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When Euthalia’s father trades her to Viking raiders, her best hope is to be made a wife instead of a slave. She gets her wish – sort of – when she is sacrificed as a bride to a god.Her inhuman husband seems kind, but he visits only in the dark of night and will not allow her to look upon him. By day Euthalia becomes known as a storyteller, spinning ancient Greek tales to eWhen Euthalia’s father trades her to Viking raiders, her best hope is to be made a wife instead of a slave. She gets her wish – sort of – when she is sacrificed as a bride to a god.Her inhuman husband seems kind, but he visits only in the dark of night and will not allow her to look upon him. By day Euthalia becomes known as a storyteller, spinning ancient Greek tales to entertain Asgard’s gods and monsters.When one of her stories precipitates a god’s murder and horrific retribution, Euthalia discovers there is a monster in her bed as well. Alone in a hostile Asgard, Euthalia must ally with a spiteful goddess to sway Odin himself before bloody tragedy opens Ragnarok, the prophesied end of the world....

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The Songweaver's Vow Reviews

  • Sylvia Mercedes
    2019-05-09 13:05

    This book was unlike anything else I read this month . . . and I LOVED it. You can read my review here. Seriously, guys, more people need to know about this beautiful book. So I'm excited to share it as part of my end-of-the-month giveaway! I'll be giving away a paperback copy of this book and a hardbound copy of another (which I'll reveal tomorrow!). So visit my website and subscribe to my mailing list. All subscribers will be entered for a chance to win! (Open internationally.)

  • Mihir
    2019-05-12 16:17

    Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The Songweaver’s Vow was a book whose blurb details were a hook that I simply couldn’t resist. The story had an intriguing mix of historical fiction (to a minor degree) and Norse mythology (majorly) and also one of the most original SPFBO entries (in terms of plot) that I’ve read so far in the past three years.The plot begins with Euthalia who’s travelling along with her Greek father and whose ship gets accosted by men whom we later find to be Vikings. She’s been selected as a slave or a dragon bride who is to be given to the dragon. Not knowing what that means, Euthalia is terrified and faces an uncertain future. Things however take a turn for the strange when she faces a kind persona who doesn’t reveal himself but tells her that she is his bride. Soon she’s transported to a different land wherein she finds one of the villager woman named Birna waiting to meet her. Soon she finds that she is in Asgard of yore and that she’s wedded to one of the sons of Odin but she never sees him (as he only comes in the pitch black of night & forbids her from visiting in the daylight).Thereafter she meets the various personae of the Asgardian court such as Thor, Odin, Loki, Freya, and more. But she still doesn’t know who her husband is and soon her curiosity leads her down a path wherein all the horrible Norse legends come in to play. Soon Euthalia realizes how twisted the fates can be and how capricious the gods truly can be. What I loved and enjoyed about this book was the way the author had presented this story. To the average reader (due to the advent of the Thor Marvel movies) there’s some background knowledge of the whole Asgardian entities. For readers with a definitive knowledge of Norse mythology, they will certainly enjoy how the author portrays Asgard and all of its inhabitants. From Euthalia’s point of view, it’s an interesting thing to see as she’s a person from an age wherein knowledge wasn’t easily available and we the readers having knowledge of the events & personae will certainly enjoy the thrill that the story offers.The biggest plus points of the story are the story settings and characterization. Beginning with the story settings, the way the author frames the story, we get a very “Alice In Wonderland” feel however the author quickly shows the reader and Euthalia how dangerous these new lands and people are. I loved how the author intermingled the various Norse myths about people and events and streamlined the story to reach an effective climax. Personally I’m a big fan of mythology and when used effectively it can be a huge plus. This story does that in spades and I’ve to hand it to the author for her superb use of Norse myths and quirky facts.Going on to the characters, this is where it gets tricky as we have Euthalia a human and almost everyone else is a Norse persona (gods, demons, etc.) The author wonderfully keeps the story grounded from Euthalia’s human perspective as she undergoes, awe, shock, wonderment, jealousy & a bunch of other feelings. The author wonderfully keeps the story focused within Euthalia and her husband’s love and manages to make it epic but focused tightly. I enjoyed this narrative aspect of the story which made it personal but not claustrophonic.At the same time, the author also provides a startling look in to the Asgardian persona and this is where she excels. As while we get to see all the gods from Euthalia’s perspective only, she does wonderfully well to differentiate all the gods. We get to see them with all their grandeur, cruelty, capriciousness & otherworldliness to say the least. I loved reading about them and their encounters with Euthalia. It was fun trying to decipher who Euthalia’s husband was from the legends that I knew. The author’s reveal was certainly a big surprise to me and to Euthalia as well. It’s for these two solid reasons that I couldn’t stop reading this story and I finished it within two-three days of reading at night. The story builds up slowly but surely and then the plot pace picks up nicely and then races along to a Ragnarok of a finale. The finale is definitely a stunner and ties into perfectly with Norse mythos. I enjoyed how neatly the author ties up the story in the end. There’s also a love story which is nicely tied into the main plot, in fact I would say it’s what powers the whole story. The love story is kind of subdued and for those who look for more sparks and intimacy, might be disappointed. Lastly for those looking for a lot of action and adventure might not find it to their heart’s content.What I mean is that while there’s are a few specific action sequences (particularly highlighted by Norse legends), there’s no overt action sequences like in the Marvel movies. There’s some interesting aspects of Greek mythology and story which Euthalia introduces to the Asgardians and it was interesting to note the parallels between both these mythos and how the Asgardians reacted to the various Greek tragedies and the characters within. This was an interesting contrast provided by the author and I would loved to see more of this explored within.I enjoyed how the story played out but there were certain portions in the book when the pace slackened and it made the read a bit uneven. The love story like I mentioned previously is what fuels this plot but it didn't quite have that touch of otherworldliness which I thought was otherwise wonderfully shown with the other Asgardian characters. These were the only drawbacks which I experienced within this book. I’m sure others might find other things to nitpick about it but honestly it would be very subjective. CONCLUSION: The Songweaver’s Vow is an interesting story and kudos to the author for exploring this unique angle. The Songweaver’s Vow is an imaginative cross between “Alice In Wonderland” and Norse mythology and I can’t recommend it enough. Laura Vanarendock Baugh showcases her imagination & writing skills deftly with it and I for one will be on the lookout for her next book intently.

