by Tom Holt
As everyone knows, when great warriors die their reward is eternal life in Odin's great hall - otherwise known as Valhalla. But Valhalla has changed. It's grown. It's diversified. Just like any corporation, the Valhalla Group has had to adapt to survive. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared it for the arrival of Carol Kortright, one-time cocktail waitress, currently dead, and not at all happy. Sparkling comic fantasy from one of Britain's sharpest, funniest writers. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit web-site at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/05/2001
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841490427
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Review by wyvernfriend
Not one of his best but a readable effort from Tom Holt. Carol has died and landed in Valhalla, she isn't happy with this, neither is her dad. Odin is playing with people again but this time he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Review by Tyrshundr
In this latest comic novel, Holt returns to his trademark fusion of the modern world and Germanic myth; this time it is the Norse Warriors’ afterlife that benefits from his touch.
As with so many of his books, several (apparently unconnected) different characters take leading roles, and slowly intertwine.
Without spoiling the plot, Holt has produced a consistent explanation for what Valhalla is, and how it works, which in turn leads on to the human reaction to the threat of death and the artists relationship with his agent.
Much of what is said would not look out of place in an essay on Norse religion, but the færie dust of Holt’s humour removes any hint of dryness.
To use a cliché, I could not put this book down… until night fell and I had to put it down to turn on the lights.
Requiring no knowledge of Holt’s other works, this book will be a joy to even those who have not encountered his works before.