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Runelight (Runemarks #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  586 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The squabbling Norse gods and goddesses of Runemarks are back! And there's a feisty new heroine on the scene: Maggie, twin sister to Maddy but brought up a world apart - literally, in World's End, the focus of the Order in which Maddy was raised. Now the Order is destroyed, Chaos is filling the vacuum left behind...and is breaching the everyday world. A chilling prophecy f ...more
Paperback, 572 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books (first published 2011)
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I wanted this book to be the Maddy and Loki Show. I really, really did. Instead, it's the Maggie, Maddy, and Loki Show, and I am so okay with that it hurts. Though I was hesitant about the character of Maggie, I trusted Joanne to do her justice, and oh, did she. Maggie is prickly, clever, stubborn, and powerful (sound familiar?), but instead of being a Maddy clone with a coat of pious paint thrown on, she's her own fully-realized, independent character. A product of her environment, she has been ...more
My thoughts:
1) Joanne, you're a genius.
2) Loki, you're a babe.
3) Maggie, you're an idiot. However, I forgive you because this book is amazing.
I used to be a fan of Joanne Harris. Now I'm not even sure why I wanted to read this book. I read the first book of this series in 2008 and barely remember the story; still I felt like I had to read this one too. Which proved to be a rather bad idea.

The thing is, I couldn't understand much of the story and it seemed somewhat pointless. Loki, my favourite Norse god, isn't the central character and doesn't show up for some time in the story. Then, Maggie's story didn't make much sense, what with f
You'd think Joanne Harris + Norse myth would automatically shoot to the head of my list. I did quite enjoy the previous book, Runemarks, and I have quite a lot of love for the character of Loki in pretty much anything. (Super extra points for Sassafrass' Loki in My Brother, My Enemy, though -- not this Loki at all, perhaps more justified, and so expressively sung.) But... I don't know. I did enjoy Runelight, once I settled down to read it, and I think this is maybe her most likeable set of chara ...more
Serendipity Reviews
You know from my review yesterday that I enjoyed the first book in this series, Runemarks but this one really blew me away. I LOVED Runelight. This book totally absorbed me like a Venus fly trap, then spat me out at the end after controlling my mind for the whole journey. After reading it, I couldn't help but feel that with Runemarks the author was testing the waters, but with Runelight she swam the Channel - unaided!

We find ourselves returning to World's End, which has basically taken a noise
1-12-14 update

Between the publication of Runemarks and Runelight were 4 years. Runelight came out in 2011, and it's almost 2015..
There are some rumors that Joanne Harris is going to write a third book (she even said that she might herself!) so if everybody could just use all the wishes that come along to wish for that third book, that'd be great!

*spoiler free review*

Clever. So, so clever!

This book made me fall in love with the series and the characters (especially Loki, hehe) all over again
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue:

Quando tinha dezanove anos, Joanne escreveu uma história sobre magia, deuses e demandas, uma história guardada na gaveta chamada Witchlight que foi recusado pelos editores até a autora a tornar uma história de mãe e filha, algo privado entre ambas e até imaginada por ambas até que Anouchka achou que outras pessoas deviam conhecer a história de que ela tanto gostava e convenceu a mãe a voltar a mostrá-la aos editores e, dest
I've got to say, this book was good, but not as good as "Runemark." I felt it left behind a myriad of questions and was a little too filled with unnecessary characters who were shoved it, not because they were needed for the plot, but just for the sake of doing it. Allow me to explain (spoilers head):

Firstly, the plot overall was all right. Prophecy, end of the world, etc.- all this was well and good. I like how the situation in this book followed naturally from the first book. However, I felt t
Runelight is a rather convoluted sequel to Runemarks, so it’s definitely a good idea to read the first book (which I did not, lesson learnt).
Simply put, the story of Runelight follows two magical girls, six hundred miles apart, who both have a runemark on their skin, a symbol of the Old Days when the Worlds were ruled by the gods from their sky citadel, Asgard. However, the famed citadel of Asgard now lies in ruins and the gods’ power has been destroyed. Or so everyone thinks...

