The members of SG-1 find themselves in the middle of an eternal alien battle, and turn to Jonas Quinn for help.
Valhalla, the legendary afterlife of Norse mythology. A place where Viking warriors rise with the sun to do battle on the field of honor to prove themselves worthy of the Allfather Odin.
A place where death only lasts the night, the fallen rising each morn to fight a new day.
A place where SG-1 is caught amidst the chaos and carnage until they can acquit themselves admirably to earn a meeting with the Allfather himself. Though Jack O’Neill had a reasonable question regarding his and the rest of SG-1’s participation in the whole battle to the end of eternity thing: “So how about us? If one of us gets hurt or dies, will we be healed?”” Unfortunately the answer he received was an enigmatic, “Find out for yourself.” Talk about learning the hard way.
Author Tim Waggoner does a spectacular job of blending Norse mythology and scientific techno-babble into a nicely wrapped SG-1 adventure. He went back to the basics of what made Stargate SG-1 such a great show to begin with. The book takes place sometime in Season Seven, after Daniel rejoined the team and Jonas had went back to his home world Langara.
The only disappointing thing about the book is that the whole thing takes place from the perspectives of Sam and Jonas. It would have been nice to see short segments of the story from the others’ point of views, as most of the novels do.
It was also somewhat disappointing that Daniel doesn’t have a large part. Though he was with the team from beginning to end, Jackson didn’t have all that much to say in the story, and that’s just not like our resident archaeologist.
Even so, Valhalla is a great book and an interesting read. Waggoner delves into an interesting arena on both Valhalla and Langara. Readers get an in-depth look into Jonas’ life back on Langara and his feelings towards a certain lab assistant, as well as a classic example of good intentions paving the road to … a very hot place. And while Colonel O’Neill’s part in the book was also a little smaller than what I personally would have liked to seen, we were never lacking for a dose of his laconic humor — for example: “Sorry to break up the fun, but I gotta call a technical foul on that last play. Illegal use of a mythological figure.”
Teal’c also gives O’Neill a run for his money in the humor department when Surtr tells him, “You are but a child when compared to me.”
“That is no insult to me,” Teal’c said with a grim smile, “for you have not seen Jaffa children at play.”
And you have to add points for the incorporation of the World War I Air Force drinking song, “Stand to Your Glasses Steady.” I can’t think of a better comparison, all things considered.
In my opinion Tim Waggoner’s Valhalla, is a necessary read for any Stargate SG-1 lover. Even though we don’t always get to see as much as we’d like of certain main characters, everyone is still there as the team stumbles upon “fields of dreams” in a world full of lies.