The Lost Sun: Book 1 of United States of Asgard
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The Lost Sun: Book 1 of United States of Asgard (The United States of Asgard #1)

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Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is...more
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Published June 25th 2013 by Listening Library (Audio)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)

This was a beautifully written book with an intriguing concept of a Norse-mythology-based United States, but it was just not fun to read. I didn't find the plot intriguing, I didn't find it interesting, I didn't feel any sense of urgency or excitement. The characters are nice, but to me, it didn't feel like they developed throughout the story at all. I was not attached to them, to me, the characters did not feel like real people to whom I can relate.

Great writing and an interesting alternate wor...more
♥ Becky  22
Awesome! I love Norse mythology.

So, yay! A book set in Asgard. Totally reading it.




Maggie Stiefvater
I freakin' love this book. I can't wait for the rest of the world to read it. My favorite favorite favorite thing Tessa has written.
Mitch
Let me preface this review by saying The Lost Sun hinges on an awkward romance that doesn't work. At all. That said, for a variety of reasons I’ll get into shortly, I absolutely loved this book and definitely consider it to be by far one of the best things I’ve read this year. Most of the time, summaries that draw comparisons to other, more popular authors are way off the mark, but in this case, I think the comparison to Neil Gaiman is not only apt, but warranted, and for those looking for a mor...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

What would it be like if gods were actually around to govern our lives? Can you imagine the United States under the rule of Norse deities? Even if you could, you really don’t have to –Tessa Gratton has already done it with great success.

Every person in the United States of Asgard is a devotee of some Norse god, depending on their talents, convictions and just general attitude towards life. They pray to their gods knowing that the deities are real and involved in state affairs. There is no need f...more
kari
I did not like this one. At all. Should have used the 50 page rule and gotten out before I wasted so much time forcing myself to read this book.
So, what we have here is insta-love with a side order of I-am-too-dangerous-to-be-with-you.
Where have you read this before? Anyone read this type plot before?
The difference here is that we are being presented with a different world, although said world is not well-crafted enough or developed enough to be fully understood or even slightly believable.
The...more
Cas
Norse mythology? Yes. I Need.



Loki better be in it
Elevetha
I'm not sure what I was expecting. I don't know; it's hard to explain how I felt about it. I loved it and I didn't care and then I was flapping my hands like a crazy girl and then I was disappointed and then it was over.

It started out with Insta!love/attraction by page 5 and I had this dread that I would hate it; hate the romance, hate the story(which was really very boring up till 1/4 of the way in), hate the writing. But I was wrong.
The writing, if nothing else, while not the best pacing or ch...more
Crystal
adore Tessa Gratton. I just don't know what else to say except that. She is a master storyteller and every single book I pick up that has been written by her I am enthralled immediately and find myself just lost in whatever world she has created.

In the past few weeks I have been kinda stuck in this bubble where all I read are books that have heavy Greek and Norse mythology throughout and I have to say after reading several books The Lost Son is by far my favorite. I have always loved Greek myth...more
Cecelia
2013 may go down as the year of fantastic world-building. Of course a lot of that is due to what I’ve chosen to read, but I can tell you that Tessa Gratton’s new release The Lost Sun, the first in The United States of Asgard series, will join the parade of really wonderful and exciting new worlds that I’ve discovered this year. I was lured in by the promise of Norse mythology and a Holly Black-like read, and that’s an accurate description. The Lost Sun is the best young adult fantasy I’ve read t...more
Rebecca
The world was so real, the characters so deep, the adventure so gripping. It is the world any fan of norse mythology would love to live in. Soren and Astrid are intriguing and intricately complicated teenager characters both with ill-fated parents who's shadows linger over them and both struggle to work out if such histories are a blessing or a curse. Their adventures and quest across this alternative United States is full of detail and precious moments between each other and such moments become...more
Stephanie
Rich, intense, and *amazing*. This has some of the best worldbuilding I've read in a fantasy novel for a long time. It isn't just that this is an alternate world, with the Norse gods interacting with everyday life; the whole culture feels authentically different because of it. I love the representations of the gods themselves, and their different followers. I love Fenris Wolf as a perpetually hungry, dangerous teenage girl. I loooooove the gorgeous, atmospheric writing, which really feels epic i...more
Sharon
I got the CD from a friend, my first attempt at Audio-Book, and I can say this one is just not for me.

Now, please don't misunderstand, from the little time I listened to the Audio I can tell the writing is beautiful and the the world is interesting enough.

It seems like something I'd enjoy reading. but since I'm very sensןtive to sounds and voices I have to admit that the readers voice just gets on my nerves especially when he do the dialogues or wispher in a low voice.

Then again, This is my...more
Kayla
Jun 13, 2013 Kayla marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
As a history and mythology geek of the highest order, I nearly squeed.

I have an irrational fear that this could go very wrong, but I will pray that it is as awesome as I hope.

EDIT:

TITLE CHANGE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.

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Also:

Okay. That summary. Sounds way too Perseus Jackson to me. Please don't be a rip off, I will be so disappointed.

EDIT #2

Niiiiiiice cover.

Stephanie
Oct 10, 2012 Stephanie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This DOES sound like a Percy Jackson book, but what I think is funny is that Rick Riordan was already planning a Norse mythology series, too. Ha. Obviously, this is different in the sense that Riordan mostly includes his gods as "family" of the main characters. This doesn't sound like that.
Amy Plum
What a fabulous book. Loved the world building and mythology, and what an amazing main character: a teenage berserker. Can't wait to read Book 2!!
Gabriela
Mar 12, 2013 Gabriela marked it as absolutely-positively-getting  ·  review of another edition
United States of Asgard?