  • Johanna
    2019-05-10 09:17

    This was … disappointing.The Songweaver's Vow is a standalone fantasy book set in the Norse pantheon. Norse Mythology! Yes! Give me!Our MC is Euthalia, she is half-greek and daughter of a trader. She travels with her father and his crew when they get attacked by vikings. To save his own skin her father just hands her over. Euthalia ends up being a sacrifice to become some Norse god's wife. Lot's of stuff happens, and then it ends … and nothing has really changed.Honestly, I don't really know what the purpose of this story was. Nobody really changed, nobody learned anything. It's just … I was sooooo disappointed. If you look past the awesomeness that is Norse mythology there just wasn't anything to the book.Euthalia as a main character was incredibly annoying, impassive, stupid and … bland! Her husband … for being a god he couldn't be more boring. What exactly is his character? Why exactly did he fall in love with her? When did that even happen? Their relationship lacked everything but most importantly passion. Hello?! She was sacrificed and forced to be his wife! And not even once does she resent him for it? They never fight! They never even talk (apart from Euthalia's storytelling which also lacked passion until we were almost a third into the book and she suddenly learned how to tell stories). And why make them fall in love so soon? Wouldn't it have been far more interesting if she had only realized her love for him the moment she lost him? That would have also made her behavior in wanting to see him more understandable. Also, why not show her how he looks the first time they met? Wouldn't it have been far more emotional if she knew what he looked like and suddenly when she starts feeling comfortable with him he starts hiding in the shadows? More passion, more drama, more angst please!Also, let's not talk about the ridiculousness of the rest of the plot. There was so much potential! It was even hinted at during the book. The Nornirs said stopping Ragnarok would have no effect if the people involved wouldn't learn from their mistakes. But noone did! The answer was basically just to put Loki back into the cave! But nothing changed! The gods are still arrogant and self-involved. Odin still killed two little boys for the supposed crimes their father commited. Thor is still and asshole. Freya got everything she wanted. Ragnarok didn't start because Euthalia freed Loki, Ragnarok started because the gods decided that humiliating and mistreating Loki and his family was a fun and completely acceptable thing to do! Yes, he is chaos, so what?! There is no order without chaos and the only way the world can be in balance is if order and chaos are in balance. Really, I symapthized far more with Loki than with any other character including Euthalia and Vidar.Why all of this? If you don't make the gods change for the better, why not let Ragnarok take its course? You chose Vidar as you love interest. He is one of the few gods who survive Ragnarok. Why not let all the gods destroy each other and Vidar and Euthalia live in peace and happiness afterwards. Yes, Ragnarok destroys the nine realms, but hey, we haven't cared about anyone in this book to begin with, so why should we care about the destruction of the worlds? Euthalia and Vidar could have ended up becoming the new gods for a new world. It's not like the Norse gods did any good for the world.Also, can I just say how incredibly annoyed I am with the fact that this whole thing basically burns down to a fight between Freya and Euthalia over Vidar (at least the none-Ragnarok part of it). Including slut shaming?! Sure, Freya is a bitch, but the whole slut shaming made me really uncomfortable and was just one more thing that made me dislike Euthalia severely.Also, what's with the title of the book? I get 'Songweaver' though I really don't think Euthalia really earned that title, but what 'vow'? Did I miss something? Are we revering to her vow to Freya to serve her? Or was there anything else.Anyway, the greatness that is Ragnarok and Norse mythology did not make up for the complete uselessness of the plot and the blandness of the main couple. I wanted the nine realms to burn and the gods to destroy each other. That would have made for an ending!

