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If you like books about magic and ancient gods in the modern world… Don’t read this.
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2020
I received this book free as an ARC reader for review.
Normally, if I really hate a book I just keep my mouth shut. I understand the authors work hard on these and I would hate to discourage someone who’s really trying, or new to to the craft. But, as I was sent to this book in exchange for a review, and I did read it, I feel obliged to leave one.
In short, I hated it. A book that would normally take me a day to read took me months because I couldn’t get past the first couple of pages.
The characters were shallow, undefined, and flip-flopped all over the place. The plot, what there was of it, was lacking in motivation, understandable sequence, and detail. While the author bled angst all over the pages, pertinent details were hidden in single sentences in the middle of paragraphs bracketed by, you guessed it, more angsty drivel. Fast paced action is one thing, but please, give me a little more detail other than about her creamy skin, sparkling eyes, and lushes hair.
Supposedly based on the gods of the Norse pantheon, the author decided not only to spell things differently but to change the basic personalities of the gods themselves. Not good. Initially I was excited to read this book as I am a huge fan of the Dresden files, the Iron Druid Chronicles, and the Kate Daniels magic series… This is not in their league, not even in the same sport.