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Synopsis (from the author): There is a World not too Far Away ...
Beneath the north sea a land of magic lies undetected. The lives of many are drawn inexorably closer together in a race against time, as both energy companies and evil beings attempt to destroy the magic which is protecting not just this land but all worlds. The unwitting protagonists have no idea of how suddenly and irrevocably their lives are about to change.
It is a race against time to try and recover the lost necklace, Brisingamen, which holds the ancient power of the Goddess Freya, and to prevent the undersea drilling from taking place. Are Aart, Matthias, Gemma and Dirck up to the challenges they now must face?
Here there be Dragons, and all manner of Creatures ...
What I liked: The Battle for Brisingamen was a great concept. Blending current archaeology (Doggerland) and mythology made for an interesting read. The different characters from Norse mythology, the mystery surrounding Gemma, and the cool blending of werewolves and vampires, kept my attention throughout the book. And the introduction of Yggdrasil into the mix capped it off for me!
What I didn’t like: Despite the cool characters, it was a little difficult to keep everyone straight - especially during battles. There were a couple of sex scenes that really didn’t seem necessary to the plot, especially between Dirck and Gemma, and the way Dirck adapted to his new circumstances was too pat for me.
Overall impression: The Battle for Brisingamen was a very good read! The story was great, the characters memorable, and the interweaving of mythology and current day was well done. I would recommend this one to fantasy readers and Norse mythology buffs!
My rating: 4 Stars
This is a complex tale that begins with Aart, a Dutch fisherman finding an ancient jawbone that scientist Dirck believes could come from Atlantis. When he and his assistant Gemma go missing, they stumble cross a magical world that draws them into a battle between mythological creatures, oil drilling companies and gods and goddesses craving the power of the necklace Brisingamen.
It works well as an episodic fantasy story, and fans of the genre will really enjoy it. It has all the elements to keep readers happy, dwarves, dragons, magic, even some sex, so something for everyone.
However, I found the style of this novel hard to get into. There are rapid shifts in time and location and each chapter transports us into another place, real or magical, where more characters appear. I found it difficult to keep up with the plot because of this, and the constant leaps from magic world to real world, left me confused.
The narrative flow suffered because of the constant shifting from location to location. Any attempt to get to know the characters fully was hampered by the fact that the reader did not spend enough time with them. As a result, I failed to care what happened to them. A lot of the magical characters lacked individual personalities, and their dialogue was often used to explain the plot rather than show it happening through action.
There are some well-described and exciting battles scenes throughout. I think the author excels in physical description and I enjoyed the passages where she let us see the world she has created. I would have liked more of this scene setting.
There are also issues with layout and grammar. The dialogue is not presented correctly on occasions and at one point when we are in the hospital with Aart, the scene is written almost like a play, which seemed unnecessary to me:
(Aart) "Two cappuccinos please."
(Looking at Zef) "Would you like sugar?"
(Zef looking down at Aart with a minute wink) "Aart, would you like sugar with that?"
(Aart looking at the attendant who was trying to look anywhere but at Aart) "No sugar for me thanks. Zef?"
(Attendant, still looking at Zef) "Three euro's please."
(Aart pulling the change from his pocket and waving it up towards her face) "Here you go!" (Feeling really annoyed, but pasting a sickly sweet smile on his face).
Having said all that, I think fans of the fantasy genre will like this book. The author does have some great moments of action and drama. Especially in the battle below the waves between, elves, dwarfs, dragons, fairies and gods and goddesses. But for me, the plotline was too mixed up and there were far too many characters.