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    2019-05-18 11:53

    3.5 stars, longer review to come!

  • Lukasz
    2019-05-22 11:16

    I doubt I would ever reach for Songweaver's Vow, had it not participated in SPFBO. SPFBO rocks guys.Anyway the book tells the story of Euthalia - a youbg girl traded to pirated by her father who preferred to keep merchandise more than his daughter. She's taken to viking village and married to Vidar - son of Odin. She meets all the cool guys from nordic Pantheon and tells tchem stories about their greek fellows (Zeus, Apollo etc). Even Odin appreciates her storytelling. Sadly for Euthalia, happily for the reader things go west and of her stories inspires events that may lead to Ragnarok. THere's drama, treason and love.The Songweaver's Vow is well written and well researched book. Well known stories (at least to mythology nerds) serve to build an intrigue and drama. Euthalia needs to fight for her freedom, her husband and to stop Ragnarok. The book remains faithful to Nordic myths but adds some turns and twists to them. World building is done well but on smaller scale. The language is neat and clear and the story is told in third person perspective. I didn't particularly enjoy this narration. It lacks internalizations. We're told a lot of things - for example that Euthalia does this and this, sees this and this but we have limited access to her feelings. As a result the story lacks tension and drama and quite often feels flat.Additionally, Euthalia wasn't really intereting. She's naive, she lacks personnality and depth. Other characters lacked complexity as well. Loki had great potential but I'm not sure if it was fully used.Overall, I think the book has interesting premise but does little to really engage the reader and force him to turn pages. That's, of course, subjective opinion.

  • Mirabella
    2019-04-23 08:09

    what a beautiful gem! finally I found a book with equal quality to the books of my favorite author juliet marillier! it was magical and wonderful, I could let myself fall deep into the world of the nordic myths and excitedly follow the heroine on her adventures to save the hero and her fights to win him back. this book goes straight to my favorites folder. I will immediately check out the author’s other books and hope she has written more such gems.

