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Tenk deg å mangle noe alle andre har. Noe som beviser at du hører til i denne verden. Noe så viktig at uten det, er du ingenting. En pest. En myte. Et menneske.

Femten vintre gammel får Hirka vite at hun er et odinsbarn - en halelaus råttenskap fra en annen verden. Foraktet. Fryktet. Og jaget. Hun aner ikke lenger hvem hun er, og noen vil drepe henne for at det skal forbli
Hardcover, 621 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Gyldendal
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Siri Pettersen Hei, Oda! Dette spørsmålet har lurt seg under radaren. Har ikke sett det før nå, beklager så mye! Jo, jeg har møtt flere filmselskaper som har lyst ti…moreHei, Oda! Dette spørsmålet har lurt seg under radaren. Har ikke sett det før nå, beklager så mye! Jo, jeg har møtt flere filmselskaper som har lyst til å lage filmene, og det er kjempegøy! Det handler om å finne de rette menneskene og premissene. Jeg håper og tror det vil skje, selv om det er et langt lerret å bleke. Tusen takk som spør :)(less)

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Absolutely amazing. The world, the story, the characters! My heart was on fire at the end.

Kort og enkelt. Denne boka får meg til å favne!
Helene Jeppesen
This is a YA fantasy story based on Norse Mythology. It was written by a Norwegian author, and so far it has only been published in Scandinavia, to my knowledge.
That being said, I definitely recommend this book if you are able to get it and read it. It tells the story of Hirka who is very different from everyone else around her - that's because she has no tail. When Hirka turns 15, she is considered a grown woman who has to go through a certain ritual; the only problem is that because Hirka is
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since this book is only in norwegian, I'm going to write this in norwegian. I really hope they will translate the book to english, because it's so good! I pity those who will not be able to read it because you don't understand the language. It's one of the best fantasybooks I've read in a long time, and it's a flavore of fantasy that's not easy to categorize. So since I don't know how long you will have to wait for the english version, you better start learning norwegian so that you won't miss i ...more
Marie the Librarian
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Im in tears. I loved this book. I totally, wholeheartedly ship Hirka & Rime! Otp <3 everything is perfect with this book, and Im so glad I can start the sequel tomorrow! Damn, what a story!! And this needs to exist in English!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating this book is hard. I read it in czech, and I am sure something got lost in the translation, because I HATED, really really hated the way this book was written.
I loved the world, but not how needlessly detailed everything was. I loved the concept I guess. But not the characters. Not a single one(or maybe Kuro?), and that was probably what made it so hard for me to read it. The pacing as well was so... slugish. I was bored most of the time. The book could be shorter. From the page 500 up,
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Odinsbarn is a fantasy that includes the kind of epic-ness that is so hard to find it seems almost impossible. Alas, it's completely possible!

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Odinsbarn is a fantastic story, where the mythology has a certain Norse feel to it. Where the 12-person council that rules over the world seems to be rotten on the inside; all the while fearing the rot of those that are other. I found the fear of other and how that fear was dealt with to be
Tess (books.with.tess)
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
HOLY CRAP I feel so sorry for all who can't read Norwegian because HOLY HELL this is a quality book which has everything!!
Jan 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Debating if I should try to learn Norwegian just to read this or if I should just wait and hope it gets translated to English some day...
Anna - Boktycke
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Wooooah! What a nice surprise! Really really really like the setting, writing and characters!

Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
Full review at Bookish Love Affair.

What a wonderful piece of fantasy litterature. With its roots in an aspect of Norse Mythology that seems kind of unknown and overlooked to me, we follow Hirka on a gripping journey as she tries to come to terms with the startling reveal of what she is. She's always been different, she has no tail. And it wasn't a wolf that took it. She's never had it, because she is a odinsbarn (litteraly "child of Odin"), a creature feared and mythical in the world where she l
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-favorites, 2017
You know when you've had this book sitting on your shelf forever and then you finally read it and want to punch yourself in your face for not reading it sooner!?

Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen:

"Imagine missing something everyone else has,
something that proves you belong to this world.
Something so vital, that without it, you're nobody.
A plague. A myth. A human."

Fifteen winters old, Hirka learns that she is an Odin's child – a tailless rot from another world. Despised. Dreaded. And hunted. Sh
Caroline Stan
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mathilde Paulsen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! It did take me a long while to get into, I was almost to 200 pages before I finally got immersed into the world, but that might have been because I have not read a Norwegian book in a very long time. (I also kept being drawn into other books, so this one was on hold for a looong time) I loved all the fantasy elements, as well as the characters. This book is definitely unique, and I really hope (finger's crossed) it'll be translated into English at some point. Super excited ...more
DNF around 100 page.

So! There is this book marketed as something amazingly original, a new wave of fantasy, SCANDINAVIAN fantasy! How original it is, to have Scandinavian folklore and mythology-based world in fantasy?! (Um, wait.)

To do the book justice, the world is described pretty nice and it felt consistent. Of course, there is the curiosity of creating a new race that is… human beings with tails. That’s it. Oh, of course they have magic, but we are talking about a fantasy world, I guess ever
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hirka's story started good and then fell into teenage drama vortex. She's no one but Different, he's a young Coflicted noble. Miss Different and Mister Conflicted plow through the political intrigues and solve mysteries like pros using instant enlightenment. Together they save the day. At least I think so, because DNF.

Additional notes:
Rape victim blaming and one rape attempt on a minor.
Let's not hurt bad people anymore. I know they're repeatedly trying to slaughter us these days but killing is b

Jun 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
1 star = I did not like it.

