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Edda (Epic #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  649 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Everyone in the virtual universe of Edda is made of pixels-except Penelope. While her body is kept alive in a hospital bed, her avatar runs free, able to go anywhere and do anything, including create deadly weapons for Edda's ruler, her guardian, Lord Scanthax. When Scanthax decides he wants to invade another virtual world, Erik/Cindella from Epic and Ghost from "Saga" bec ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 440 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published May 16th 2011)
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Apr 01, 2015 T rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Epic and Saga
Edda is the conclusion to the Avatar Chronicles series, directly following up on the events of Epic and Saga, which are definitely required reading in order to enjoy this title--very little time is spent on back story. The previous main characters of Erik/Cindella and Ghost are both back in action, investigating a strange incursion into the electronic world of Saga from another one of humanity's video game worlds, Edda. The new main character in this novel is Penelope, the last human left on an ...more
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Penelope has known no world beside the video game universe Edda her entire life. Living as the only human avatar in a land of electronic beings, she bears the title Princess and scripts weapons into digital existence for Lord Scanthax as aid for his expanding empire. As a young girl, she was eager to please the cold Lord father figure. But as Penelope matures and discovers her lack of freedom and the reality behind her emaciated human body
Leah (Jane Speare)
Mar 18, 2011 Leah (Jane Speare) rated it it was amazing
Once again, the worlds of Epic and Saga are joined- only this time a new world is introduced, Edda. This fantasy landscape holds many new wonders-and terrors. Our protagonist, Penelope aka Princess, has been brought up by NPCs all her life, have been abandoned by the humans on her planet. But as the threat of war emerges between Edda and Saga, secrets come out about her past, and loyalties are tested. I think this is a great continuation to the series and as usual Conor Kostick does a wonderful ...more
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Jan 05, 2016 Darweiner Weenieton rated it liked it
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Dec 24, 2014 RonnyBook rated it really liked it
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Justus Schmidt
Mar 23, 2016 Justus Schmidt rated it liked it
The final volume of the Avatar trilogy by Conor Kostick... does it hold up to the first two volumes? To me, almost - but not quite.

To recap, the first book was centered around the video game Epic, a fantastical MMORPG which was the equivalent of economy, judiciary system and social interaction on the colony of New Earth. In the second book, Saga, we found ourselves in the more gloomy and dystopian metropolis of Saga - a game as well, but one populated by conscious entities instead of NPCs follo
Aug 21, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, z-2015
Not a bad ending to the trilogy. Final thoughts overall: pretty good trilogy, wouldn't be a bad series for a YA or precocious child reader. I would re-read if my kid was reading them.

Interesting premise that a sentient character from an RTS world takes over said world, then invades and takes over other game worlds. He does this with the help of a human who is able to script items for him that give the upper hand. Turns out that (view spoiler)
Jan 10, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Edda is the last novel in Conor Kostick's Epic-Trilogy and in my opinion by far the worst. The storyline merges Ghost and her friends from Saga with Eric aka Cindella and some other humans to explore a portal found in Saga, which leads to another world. The second storyline features Princess, a human girl that was found and rescued by an EI lord. As a human, she can "write" things and thus create a powerful army for Lord Scanthax, who ultimately wants to control all known worlds.

I could say muc
Jan 03, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the fiction series by Conor Kostick that I have been reading for many years, re-encountering as time goes on, and now sad that it has been finished. A great introduction of a new character and re-introduction of old favorites as they cross through all of the digital worlds constructed by and for the fleeing colonies of Earth and its great to finally know what the fate of the Earth truly was, and how many colonies there may be. Amazing world and temporal construction in these bo ...more
Vote: 3,75
Class: L-A2 (FP)

(Final book of the Epic Trilogy; it could be read as a stand-alone novel)

I've enjoyed the first books of this series and the final one puts a good ending to the story. Like I previously said it is perhaps a saga for younger readers and sometimes is too ingenuous. Even in this respect however the final installment grows more mature and is sometimes darker.

The world (3,75) is a sci-fi dystopian world... a double dystopian world really: a planet where colonists went after
Sep 26, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of the first two books, so I was thrilled when I was able to finally get a hold of this one. The story gives us a chance to look back at the characters from previous books (Cindella, Ghost, Milan, etc.) as well as new characters. The main new character, Penelope, is human, but has grown up in the game world.

This book is sort of a tying-together of all the threads. We found out how the various game worlds intersect, what has happened to humans and game characters in other worlds,
Jun 17, 2012 Rachael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, dystopia, reviewed
3.5 Stars

This wasn't a badly written book - in fact, the writing is beautiful, and the world building is amazing! Its main fault, however, was not being able to compare to its predecessors, Epic and Saga.

