The Hanged Gods Trilogy by Thilde Kold Holdt – Review and Spotlight

Today is my stop on The Hanged Gods Trilogy blog tour from The Write Reads – I’ll be bring you a review of the first book – Northern Wrath and a Spotlight on books two and three – Shackled Fate and Slaughtered Gods. Slaughtered Gods the third and final book in the trilogy has recently published.

Northern Wrath

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods.

A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim.

A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken.

The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their
tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save
the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

The first in the Hanged Gods Trilogy certainly kicks this story off an epic scale. Told across different POV this story has everything – Norse Gods, Shapeshifters, Magic, Longships and Fighting – lots and lots of fighting. If well described and worked out battle scenes are your thing then this book is definitely one you will enjoy.

 For me the writing falls just on the right side of too much description – there is a lot of detail given across the book, how the wind blows, how things feel, what everything looks like, all things that add to the rich description of the world but staying on the right side of drowning out the plot. I should say here that I am one of those people who can’t visualise when they read, it’s the words only so I can find overly descriptive books a turn off, this one hit a sweet spot of great world building without getting bogged down.

I was hooked all the way through, although it did take me longer to read than I anticipated – there was so much packed in that you really needed to pay attention but at no point did I lose interest, it was such a rich plot.

The author did a great job of managing multiple POV chapters – unlike some books I’ve read that use this model there wasn’t a character that I wanted to skip over. I did particularly enjoy the one that followed Siv though, I found her really interesting.

It’s hard to know what to write about without giving away things better discovered by getting lost in this book for yourself, so many things link together even when you may not expect them too. I will say that I really enjoyed this one and have moved straight on to book 2!

Shackled Fates

As Ragnarok looms, the trickster Loki breaks free from his chains.
In the battle to come, all shall die, but Ragnar will do anything to save his gods.

Einer scours the nine worlds for Hilda, who walks among gods and goddesses, searching the
truth of the Runes.

For centuries Siv has run from her past, but she knows that to protect her daughter, and Midgard,
she will have to face her worst fears.
It is time to confront the Alfather.

Slaughtered Gods

The great wolf howls for Ragnarok to begin. The half-giant Einer leads an army of the dead to
clash with the golden shields of Asgard. The nornir tie and retie their threads, as Loki’s and
Odin’s schemes unfold… and unravel. For not even cunning gods and giants see every part of
the web.

As the survivors of the burned village of Ash-hill converge on the final battle on Ida’s Plain, only
two are truly free to choose their paths and prevent the annihilation of the nine worlds: a
storyteller who holds all destinies in his hands, and a shieldmaiden with no destiny at all.

With thanks to The Write Reads for inviting me on the tour and Solaris books for review copies in exchange for honest review.

All three books in The Hanged Gods trilogy are available now.