Brianna’s Review – Freed by Amanda Carlson

Freed (Phoebe Meadows, #2)

Title: Freed
Author: Amanda Carlson
Series: Phoebe Meadows, book#2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 20, 2016


Phoebe Meadows has one thing on her mind: Free her mother.

For the last month, Phoebe has been training in the Valkyrie stronghold readying for battle. But when she stumbles into a secluded valley after a day of grueling practice, she’s given a dire prediction. Phoebe must leave the stronghold immediately with the aid of the giant, Junnal, to rescue her mother from the dark elves. If Phoebe fails, Leela will be transported to a place that can no longer be reached.

Leaving Fen behind threatens to undo her, but Phoebe stays true to the mission. Along the way, she allies with the god Baldur and an old white elf mage. Together, they storm the realm, and with the help of an angry wolf and her Valkyrie sisters, they just might stand a chance to free the valiant shieldmaiden.

But Phoebe soon learns that in order to save her mother, she might lose something too precious to sacrifice…



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*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

It has been a few months since I read the first book in this series, so I started this story a bit fuzzy on this world and these characters. However, I didn’t have long to wait to remember just why I like this series so much! Right from the start, the book is fun and action-packed, and it makes for a great beginning.

In urban fantasy, the main character of a series is often what can make or break it for me. Phoebe really makes this book. She is  tough, smart, and very good-hearted. Plus, she often acts and thinks in ways that I would, which eliminates a lot of the “oh no, don’t do that!” kind of moments I tend to have in my reading. Watching Phoebe grow from the new Valkyrie into someone stronger and more sure of herself is a big reason I feel so drawn to these books, and this story didn’t let me down at all. Phoebe goes through quite a lot of emotional trauma, but she also grows into her powers a bit more.

This series really has a great group of side characters. I loved Phoebe’s best friend Sam, who is intelligent and funny. Sam gives Phoebe a link back to her time in the human world, and I love the bond between them. I still really like Ingrid too, as she plays a big role in getting Phoebe adjusted to being a Valkyrie. This story featured some new characters as well, in the form of a cheerful god, an intriguing elf, and someone else whom I won’t talk about as it would be spoilery. Still, my favorite character is Fen. I love the relationship between him and Phoebe, and the fact that they don’t let misunderstandings step in their way. Their romance is one of my favorite things about this series.

In this book, we follow Phoebe as she prepares to go rescue her mother from the dark elves. Phoebe had to deal with rival Valkyries, some life-or-death situations, and the Norns who still want her dead. There is a lot of action in this story, as well as some more information on Valkyrie society. I like that this novel had a good balance of dark and light emotions.

I read this book in one sitting. It is a quick and fun story, which ends in such a way that I need the next book. Immediately. Stakes are very high due to the events in this novel, and I’m eager to be back in this world. For now, though, I thought this story was a solid addition to the series. The mythology is excellent, and Phoebe is a great heroine. I definitely recommend this series to urban fantasy fans who want something different. And for those who have read book one, you’re going to want to get to this one as fast as possible.



I’m a Minnesota girl, born and bred. I started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps when I was in high school. I still have the handwritten spiral notebooks to prove it.

I started writing FULL BLOODED. because kickass heroines rock and I love shifters of all kinds. There aren’t enough warm-blooded girls to go around, in my opinion. I fell into Jessica’s story and had such a great time writing it and now I couldn’t imagine writing anything other than urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When you’re creating a story in this fantastic genre, it can contain almost any elements you can dream up. Creatively, for me, there’s nothing better.

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.

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