana and he gets hard.... OK, I got it: he's been a monk for centuries and now he can't get enough, but, come on, too much is too much!!!!
They have sex wherever and whenever, even when they're runing away to hide!
That's soooo stupid!!!

I was expecting so much more... *crying*
Profile Image for Claire.
2,304 reviews704 followers
January 26, 2021
4 - "You… Just you." Stars!

We return to the Forgotten Brotherhood series for the fourth, but hopefully not the final book; Bjorn Cursed giving us Werewolf shifter Bjorn’s story. Changed by Odin centuries ago, Bjorn has roamed the earth doing his bidding without question ever since. That is until the woman he is sent to kill turns out to be his wife. Only Anja has been dead for longer than he has been serving Odin.

"Is it really you… I’ve dreamed this so many times."

I really enjoyed this one, another rip-roaring adventure, where the twists and turns do not stop right up to the end, and the sexy times are added generously throughout to keep you invested on that front as well. The only reason this dropped from five stars is because I guessed several of the twists coming before they happened, and although it didn’t detract from the story overall, its not something that usually happens with this authors books.

So many years had been taken from them…

And we get a visit from my favourite polar bear shifter; Alexei too, so all ended well with the story for this reader. There was a sense of finality about this one, but I hope that’s not the case as I have really enjoyed the series as a whole.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Profile Image for Katie Utterly Unashamed.
611 reviews157 followers
January 22, 2021
3.5 smutastically entertaining stars!!

That is what I needed today. This book entertained the shit out of me. I was pulled in from the start and couldn't wait to see how it ended. Oh and should I mention, once again, I'm starting with the 4th book in a series, instead of starting at the beginning. I feel like that is a true test for a book, if I can start halfway through a series, love it and want to go back to the beginning we have a winner.

Bjorn and Anja were married when they were separated by death. Living in different worlds for over 1500 years they are finally together again and they will stop at nothing to stay together. This book, even though it spans only over 24 hrs, bring them through a whirlwind. Yup, you know it's good when it all happens in 24 hrs people.

If you need a fun paranormal book that helps you brain turn off, definitely try this one.

ARC kindly provided by NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

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Profile Image for Julie - One Book More.
934 reviews161 followers
January 18, 2021
When Odin orders Bjorn to kill a soul that escaped Freya’s hall, Bjorn never expects that the escapee is his long-lost wife Anja. Bjorn mourned the brutal murder of his wife and children and raged in grief for years. How can he now send his wife back to Freya for punishment?

Anja has no idea how she ended up in this new world. All she remembers is an endless void and then a bustling city. When Bjorn rescues her from some unsavory characters, Anja is stunned. Like Bjorn, she resigned herself to a solitary existence, so reuniting with him is like a gift from the gods. However, someone wants Anja dead, and there is nowhere to hide. Can Bjorn and Anja survive the will of the gods and figure out who is messing with the Forgotten Brotherhood before it’s too late?

This is a fantastic addition to the Forgotten Brotherhood series. I was hoping for Bjorn’s story and loved finding out what happened to him and the rest of the brotherhood. Bjorn never really got over the death of his beloved wife and children and spent so much time avenging their deaths and living in a haze of rage and revenge. He was on the brink of losing his mind he was so riddled with grief. Knowing how deeply he cared for Anja made their reunion all the more lovely. Their chemistry is off the charts, and their long-lasting love is unconditional.

Of course, many obstacles stand in the way of their happy ending, including murderous and meddlesome gods and the reappearance of someone from their past, but Bjorn and Anja didn’t come this far to end up apart! I love how fiercely they fight for each other and their love and how they face their battles head-on.

I also love that all of the main couples from the first three books come to Bjorn’s aid in this book. Ash and Jo, Alexei and Cassie, and, of course, Maccus and Morrigan staunchly support Bjorn and Anja to help figure out who is behind Anja’s unexpected reappearance. They also stand with Bjorn and Anja against the most dangerous of foes. I love this found family, and Bjorn and Anja realize that, though they miss their family most desperately, their found family is quite special too.