  • Erica Sloan
    2019-05-16 11:59

    First, a disclaimer: I know nothing about Norse mythology except what little lore I’ve gleaned from the Marvel superhero movie universe, so I can’t speak to the accuracy of the myths and legends - or any clever twists thereof - presented in this tale.But having said that (and knowing some of this author’s other work), it’s clear that much care was taken with the research for this story. The descriptions of the world(s) aren’t overly long, but there are enough little details present to throw the reader into the familiar-yet-alien setting.For my part, I felt the writing style somewhat reflected that of the mythology it was portraying: simple and detached. There are definitely parts of heavy emotion (see: Loki’s punishment), but overall the story feels like a folktale, where it’s hard to tell how much time has passed or why exactly some characters are acting the way they are.The main character, Euthalia, undergoes some wonderful development throughout the story, going from a meek girl who hardly even thinks of resisting when she’s traded into slavery, to a young woman determined to brave the underworld itself in order to get her husband back. However, she is surrounded by characters who undergo little - if any - growth (unsurprising, given that many of them are gods and the story chooses to weave amongst the established myths and legends rather than overturn them), and her adventures sometimes feel inconsequential because of it. The tagline claims that one of Euthalia’s stories leads to murder, but I never felt like she had that much influence; she often seems a spectator to the larger scheme of things, and even at the climax - when she is working mostly behind the scenes - she never seems to have a clear idea just what she is doing.Despite that, Euthalia’s story is indeed enjoyable and engaging. She learns to seize control of her fate and go after what she wants. I can’t say I liked all the residents of Asgard, but I was rooting for Euthalia as she maneuvered among them.The book is a quick read; I finished it in a handful of sittings. If you enjoy Norse mythology, Greek mythology, or mythology in general, I recommend you accompany Euthalia as she makes her way through the realms of Yggdrasil.(One more disclosure: I received a copy in advance of the official release date for the purposes of an honest review.)

  • Janeen Ippolito
    2019-05-03 15:52

    I'm a major cultural and mythology geek, so whenever a book promises a fresh take on a classic story, I'm all in. This book fully delivers. Author Laura VanArendonk Baugh knows her mythology and uses it to full advantage. The Songweaver's Vow is an intense version of Eros and Psyche that combines thrilling action scenes with a potent, decidedly adult tale that handles the mature subjects of Norse and Greek mythology with intelligence and clarity.Usually I focus on characters first in reviews. However, in The Songweaver's Vow the gods take the center stage with their outrageous foibles and concepts of fairness (re: anything they can get away with). VanArendonk Baugh balances the over-the-top nature of Norse mythology with quiet moments of almost-humanity within each god. The main character, Euthalia, is a welcome foil to the gods with her humility, kindness, and desire to see the best in others. If she lacks a little depth and is a little over-the-top in her self-hatred over the classic Eros and Psyche curiosity blunder, this entire story is set in a large-than-life universe. Plus, her common sense morality is a refreshing contrast to pretty much every other character in the story.Note: as I mentioned, this story unflinchingly shows or refers to many foibles of the Norse and Greek gods, which are strongly mature. To contrast the coarse attitudes of the gods towards sexuality, the author portrays a thoughtful, consensual romance between Euthalia and her god-husband that also contains mature, but non-gratuitous sexual elements and a smart fade-to-black.Final Verdict: The Songweaver's Vow is an intelligent, fast-paced mythology/adventure with a core of devotion and romance. It's a rich wine with lots of high and low notes, and a clean aftertaste. Enjoy responsibly.

  • Alice turning pages
    2019-05-18 10:01

    I have to say I had such high expectations...The whole story just fell flat, there was nothing brave or kind or smart about Euthalia.never have I ever rooted for her and most of the time was just frustrated.she was supposed to be this great "songweaver" that was supposed to sweep the socks off your feet when in reality there was nothing grand.Overall the whole story felt to me more like "help, I lost my puddin" than anything else really.

  • Kira Simion
    2019-05-21 09:03

    Now that is a swell cover. 0-0

  • Lauren
    2019-05-09 08:20

    2.5 StarsI have to say I feel a little underwhelmed with The Songweaver's Vow. I thought I would have enjoyed it much more than I did since I'm a huge fan of Norse Mythology. I think the main problem for me was the main character. Euthalia (I hope that's how you spell her name) was a constant source of frustration and it bugged me to no end that she thought she could undo curses and save the world. Furthermore there very few characters that I actually liked in this book. The Gods can be incredibly unpleasant and cruel but they're cruelty to Euthalia did not make me root for her but in fact did quite the opposite. It highlighted her self importance. It's clear that the author has done an immense amount of research into creating this book and I enjoyed the way both Greek and Norse mythologies intertwined with one another.This book had a lot of promise but I think it was the main character that let it down for me.