I suppose after gushing over its predecessors, I was expecting the same thing. The action and fantastical gaming universe is still there. However, I found that the in Edda there wasn't as much of an emphasis in the real world compared to the gaming world. Don't get me wrong - the gaming world wa
Jan 09, 2014 Breezy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I started reading the Epic series over the Summer of 2012, managing to get all the way through Epic and Saga and starting Edda, looking back at my updates from back then, I had managed to get through the first 184 pages, before I lost time to read it and the book was due back to the library. My goal for the Summer of 2013 was catch up on all of the series that I had started but I found that I didn't have time to finish or couldn't get access to the books, but that plan failed. Finally, over my W ...more
Kai Wilson
Feb 20, 2014 Kai Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 25-in-25
In Edda, Conor Kostick did a great job finishing up the story that he started in the first two books in this series. It was very cool to see all of the old characters come together. I especially liked the well thought out new main character Penelope. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and I recommend it to anyone.
Cameron Maclean
Oct 17, 2013 Cameron Maclean rated it really liked it
I thought that Edda was a good book. It was a bit boring though. It seemed that that they over emphasized the journey where they were just walking. I thought it was good while they were in the action, but at times it was hard to keep reading, because it was so boring.
Although the book was boring, I think it was very clever. The ending was very entertaining. They way they trapped Lord Scanthax and the rest of his manifestations was very well done. I could tell that he put a lot of thought into
Dec 13, 2014 Ray rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a solid entry into Conor Kostick's trilogy - part sci-fi, part fantasy, and all extremely well written. He has a flair for creating interesting characters, both human and artificial. Edda introduces Penelope, a human who ultimately meets up with previous favorites from the first two books of the series (Eric/Cindella, Ghost, Milan) and together work to solve a crisis that could be destructive to all involved. Well plotted and enjoyable.
Astral Deity
Apr 21, 2015 Astral Deity rated it liked it
It wasn't a bad series, but I think it was lacking many different experiences, or at least from my point of view as a gamer. I think the ending was too abrupt as well. In the end though, I did enjoy it and am glad I picked up the trilogy.
Aug 20, 2013 Jonathon rated it liked it
Again I must say it was good without being fantastic. Trying to mix everything from the previous books and incorporate new stuff just got weird. It had a nice tie back to Epic and more fantasy elements than Saga, so I guess that was good.
Overall I like this series a lot. But only as a whole if you understand the core concepts. In the short term only Epic is really amazing. And in a way I am glad this series finally ended. It got to be a stretch.
I am quite annoyed that Penelope couldn't script u
Aug 13, 2013 Zofwonderthemighty rated it it was amazing

"and there was much rejoicing..."


I wish that the press or somebody would let me know that when a Conor Kostik book comes out, because I heard no news of Edda until at least two months after it came out.
The new world traveling was great, with humans trying to kill domini/AI, a ruthless Emperor programmed to destroy, and a human princess chained to him [metaphorically}. Erik, along with a few trusty friends, journeys to see what is disturbing Saga and stealing weapons. A
Emmanuel Hitchens
Aug 21, 2014 Emmanuel Hitchens rated it really liked it
Mar 26, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
i am currently reading EDDA right now and I think it is really good so far. Unlike the other books, the beginning in EDDA has really caught my attention and is really interesting. I also like how the author put all the characters in this book while STILL putting in new ones to make it even more interesting. I am at the part of when they are hiding in the forest. I can't wait to find out what they'll find and the surprises that will be coming.
Apr 04, 2014 Natasha rated it liked it
Understood Penelope but her parts were just meh. The quick resolution of everything in the end was just shoddy and the final lines of the trilogy were honestly so cheesy with my heart. The cheesiness wow. I knew they were pacficists not mega lovers of all things sappy. I hope the titualar heroine reunites with her people rather than live with these saps.
Scott Wozniak
Mar 28, 2013 Scott Wozniak rated it really liked it
The third and final book of the trilogy was solid. It wasn't very imaginative. The problem/enemy offered no new ideas or surprises. In fact, the plot twists were small, with the ending seen coming a mile away. The only question was how exactly they'd pull it off. But it was written well and the characters were solid. It was good, not great.
Jan 26, 2016 Delaney rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book of the three. It had the clearest goal, to travel through the worlds and reach Edda, which made it more intense and exciting for the reader. The characters were all interesting, and the final battle wasn't predictable.
Dec 29, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed seeing all the virtual worlds combined together and reading about all the different viewpoints of the characters in the worlds. Really interesting ways of seeing the world and what could come if video games are allowed to run our lives.
Elizabeth Cisewski
This book was a whole was not a good ending to this series! This is one of the reasons it took a really long time. I mean, the ending to the book was okay, but the rest of it was boring and pointlessly confusing.
Zach M
Dec 30, 2011 Zach M rated it really liked it
It was very well written and had me wishing I could read faster. I was a little disappointed in a few minor character developments, but overall, a fantastic story!
Eunice T.
May 30, 2015 Eunice T. rated it liked it
It was a still pretty easy to predict the entire book, and the author gave away too much at the beginning, but I was still pretty attached to Cindella...
Oct 08, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
I find the whole premise of this series fascinating. Didn't put it down from start to finish. I really enjoyed having Erik/Cindella's p.o.v.
Feb 23, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A satisfying end to the series (I think it was the end, anyways) with ends tied up, and a very cute ending to the book itself.
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Conor Kostick was a designer for the world's first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap. He lives in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College. He is the author of many historical, political and cultural articles. Epic was his first novel and was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People Honours list for 2006 and on the Booklist Best Fantasy Boo ...more
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