Bjorn Cursed is an action-packed and engrossing addition to the Forgotten Brotherhood series, and I can see many ways in which the author could expand the world. (Yes, please! I need Sven’s story!) Each story in the series can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend starting with the first book if you want to fully understand the context of the plot and the characters’ actions. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Profile Image for Lisa.
447 reviews17 followers
January 21, 2021
Epic reading material

Wow what an epic tale.
Truly I loved reading all about them once again.
Asher man he makes me laugh so hard.
I don’t want to spoil this for anyone but wow the son.
I’m hope there will be a book for him later one. Fingers crossed. And like really who doesn’t love and appreciate death. What a legend,lol
This book was well written perfectly done the storyline kept you holding on and wanting to know what was next.
Amazing storyline and all in all another great book to this amazing series
Profile Image for Jennifer.
2,416 reviews69 followers
December 31, 2022
This is the fourth book and it sounds like the last one, but I'm hoping not. There is someone introduced who I would really like to get an HEA.

Bjorn has been tasked with capturing a woman who has "escaped" the afterlife by Odin. He agrees until he meets her and then all bets are off. Beautiful romance with lots of drama and sexy times, plus lots of help from the rest of the Brotherhood. Of course, Loki is up to no good. Death is great. He cracks me up.
Profile Image for Mary Kirkland.
523 reviews20 followers
January 19, 2021
When Bjorn's wife and children were killed, he went crazy with grief. That's when Odin came to him and made a pact with him. Bjorn would get his revenge and Odin would give him the gift to get his revenge. But Bjorn didn't realize that the gods rarely give you anything without a price to pay for it. Bjorn's price to pay was becoming the first werewolf. With his new superior strength and viscous animal rage, he got his revenge but also killed a lot of innocent people along the way. It wasn't until be met the Brotherhood that he was able to get his wolf under control with their help.

After Anja was killed, the goddess Freya told her that she would let her children be reincarnated, born to new parents to live their lives because she and her oldest son had fought so hard to stay alive and save each other and the smaller kids. But Anja would forever stay in Freya's hall being a servant to pay for this and Anja agreed.

This story starts out with Anja finding herself away from Freya's Hall and thrust into our world with no knowledge of how she got there. Bjorn has just had a visit from Odin and given an assignment to capture and kill a female that escaped Freya's Hall, not knowing that the woman is Anja. When Bjorn hears a woman being accosted in an alley by several men, he goes to help the woman and finds his long dead wife...the woman he's supposed to kill. Of course he's not going to kill her though.

Bjorn enlists the help of the Brotherhood and it was great to see all of them again. They don't know how they're going to fight the god's so Bjorn and Anja travel to his cabin until they can come up with a plan. But Freya is informed that someone escaped and she sends her warrior to bring Anja back.

Watching the events from this point unfold had my heart pounding because the twists this story took made me sad for a while. But so many of the characters from past books show up to throw new twists in this story that I never knew where it was going to end up which was a lot of fun. Why does Ms. Walters always make me cry with the books in this series? I know it's a good book when an author can elicit strong emotions from me while I'm reading. I was holding my breath to see what would happen but I was not disappointed at all. I read this book in 2 hours because I couldn't put it down. I read fast but whew, this one had me scouring the pages faster than usual to see what would happen next. I have loved this series from the beginning but this was by far my favorite book so far. I cannot say enough good things about this series.

Disclosure: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Jenn.
645 reviews26 followers
January 16, 2021
3.75 stars

Finally, Bjorn, father of all werewolves, gets his happily ever after!
Bjorn Cursed is another fun installment in the Forgotten Brotherhood series.

After centuries of being ignored by the Allfather, Odin appears to Bjorn and assigns him to find and kill an escapee from Freija's Hall. On his way to meet his Forgotten brethren, he stumbles across a woman being accosted in an alleyway only to find it is his wife who has been dead for centuries. It soon becomes clear that the gods are playing tricks again and somehow Lucifer is at the root of it all. Bjorn swears he will not fail his wife given this second chance but can he defeat a god let alone multiple gods across multiple pantheons?

