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Slay: A Freya Novel


Slay: A Freya Novel

The Freya series by Matthew Laurence is an urban-fantasy book series following our main character, Freya. After years in hiding, Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty, is finally hunted down by the secret organization Finemdi, an organization that is tracking down all gods and abusing them for power. Freya has lost all of her powers in the past millennia, making her an easy target to be captured by Finemdi. While Freya does eventually escape from Finemdi with the help of her newest high-priest and a few Hawaiian goddesses, Finemdi is still out loose and is even more dangerous than before.

"SLAY has a story you won’t see coming, along with fun, charming and well fleshed-out characters."

Now, in the second novel, SLAY, Freya decides that the only way she and her allies will ever be able to defeat Finemdi is through gaining power. With this new goal in mind, Freya goes to Hollywood, attempting to get worship from people by working as an actress. But before Freya is able to receive all the power she needs to defeat Finemdi, they end up finding her and Freya has to fight them off once again.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from SLAY; when I first read FREYA, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even with the issues I had with the plot. The Freya series is different when compared to other novels like it since it attempts to balance both contemporary and fantasy themes by using its strange magic system (gods gain more power by the number of people who believe in them, so Freya gains her belief by becoming an actor). SLAY deserves praise simply for its uniqueness; while there are countless of books that use mythology as a base for the plot, SLAY has a story you won’t see coming, along with fun, charming and well fleshed-out characters.

When it comes to the contemporary moments of SLAY, it often has to do with depictions of Hollywood and romance. When Freya first gets to Hollywood, she is forced to find her own way towards fame. Obviously, she uses the little amounts of magic she has to do this and ends up making a few enemies in the acting scene, as well. Matthew Laurence’s depictions of Hollywood are entertaining and enjoyable, even when they could be a tad over-dramatic at times. I loved seeing the rivalry Freya had by becoming an actor and hope on seeing more of it in the next book.

The fantasy elements, on the other hand, are a bit lacking at times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if readers are okay with that. There were always those fantasy elements even in the contemporary parts of the novel, but they don’t really show up much until the last third of the novel. In fact, the last third of SLAY was stunning; it had a major character death readers won’t see coming, intense fight scenes and an ending that only leave you in anticipation for the final book in the series.

Matthew Laurence’s Freya series is full of fun, lighthearted reads that question your own morals as well as keep you engaged with its uniqueness. It’s a series I would recommend to those who are looking for a fantasy with more contemporary themes, or if you’re looking for a fun read that has darker themes hidden under the surface.

Reviewed by Marco M., Teen Board Member on May 9, 2018

Slay: A Freya Novel
by Matthew Laurence