  • Jade
    2019-05-03 11:06

    The Songweaver's Vow is a mythological fairy tale blending the Greek story of Cupid and Psyche, with the Norse tale of Ragnarok in a simple, straightforward manner that does justice to its source material while fleshing out once underdeveloped characters. Euthalia is a young girl given up by her father to viking raiders, who then sacrifice her to a dragon god. But this god is far from heartless. His name is Vidar and the two form a relationship in the dark. Vidar asks that Euthalia not look at him in the light, that they may love each other without ever seeing one another. When Euthalia breaks this promise, Vidar runs away and Euthalia must find him again all while preventing the prophesied Ragnarok from every happening.I thought the plot line for this story was unique, adding greatly to the fascinating mythological tales at its core. As somebody that has read Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green and much of Edith Hamilton's Mythology, I was familiar with many of the myths, so the rather bizarre elements (such as Loki's children) which may be a little too strange for some I knew from having read them. Somehow the odd pairing of Greek and Norse, with all of the equally odd stories intact, made for a great young adult novel.As far as characters go, Euthalia displays a balance of both strong and flawed traits and I was rooting for her to have her happily ever after. Humanizing Sigyn was a unique, unexpected element that also worked well and Loki, who I primarily read this for, gets a very fine treatment, very true to his morally-ambiguous character. The character of Freyja was also developed in a meaner way I wouldn't have expected, but it fit well within the confines of the story. Overall, the myths were treated with respect and the new elements were "weaved" in so expertly, they fit seamlessly into the narrative. I would definitely recommend this to fans of either Greek or Norse mythology and anyone who loves a good fairy tale (like me!)

  • Jett Wyatt
    2019-05-19 10:15

    Not my favorite of Baugh's books, but that's not to say it wasn't an interesting read. I am just not big on the whole Norse mythology (much like vampire mythology, it isn't appealing to me). Also, the main character is awfully young and not too bright. The naivety with which she approaches her various travails grated on me several times. Overall' not as enjoyable for me as the Kitsune books, but if you like the genre and the Norse setting, you'll probably like this book.

  • K.F. Baugh
    2019-04-30 15:14

    This book was a fascinating take on the story of Psyche and Cupid, but from a Norse mythology perspective. It was a very cool mash up of familiar gods, goddesses and stories, but presented in a completely different way. I loved the fresh take on these familiar components, and the storyline pulls you along as the lead character tries to redeem herself to the Cupid character. By blending the familiar and the unfamiliar, Baugh creates an addictively intriguing story. Highly recommended!

  • K Gale
    2019-05-02 13:09

    I love mythology and am familiar with both Greek and Norse myths, so I liked that aspect of this book. The writing was pretty good, and the idea was not exactly like anything else I've read. The characters and relationships could have used a bit more development, but I still really enjoyed the read.

  • radioactivestardust
    2019-05-06 09:58

    strange but fun retelling about the Norse gods. It starts weird, and feels pretty cheap, but soon the story opens up and you feel asgard and their strange culture come to life. The main character freaked me out, but somehow the author wanted to weave the story together, so it felt forced at times, but it stil fits.

  • Fey (feysbookishworld)
    2019-04-29 14:55

    It was really good and I enjoyed getting to know Norse Mythology and everything flowed well. I did get confused at points but other than that it's a really good book so 4.5 for me! (Full review coming soon!)

  • Avily Jerome
    2019-05-19 13:56

    I love this story. It was a really tangible world with engaging characters, both familiar and new. It drew me into the world of Norse mythology where humans can be heroes and gods can be very human, and the hope of true love is the ultimate goal.

  • Lude
    2019-05-22 13:14

    I liked it a lot. It was free with koboplus and often the books are a bit of a dissapointment. But this one was great. It has some romance, but most important it is a beautiful weaving of different myths.