I was super intrigued by Bjorn in the last book, Burning Ash. He was scary and brutish and mysterious and you just *knew* he had a super awesome backstory. Sigh, there were so many "wrongs" righted in here, that you just can't help but feel satisfied. I'm not normally a fan of "second-chance" romances and this isn't - but - it kind of technically is. And, I was so down for all that closure happening in Bjorn's life. Plus, we get a new "brother". The gods bickering and the whole build-up to the great battle/climax/war-resolution kind of fell a bit flat because it was just -gods bickering- and being all narcissistically close-minded gods. I wish we got some more lucifer being all devil-y and stuff
but se la vie.

I have very much enjoyed this series and am so looking forward to more.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 
Profile Image for Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm).
1,078 reviews1 follower
January 20, 2021
To sum up the Forgotten Brotherhood...

"Love when you could, cry when you needed, revel in the joys of life, fight for honor and glory, and die well" - Bjorn Cursed, N.J. Walters

The amazing Forgotten Brotherhood and the women they love fiercely made for an engaging, fun series. I definitely want more about a few of the other characters. I hope they either get their own spinoff or their own book, especially with the way it ends.
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2,508 reviews31k followers
February 2, 2021
again, another decent addition to the forgotten brotherhood series. i love when a series is a collection of independent stories set within the same world that can be read as standalones. this compliments the previous books nicely and effectively adds to the prior developments.

which makes me sad that i am so torn with this review and rating, because while i found the content of this story to actually be my favourite of the series so far, i found the narrative/writing to be a bit on the weaker side. i would have liked some sort of build-up in the beginning.

i love that this is a case of a husband and wife reuniting and no insta-love can be found, but everything in the synopsis happens within the first five pages. i would have loved to learn more about anja and bjorn separately, seeing them struggle on their own, as it would have made their reunion that much sweeter.

but overall, this installment is fun and entertaining and the perfect scratch for my paranormal itch.

thank you so much to entangled publishing for the continued ARCs of this series!!

3.5 stars
Profile Image for Marta Cox.
2,547 reviews190 followers
December 27, 2020
Three and a half
I've loved this series and would happily recommend to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. Yes it was wonderful for the guilt ridden Bjorn to finally meet up with his wife Anja but sadly for me their sexual antics just seemed continuous and I really wanted more action. I did enjoy the twist about a new character introduced but the ending just took forever with God's bickering and everything back and forth until if blunt I just wanted it over. I cannot stress how much I really like these characters and I would normally rate higher but alas the petty, Norse Gods just got totally on my nerves. If there's more to come though I would love to read it and I'd love for the evil, meddlesome Lucifer to get dragged down a peg or two.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Profile Image for MiraJane.
358 reviews4 followers
December 31, 2020
I honestly don’t know why I keep coming back for more with this series, especially since my grievances keeps getting worse for every book, and I haven’t even read the first one. I guess it says something about either the writing or plot that I’m still in it, even though I can’t pin point what exactly.

My first grievance is also hard to explain. It’s just something with the writing that makes it feel detached in some way. The book has so much; action, romance, drama, a billion myths, creatures and pantheons. Yet it offers so little at the same time. While containing all these things the story floats along to the end without much of a development or impact. I don’t know how to explain it really, but it was just too convenient how it all happened. Bjorn just happened to run into his long dead wife (yeah, yeah, he was hired to do so, but he still just randomly ran into her as soon as he was given the job). They just happened to be reunited with their son (hard to see a goddess being so thoughtless that she didn’t see that one coming) and the brotherhood just happened to be at their beck and call and suddenly all a tight knit family. And let’s not forget the ending after a very schizophrenic fight (all that back and forth, yet nothing actually getting anywhere gave me whiplash) where death and magic suddenly, with no reason and out of nowhere just solves everything with a snap of his fingers. Instead of letting the story and the characters build up the story into a impactful conclusion it was the writing with a very visible author behind the pages that solved it for them, and the end result was not great. It left the story so bereft of complexity and made it forced and underwhelming.