The most complic
Barb Middleton
Yabba dabba doo! While there is no Fred Flintstone some of the Norse gods are painted in a cartoonish way. While I found the ravens with their Scottish accent enduring, the anachronistic wolfmen with their dude-speak was quite annoying. You'll have to read the book to decide for yourself who ye like and who ye dinnae like verra much (raven-speak). Actually you need to read the first book before this one because the author doesn't spend much time explaining the world she created in book 1. I had ...more
It got a bit whiplashy towards the ending but it's still leagues ahead of any YA I've read so far. (Except maybe Seraphina.)

I don't know how I feel about these series. Normally, one would want author to continue. But would it be a good idea? What will be there to say, besides the resolving the problem of the baby? Will things simply come full circle again?

Can the circle be broken? Can Whisperer truly be destroyed? Will whatever cosmic force that imposes it allow such a thing?

Part of me that hate
I borrowed Runelight from the school library ages ago ( a month ago = overdue book) and FINALLY finished the book today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book Runemarks and was ecstatic when I saw Runelight.
So first things first, the reason why it took me so long to finish the novel was the first boring chapters. Personally, I was bored at the start. Harris's writing is fantastic and is of a proper author's talent, but it was literally exhausting to read the beginning pages.
Further in t
AAAAAAH! Why did I not know that this was out yet??? I'd nearly given up on there being a sequel!


*waves credit card wildly*

(Might I just add that I'm glad everyone else here loves Loki as much as I do?)


What can I say? I loved this book just as much as the last one. There were sections I found boring (Maggie's), just as in the last book. Loki was his usual charming self. Maddy was pretty much a ninja. The other gods (Thor, Heimdall, Freyja, etc.) were fun to read ab
Saul Marmot
I was really excited about this book. I think that there are few authors who can introduce you to characters in the way Joanne Harris can; you usually feel that you get to know her characters intimately, including all of their foibles. I also generally like a bit of Fantasy, especially those concerning eccentric gods and demons.
I was, however, a bit disappointed. I felt that although the book had a good story and some imaginative characters, it never really grabbed me. I kept on reading because
Nulla di sognato è mai perduto, e nulla perduto per sempre...

"Le parole di Luce" continua la storia iniziata ne "Le parole segrete" e inizia precisamente tre anni dopo i fatti accaduti nel primo libro, dove gli Dei, Æsir e Vanir, erano riusciti ad evitare un'altra catastrofe grazie all'aiuto della giovanissima Maddy, che si è scoperto essere una Dea: Modi, la figlia perduta di Thor. Ma per evitare la fine del mondo gli Dei hanno perso molto, in primis il loro Re e Padre Odino,caduto nelle grinfi
I should have really loved Runemarks and Runelight, but whilst the premise of both books was good (what happened to the Norse gods after Ragnarok), the story just felt really cold and unemotional. I just couldn't get engaged with any of the characters which was annoying as I wanted to, but they were too slippery and unpleasant.

So I finally finished it and the Godfolk are finally sorted out for the time being. I don't know if Harris is planning any more, but I'm not sure I'll read them if she is.
A Luz das Runas é a continuação de A Marca das Runas, excelente livro da autora Joanne Harris, que muito me agradou. Este não se lhe ficou atrás, nem por sombras. Para mim, A Luz das Runas mostrou-se um pouco superior ao seu antecessor, especialmente por causa dos cenários do enredo, da forma como este se foi desenvolvendo e também por causa da evolução das personagens.

Passaram-se três anos desde os acontecimentos narrados no livro anterior. Maddy vive com a sua família de deuses em Malbry, no
Hmmm....I'm not really sure how to review this book...I'm very sorry to say that I felt this book was a little "bland". Being a giant fan of Runemarks and Joanne Harris, it's very hard to say this. I didn't really like Maddy in this one because she lacked sass. I didn't like Maggie either for some weird reason... Or it might have just been that she and Loki didn't spend very much time together. But this book was not entirely bad, maybe I just don't like it because I've already read the first boo ...more
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Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune!

The Order is destroyed, but everything is far from over. In World’s End, a girl named Maggie is about to learn a lot about her past. In Malbry, the Gods are trying their best to stop the world from ending, but with Odin the Allfather dead, Ragnarok may mean the end of Aesir and Vanir alike. They must find out the truth behind a mysterious prophecy, stop the world from ending and rebuild Asgard. Piece of cake.
At the beginning of this year, I
Renn Raven
If it weren't for my exams, I would have finished this book a
lot faster than I did! Firstly, the plot: I loved how it all came together. Each chapter had different POVs (mainly Loki, Maddy and Maggie) and when at first the plots seemed separate, they suddenly came together and everything was revealed. I was kept guessing right up to the climax, which spanned several chapters and did justice to the previous 500+ pages. Secondly, the characters: my favourite was Loki. Mischievous, witty and cunni
This picked up nicely from Runemarks. The gods are back, and they're as wacky as ever. I especially missed Loki. And Odin, for some reason.

