Warrior Witch
C. Dean Andersson
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Buy *Warrior Witch: Bloodsong Saga, Vol. 1* online Warrior Witch: Bloodsong Saga, Vol. 1
C. Dean Andersson
Hawk Publishing
218 pages
April 2000
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

Promises from Hel, the Goddess of Death, sweetened Bloodsong's desire to finish what Nidhug had begun many moons ago.

The forces of evil pitted against evil, Hel swore vengeance upon the man who dared to steal the War Skull from her embrace. Rumored to be cast down by Odin, Hel bargained with a captive dying by the hand of Nidhug. Hel needed her service, for Bloodsong was the only person who could win the battle against her foe. But first Freyadis had to die the mortal death.

Six years later the prophecy unfolds. A warrior in black rides from the North. Unstoppable. Bloodsong rides this mission for the sake of her daughter, Guthrun.

Nidhug wished to rule overall and would stop at nothing to gain the impossible. If only he could make the War Skull work to the full capacity, the impossible would become quite possible. Yet it does not respond as expected even after numerous experiments using Hel-Warriors, Wizards, and Witches as its victims. Centuries later, his worst nightmare has come true: a Hel-Warrior comes riding, and Nidhug has allowed the powers within to lie dormant. Without the strength of the witchcraft knowledge, he must use magic of lesser intensity to battle his foe. Even so, he can not let Hel win.

With centuries claiming youth, Nidhug's spells are failing. Aging comes quickly, and with it his agility has slowed. Now, to keep his senses intact, he must acquire youth from his slaves. But his memory has already failed, leaving permanent gaps where the ancient spells once resided. Nidhug believes he shall prevail for he has multitudes of memories and centuries behind him. Therefore, Nidhug refuses to give up without a fight. He will let neither Bloodsong nor Hel win this time. He must remain in control.

The people of old said, "Hel laughs last."

Two warriors battling for truth, revenge, justice, and peace. A third party wanting it all. Forunately, Hel believes Bloodsong will succeed where others have failed but will Bloodsong's warrior skills and magic wielding abilities be enough to stop Nidhug?

Vivid scenes. Andersson sets the reader in the middle of the action. Not an easy story to lay aside, Warrior Witch (originally published in 1985 by Warner Books under the title Warrior Witch from Hel) is a classic to read again and again.

© 2002 by Brenda Ramsbacher for Curled Up With a Good Book

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