The characterization was not treated any better either. Without names there would be no way to tell the characters apart because they were all so generic, and that literally goes for every character. The only one that tried to stand out was Asher with his jokes and not in a successful way. The jokes were bad, ill timed and out of character (I have no memory of this Asher from book three). The rest of them was one blob where the men were stereotypical masculine guys putting their women on a sky high pedestal and having their lives revolve around protecting them. The women were supposedly badass, yet also somehow constantly women in distress, sacrificing everything for what they stood for and loved. Oh, and also putting their men on sky high pedestals as well.

It was kind of over the top in a way, especially the dialogues. Some “I love you” would be completely fine, but no. That apparently was not good enough, since the only dialogue between the couple was so forced and exaggerated with how high their love could reach and how much they would sacrifice for each other. No normal conversation to be seen in miles so it really was not that strange that the romance just like the plot and characters fell flat. Because that was all there was between them; sex and over the top love declarations and sex. Oh, and how miserable they had been while apart from each other since their Norse days, which leads me on to my next grievance.

Maybe it’s just me nitpicking but to me it felt off how American both main characters were for both being from Norse times. All love declarations aside, they talked and acted like normal modern Americans, for example Bjorn calling Anja “babe”. Sure, he had lived a long time in, I assume, America so maybe he gets a pass. Still though, it felt off to me how modern they were talking with each other and that they were speaking English to each other. Or at least that’s what it seemed since the surrounding characters understood what they were saying. I mean, supposedly Anja learned it in Freja’s hall, but why would she speak it with her Norse husband? And her Norse son? It did not make sense to me, and apologies for my frankness, but it seemed kind of like lazy writing that the author didn’t even try to make authentic Norse characters more than giving one of them a Scandinavian name. And even the name was Americanized being Bjorn instead of Björn, Bjørn or Bjðrn.

I don’t know if this was the last book in the series and if I will continue if another book gets released. For all my bitching throughout three books I’m still here so there is something, albeit small, calling out to me in these books. I don’t know what it is.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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3,411 reviews32 followers
January 23, 2021
This is book four in the 'Forgotten Brotherhood' series. I missed out on the first three books in the series and I want to read them now. This book was so good I want to know the other characters stories in the book. In saying that, this book can easily be read standalone the author does a brilliant job of giving you the information you need from past books to not feel like you missed something while reading this one.

Bjorn Knutson is a Viking. Over 1400 years ago he returned home to find his family slaughtered and cried out to Odin for vengeance. He was cursed to become the first Norse werewolf and father to the current werewolves in the world. He never stopped loving his wife, and even though he is part of the Forgotten Brotherhood he still mourns the loss of his family.

Anja Knutson died fighting to save her children. Freya offered her a deal, in exchange for her service in Valhalla, her children would get to be reborn and live the life stolen from them. She's a fierce warrior and would do anything for her family.

Odin orders Bjorn to hunt down the woman who escaped Valhalla and kill her. Bjorn takes the assignment not realizing it's his long dead wife.

Anja wakes up in current day New York with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she is saved from three attackers by Bjorn, they are both shocked.

This is only the beginning of their story of reunited love that endured centuries of separation, meddling gods and powerful friends. Gods and hunters are determined to bring her back to face Freya's justice and they are just as determined to never be separated again.

I loved this book from beginning to end. It checks all the boxes, deep enduring love, intense passion, fierce battles, loyal friends, a touch of humor and the best kind of happily ever after for these two warriors.

