by Steve Curry
Series: Valhalla AWOL #1
Narrator: Gary Bennett
Length: 7 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Being a bouncer at a heavy metal/goth bar sounds pretty exciting...unless you're one of Odin's Chosen Warriors hiding out from Valhalla and your past. So Magnus a.k.a. Mouse is less than thrilled when Fate drops a supernatural murder at his feet. Is there any way he can stop the killer without tripping over his own secrets? Or will the cops, the feds, or his Valkyrie find him first? And can someone explain how his pet raven is learning to speak Norse?
I am always looking for new urban fantasy series on audio and was drawn to Austin Wyrd by Steve Curry, for the promise of Norse mythology. This is the first audio in the Valhalla AWOL narrated by Gary Bennett. The tale offered a modern-day Norse tale with humor and intriguing characters.
Curry delivered a fresh tale, steering clear of familiar tropes and infusing Norse mythology into this urban fantasy. Our protagonist Magnus Gustav a.k.a. Mouse is a bouncer at a heavy metal bad in downtown Austin, Texas. Trouble begins when he finds a mutilated body by the dumpsters.
There is a lot to like about this first in series. We learn Magnus is one of Odin’s Chosen Warriors hiding out from Valhalla. When we first meet him, he is feeling off. His senses, balance and intuition seem for lack of a better word sluggish. All of which causes him to get his head pummeled more than once.
The secondary characters are intriguing. I loved the dog, the raven, and the fox. The fox is a bit of a mystery, and I hope we learn more. The Professor, Drew and Maureen all had aspects I liked and I am keen to learn more.
The world-building was loose, particularly with the Norse mythology. While I have read numerous fiction novels surrounding these lores not much was explained for those unfamiliar to the mythology.
The book has been likened to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, and I can see that from the humor to the sexualized females. In one scene he is battling a female and his eye wonder to her breasts and the smoothness of her skin. You get the point. Since this didn’t bother me in Butcher’s books, I rolled with it here.
Gary Bennett narrates and brought these characters to life. I enjoyed his pacing and different accents. I felt he captured the characters and added an extra layer of enjoyment.
Austin Wyrd was a solid start to the series and Curry set listeners up nicely for book two, Wyrd Gere.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
oh no! didn’t anyone warn her about love and demons ?
Debbie S Haupt
I’m like you Kim always looking for good books in this genre and it looks like I might really like this. It’s been such a tough month, trying to keep the spirit high when I also want to hide under my covers. I need something to look forward to and books have always been there for me.
Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
This sounds fantastic! My husband and I are always looking for different series to read together and this one looks perfect. 🙂
Lover of Romance
I do love seeing how authors capture the characters so well, I do love Norse mythology but don’t see it too often in books and would love to see more of it.
Anne - Books of My Heart
This sounds wonderful! UF is my favorite although I’ve been on a mystery/thriller binge lately.
Angela @ Simply Angela
Oh my goodness, this one sounds amazing. I love the Norse feel of this one and now I’m intrigued to see how the Norse totem animals play into this. Adding this one to my list! Great review, Kimberly.
Yeah, this does sound like something fresh and fun in UF. I’ll have to put it on the list.
You know I can’t resist a story that has anything to do with Texas!