First of all let me say I am not a fan of cold hardcore Medival-ish fantasy, and I do not read books similar to this one. I perfer warm-hearted fantasy in the style of Magyk or the ineffable His Dark Materials, so my review may be skewed. I quit reading after having read 473 pages out of 559. I tried to read it because of the amazing reviews.

Personally, I found it very hard to imagine any concept or place in this book - the author revels in indirect hints that ser
Ell Eastwood
Does this book live up to the hype? No. I will go as far as to say that it has been overhyped and is not nearly as good as everyone says. It's like in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt when Mikey says Cate Blanchett is a great actress and Titus responds "is she? Or is she just tall?". Is this book good or is it just long? Spoiler: it's just long.

Honestly, I'm not saying all books that are this long are bad, but unless it's like idk Stephen King's IT or Lord of the Rings, there probably could have been s
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I debated a bit with myself whether to give this book four or five stars because as much as I liked it, there were a few moments where I kind of lost interest a little bit. I also thought that while the language was good, there were a lot of places where I thought it would have made sense to start a new paragraph, only that didn't happen and that made the book feel rushed in places where it would have been nice to get a moment to breathe.

But I decided that those things are just details, really.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I read this because my friend gave it to me for christmas, and she insisted I had to at least try. I'm an idiot when it comes to reading new books (and watching new films), so I was more interested in re-reading the Harry Potter books while re-listening to my Harry Potter audiobooks and re-watching the Harry Potter films. I mean, my sister got me the set of books that creates Hogwarts with the backs, and of course that makes it a top priority even though I've read and heard the books in bo
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I heard on the audiobook for this for just an hour while I was cleaning and I read the rest. But I have to commend the male narrator, he has a beautiful voice and I really enjoyed it. It's just in Norwegian, so that's awful I guess. I love how the author has borrowed from Norse mythology - you can see it in the world building and everywhere around Hirka and Siri Petterson has created something for me which is magic. The book is pretty long in my opinion - but everything feels like it needs to be ...more
oritty: books and i (tilayov)
The truth is I was not sure I was going to finish this book. The rhythm is so much different than what I am used to. A totally changed world of concepts and ideas. The very long and detailed exposition that took more than half of it really tested my patience and I admit - if I had not read such great compliments - I might have not gotten to read it through and I am soooooo happy I did! Such a wonderful story; such great characters, such colorful new world! I love Hirka and I believe her and in h ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Probably the best book I've read so far this year in the young adult genre. Norse mythology + strong female protagonist + ravens = magic.

Also, I am so happy Scandinavian authors prove they are a force to be reckoned with -- not just in the crime genre. I would like to give this to all my friends who refuse to read anything but English fantasy and watch them revise their prejudice. Can't wait til the sequel comes out. I would read it in Norwegian but I just can't afford all that oil infl
Kai (CuriousCompass)
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Swenky by: Lene
A great book that was gifted to me by my friend Lene, so that didn't have any idea what was awaiting me! I gotta say, I'm absolutely shooketh and hooketh - I need to start the next book immediately!!
Also I love love love Hirka, I feel like my 15-year old self would've needed this character in her life, since Hirka resembles my younger self and my friends at that age so much - I would have loved to connect with that character and definitely do today!
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Although this book has a norse setting, norse mythology, norse names and a cool blurb, the rest of it - the writing, the telling and the characters - did not work for me.
* The lack of clear information: The world is so detailed but still the important and basic things like how someone looks, who the Seer is, what the ritual is all about... is either mentioned accidentally or very late. I had to assume very much. Like, are the Yrms like humans just with a tail? And if the tail is the only differe
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
1. I am getting book withdrawal for book 3, without even having started on 2.

2. I suggest that my English speaking friends learn Norwegian ASAP so you can enjoy this book.

3. "Du har badet med råta"

4. Odinsbarn has now got a place on my favorite shelf!

5. I hope to see more of the dollmaker..... <3

Copy from status update:
"Once in a while (very rarely) you come across scenes in books that are just perfect and time stops. So perfect that you wouldn’t even notice if Channing Tatum himself danced ar
Jeanette Li
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to force myself, several times, to continue reading this book.
Although in the end, I am now thinking that I have to read the next one, due to the cliffhanger ending. The language, in the Swedish version, is contrived and strained, with superfluous word use that just irritates. The story and premise could have been told with a less forced vocabulary in my opinion. I am not a writer at all, and I could not write a book. I have read a lot of books, and I certainly was underwhelmed and irrita
Kathinka Evans
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Utterly believable, wonderful and all-consuming universe and such a lovely use of language in this book. I was smitten and hooked from page 1 and could not stop obsessing about this book until I was done (and then some). Pettersen does not stop to explain but reveals bit by bit as the story unfolds, demanding that the reader pays attention. Love it! Cannot wait until the next in the series. Thank you Siri Pettersen! (And to all non-Norwegain speakers: pester your local publishers until you get a ...more
Karina Eliassen
Update 06/03-19 x time reread: I’ll never stop being amazed over how wicked good this book is.

This. Book. THIS BOOK! This book is everything that is good about books. I love it deeply. We are in a committed relationship. Forever. Yes I am ranting and will do so for as long as I have air in my lungs.
This was reread numbeeer... Five? Six?
* something between 4 and 5.
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Siri was born in 1971, under the northern lights of Norway, with a severely overactive imagination. It survived countless attacks from the outside world, rendering her an expert escapist, frolicking in a wide range of media: Design, web, comics, illustration, animation and text. Anything for a good story. In 2002 she won a national comic contest with "Anticlimax", the comic strip that made her "Ne ...more

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