Berserker (Berserker #1)


Berserker #1

Ancient powers. Strong love. Desperate times.

A Norse teen and her family are forced to flee to the American West to escape the effects of an ancestral Viking curse in this jaw-dropping fantasy novel from the author of Monument 14.


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“[Hanne’s] internal struggle with her brutal nature as a berserker is intensely real and will resonate with readers who feel beset by forces outside of their control. A bloody and fast-paced genre mash-up.” —Publishers Weekly

Berserker is a triumph, introducing a wholly-new breed of Viking superhero.” —Alyson Noel, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals series

“Rich in description and compulsively readable.” —Booklist

“This is a brilliantly unexpected fusion of cowboys and old gods―intense and gritty and yet surprisingly tender―but the real strength of Emmy Laybourne’s writing is that, for all their superhuman abilities, her characters are so very human.” —William Ritter, author of the New York Times-bestselling Jackaby series

“Emmy Laybourne deftly melds Viking lore with the American West and creates something wholly new, a journey filled with heart-pounding suspense and surprising tenderness. Loved!” —Danielle Paige New York Times-bestselling author the Dorothy Must Die series

Berserker combines the magic of Norse mythology with the thrill of the American West with staggering results. Startlingly original, unputdownable, and electrifying.” —Kass Morgan, author of New York Times bestseller The 100


“As soon as I saw that Berserker was being promoted as Norse mythology meets western novel, I knew I had to read it. To my delight, it turned out exactly as promised and Emmy Laybourne did a fantastic job of weaving those two disparate genres together. Berserker was a surprisingly touching story that was full of adventure, family, and magic.” — Tara, Spinatale Reviews

“This singularly unique reading experience combines super-cool settings, real history and jaw-dropping action sequences in a way that that is as rare as a pearl in an oyster and just as perfect. I have really enjoyed the author’s other books, but this is some next-level stuff. Darn you, Emmy Laybourne! You have spoiled the rest of my summer reading stack! — Jen Hubert, Reading Rants

“What a great, gripping, thrilling read!!! Emmy Laybourne really knows how to pull the reader in with the Norse/Viking mythology. I could not put this book down…” — B. J. Neary, Amazon Reviewer

“A thriller for fantasy and history nerds. This is a fun and exciting adventure that is a masterful mix of magical fantasy, western adventure, and historical romance that is a thrilling read. The sibling relationships are especially realistic and well developed.”  — Kim, Amazon Reviewer

“Berserker is a fast-paced story with plenty of originality… With a distinctive vibe, magic, action, and cowboys to boot, Berserker covers rarely charted territories with fierce precision. We can’t wait to see where the series goes from here!” — Kait, Goodreads Reviewer

“I highly enjoyed the whole book. I think other readers who enjoy action, adventure, and mythology will fall in love with this story as I have. I am already dying to get my hands on book two, Ransacker!” — Taylor M., Goodreads Reviewer



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