Series: Berserker Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Hanne and her siblings flee Norway after her "gift" causes her to commit murder, and on the American frontier Owen, a cowboy, leads them toward their uncle who may help them learn control.
Catalog Number: #149459
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 343 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-05520-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-05520-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016058769
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In 1883 Norway, Hanne and her family are struggling with their Nytte wers granted by Odin and passed down through their ancestors, both a gift and a curse. Hanne is a Berserker, one with the "quicksilver power to kill," who flies into a sharply skilled murderous rage when someone she loves is in danger. After a particularly gruesome display of her gift, Hanne and her siblings flee Norway for the American frontier. Hoping to meet up with their uncle in Montana, they hire a young cowboy guide and hit the road. Rich in description and compulsively readable, this novel, in which Native Americans are curiously absent, is peppered with sudden and chilling violence. Yet, at its heart it's a trail story that follows five sensitive young people through the harsh wilderness, dodging wanted posters, fighting wildcats, falling in love, and trying to shake the mysterious men who are tracking them. Frontier glory and Norse mythology abound in this genre blender, and the siblings' conflicted feelings about their Nytte provide ample material for future installments.
Publishers Weekly
In this supernatural Wild West adventure, 16-year-old Hanne and her siblings-
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-anne and her siblings are different, and nobody can know. In a small town in Norway, their powers can be a blessing and a curse. Descended from Vikings, Hanne, her two brothers, and their father possess Nyttes, gifts bestowed by the Norse god Odin intended to lead the historic voyagers to success. While her father can create intricate ships and her brothers control the weather and exhibit incredible strength, Hanne's Nytte is much more troublesome. She is a Berserker and flies into a killing rage when her loved ones are threatened. After a terrible accident, the siblings, along with their frail younger sister, must flee Norway and travel through the American frontier, hoping that their uncle in Montana can teach Hanne to control her gift. The family meets a cowboy named Owen whom they hire as their guide through the increasingly cold autumn trails. The travel party must navigate the treacherous terrain without being recognized by either the Norwegian men or the local authorities who are on their tails. Even though its set during the American westward expansion, no mention of Native American tribes is made. Laybourne has blended the fantasy of Norse gods with the American West with ease to create a coming-of-age story that is full of intrigue, adventure, budding romance, and self-discovery. The story is at times violent and bloody but, at others, is soft and touching. The blend of historical fiction and mythology is well done and the teenage protagonists are wholly relatable. VERDICT A strong purchase where fantasy and historical fiction are popular.Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ
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Word Count: 82,949
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 507565 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL720L

The highly anticipated historical fantasy from Emmy Laybourne, author of the internationally-bestselling Monument 14 trilogy. Ancient powers. Strong love. Desperate times. 1883. Hanne would give anything to be free of the ancestral Viking curse that overcomes her when she or anyone she loves is in danger. She becomes a Berserker--an elegant, graceful and shameless killer. When she kills three men attacking their father, Hanne and her siblings must flee Norway and head to the American frontier, on a desperate search for their uncle, the one man who can help Hanne learn to control her powers. Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their ancient powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await. A gripping and emotional story filled with adventure, destruction, longing and redemption.

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