Secrets of Valhalla

Secrets of Valhalla

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"Readers will clamor for more, especially those who loved Rick Riordan's Norse-themed The Sword of Summer." --ALA Booklist

Two friends awaken a world of myth and magic in this epic middle grade fantasy perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Anne Ursu.

It's not every day that you find a famous weatherwoman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that's just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mary--and it's only the start of their adventure.

Now, as the people of Earth are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mary must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarpercollinsPublishers, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062010094
Branch Call Number: j F RICHARDS
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 02, 2018

This is part of what I think of as "mythology fan fiction" along the lines of Rick Riordan. However, unlike those releases, this one combines deities from both Norse and Roman legends.

Of course Loki plays a huge role in the mischief, but he doesn't play quite the role you think. And while some of the plot points will be predictable for older readers, I was genuinely surprised and in many places touched by Richards' insights. I also chuckled over how she has some of the gods adapt to modern circumstances. Oh, those clever gods...

The quest of the two main characters is the real draw though. Both are easy to relate to in their own ways: Buzz, the Every Boy who can't relate to his father and Mary, the awkward, perpetual new kid who has to hide what makes her unique in order to survive. You quickly root for the both of them even when they're in conflict.

Not everything worked perfectly, but what didn't stuck out because most of it worked so well. The end wraps up very nicely.

I'd happily read more from Richards.

Nov 13, 2016

An amazing twist to mythology. the combination of roman and Norse gods are amazing. for all fantasy lovers,this is a must read.

Jun 22, 2016

An amazing book about the Norse myths


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