by Malene Sølvsten
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2023
For fans of The Raven Boys and American Gods.
Fantasy, crime, and Norse gods come together when it emerges that a series of bestial murders is connected with an ancient prophecy about the end of the world. Anna can see events from the past, and one night she glimpses an old and horrible murder: a red-haired girl is killed and a rune carved into her back. Shortly afterward, someone begins killing red-haired girls in the same manner, and the rune is found on all of them. Suddenly the little town is full of strangers. They have mysterious powers, and are drawn to Anna, who isn’t used to being near other people. Several of the strangers want to help her, but it takes a long time before she knows which of them she can trust. Playing on such classic themes as good versus evil, the book is at once a fantasy, a thriller, and a coming-of-age story.
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A teenagers troubled past leads to self discovery and the role she may play in her own murder.
Anna is a teenager struggling to understand her biological parents abandonment when she was a child. She was placed with several foster families which none worked out. As Anna becomes of age and independent, she is given a home named Odinmont. Anna meets a few other kids who like her, don't fit in to the mainstream high school crowd. Anna discovers that her ability to see the future connects her to the Norse gods. Anna and her friends join forces to prevent a murder that might be her very own.
Malene Solvsten first book of the Whisper of the Ravens series is a page turner from the very beginning. Anna is a character that most teens can relate as they navigate the rigors of high school. Anna's added ability to see the future adds to her already high school challenges. The inclusion of Ansuz which pertains to Greek mythology brings mythical elements to the story. Anna is joined by a few others who also learn they are demigods which results in humor along the way. I enjoyed this book immensely and am excited for its follow-up, Fehu.
I highly recommend this book. It is like Rick Riordians popular books, only much darker with content aimed for teens.