  • Chez
    2019-04-24 09:11

    I want to thank the author of this book, Laura, for providing me with a copy of this book and giving me the chance to read and review it.The thing that made me interested in The Songweaver's Vow was that it’s a blend between Norse and Greek mythology. It makes for an interesting combination, and I was excited to see how it would work exactly. I’m happy to say that it worked and I loved it!The protagonist is forced to go with a group of vikings when her father traded her for his own freedom and some goods. She doesn’t know what to expect from anything as she is forced into things, a new culture, a marriage, etc. She tries to make something of a weird situation, so she ends up entertaining the Norse gods by telling them Greek stories. When her stories lead to actions and punishments she has to find a way to set right what she, in a way, has caused.Sounds good right? When I read the synopsis for the book I was immediately hooked. Not only is the story set to be amazing, the writing is also great. I finished the book in one day because it was just too good to put down. I didn’t have any problems understanding the story like you would expect. I have a bit of knowledge of the Norse and their myths so I was able to fit right in.Even if you don’t know anything about Norse mythology (or you only know what Marvel movies taught you) this book will still be really enjoyable and understandable. The protagonist doesn’t know much about the Norse either, so you get to explore the world with her.The storyline is a very interesting one. There are two sides to it that make up the whole story. You have the moments with her marriage and the consequences of the choices she, and her partner, make.Then you also have the side where she tries to fix the problems that her stories have brought. I make it sound like two individual stories, but they are entwined in the best way possible and I recommend that you pay attention to every detail because they’ll come back.That being said let’s talk about the plot twists. SO MANY PLOT TWISTS! I am laughing at myself for not seeing them coming but wow. I applaud Laura with everything I have. The moment you thought you had something figured out, something else came to laugh in your face. I think this book perfectly captured how unpredictable and manipulative some gods actually are. The plot twists made you think though. Not only did you have to look at it from the protagonist's perspective, but you also had to form your own opinion and predicaments. Euthalia really got to grow with everything that was thrown at her and she didn’t give up or back down. She is a character I now wholeheartedly respect and I will definitely come back and read her story again soon!If you end up reading (or have already read) the Songweaver’s Vow, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

  • Colleen Elizabeth Edwards
    2019-04-27 12:53

    Grand tale Thoroughly enjoyed this well written taleWritten with a lot of thought keeping it inCharacter, of the old gods, I especially Love the twist at the end

  • Alisha Torres
    2019-05-01 11:18

    Eloquently written, with adventure worthy of the Gods! The story, characters, and environments are superbly realized.

  • Melissa Alexander
    2019-04-25 13:00

    I am an unabashed fan of Laura VanArendonk Baugh -- both her fiction and nonfiction. This is yet another knockout winner!

  • Musyira
    2019-04-28 12:55

    Absolutely stunning and a great book!!!

  • Marlene Rempel
    2019-05-23 09:12

    A wonderful read. The author wove a delightful story blend Greek mythology and stories seamlessly into Norse mythology. Anchored the story with love and hope.

  • Green Iris
    2019-05-02 16:02

    This was a fantastic and thrilling novel based upon Norse mythology. You don't have to have any knowledge of the mythology to enjoy the story (I don't and still loved it) but at times it was hard to keep track of the names of people, places, and things. For that reason I gave 4 stars instead of five, but if half stars were an option I would have gone with that. This was a very enjoyable novel with well fleshed out characters, a riveting story arc, and witty and wise dialogue. I'll be looking forward to reading more from Laura!

  • Vasti
    2019-05-20 12:03

    Hero/Heroine: Euthalia.Love interest: Vidar.Cliff-hanger: No.Objectionable content: No.Personal thoughts: (view spoiler)[Loved it! Maybe it says enough that I bought it the same day it was released (and I might have stayed up till 3:30 AM to finish it...) Now let me just say I don't really know anything about Norse mythology, well except maybe what I've learned from Marvel movies... I liked both Euthalia and Vidar, though they both had their faults. I liked the way VanArendonk described the Gods and their behaviour, very mercurial and always talking in riddles. I'll be looking to more of VanArendonk's work! (hide spoiler)]Personal recommendations: Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

  • Vickie
    2019-05-08 15:55

    I enjoyed this book and would have liked to give it 4 1/2 stars. I do not have much knowledge of Mythology so it was a bit challenging in that aspect as well as the pronunciation of some of the names. Overall though I found the story compelling and a very enjoyable read!