Friday, February 13, 2015

Magni, Son of Thor, Son of Thunder

Since not a great deal is written on Magni, Son of Thor, I felt free to embellish the character. He has many of the characteristics of his father - courage, great strength, warmth, loyalty - and like his father, he's not a brilliant, cunning god but one who enjoys masculine pursuits, from drinking to fighting.

But that doesn't mean he's not perceptive and funny, although not always intentionally.

Most important of all, in addition to his power and bravery, is his compassion and inability to accept defeat.

Like Val, the Valkyrie, he's out of time but he's fit in better since he enjoys the athletic competitions of our era, in which he's participated.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Valkyrie out of Time...

I've introduced the character of a Valkyrie as one of the leads in Spear of Odin: Son of Thunder.

What is a Valkyrie? 

From Encyclopædia Britannica:

Valkyrie, also spelled Walkyrie, Old Norse Valkyrja (“Chooser of the Slain”),  in Norse mythology, any of a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla. These foreboders of war rode to the battlefield on horses, wearing helmets and shields; in some accounts, they flew through the air and sea...
Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favour; others, especially heroine Valkyries, guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them. Old Norse literature made references to purely supernatural Valkyries and also to human Valkyries with certain supernatural powers. 

 Link:  Entry: Valkyrie

Since the Valkyrie in my story is from a different age, a different time, she views the "culture" or customs of our era skeptically, given her nature and love of battle and heroism.

Initially, her introduction takes place on earth or Midgard. But soon she and Peter, the protagonist of the story, leave our world - for a time - and her powers and abilities come to the fore. He's a little overwhelmed after their first encounter, but things change.

Feel free to download a preview of the book for your Kindle or other device at this link:

Son of Thunder: The Spear of Odin Book One