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Runelight (Runemarks #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,204 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
The squabbling Norse gods and goddesses of Runemarks are back. And there's a feisty new heroine on the scene: Maggie, a girl the same age as 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...
Paperback, 572 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books (first published 2011)
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Jess I was able to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan - there are a few copies floating around in the US.

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Final rating: 3/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 3.5/5 stars

‘So how do I know this isn’t a trick?’
Hughie looked offended. ‘A trick? Now who in the Worlds would do that?’
‘Oh, let me see now …’ Maddy said. ‘Order, Chaos, old gods, new gods, demons, Ice People, Tunnel Folk, ephemera, flying snakes, goblins, escapees from Netherworld, magical artefacts with a will of their own – or anyone else with an axe to grind. The Worlds are full of our enemies. Did you want the full list?’
There wa
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
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
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ivyclad Ideas
My heart is breaking right now, because I wanted to love this book. I loved Runemarks. I loved The Gospel of Loki. I will read any other sequels/prequels/whatever released in this series because, let's get one thing straight here, I did not dislike the book. I liked it just fine, just not as much as I wanted to.

I'll start with the things I loved. First off, LOKI. I'm sorry Thor fans, you may think Marvel has the best version of Loki, but you're wrong. The best version of Loki is Joanne Harris's.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in two sentences:
I love Loki.
I hate Maggie.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edwin Kort
De Noorse goden hebben hun gezag verloren. Allerlei demonen zijn ontsnapt uit de Chaos. Een jonge tweeling is voorbestemd om te helpen de Orde te herstellen.

Genre: sprookjes
Trefwoord(en): Magie, Runen, Queesten
NUR: Fictie 13 - 15 jaar (284)
Leeftijdscategorie: Voor kinderen van 13 j. e.o

Okay. Dit is een jeugdboek, althans volgens het ProBiblio etiket een 'C'-boek. Maar volgens Probiblio is het ook een sprookjes-boek. Ik zou het zelf liever 'fantasy' willen noemen, want bij spr
Nessa [October Tune]
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
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
Barb Middleton
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Renn Raven
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Three things:
First: I love Joanne Harris – I've read most of her published novels, and most of the rest I own and they're patiently waiting on my to-read-shelf.

Second: The first Joanne Harris novel I ever read was Runemarks, in the German edition (Das Feuervolk), as a child, and I LOVED it. I'd always been interested in mythology and the Norse Gods, but this book really got me into that stuff even more. I re-read it several times, and was then devastated to learn that there was no second volume
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
K Idamari
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Runes, Magic, Loki, Chaos, Order, Dreams, Loki, Nursery Rhymes, Love, Betrayal, Loki, Prophecy, End of the World, Apocalypse, Cat's Cradle, Loki, Fish-Eating Horse, Flying Baskets, Loki... and so much more! This is storytelling at its finest. So many characters, each trying to steer the course as they see fit. And everything clicks into place as the climax builds up - Approach of Lord Surt, an aspect of Chaos.

Admittedly, Loki has fewer screen time (Or word count) compared to Runemarks. But I en
Gayle Marie
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Michele Zuniga
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delights Keep Coming

I loved the first book, Runemarks, and this sequel was well worth staying up late to finish. I might enjoy the jokes more if I were more familiar with the Norse legends. Still, delights were to be had. My favorite god was Lucky/Loki, better known in the US as Coyote, the Trickster, the archetypal Bad Boy, and Odin All father, Old One-Eye, the General, the Grandfather. I liked them best because they were beloved by Maddie, the young female narrator whose life and adventures ex
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aspettiamo il sequel di The Gospel of Loki.
Emma Monet
Loved Maddy. Hated Maggie despite her fully-developed-character-ness. Still processing how I feel about the ending...
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
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
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was persistently frustrated with the stupidity of the characters and the lack of depth any of them brought to the story. Even recurring characters from previous books didn't offer anything of substance in this story. The book was written in a way that I never really knew who's point of view the story was being told from. I had no idea what was happening most of the time and the story dragged in so many places. I skim read large sections towards the end as I just didn't have the time to waist o ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed both of these stories so much - they could stand on their own, but are richer as companions. American booksellers/libraries don't seem to know what to do with them, to the point where this sequel was never even published here, which is such a shame. (My own library put Runemarks in the children's lit section instead of teen/YA, which is awkward...) They're wonderful adventure stories with a strong cast of fully-realized characters, and Maddy should be considered one of the great (femal ...more
Kimberly Lohr
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. The first book starts with the story of the state of human folk 500 years after Ragnarok and this second in the series continues with the story three years later. If you know anything about human nature you won't be surprised to see the folk haven't learned jack sh*t.

If you are fan of Norse mythology and runes you should check it out. Don't let the fact that it is technically a childrens/YA book put you off. There are some mind-bending concepts about the nature of reality, dr
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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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Runemarks (4 books)
  • The Gospel of Loki (Runemarks, #0.5)
  • The Testament of Loki (Runemarks, #0.6)
  • Runemarks (Runemarks, #1)
“Nothing dreamed is ever lost, and nothing lost forever.” 11 likes
“There’s an old Northlands saying that goes like this: When lies don’t help. try telling the truth. Loki knew it well, of course, but preferred his own version, which was: When lies don’t help, tell better lies.” 10 likes
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