- File Size: 1174 KB
- Print Length: 403 pages
- Publisher: Dark Matter Norway Publishing; 1 edition (April 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TIZ74U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Child of the Jotun (Under a Black Sun Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In her novel Child of the Jotun, Juliana Loomer weaves the story of a nun from California who flees to Norway when she is notified by the parole board that her stepfather is released from prison. Once in Norway she begins a spiritual transformation and realizes that she no longer fits with the Catholic Church and leaves behind her life as a nun. Soon after her arrival in Norway, Jennifer meets a "Mountain Man" who both frightens and intrigues her at first and after some time, the two become connected in more ways than one. He begins to teach her of the "Old Ways" and her place in this new life. The two have more than her stepfather to battle along the way though.
First I have to say, I absolutely love the cover art! I enjoyed the storyline for the most part; however it wasn't the thriller I was expecting. From the description on Amazon I thought it would be more about the demons that were chasing her. The novel seems to focus on the spiritual and romantic part of her journey, which I am not a fan of unfortunately. I do love the idea of the ancient gods and the main plot of the story, just not the particular way the journey was written.
There were many large (and uncommon) words throughout the novel as well, which made it a slightly difficult read for the average person. Perhaps I feel this way because I tend to read Young Adult novels, which tend to be quicker and easier to read. There were also several Norwegian terms used and while the author does provide a glossary at the end of the novel, reading it on a Kindle made it a tad lumber some to check it over and over. In addition, the novel could really use a once over by a good editor, there were numerous typos or splintered sentences in the book, things that would be very easy to miss if you were speed reading or if you were the writer and knew what it was meant to say.
Overall I enjoyed the story though I probably would not read it again. The plot was interesting and I did feel a connection to the characters and that propelled me to read the rest of the book.
The story in short is about Jennifer who has had a very troubled past and is now a nun at a Convent in California, but when threat from the past comes back to hunt her she is forced to leave her own country. A convent in Norway is willing to give her protection and in Norway she meets a man called Torvør who is going to change her life in ways she could never imagine.
It is a story about love, eternal love, love to the universe but it is also a story about how fragile we are as humans and the painful choices we have to make to be free. In a way I found it to be a social commentary on how wrapped up we are in material gain, superficial beauty and that we have somehow lost ourselves and forgotten who we are.
The characters of this story have to go through so many extremely painful experiences where they have to face their own fears and really trust in the knowledge that they have gain. How to be brave even if death can be the outcome? The people in this book are warriors and they have to face dangers from other realms and there are a lot of sacrifices on their patch. This book will take on a voyage to other worlds and dimensions and the Gods of the North have a major part in this war against the destruction of the world. As for Jennifer and Torvør we will see how they grow as human beings and how their extremely intense relationship develops. If you like raw passion then this is definitely a book for you.
The major reason I think this book is amazing is because it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. I like book that makes me feel alive and that also makes me think. This book takes you to other dimensions that are both magical and frightening and we'll meet strange creatures and Gods. I love that thought about all these dimensions existing all at the same time and what happens in one dimension will influence all the other ones, every action will have a reaction, but the main reason why this book is so amazing is that it changes you as a reader. The way you look at the world will not be the same and that is to me intriguing, scary and magical and all of those things that makes life so exciting. I can't wait for the next book.
The story is breathtaking all the way throught to the last page; one of those books that deprives you of sleep, because you constantly have to read 'just one more' chapter before putting it aside. In addition to being a wonderful love story, it also leaves a permanent spiritual mark on your soul - well, at least it did to me. The book makes you want to reconsider how you choose to live your life, and why.