Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Posted July 4, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments

Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga BergNordic Fairies by Saga Berg
Series: Nordic Fairies #1
Published by Amazon Publishing on September 4th, 2013
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 44
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Nordic Liosálfar Svala and Viggo have been in love for a thousand years. After two years apart Svala turns on her TV to find Viggo in the public light, posing as a movie star. She tries to seek him out and the events that follow forces some deep buried secrets to surface...

Svala and Viggo have spent a hundred lives together over the last thousand years. As Liosálfar, Nordic light fairies, their job is to do good and to uphold a balance in the mortal world. A balance, often compromised by the Döckálfar, Nordic dark fairies.

But even good fairies need incentive.

Svala and Viggo are kept apart each life until they fulfill their assignments. Only when, and if, they succeed are they allowed to be together for whatever period of time the powers that be decides. Sometimes they are together for decades, other times years and during the last union once only three weeks.

In this life, Svala turns on her TV and learns that Viggo has become a popular movie star. This is not only highly unexpected, it indicates something is wrong and that Viggo is attempting to contact Svala before their assignments are carried out, an action which is strictly forbidden.

Svala seeks him out, but not without breaking a few rules of her own, and learning that things are not always as they seem.

I did not realize that this was a novella when I bought this.  I was very shocked that it was so short! That was my own oversight.  I have nothing against novellas, but I felt that, overall, Nordic Fairies was lacking and very flat.

Nordic Fairies doles out the story, bits and pieces at a time.  What was in the first part of the series was lackluster. Which is sad, since I thought the idea was very appealing. Starcrossed lovers is a fantastic guilty pleasure read.  Tying into Norse mythology just added the appeal factor to the line.  Sadly, I could never really connect to the people in the plot.  This story read more like an outline than an actual novel.  I also do not want to pay 2.99 for 36 pages. I believe that the series is up to #5 at this point.  At 2.99 for 3 to 5 chapters, you end up paying around 15 bucks for this story.
I am also very unclear about the world building.  The audience hears a lot about assignments and the balance of the world, but we never get to see the actual assignments.  The entire plot of the first book was completely muddled. The two main characters need to stay apart, OR ELSE, but that threat seems to wear off towards the last chapter.
I think this author has promise, but overall, it seems that this idea was put down on paper and sold off without any real thought behind the storyline. The length didn’t bother me, but the dull and cardboard characters felt like a huge letdown.


8 responses to “Novella Review of Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

  1. I haven’t heard of this before, but from your review, I can tell that it won’t work much better for me. Novellas and short stories never really appeal to me anyway (unless that are a part of a series I already enjoy). Thanks for the helpful review, Lyn!

  2. Honestly, I love almost any fariy story. But I was turned off by just the GR summary which seemed awfully repetitive and I lost a bit of interest there. Just not really attention grabbing by the end of it. And I would’ve been mad if I’d paid $2.99 for only 36 pages. That’s about as bad as some of these high-end published books being almost as expensive as a hardback. It DOES sound promising, but not something I’d go after in the long-run probably. Sorry it didn’t end up working out for you as you’d planned, either.
    Pretty cover, though. And great review! 🙂


  3. Eeeh, sounds like a mediocre story, and seriously, 2.99 for 36 pages? That’s robbery. At least it would feel like that to me. Sorry you didn’t have a grand time with it, and I don’t see myself getting it either 🙂 Thanks for the review!

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

  4. See, I hesitate at paying 2.99 or whatever for a novella unless it’s an author I love, like Rae Carson, I would pay 4$ for her novellas if I had to. I’m sorry this one was such a disappointment. Better luck next time, I guess!

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