The Florida deity-exploiting facility may be toast, but to confront the corporation behind it Norse goddess Freya needs friends, good fortune, and the power boost that comes from worshipers, or, as they’re known in the 21st century, fans.
Freya’s high priest, Nathan, and lion-headed Egyptian goddess friend, Sekhmet, have her back. Although Freya’s portfolio of talents can clash with Sekhmet’s, goddess sisterhood proves powerful. Alerted by an ally inside corporate giant Finemdi to Ares’ prominent role there, Freya’s inner Valkyrie spurs her to take him on. But humanity’s wars have strengthened her nemesis, and Freya needs worshipers, too. After Nathan observes that celebrities attract them in droves, it’s Hollywood ho! Gorgeous, blonde Freya’s soon on a fast track to HBO-miniseries stardom. While she revels in adulation, romance blossoms between Nathan and Sekhmet, leaving Freya conflicted; she’s all about love and desire, but Nathan’s her priest. Following a succession of attacks by Finemdi, Freya attempts escape via a portal in a luxury spa operated by the Graces but accidentally delivers her crew to Finemdi headquarters. Unlike the story’s mostly white mortals, deities manifest in diverse colors, cultures, and abilities. Make-me-a-star tropes excepted, Freya retains her quirky appeal, offering wry comments and an intriguing take on deity-human interactions.
Overcoming a slow start and Hollywood clichés, this sequel eventually delivers, accelerating to a satisfying cliffhanger ending. (Fantasy. 14-18)