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Book 1, The Elsker Saga - The Elsker Saga Book 1

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The internationally bestselling YA Fantasy series, featured in USA Today.  Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs. But when she transfers from her one-stoplight Oregon town to Cardiff University in Wales, she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Ull is an honest-to-goodness Norse god — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. And Kristia’s crazy visions may be the key to saving both of their realms... even if they end up costing her her life. (Elsker: The Elsker Saga, Book One)

Customer Reviews

Love, love, love it!!!

I fell in love with these characters! They're perfection together and I couldn't put the book down and dove straight into the other books. I loved it so much, I drove 4 hours to go visit the cute little town of Nehalem that exists in Oregon. Great read by even more awesome author!

Cute start to girl-meets-norse-god series

Kristia is an awkward, small-town girl from Nehalem, Oregon. With encouragement from her sassy friend Ardis, she attempts her first adventure away from home: study abroad at Cardiff University in Wales, where no one knows about her crazy visions. What starts out being a big step for her soon turns into one of her typical stumbles at the unexpected romance with the hot, detached Norse, Ull Myhr. It is a surprise for both of them when she stumbles straight into his heart. The surprise for Kristia? Her mythology class isn't so mythical. And for Ull? He's surprised to find himself allowing (wanting) someone else in his complicated life.

This first book in the Elsker Saga is a whirlwind introduction to Norse mythology, which I always enjoy, with little bits of Norwegian adding some authenticity to the tales. Although their interactions were sweet, I had a bit of a hard time accepting the rapid tumble the main characters take into each other's lives (instalove); it was a little jarring how quickly an awkward, small-town girl with no ambitions or expectations to meet any guy (let alone the local hunk who is actively hostile towards her at first) jumps into Ull's life. Besides this, the main characters are well-developed. Written from Kristia's point of view, it's quite easy to share her sudden, overwhelming emotions and to empathize with her decision-making struggles, whereas Ull retains a mysterious quality that intrigues.

S.T. Bende writes with vivid, clear descriptions and a dramatic, fluid plot that alternates between very rapid and a bit slow but nonetheless kept me engaged throughout. But be warned! Have the second book ready, because with such a cliffhanger, you'll be wishing you had Kristia's visions to know what the fate of the couple and their worlds will be...

Seriously fantastic!

S.T. Bende has created an amazing story! This is the first full length novel in the Elsker saga and it has everything you want in the first book of a series! I love the mythology and this book was impossible to put down. It sets up the rest of the books and I had to grab the rest of them right away. It was such an enjoyable read. I stayed up until I finished it even though I had class the next morning. Addictive! Read this, you won't be sorry :).

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  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Aug 02, 2014
  • Publisher: S.T. Bende
  • Seller: Stephanie Townsend
  • Print Length: 305 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Elsker Saga
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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