This violent, glorious book is about a 16 year old female Berserker who has to flee Norway in 1883 for the American West in order to evade the strictures of the law long enough to seek guidance from a long lost uncle who just may be able to help her contain her instinct to mercilessly slaughter anyone who threatens her family.
Berserker combines all the best parts of Norse mythology, historical fiction, and a solid Western. Think Vikings meets True Grit.— From Anje
A Norse teen and her family are forced to flee to the American West to escape the effects of an ancestral Viking curse in this jaw-dropping fantasy novel from the author of Monument 14.
"Berserker is a triumph, introducing a wholly-new breed of Viking superhero." ?Alyson Noel, New York Times- bestselling author of The Immortals series
"A brilliantly unexpected fusion of cowboys and old gods..." - William Ritter, New York Times-bestselling author of the Jackaby series
Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?
Hanne's brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.
No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state.
Now the siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.
Aided by Owen Bennett, a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.
The thrills of the journey sweep Hanne and Owen together in romance, but their new love means nothing unless they can escape the ruthless men chasing them down.
Can they reach Hanne's uncle, the one man who can teach her how to control her drive to kill?