Rising to the the challenge of her birthright the main character leds a cast of various teens finding their place in adulthood. I love anything viking and the premise of the story is interesting but at times the storyline was confusing and jumpy. Will continue to read this series.
1.0 out of 5 starsInteresting story but badly composed
13 January 2018
Interesting story but badly written, even though it is obviously aimed at young adults, the writing style is painful, repetitive, full of unnecessary flowing descriptions and could have been edited to 100 pages. I won’t be reading further, struggled through this one!
This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. Full of action, fantasy and sci-fi my type of book. Never a dull moment throughout this book it is full of suspense. You will fall in love with Nora from the very start and go along with her on her adventure to finding herself.
Every step you take, comes from a decision you made or from a decision someone else (or society) made for you? Can you decide your path when your future is already determined? How far does your free will goes? Can you make choices in which the outcome has not been determined by past events? Is determinism necessary for free will, arguing that choice involves preference for one course of action over another, requiring a sense of how choices will turn out? Is your future already determined by your past, society, destiny or premonitions? Norah tries to make her own decisions in a world where her path seems to be pre determined. How far can she go? How much can she decide about her own life and future? What would you do if you would be Norah? Who would you trust? This book is thought provoking, magic and a page turner.
What an epic adventure! This novel is far from ordinary & contains all the good ingredients to make a great story...
Nora is peculiar, like they say, and where she lives, her kind of peculiar -over achiever much- isn't something people encourage. But now that she is training as a Raider in the West, everything is going to change. To be peculiar could be just what she needs.
I loved Nora, but at first, I was kind of disoriented, as I am the sort of person who is very emotional, and kind most of the time. Then I started to understand her better, her background, her hidden feelings... She is fierce, a free spirit, beautiful without overdoing it, strong, clever, brave and she has a big heart, she just doesn't show it off for everyone to see. Oh, and she has some kind of powers, way more than what she's already aware of...
But the story is more than that, it's about legends, trust, differences, a post-apocalyptic world, between dystopia and fantasy... It also pictures the sexy Frederic, very complex, strong and weak at the same time, rival and ally ; the reliable and clever Helena and some promising side characters.
In this book, Nora will learn some truth about who (or what) she is, accept her difference and free herself -if even a little bit- of the boundaries she wrapped around herself and her capabilities. Step by step, the way to the Shadowislands will appear to be way too real for them to be just a legend... And to unlock it, one must find the key. Will this quest allow treason, or push some people together in a common goal?
A lot of action, some mythology and powers, a touch of romance and family bounds... I wasn't able to put this epic book down. I strongly recommend it!
A great coming of age story, and a great start to the series. There are quite a few coming of age adventure stories focussed on boys, so it was a pleasure to read one with a female heroine. I loved it.