Read Like a Viking: Books for Teens

Are you a fierce seafaring warrior who enjoys raiding Scandinavian villages? Perhaps you're a god or goddess from Norse mythology who needs something to read while you take a break from messing with the lives of mortals. Here are some books to help you read like a Viking.

Start with Sky in the Deep, where ax-wielding Viking Eelyn defends her family against an enemy clan. When she's taken to the other tribe's village, she realizes that they're more alike than different. 

In Between the Blade and the Heart, Malin trains to become a Valkyrie who returns immortals to the afterlife, but soon discovers that her mother never completed her own mission. 

For something lighthearted, try Freya. The Norse goddess of love teams up with divine ladies from other parts of the world to fight bad guys. She also poses as a princess in a theme park.

If the seafaring part of the equation sparks your interest, pick up Seafire, a tale of tough female pirates.

If you're in it for the bloody battles, check out An Ember in the Ashes, where Elias and Helene train at a ruthless military academy and compete to become the next emperor. In And I Darken, Lada, a reimagined female Vlad the Impaler, takes no prisoners.

Lastly, although it's written for a slightly younger audience, I have to mention Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan's action-packed yet hilarious series about a homeless teen who finds out he's the son of the Norse god Frey.

What do you think Vikings would read?

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