The Valkyries

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The Valkyries
The Valkyries.jpg
AuthorPaulo Coelho
Original titleAs Valkírias
GenreLove, Mystery, Spiritual
Publication date
Preceded by'Brida 
Followed by'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept 

The Valkyries (Portuguese: As Valkírias; ISBN 978-0062513342) is a 1992 novel by Paulo Coelho.

Plot summary[edit]

The book is written as a third-person narrative describing how Paulo and his wife embark on a 40 day journey through the Mojave Desert. There they meet the valkyries, a group of warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles.

At the beginning of the story, "J", Coelho's master in RAM, shows him a copy of the poem by Wilde that says "we destroy what we love" and this theme is central to the story.


Paulo: The author as himself.

Chris: Paulo’s Wife.

Mr. J: Paulo’s Master.

Gene: A guide in the Mojave desert.

Valkyries: The main subject of the book. A group of warrior women.

Valhalla: The leader of the valkyries.


  1. ^ "The Valkyries by Paolo Coelho". BookPiece. 2017-10-17.