'Berserk' adjective - very angry and out of control. 'Berserker' noun - an ancient Norse warrior who fought with uncontrolled ferocity. A great juxtaposition for the threads and plot of this the chronological start of a 16 book fantasy cycle, introducing a world of mortals, magic, dragons, demons and shape shifting gods.
In 'Berserk', Benzal as a young boy survives the massacre of his village by Berserkers, who sailed their ship upriver. As he escapes, he discovers a baby girl survivor in the next village up stream. Benzal chooses to adopt Snip (Parsnip as she was discovered surrounded by parsnips) and they find refuge in Hidden Glen with Benzal's aunt and family. Driven by the desire to avenge the slaughter of his family, Benzal spends his life seeking Berserkers. Consumed by hate, all his choices are goal orientated for revenge. Some choices have devastating consequences for Benzal and those he loves. What defines a demon?
Berserk can be read as a stand alone and has lots of action, twists and interesting characters. Great world building. Thought provoking. Suitable for young adults.
I myself really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of this series and story arc.