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    An enjoyable interpretation of Norse mythology

    I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There is a lot going on in this second installment of The Norse Chronicles. The overarching plot is the mission to prevent Ragnorak, but there are a lot of subplots that need to be resolved before Solina and her allies can go head-to-head with Helen. Some might argue that all of these tangents detract from the plot, but I think that they add to the plot's mythological origins. If you look at Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, each god/goddess has different motives and those motives play a crucial part in the lore. Laurel does a great job of keeping these different threads straight so that readers can follow along. I liked learning more about the different characters in the book; Laurel really developed Solina, Thorin, Baldur, Val, and Skyla and put a unique and fresh spin on legends of Norse gods. I was ecstatic to see that Solina made the decision to evolve from a dependent, squishy mortal into a force that must be reckoned with. There are a couple of twists in the plot, and I was not surprised by the twist in which one of the group's allies betrayed them. It was just a matter of seeing certain clues coupled with the knowledge that the gods and Aesir are a self-centered and fickle bunch. I am a bit skeptical of the romantic subplot because a romance between a god and a mortal rarely ends well in most legends. I am interested in seeing how the romance plays out in future books. I enjoyed this book immensely. Laurel does a good job of keeping the legends and gods from Norse mythology fresh so that they fit in with the modern setting, there is always something going on to keep readers engaged, and the romantic subplot is intriguing enough to make readers want it to work out. If you enjoy reading contemporary, urban mythology novels, Arctic Dawn is a must-have for your library!
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    In need more books like this

    This book is the second in a series of what I can only pray won’t be a trilogy because I need MORE!! The first book, Midnight Burning, introduced us to the main players in the story and hinted at what part they would each play in the war to come. At the time, I thought that the character development was a little bit long winded but now I agree with my original idea that it was essential to help the next story flow. There are so many things that I love about The Norse Chronicles, but if I had to choose a favourite it would probably be the depth of the characters. They have their own personal histories which are based on traditional Norse myths but given a contemporary twist to bring them into the modern day but also to make them characters that we can truly empathise with and care about. I also said in my review of Midnight Burning that if the character of Thorin continued down the right path, I would admit to a literary crush. So… yup…. Consider this my admission. He’s a very intense character who has lost some of his humanity as a result of an immortal lifetime spent alone, but he’s finally becoming more human and altruistic in his desire to save Solina as well as himself. He’s also shirtless a fair amount. Laurel’s writing style is truly phenomenal, there’s something so timeless about her storytelling and the way she weaves ancient mythology into the modern day. The story is told from the perspective of Solina, a former wallflower and current badass, it expresses a whole depth of emotion that you don’t normally experience in a single novel and is what has me so utterly hooked. The story itself is unpredictable and enjoyable, even the mythology hints don’t give too much away. The Valkyries aren’t mentioned as much in this book as they were in the first (for reasons which will become obvious if you do the right thing and read this book) but they’re fixed to play a huge part later in this series which I am looking forward to! I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a combination of ancient mythology, strong female characters and great characters. I will warn you though, the sexual tension in this book may cause you to combust!

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