Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone (Gravitas Series – Sybil of Valkyrie Book 1)
Sybil from Planet Valkyrie carries a risky amount of Gravitas, a top secret aphrodisiac embedded in the Ritual Jewelry around her neck. Before she can trade it, she is attacked by an angry warrior from slave-holding Planet Roggr. Sybil lands on Earth—in the Forbidden Zone. Rescue is impossible, all portals are sealed. Can she protect herself, shield her hazardous cargo and find a way home before the Gravitas destroys her?
Other reviews for Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone (Gravitas Series – Sybil of Valkyrie Book 1)
Some synonyms for ‘gravitas’: dignity, seriousness, solemnity, gravity, sobriety, authority, weightiness. However, in this story, Gravitas is a valuable commodity and (chief?) export from the planet Valkyrie. It’s a pheromone somehow produced by the Vals (women) of the planet. The magical quality of the pheromone is that it’s not species specific. EVERYONE likes gravitas.
This is a fast, fun, fantasy read that romps through a few of Earth’s mythologies (which were all inspired by visitors from other worlds). Earthlings had this ‘mental illness’ that caused them to revere all extraterrestrials as gods and goddesses. While quaint at first, the wise beings of the universe decided it wasn’t good for the poor Earthlings, and declared the planet a Forbidden Zone.
The tone of the story reminded me somewhat of the old Barbarella movie but you have to replace Jane Fonda with Melissa McCarthy. There are some social overtones regarding body-shaming, male-dominated cultures, etc.
I dropped a star based on what I saw as some character inconsistencies. Valkyrie is a female dominant world, but both Sybil and Josu (her prime husband) easily step into role reversals without problem to better fit in with Earth culture. I would have liked to have seen a little more struggle with each of them changing from their natural order of things. Another character, Gelbrave (from the planet Roggr) initially is a warrior from a male-dominant world who can’t control his lust for Sybil and is the reason for their accidental transport to the Forbidden Zone. Gelbrave too quickly becomes Gil, a nice guy who fits in with Earth culture and inexplicably is able to handle the gravitas spurred lust that initially overwhelmed him.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a dash of rom-com.
Submitted by Les Lynam
The author was creative in describing the planets and I liked that the women were dominant and could have more than one husband. I found that part intriguing.
The main problem I had with the story was the lack of emotion. I wanted to “feel” what the characters were feeling, but the story didn’t pull me in as deeply as I’d hoped. There was too much telling and not enough showing. I enjoy books that make me feel as if I’m in the room with the characters, watching everything happen between them. This is where this story fell flat.
It did hold my interest long enough to finish it, but I would highly recommend the author take another look at it to see if she can add more emotion to bring the reader closer to the story. It has potential.