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Profile Image for Marion Over.
250 reviews3 followers
January 9, 2021
This book was refreshingly different. I actually thought "this has the loving family feel of a Hallmark movie" only with all the supernatural beings l personally like to read about and really steamy romance. Bjorn is the father of werewolves. Odin has ordered him to kill a woman. The only thing is unbeknownst to Bjorn it's the one woman he could never harm.
Anja is thrust into a world she had only heard stories about from the new dead in the goddess Freya's hall. Anja has been a servant there since the Viking age.
Toyed with by the God's and stalked by bounty hungry werewolves these two are doing their best to survive. With friends like the Brotherhood they might have a chance.
I would like to thank Entangled publishing and Netgalley for the ARC copy of Bjorn cursed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Profile Image for Lin Cunningham.
398 reviews
January 19, 2021
Book four of this highly addictive series does not disappoint as Bjorn unexpectedly finds his dead wife Anja alive. Worse than that he has sent to find the woman that escaped from Freya’s hall only to find it is Anja.
I loved Bjorn as the original werewolf but Anja was something else as she had to deal with a modern world she had never seen & she was so strong in her own right.
The storyline was good & brought in the others from the Forgotten Brotherhood which was a real treat to see them all interacting.
I couldn’t see how it was all going to be resolved as it became more & more crazy but it was a great ending leaving me waiting for the next one.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advance copy of this book but all opinions are entirely my own
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2,085 reviews
January 23, 2021
A captivating read, Bjorn Cursed is book 4 in the Forgotten Brotherhood. I enjoyed the character dynamics and interaction as well as the intriguing story. I would recommend this book and series and will be hopefully reading many more book to come by this author.
Profile Image for Kelsie Maxwell.
403 reviews64 followers
July 17, 2022
Bjorn Cursed by N.J. Walters is book four in her Forgotten Brotherhood series.

Odin ordered Bjorn Knutson to retrieve a woman who dared to leave the afterlife. What manner of woman would try such a thing?

Anja doesn’t know where she is or how she got here, but she knows she’s in trouble.

N.J. Walters introduces some new characters and familiarizes us with some previous ones in this installment of the series. We learn more about the worlds they inhabit and the rich lore that surrounds them. Bjorn Cursed is well-written with a complex and compelling plot. There are some unexpected twists, and the ending is satisfying. There is some explicit and violent content, but this is a great read. I was enthralled from start to finish, give it 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to all readers of paranormal romance and paranormal suspense.

My thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC, Entangled Amara, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Profile Image for Shirley .
1,879 reviews56 followers
February 5, 2021
4.5 - 5 Stars... I really need to start this series from the beginning.

The members of the Forgotten Brotherhood once again find themselves being used as pawns to entertain the Gods and Goddesses. At least that’s what it seems like. This time it’s Bjorn that they’re toying with and the situation that they have put him in is beyond cruel. As if his hasn’t tortured him enough, he finds his long lost wife, only to be charged with the task of killing her.

I’ve only read two books in this series, so my opinion might change, but as of right now, Bjorn Cursed is my favorite. It’s not just because of Bjorn and Anja though. The Forgotten Brotherhood is a formidable force mainly because they consider themselves family. If one of them is threatened, they don’t stand alone. That sense of family is what has really pulled me into this series.

The odds seemed stacked against Anja or Bjorn. If Anja was taken away from him again, Bjorn wouldn’t stop seeking revenge and his friends wouldn’t be able to bring him back this time. This was a fast paced story with danger pretty much around every corner – as well as a few surprises.

I’m not sure what’s next for the Forgotten Brotherhood, but I still have some back tracking to do. Fury Unleashed and Arctic Bite are the first two books in the series so maybe I can pick up at least one of them before the next book is released. 😉

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Bjorn Cursed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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1,036 reviews106 followers
January 27, 2021
✦Review: BJORN CURSED by N.J. Walters https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bGj
Publication Date: January 18, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated 5 Stars

I loved Bjorn! BJORN CURSED is the fourth book in N.J. Walter’s Forgotten Brotherhood series. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order to get the full series storyline. I’m obsessed with series and this one is my new favorite. N.J. Walter has created an amazing paranormal world with worlds, Gods and paranormals. It’s full of danger, mystery and includes an epic love story! I highly recommend this book and the series for paranormal romance lovers. Go grab a copy now!

