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Children of Ragnarok: The Runestone Saga, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Medieval Scandinavian saga brims with magic and intrigue.

Children of Ragnarok: The Runestone Saga, Book 1

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Nothing is as it seems in this absorbing medieval Scandinavia-set saga, not the magic powers or the island sanctuary or the serene sages, spirits, lords, or fire demons. That's the big draw of this new world, the complexity of all the forces at work is mind-bending to unravel. The main characters are easiest to understand. It's clear what they both want. Reginn wants to be free to learn and be a part of a new magical world, Eiric wants to be free to live on his farm with his family in peace. It's much harder to understand who's on their side. Eiric's half-sister Liv, yes, though she is full of magical mysteries herself. What about the Viking lord who's using Eiric to find the island? What will he do when he finds it? What about the robed women who offer to whisk Reginn away to paradise? Or the council that rules the island? Or the girl in the library who encourages Reginn to read ancient tomes and discourages her from showing anyone her powerful rune magic?

Truths come out slowly and occasionally the story slows to a crawl as they are parsed out -- especially as Reginn researches the island's history. Still, there's no moment when the reader is sure-footed with where Children of Ragnarok is headed and what the minor characters will do next. So expect an ending full of wild revelations and bloody action. And expect to be drawn to Book 2 like a Viking to his ship.

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