It might seem like a rehash of the same things - oracles, prophecies, treacheries,Ragnarok, runes, rebirths, dreams, Aspects, etc. - but I like it. Maybe because of the consistent Norse vibe that I'm getting from the series. ;)

Maggie just grated on my nerves, though. But she's gonna have a pivotal part for sure if there's a third book.

Too bad I can't ship Per
3.5 stars. Lacks a bit of the spark of the first (AMAZING) book, which cost it a half-star; it takes this story awhile longer to come together, or rather the two stories since we're following Maddy and the gods on one end and Maggie on the other for a good while before their paths collide. However, it was good to see the gods squabbling amongst themselves as entertainingly as before as they try to adapt to their new, mundane Aspects, and the twists and turns of the troublesome doomsday prophecy ...more
I usually try not to write out the big review of a series on the second book, but I read Runemarks many years ago before I started library school and waited patiently for the second book to fall back into my life. When I read Runemarks I was captivated by the feudal yet strangely modern world Maddy Smith lived in. Joanne Harris recreates that world in Runelight, only horribly changed. Temples of Order have become brothels, bars, and gambling dens and it seems as if Chaos is taking over. In the m ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Maddy, child of Thor, the Lightening Ash is torn between her new, adoptive family, the Aesir and the new revelation of her twin sister, Maggie.

Maggie, raised in World’s End, a child of the Order, has strict, unflinching beliefs that have not relaxed as World’s End succumbed to chaos and disorder. She knows what is right and has strong beliefs – including in the rune-marked demons that once plagued the world. The same rune marked demons that are her family. Her world turned upside down by the dis
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Joanne Harris has utterly upped her game since writing the wonderful Runemarks. Runelight is bigger, better and more magical than ever. There are the old favourite characters of Loki and Thor and to this mix she adds new characters of the three famous wolves Fenris, Skoll and Hati and even Odin's (One-Eye) ravens Hugnin and Munin but each with their own quirky names and personalities.
What make's it extra special is the massive trail of secrets that is woven throughout all the events and adventur
Alicia Papp
Runelight is the second book( begun in Runemark) in the continuing adventures of the now 17 year old Maddy Smith. In the previous book she discovered that she is one of the new gods, daughter of Thor and a demon, and granddaughter to Odin. This story follows her continuing attempts to control and develop her magical powers, whilst trying to avert the end of the world, being brought about by the disgruntled and insane Mimir, aka the Whisperer. Her newly found family, which are the dysfunctional r ...more
Liliana Pinto
"A Luz das Runas" é o 2º volume da série "Crónicas das Runas" e situa-se três anos depois de uma grande batalha que aconteceu no Hel.
Neste livro encontramos Maddy com 17 anos, mais madura, mais experiente e mais corajosa. Depois de receber a notícia de que Odin (Zarolho, Capitão, O Todo-Poderoso) estava vivo e de que tinha uma irmã gémea, Maddy parte para a Cidade Universal em busca da mesma e também do Velho. E é aqui que a trama se complica.
Maggie sempre soube que era diferente. Solitária, sem
Jan 09, 2013 Reece rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reece by: Lancashire Book Of The Year
Two girls, Maddy and Maggie live six hundred miles apart, but as the end of the world comes closer and ancient prophecies are deciphered, they are drawn together. They are the twin children of Thor, the thunder god and each bear on their skin a Runemark, a sign of magic. Both have their part to play in this great battle

What I thought about this book (my likes/dislikes and feelings):
At the start of this book I really struggled to understand what was happening so I found myself skim reading and s
I loved Runemarks quite a bit. Runelight... not so much.

I still love Maddy - she's still my Little Ninja, even though she's 17 - and I grew to like Maggie. I can understand how confused she was. In the middle of the book, I was even starting to doubt who the good guy was! (view spoiler)

Thor was a surprise for me. I didn't exp
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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