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Runemarks by Joanne Harris
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Apr 29, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, ya
Read in April, 2009

Ridiculously complex and somewhat hard to follow. Our heroine Maddy begins the story being clever and feisty, but ultimately becomes little more than a spectator at the end of the world. The gaggle of secondary characters gets confusing, and the rising pantheism vs. monotheism theme could alienate some readers.


Fabulous portrayals of the Norse pantheon, in particular Loki and Odin, who are presented as complex, endearing, and difficult characters who challenge Maddy but also earn her (and the reader's) love. The use of runes and aura colors are also intriguing, though a little complex if you're not familiar with these concepts.

Much too long and probably not worth wading through unless you're a big fan of Norse mythology.

Would not surprise me to see a sequel at some point, and I'd probably read it so long as Loki's in it. Because he's just that cool.
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