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Runelight by Joanne Harris
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, teenage

** spoiler alert ** Second in Harris' series based on the Norse sagas of the gods of Asgard. Maddy discovers that she has a twin sister living the Universal city. Maggie Smith doesn't know that she has a twin sister either. She believes that she is an orphan as she ekes out an existence collecting books in the underground passages of the city. In reality, she is one of the twin daughters of Thor, grand daughters of Odin. A prophecy predicts the end of the world at Ragnarok, and both sisters have a part to play in either saving the world, with the help ( or hinderance) of the old gods of Asgard, in their new iterations, or in aiding its destruction. both have to come to terms with their newly found family ties.

This is a rollicking story, shot through with humor, especially those sections with the old, once powerful gods, who struggle to come to terms with their new roles in this different world. It is rare for a fantasy to have such a light hearted touch. such fun to read, both in terms of the humor, but also in trying to tease out the strands of the prophecy.

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