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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916 reviews2 followers
June 13, 2021
Loved it! This Bjorn's story and was a great read! Bjorn is met with a blast from the past, to say the least, Lol. Because of the interference from the gods, Loki, by Lucifer's orders, Bjorn is reunited with his dead wife, Anja. However, he is unaware of that fact when he is ordered by Odin, to kill a woman who escaped from Freya's hall. Filled with past characters, humor, suspense, action, and another surprise that they didn't see coming makes for an entertaining story. Loved it!! 4.5 stars

****I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book provided by NetGalley****
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1,441 reviews20 followers
January 18, 2021
I’ve read all the books on this series, and I’ve loved everyone of them, big, gruff and surly, alphas to the core and happy to be on their own. But as you get to know each character, you realise it’s a bluff, they were lonely, and they needed their other half to drag them up and onto the light.
And Bjorn is not exempt from that either, but unlike his brotherhood, Bjorn had a family, he had a wife and children, but failed to look after them. They were slaughtered in a raid on his village!
But he’s secure in the knowledge that they are happy and together in the afterlife.
Bjorn is the first werewolf that was created, by Odin (he saw Bjorn’s pain and granted him vengeance against his enemies) and so he’s been around a long time. He has had regrets, namely bitting people who didn’t deserve to become wolves, he’s learning control everyday, and he is at peace with himself and the wolf within.
He’s also wary, it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that he’s being sent out to track this missing person from Freya’s (Norse gods wife) home. The brotherhood have been targeted for a while now, and the main culprit seems to be with Lucifer.
He’s in for a bigger surprise when he catches up with his target.....
Anja is confused, she’s got no idea where she is, she’s been in the dark for what seems like a lifetime, so she’s in no rush to return. Being ambushed by men has her fighting for her life. Until a stranger shows up to help her......
This book is different from the others. It had a completely different feel to it, and at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the new formula (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it)
But by the time I put the book down I had to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bjorn has been mentioned a few times, and been seen briefly in the previous books, so I was curious about his story.
A husband and father that loses his whole family. So you can see why he’s so driven for revenge, and then to protect the innocent. He’s a great character, the first original werewolf turned by Odin is a great story.
The action like in the previous books is a steady flow. Catching up with other characters in the series is always a favourite part of mine. We get to catch up with how they are getting along.
A few laughs and funny moments break up the tense and heartbreaking moments.
Really well written as all her other books in the series.
There are a few surprises in the book.
You don’t really need them in order, as it stands on its own ok. But reading them in order gives you a better sense of the world the forgotten brotherhood are living in.
So will Bjorn capture and return the female back to Freya?
But what if it’s someone he knows? He knows she will be punished, can he really give her back to Odin and the Norse gods?

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693 reviews6 followers
January 10, 2021
Bjorn Cursed
Forgotten Brotherhood #4
N.J. Walters

Bjorn Knuston was cursed and became the first Norse werewolf after the slaughter of his family centuries ago. Back then he was tortured and broken, but the Forgotten Brotherhood helped him become a better person and one of their own. Now all of a sudden Odin himself has tasked him with killing a woman who has escaped from Freya's hall and he can't disobey a direct order from Odin can he?

Before he even has a chance to track the woman or meet with the Brotherhood, he hears what sounds like a woman being accosted. When he gets there he finds out that it's three men and he knows he can't kill them, but he can't let it go either so he intervenes and is more then shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he would never kill, the one woman that he has been thinking of for centuries. He sees his wife Anja.
He then realizes she's also the one that he is hunting and if he doesn't kill her then both of their lives are at stake.

As the Brotherhood get together they come to realize that this is Lucifer's doing and he's just trying to cause problems for the Brotherhood. Big, big problems.
Will they escape this with their lives or will they both die trying?

