The Strange Maid (The United States of Asgard #2) - Tessa Gratton

Fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater will embrace the richly drawn, Norse-influenced alternate world of the United States of Asgard, where cell phones, rock bands, and evangelical preachers coexist with dragon slaying, rune casting, and sword training in schools. Where the president runs the country alongside a council of Valkyries, gods walk the red carpet with Hollywood starlets, and the U.S. military has a special battalion dedicated to eradicating Rocky Mountain trolls.

Signy Valborn was seven years old when she climbed the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather, who declared that if she could solve a single riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. For ten years Signy has trained in the arts of war, politics, and leadership, never dreaming that a Greater Mountain Troll might hold the answer to the riddle, but that's exactly what Ned the Spiritless promises her. A mysterious troll hunter who talks in riddles and ancient poetry, Ned is a hard man to trust. Unfortunately, Signy is running out of time. Accompanied by an outcast berserker named Soren Bearstar, she and Ned take off across the ice sheets of Canadia to hunt the mother of trolls and claim Signy's destiny.

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Release date: June 5, 2014
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Expectation rating: 9.00/10
Total ratings: 1
Updated: August 16, 2021

The United States of Asgard :: Series

A fully realized alternate universe, Asgard has all the trappings of modern American society (cell phones, cars, rock bands, evangelical preachers) but is founded on the tenets of old Nordic religions: the President runs the country from the White Hall alongside a council of Valkyries; gods walk the red carpet with Tinseltown starlets. The U.S. military has a special battalion dedicated to eradicating the threat from Rocky Mountain trolls.

The Weight of Stars: Three United States of Asgard Novellas
Glory's Teeth: A Novella of Hungry Girls and the End of the World
Lady Berserk: A Novella of Dragons, Trickster Gods, and Reality TV
Gold Runner: A Novella of Goblins, Theft, and Teenage Gods
The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard #1)
The Strange Maid (The United States of Asgard #2)
The Apple Throne (The United States of Asgard #3)