Heathen, Vol. 1 – Natasha Alterici (ARC Review)

A graphic novel about a lesbian viking who’s been exiled from her home, so she goes off on an adventure to save the former queen of the Valkyrie, Brynhild, and to rescue other LGBTQ+ individuals so they don’t have to fear the same fate she underwent?

Do you think it was even possible for me to read this fast enough?!

This story was AMAZING. The artwork is stunning, the characters are warm-hearted and pure, and the plot is so intriguing and fantastic. I’m always a sucker for a warrior heroine – especially a lesbian one! – and Aydis is genuinely just… flawless. She has such a good soul and wants so badly to do the right thing, and I loved every moment of getting to know her character.

Every side character in this story is also absolutely splendid. There’s Brynhild, who’s a raging badass despite nurturing her own inner turmoils. Freyja, who is mischievous and scheming and yet altogether a complete sweetheart. There’s Saga, the fantastic horse, and the wolf brothers, Skull and Hati, who are endearing and a little bit comical… I just can’t say enough good things about the cast of this graphic novel.

I cannot wait to read more of Aydis’ story! I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good fantasy adventure, especially if you enjoy solid queer rep and some fun viking lore.

Content warning: This book does have some minor nudity as well as portrayal of homophobia, so proceed with caution if either of these things bother you!

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Literati Press for granting me a review copy of this graphic novel! All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Releases Aug 8 in paperback, July 19 on Kindle!


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Just a children's librarian/horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, grad school, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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