N.J. Walters is absolutely fabulous. This book was incredible. Somehow this author manages to take paranormal beings, Viking's, God's, and Goddesses from different folklore and time bringing them all together in one story. Bjorn is the Alpha of all werewolves and so strong, yet he has the sweetest side for his Viking wife. He's loves her so much that he decides he will do anything to keep her safe. Then we have Anja. She is one tough Viking woman who also loves and only wants her husband safe. When she and their children were murdered Freya came to her and offered her a deal because Anja fought so well. This deal was that Anja would spend eternity working for Freya in her hall and Freya would make sure that each one of her children were reborn into good lives. Anja being the woman she was jumped at this deal. Until Lucifer decides to butt in and Anja ends up alive again in modern times. I don't want to ruin this book for you so I'll say no more except that I had a blast reading this book and understood Anja's love for her family. If you love the paranormal side you will not want to miss this. There are more plots, twists, turns, and arguments between the gods then I have ever read and I will definitely be giving it another read at some point. N.J. Walters you wrote an amazing book and I felt like I was along for one of the best rides of my life.
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1,190 reviews33 followers
December 27, 2020
Bjorn Cursed is an unforgettably phenomenal addition to this fantastically exhilarating series! It helps to bring even more intensity and emotion and danger to the already charged and deadly group of the Forgotten Brotherhood. This is a full charge ahead adventure that refuses to be slowed down or side tracked in its single minded focus of hope, love, and justice. Don't hold your breath because it will be stolen in the very next second.

Bjorn has been served a command from the lips of his Creator that will either grant him honorable favor or leave his world in shatters. Either way, he has to see it through. What he never expected was to have his very heart in the cross hairs. Anja has been pulled from her existence and placed into a foreign world surrounded by strangers. Trying to figure out what happened to her, she finds herself face to face with her distant past and hope gives her the courage she needs to figure out this mystery. When Bjorn's world explodes with a grand and unbelievable revelation, can he hope to keep his heart safe and protected this time, or will he find it shattered beyond recognition and forever destroyed?

Bjorn was always a character from the shadows who left me intrigued and wanting to know more. I knew he had just as an incredible story as the others, and I couldn't wait to crack open his hard shell to see what was hidden inside. Hearing his story tore my heart to shreds and had me rooting for him from the very start. Anja fit him very well as the perfect love and partner. She was just as fierce and raw and noble as he. I lost my heart to this daring and dynamic couple. They are just as amazing and sizzling as the other couples that we have gotten to know. They bring experience, heart, and determination to the Brotherhood.

N. J. Walters is a true wonder of an author who has created this wildly scintillating and deliciously deadly world of forgotten heroes. She is a truly gifted and boundlessly talented author who has forever brightened and deeply filled my world with precious words that never fail to entertain and instruct. The Forgotten Brotherhood is a wickedly fantastic series that is sure to dazzle and delight any fantasy reader who gives it a much deserved chance.
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4,263 reviews70 followers
January 30, 2021
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I didn’t think the Forgotten Brotherhood could get any better or more intense. I was wrong. Bjorn Cursed grabbed me by the emotions and never let go until the final page.

Bjorn has endured centuries of ravaging pain, the need for revenge, and a loss so great that even killing those who deserve death only taps the surface of his anger, his pain. Now, he’s been challenged to find a woman who has escaped the afterlife – and kill her. Remember, the gods do nothing good for anyone, not even those they created. So, this is a double-edged sword moment for Bjorn. Because the woman he’s supposed to track down and destroy is his beloved wife, Anja.

Beyond the inconceivable joy at finding each other, Bjorn and Anja have battles to fight for there is an enemy out to destroy Anja, discovering just why Bjorn was sent to kill his wife, or how and why she escaped the afterlife in the first place, and a future to fight for because neither one will ever leave their beloved’s side again, this time even death will not separate them should it come to that.

