The first book in Megan Crane’s new series The Edge, Edge of Obsession, starts with a bang (or two – hehe!). It’s a strange, post-apocalyptic world where these Viking-sorts are plundering the mainland – a mainland that is plagued with no electricity and very rudimentary living arrangements. If you’re looking for a super alpha Viking hero and an intelligent heroine determined to do her part to save her world, then pick of Edge of Obsession. Sex, violence, and a really fascinating futuristic world abound.
Tyr, a powerful man in a destroyed world, needs only three things to survive: his weapons, basic resources and a rotation of women to serve his voracious sexual needs. But when a beautiful prisoner grabs his attention during a mission to restock his clan’s supplies, Tyr’s alpha instincts give way to something much darker–strong, unquenchable lust that cannot be ignored…or denied.
After two years on the run, Helena is snared by this dominant group of men who roam the land unchallenged. Strong to her core and with a mission of her own, Helena knows she doesn’t have to be their captive for long. But despite all the terrible things she’s heard about these brutal beasts, Helena is overcome by intense desire for the ruthless man who has taken her. As their scorching passion escalates, Helena will have to trust in Tyr in order to save both what’s left of this desolate, torn-up world…and herself.
So the super-Viking that plunders the heroine, Helena’s, place of residence is also a super hunk. Of course, his name is Tyr (a strong, manly tough-guy name). Tyr sees this fierce young woman looking as if she doesn’t belong. Her defiance appeals to him, so in true Viking fashion, he captures her. Helena’s opinion of Tyr and his compatriots isn’t very flattering, but who can resist a crazy, sexy Viking? (For the record, not me, so feel free to send any sexy, available Vikings my way.) The plot of this one took me by surprise. I expected a much simpler plot, and ended up reading a crazy developed story with layer upon layer of subterfuge and fascinating world-building. I think the only constructive comment that I had was that I would have loved a map to refer back to. Other than that, wow.
Helena is fierce and intelligent. She has secrets that she will go to great lengths to protect – including goading a Viking into capturing her. A weird childhood and strained family relations only increase Helena’s isolation. Her drive to fulfill a family legacy keeps her going in spite of being sought by terrifying men willing to do anything to prevent her from completing her mission. Helena had really interesting responses to Tyr. She seemed to enjoy the shocking debauchery of the Viking fighters. What really stood out for me was her single-minded view of the clan. Thinking them nothing but mindless, heartless killing machines, Helena was consistently surprised with intelligence and ingenuity. Helena’s realization that these killing machines are actually people, serving a purpose for their clan, made my day.
If you’re looking for an interesting and different take on the post-apocalyptic genre, check out Edge of Obsession today! Megan Crane outdoes herself with the world-building and multi-faceted characters. This book was so much more than I ever expected. There is a modern-ish take on Vikings and clans, lack of electricity/technology, and a really fascinating social structure that reminded me of a variation on a feudal system. You’d think that it would be too much for one story, and you’d be wrong. It was perfect, and I just can’t get enough of this world. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment.