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Gr 8 Up–Soren Bearskin and Astrid Glyn meet for the first time at a boarding school in an alternative America with places called Nebrasge and Colorada. Soren is a berserker who wants to resist his destiny to be a fighter. Astrid is a seethkona, a seer, whose famous mother has recently died. Everyone in the country is watching the television when the god of light, Baldur, does not rise from the dead for his yearly renewal. Astrid decides to seek him out, and she enlists Soren for the mission. They find him, and the journey to return him to his father without being followed is where most of the action takes place. The protagonists learn that the gods are manipulating the annual ritual to suit their needs. Soren and Astrid become romantically attached, and many sacrifices have to be made for them to deliver Baldur safely to his home. The mix of contemporary living and technology with mythology and fantasy is jarring at first, but readers will quickly get a hang for the unusual names and attributes of the characters. Hand this to fantasy lovers who might be ready to branch out of their comfort zone.–Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Soren, doomed from the start by his berserker lineage, is falling in love with Astrid, whose own lineage carries the dark power of a seer. When Baldur, the god of light, disappears, the world is thrown into chaos. Compelled to find him, Astrid and Soren instead discover a mortal man with no memory, and in an apple orchard that holds the keys of immortality, they are torn between their love for each other and the balance of the entire world. Gratton sets up an alternate universe where Norse gods are juxtaposed with typical American life in this first novel in a new series. Clever word alterations are just familiar enough, and Soren’s first-person point of view and single-minded determination to win Odin Alfather’s reward for returning his beloved son gives the quest to rescue Baldur a frantic immediacy. While Astrid dreams of apples and Soren battles the berserker rage inside, they forge new alliances and a bond of friendship that puts them squarely in the path of a cat-and-mouse game played by gods. Grades 7-12. --Charli OsborneSee all Editorial Reviews
I particularly enjoyed the narrator in this book. Soren had a complex internal conflict that was so clearly developed. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Queen Book
Considering I’m not that knowledgeable in Norse mythology, it kind of surprised me how much the summary captured my interest and demanded that I read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Misty
I like the premise of this kind of alternate history, mixed with Norse god lineages, but couldn't get past the writing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jill Florio
Got this book as a gift, read the first page and closed it. This drivel had to be the most dramatic and over bearing bulls*** I've ever read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Red Hood
Mythology of Skandinavia. Most of us think immediatelly of Thor and Antony Hopkins as Odin. But on Tessa Gratton's book the mythology merges with reality. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alexandra
I listened to the audiobook and liked it but was totally lost as far as Norse mythology goes. This is my first book ever dealing with Norse mythology and I didn't know when... Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. Geo
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Once upon a time there was a little girl (of 33) who loved to hear stories about the Norse gods. (i.e. Thor. Read more
I really liked Soren as a character. He was quiet and brooding yet determined and (oddly) humble enough I didn't hate him, despite how grouchy he got at some points. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Valette M.
Welcome to the United States of Asgard where the Norse gods walk among men and play with their fates at their whims. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. M. Martin