Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques is a dark fantasy novel which immerses the reader into the world of the Norse Myths but during our current era. It focuses on Ives, her fairy sidekick, Jules, and large cast of odd, interesting, and often famous demi-gods.
Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Stars: 3.5 Stars
Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths
Ives is a Fate Cipher which means she can free people from their preordained doom. This could come in handy for Loki and his family when Ives finds out Ragnarok has begun. However, the Fate Cipher is supposed to be immortal to withstand the strain, but Ives, although living within a world of high fantasy, is mortal.
She meets Hel, who is more like a sassy teen than the Goddess of the underworld and Loki’s other offspring and then meets the god of mischief himself. She must not only release these deities from their fate, fight off giants, but also figure out who is behind their creating the curse of Ragnarok.
This is a fun creative tale. It mixes action and comedy, plus a strong dose of Norse Myths. It is pretty G rated and could be considered Young Adult in most respects. Although, unlike a lot of fiction geared to a younger audience, this aspect did not bother me here.
What I did not like as much was how Loki felt a little sleepy through much of the novel. Everyone had one liners but him. It is not often I get to read about Loki being a hero and I felt a bit let down he did not shine more here.
This novel would be a fun way to introduce children and teens to the Norse Mythology. It is lighthearted and fun, but with tense moments and danger. Would be a good book for parents to read to their children since both parties could enjoy it.
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