I couldn’t put Bjorn Cursed down. It’s hard to realize that the events in this story (aside from the long separation) only took such a short time. We’ll get to see and catch up with all of the previous couples from the Forgotten Brotherhood series. And while each story can stand on its own, I would still recommend reading from the start to get the entire background of this intense world. There certainly are twists and turns along the way, sizzling steamy moments for Anja and Bjorn, and a battle for their lives to be won. I enjoyed myself so much back in this world, and I’m hoping it’s not the end for there is still more that I’d like to learn. Time will tell. But, if you love an intense paranormal romantic suspense styled story that will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish – you’ll want to pick up Bjorn Cursed right now.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Entangled via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
349 reviews
December 31, 2020
Turns out Bjorn isn't just a grumpy growly old wolf, he's got a softer sexier side too -- it's just one only his late wife (who's death, along with their children's, resulted in his becoming an immortal Norse berserker who turns into a huge wolf so long ago) gets to see. Anja died while trying to protect her children from violent marauders while Bjorn had been called away to fight elsewhere. Anja's bravery gained the goddess Freya's attention who granted her the "honor" of serving in her hall in the afterlife while her young children would be allowed to be reborn for a chance at a full life. Anja unable to leave Freya's hall, worked each day finding comfort in the hope that her children (while they wouldn't remember her) had found happiness and long lives and waited to see if her husband (who surely would have gone to Valhalla upon death) would venture to Freya's hall in search of her in the afterlife. when Bjorn is tasked by Odin to hunt down & kill and escapee from the afterlife (the dead don't belong in the land of the living) and Anja finds herself suddenly pulled from Freya's hall and dropped into some strange alley and time it doesn't take long to realize that the Gods and similar powers are playing games and causing trouble for the Forgotten Brotherhood members once again. What we also get is a reunion story with plenty of love and passion between two individuals who complement each other and fight for a future together against some very steep odds. We also get the other brotherhood couples and the bonds that tie them together, a few twists & surprises, and a bit of humor to balance out what turns out to be an enjoyable installment in the series and reading time spent eagerly turning the pages to see just how the HEA comes about.

arc courtesy of net galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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882 reviews16 followers
January 18, 2021
Despite the fact that this one didn't seem to have a whole lot of action, I really enjoyed it. And that mostly came down to Bjorn and Anja and their relationship. Of course, I loved all the Maccus we get (still my favorite) and I was thrilled to have Asher being his funny self again. I like how this series has the different pantheons and that this time we get the Norse. Always a favorite of mine.

At first I was a little surprised about how almost immediately Bjorn and Anja meet again. I wasn't sure how much I liked it happening so soon either. But that quickly left me when we see how these two are together. Despite all of the years these two were apart their love and devotion to each other has never wavered or faded. I liked how Anja was trying her best not to be overwhelmed with everything she learns and how she trusts Bjorn to protect her and to tell her the truth of things. I read a couple reviews that mentioned how they thought these two were having sex too much, but come on. They're vikings. Those people lived for war and sex.

Like I said, there wasn't a whole lot of action until the end because most of the story is about Bjorn trying to help Anja acclimate to this new world, these two getting to reknow each other again, and the whole group trying to figure out who would have taken Anja out of her afterlife and why. They have a very good idea who is behind it and who helped them, but it's near impossible to prove it.
When Bjorn gets Anja to a cabin he has in the middle of nowhere, they think they will be safe. For a short time anyway. But they're very wrong. Freya has sent one of her immortal hunters after Anja and he has never gone against or questioned his goddess. Until it is figured out who he really is. Which only complicates the whole situation even more. Of course things escalate even more when Freya and Odin both show up next. With the Forgotten Brotherhood behind him, Bjorn will do what he has to to protect his wife and his brothers. But Anja will do the same for her husband. As if all that craziness wasn't enough, Cassie's father even shows up and that was just fun. Leave it to Death to have the last word.

I have an idea who the next book will be about, and if I'm right, I am expecting it to be good. And even if I'm wrong, I'm totally going to still read it.

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.
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