Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne ~ Review

Berserker (Berserker #1)
Hardcover288 pages
Published October 10th 2017 
by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her 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. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by 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.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.


Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me a copy of Berserker for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Berserker was a unique norse mythology read with a twist of the wild west infused when the two worlds collide. 

Hannah hates herself and the ability the Norse Gods have given her. She is a Berserker and she can not control the need to kill anyone who harms the ones she loves. When they need takes her over she feels powerful but after she hates herself. Her siblings and her flee after she kills to protect her family. The are headed to America to try to start a new life.

"Now she saw how naive she had been. The quicksilver power to kill was waiting in her body at all times, even when she slept. She was like a drawn bow, with a deadly arrow quivering, singing to be set free." ~ Page 70 of ARC

Little do they know that someone is following them and is determined to bring them back. One of them has an ability similar to Hannah. Except he is experienced and trained.

Owen is a cowboy with no family to call his own except for the one who had taken him in. He never really seemed to belong though. The Siblings hire Owen to take them to their Uncle. When he meets these siblings on the run and sees the close bond they have he longs to be a part of that.

Berserker was unlike anything I had read. I was sold when I read the synopsis and it said Norse Mythology and Western. I did not know how the two would mesh together. Honestly Owen's POV was a lot harder to get into at first but Hannah's kept me going. About a quarter of the way in I was hooked all the way. You have to read this book all the way through. The growth and journey the characters take is gripping.

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About the Author:
Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, public speaker, screenwriter and former character actress. 

Emmy’s Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise ("Frighteningly real… riveting" - New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and won in 2014.!

Emmy’s new book SWEET tells the story of a luxury cruise to launch a new diet sweetener that goes comically, then tragically, then terrifyingly wrong. It got a perfect 10 from VOYA and hits the stands on June 2, 2015

Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies "Superstar," "The In-Laws" and "Nancy Drew," among others. Emmy loves visiting school and libraries. Find out more at:


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