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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Albert Frietag lives in a quiet little town in Minnesota and as the deputy sheriff, it’s his job to keep it that way. Unfortunately, his past work as an undercover agent for the FBI has kept him a person of interest to both the FBI and the group of local Nazis he’d previously infiltrated. The FBI simply wants to keep an eye on him and recruit him as a field agent once he finishes his schooling; the Nazis have more dangerous work in mind.

The local Nazi leader brings Albert back into the fold and gives him the task of working as a double agent for the FBI in order to rid the Nazis of competition, as well as regain an artifact of interest. With war on the horizon for the United States, Albert now has to leave his very pregnant wife and travel to northern Minnesota with an attractive German woman. He has to try to keep the Nazis happy, keep his family safe as well as do what he should as an officer of the law.

Albert soon finds that things are not quite as clear cut as he previously thought. It turns out that the woman he is to meet is named Hulda and she, as well as some of the German Nazis, believe in the Old Norse Gods. Albert finds himself feeling more and more unclear about the tasks at hand and whether or not it is all real while Hulda spins tale after tale of the Old Gods as well as the agenda of the Aryan nation.

The job takes a dangerous turn when Hulda reveals that she believes the goddess Freya will manifest herself in human form and the form she has chosen is none other than Albert’s soon to be born daughter. Albert must make some quick decisions and try his best to outsmart the witch-like Hulda to keep him and his family safe before it’s too late.

Freya’s Child is the third book in The Spiral Bridge Mystery Series and I would suggest reading the first two before picking up Freya’s Child. You can pick up the story just fine, but I found myself wondering about past events and wishing I’d read them so that I would know a little more about how the characters got where they were. The story is fairly interesting, but it doesn’t have as nice of a flow as I normally prefer. Hulda goes on a lot of tangents about Norse mythology and the Old Gods in an effort to explain her beliefs and actions to Albert. She believes herself to be a high priestess and believes that the Gods speak with her and have give her tasks to carry out personally. The background information is helpful, but I felt it just went on and on and disrupted the flow of the main story.

I did enjoy Freya’s Child, but as I mentioned before, I would recommend reading the previous books in the series before picking up this one. I am also curious as to whether or not a fourth book will be published. It would be interesting to see how the events in this book play out and what happens to Albert and his family. Is he going to join the FBI full time? Is Hulda going to be captured? Will the Nazis realize Albert’s true goals and be angry about it? What will happen when the United States joins the war? I guess I’ll have to hold my breath and wait for the next installment.

Rating: 3/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

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