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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
But I decided that those things are just details, really. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
* 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 ...more
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
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"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 ...more
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 ...more
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?
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