BT Review: The Strange Maid [The United States of Asgard, #2] by Tessa Gratton

Random House BYR | Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Truth be told, Tessa Gratton is one of those authors whose work I feel is beyond my capable understanding; highly intimidating, to say the least. I’ve always associated her name with the likes of Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff, both brilliant, if I may add. So when I was approached by Random House to join the blog tour, there was a bit of trepidation.

Lost Sun, the first book to this series was freaking amazing. I just knew that I was reading a brilliant reinterpretation of Norse Mythology. If you haven’t read this series, and if you’re a fan of any kind of Mythlogy, you are missing some pretty incredible writing here, ladies and gents.

The Strange Maid pretty much made me feel the same way. I was in awe. The world building was intrinsic; maybe even complicated to some. But it’s the interwoven tales of revamped mythology that will heighten your impatience to devour the book. The research involved was pretty telling as well. It had me googling some gods and goddesses that piqued my interest.

This instalment features a very curious, determined, strong heroine in the person of Signy. She was relentless – fearless in her pursuit to solve a riddle that will make her a Valkyrie. But the determination is fuelled by something else besides the honour of being one of Odin’s soldiers. She also wants to bring back the Valkyrie of the old but better – more fierce. She is a strange one, for sure but no one can deny her strength.

While I was enraptured by the romantic ambiance of The Lost Sun, The Strange Maid veered to a much darker air – sinister, even. It’s more mature than the previous book and I’m happy to say that whatever salacious acts these kids got up to, they weren’t overdone or gratuitous to say the least. So don’t fret.

Over all, this is a fantastic book that can be read alongside The Lost Sun or by itself. As long as you have some pretty basic knowledge of Norse Mythology, you’ll enjoy this retelling. Now that I’ve read two of Tessa’s books, I can’t wait to read her Blood Journals series!