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The Lost Sun: Book 1 of United States of Asgard Paperback – June 10, 2014
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The Final Straw:
Lack of world-building, plain and simple. Oh, and an awkward romance that basically starts as soon as the main character sees the girl character.
The Lost Sun started off as a read that I anticipated that I would finish in a matter of hours. I loved the premise, the characters, and even the quest. However, within 20 pages or so, I noticed something strange. No back story. No world-building. Nothing really that I could put my finger on to make me understand how and why exactly this world works.
To put into perspective, The Lost Sun opens with our main character, Soren, at a boarding school of sorts for privileged kids. My general understanding was that this was a trade school of sorts. The rich kids basically attend this academy to hone their special skills (the ones that come from their family lineage or whatever) for later in life. However, The Lost Sun never really comes out and gives an explanation for the academy. Just a few mumbled sentences here and there about this or that with the school. So, in all honesty, I am not really sure what its true purpose is.
The same goes for the state of the Nation or the United States of Asgard. While there are a few hints thrown about throughout the beginning, I have no idea whatsoever about why this Nation is the way that it is, how it works, and all the details needed to make this world come to life. Is this suppose to be the United States that has been altered due to the discovery of Asgard and its Gods and Goddesses? Or an alternate reality? I really just don't have a clue.
Now to the romance. Sometimes, insta-love works. Sometimes, it bombs horribly. In The Lost Sun, I thought it bombed completely. Why?Read more ›
Soren Bearskin has been avoiding his destiny for years. He can feel the berserker fever burning in his blood but he refuses to give into the rage; to let himself become what his father was before him. People fear him and what being a berserker actually means.
Astrid Glynn is everything Soren is not: wild, free and completely award of who and what she is--a seethkona dedicated to the goddess Freya, a girl who can travel beyond death to retrieve answers to the questions of others even though she cannot find answers for herself about her missing mother.
Baldur the Beautiful is the most popular god in the country; his resurrection each year marked by a festive celebration and a live television broadcast. He returns to the United States of Asgard every year just in time for summer.
When Baldur instead disappears, the country is thrown into chaos as citizens fear the worst.
Astrid has dreamt of Baldur and knows where to find him. With Soren's help. Together the two set off on a road trip to find the lost god and bring him home. But in finding Baldur, Soren and Astrid may have to give up everything they've come to hold dear in The Lost Sun (2013) by Tessa Gratton.
The Lost Sun is the first book in Gratton's Songs of New Asgard/United States of Asgard series and it is awesome. As the series title suggests, this book is part fantasy, part alternate history as Gratton imagines a world where the United States are imbued with Norse traditions and mythology as well as populated by the Norse gods themselves.Read more ›
The United States of Asgard is familiar and yet not at the same time. It's America if the Norse gods were real, living beings who traveled with European settlers to the New World. It's a world where magic and soothsaying are commonplace, where trolls live on the edges of civilization, and where the gods are featured in televised rituals at every major holiday. In this world, Soren Bearskin is the teenage son of a disgraced, deceased beserker, and all he wants is to escape his fate. That desperate dream will be challenged by the arrival of Astrid, a girl who lives out her destiny with joy, and the disappearance of Baldur, everyone's favorite god of light.
Soren is a warrior in training, and he spends almost every waking moment controlling his inner beserker rage. He hopes against hope that if he holds the madness at bay long enough, it will leave him - leave him free to pursue a life beyond that assigned to him at birth. This struggle, this wrangling with who he is and why, leaves him a serious, stoic young man, constantly fighting the ripple of battle rage in his blood.
That bottling up of what should be a natural part of his nature makes him attractive to Astrid, but it serves Soren as a barrier between himself and anyone he might hurt, leaving him lonely.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this unusually thoughtful fantasy, with lots of commentary on American militarism and warrior culture through Vikings and Norse myth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meghan
One of those books I kept getting distracted from for no good reason. But really one of the most creative alternate universe fantasy books I've read in a while--a more serious... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kris lim
Tessa Gratton's literary world of the United States of Asgard, is fully formed, complex, and a startling combination of old and new. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kim Dailey
For the last two years I’ve been primarily reading various books assigned to me for classes. The amount of times I’ve had to read Beowulf is ridiculous. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Meggie
A refreshing mix of Norse mythology set in a fantastical world. I enjoyed Soren Bearskin's journey and his quest to attain his boon--that would free him from being a berserker,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alison Clarke
I particularly enjoyed the narrator in this book. Soren had a complex internal conflict that was so clearly developed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by QueenBook
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 16 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 16 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 20 months ago by Red Hood