:D

This cover...
Natalie Parker
Reading this book was my undoing. I don't usually cry, and boy howdy, did I cry. Read it. Just. You won't regret it.
Leeanna
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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THE LOST SUN takes place in an alternate, Norse inspired version of the United States. It follows Soren, a teenage berserker warrior, and Astrid, a seethkona (prophetess), on their quest to find Baldur, the god of light.

Aside from trying to find Baldur, who should have risen after the last day of winter but didn’t, Soren and Astrid have their own struggles. Soren fears his berserking heritage, and does everything he can to control somethi...more
Sara Grochowski
Tessa Gratton's The Lost Sun is a beautifully written and imagined introduction to The United States of Asgard series. This tale of two teens with interwoven destinies unfolds with an insistent pull from Gratton's steady hand and, before the reader realizes what's happened, they're completely under the spell of this alternate universe and the characters they've come to love.

The Lost Sun follows Soren, a born with the gift, or curse, of berserking in this blood, and Astrid, a gifted prophetess li...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was surprisingly good. I mean there are a few things that I didn't like but I liked the book.

I love mythology fiction and that was no different with this book. I liked reading about the Norse gods and goddesses and the various myths that are told throughout the book. I love that Baldur, the sun god was in the book and was such a down to earth and loyal friend to Soren and Astrid. I also loved that Fenris Wolf was in the book and she told her story of what really happened to her. I wis...more
Matilda
Ok so I loved Loved Loved this book but upon trying to write a review I came up short as how could I review something I loved so much without
A) Gushing my head off
B) Stating random things I liked about the book but making the review really bad
C) Stopping anyone wanting this book by a bad review
So I decided to go with Gifs (which I have been doing a lot recently...)

So as I was saying this book was amazing.



If this book was food This is what would have happened:



The mythology was amazingly placed i...more
Laura
Excellent character development and world building make this one of my top two books of the year. When I heard the premise -- Norse mythology woven into the 21st century -- I wondered if it would be believable. But Gratton not only make it work, she creates a world that will envelop you. Soren, destined to be a Berserker warrior like this father, is doing all he can to stay calm and keep the rage inside him from taking over. He distances himself from everyone, until he meets Astrid, a prophetess...more
Misty Baker
**A 3.3 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog**


Once upon a time there was a little girl (of 33) who loved to hear stories about the Norse gods. (i.e. Thor.) She thought the world they lived in was a fascinating one; full of honor, and destiny and love. She marveled at the gods bravery, audacity, devotion, and wondered what it would be like to live in a world where death was not always the end of ones life, but a fate filled beginning to a new one. Then one day this little girl (who liked to es...more
Jessica (Just a Booklover)
I'm not entirely certain what I expected when I picked this book up, but I know I was expecting the world to be top notch. I also hoped for the things that personally make stories great for me--including romance. Now that I've read it, I don't think my expectations were too far off the mark, but I definitely did not get what I was expecting within these pages. The extremely interesting premise of this book is what drew me in, and that premise is the same reason why the story ended up working for...more
Lisa
Alternate reality fantasy set against Norse mythology in the United States of Asgard. Sixteen year old Soren trains his body in the ways of the warriors even though his heart and brain refuse to accept that as his destiny. When a popular god goes missing, Soren and his classmate Astrid team up to locate him knowing the reward will grant each of their deepest desires. But along the way, Soren and Astrid find themselves inextricably drawn together throwing a wrench in their desires and plans.

Alt...more
Christopher McKitterick
I love Gratton's United States of Asgard books. Because I have to read so much for the Campbell Memorial Award and student writing, her US of A books (THE LOST SUN and book 2, THE STRANGE MAID) are the first novels I've read for fun in months. And what a perfect pleasure these are!

I could hardly put down THE LOST SUN - the first time that happened for a few months! It's a love-story road-trip through a fantastic alternate USA where the Norse gods actually live and interact with us, from the poin...more
Kathy Martin
Welcome to the United States of Asgard where the Norse gods walk among men and play with their fates at their whims.

Soren Bearskin is determined not to give in to his berserker heritage. After all, he was only eight years old when he saw his beloved father give in to the frenzy and massacre innocent bystanders at a mall. He knows that everyone at his school is afraid of what he might do and chooses to isolate himself from others. Then Astrid Glyn comes to the school and won't let him remain in i...more
Brandy
The Ugly: The first few chapters gave me whiplash: Pacing was off. Information/details imparted related to characters, setting, world-building, etc. were disconnected. Flow/pacing didn't improve until ~ Chapter 4. And, honestly, I did not begin enjoying the book until Chapter 7.

The Bad: The states' names (among other things) left me wishing there was more fictional separation in the world-building. I would understand if the places that have Native American names remained the same since those peo...more
Sharon
I picked up this book because I'm all over anything having to do with Norse mythology. I was excited to read it and I did enjoy it, with a few caveats.

I found Soren to be a bit too moody and angsty. He started to grate on my nerves and I thought his relationship with Astrid was a little forced. The two main characters, to be honest, did little for me. I liked Astrid better than Soren but I felt they were overshadowed by Baldur and Vider. Baldur was a lot of fun, kind of like a big, lovable teddy...more
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