book cover of Berserker


(The first book in the Berserker series)
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A Norse teen and her family are forced to flee to the American West to escape the effects of an ancestral Viking curse in this jaw-dropping historical paranormal romance from the author of Monument 14.

Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Hanne's brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift" - she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Berserker combines the magic of Norse mythology with the thrill of the American West with staggering results. Startlingly original, unputdownable, and electrifying." - Kass Morgan

"A completely winning, romantic, and heart-wrenching historical fantasy. Your pulse will race from page one of this rich, rugged adventure of a book." - Alyson Noël

"Emmy Labourne deftly melds Viking lore with the American West and creates something wholly new, a journey filled with heart-pounding suspense and surprising tenderness. Loved!" - Danielle Paige

"Berserker embraces the beautiful brutality of both Viking lore and Frontier tales, and it does so without resorting to tired tropes or toxic masculinity. This is a brilliantly unexpected fusion of cowboys and old gods - intense and gritty and yet surprisingly tender - but the real strength of Emmy Laybourne's writing is that, for all their superhuman abilities, her characters are so very human." - William Ritter

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Used availability for Emmy Laybourne's Berserker

Hardback Editions

October 2017 : USA Hardback

Title: Berserker
Author(s): Emmy Laybourne
ISBN: 1-250-05520-2 / 978-1-250-05520-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Berserker
Author(s): Emmy Laybourne
ISBN: 1-250-18076-7 / 978-1-250-18076-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Square Fish
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Berserker
Author(s): Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA