“Rayden Valkyrie is a fantasy heroine who can stand tall and proud alongside Red Sonja (Robert E. Howard), Jalav (Sharon Green), Estri (Janet E. Morris), Raven (Richard Kirk), Morgaine (CJ Cherryh), Paks (Elizabeth Moon), and – of course – Xena.”
-Beauty in Ruins Book Blog
“She is the epitome of a badass, cool weapons, warrior skills, and a strict moral code. She is a true heroine who fights for those who need her help and metes out swift, harsh justice to her foes and those who prey on the weak.” – SwillBlog Book Review
“Rayden is a no nonsense woman who takes her men by her choice and her’s alone. She battles injustice as she sees it and internally philosophizes as she travels. She faces horrific danger with pragmatic good humor and depends on her wits and strength of arm to see her through her occasionally self destructive behavior.” – Azure Dwarf Book Blog
“Heart of a Lion is an awesome book in the ‘Sword and Sorcery’ school of Robert E. Howard. Stephen Zimmer writes the action in sparse style, but its this sparse style that lets the characters come alive to the reader. Letting the characters move and breath in a cinema of the mind.” – Amazon.com Reader Review
“Just finished Heart of a Lion, and it was a fun journey through a well-imagined landscape of giant winged spiders, slave uprisings, and narrow escapes following the indomitable Rayden Valkyrie. She is an interesting character – a great warrior with a heart who seeks to “set things right” when she encounters injustice.” – Amazon.com Reader Review
“This novel grips you from the very first page and never lets go. It has some great action, as well as interesting characters that really make the world come alive.” – Amazon.com Reader Review
Synopsis of Heart of a Lion
Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.
A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.
The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.
Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.
Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.
Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.