There are many things that Rory would like to forget about his childhood growing up in rural Arkansas. Sometimes, he’d even like to forget about Joe, his mentally challenged older brother, both his closest friend and biggest problem. But when a young girl named Sylvia shows up, claiming to be a Valkyrie sent by the Norse god Odin to deliver Rory to Valhalla, he will have to face the past he’s tried to lock away.
Among the multitude of different mythologies out there, one of the more interesting and even popular is that of the Norse gods. Just imagine what it would be like if you found yourself being thrown headfirst into a world where myth becomes reality. Personally I’m not even sure how I would react, but in Long Walk to Valhalla, we get to walk in someone else’s shoes and see how they do.
Our main character Rory has had a pretty challenging life growing up in a small Arkansas town. Between dealing with a meth cooking father and taking care of his mentally challenged older brother, his childhood is one he wants to forget. On his way to hopefully putting all that behind him, his car breaks down and happens to run into a young girl named Sylvia. Right away, she claims to be a Valkyrie that was sent to bring him to Valhalla, which is definitely not how he imagined leaving his old life. As the story moves on and he slowly begins to realize she may not be crazy, we experience a handful of the experiences from his past that he has to come to grips with.
This unique story also came with a pretty unique style of illustration that grew on me pretty quick. It has looser approach to the linework, but it is in no way sloppy. Although predominantly black and white, it mixes in some blue throughout the story and was a neat way of keeping it from being completely monochrome.
It’s kind of hard to really explain this story in detail and is one that should really be experienced first hand. What’s really interesting is how quickly it goes from a fairly normal story to one that completely blurs the lines between what we know and what we can only imagine. By the end of this very original story I was more than pleased with having read it and is one that everyone should have an opportunity to check out.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.