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The Aesir Kids

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THE AESIR KIDS. They're the children of the Norse gods, with incredible strength, magical weapons and monsters for pets. They've got problems with school, bullies, family issues and attacks by giants. And when Asgard, the home of the gods, is threatened with utter destruction, it's up to the children of Thor, Sif, Loki, Freya, Balder...along with some very extraordinary fr ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by Basilisk Books
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The Aesir Kids by the father-daughter writing team of James Grant Goldin and (then) 10 year-old Charlotte Goldin contains all of the ingredients of a terrifically entertaining middle grade adventure. This delightful book features a diverse mix of characters based on Norse mythology each with their own strengths and weaknesses; a fantastical setting taking the reader from the kingdom of the mythical Asgard and across the Bifrost bridge to Midgard, the land of the humans; a great battle between th ...more
S.W. Wilcox
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: norse
Well there's nothing to dislike after two chapters, except maybe it's a bit safe and the chapter drawings could be better -- the cover is amazing.

I like how the adult gods speak Shakespearean English, even if Marvel half-kiddingly is trying to ease away from that. The best voices for the Northern gods is a subject I've spent many years on, as an author and producer. Chaucerian English or even German would be the most authentic, but that wouldn't work, without saying. Then we get the jarring hip
Brian Lang
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the heels of Neil Gaiman's wonderful Norse Mythology, which helped ground me in the mythos of the Norse gods with a bit more depth than Thor: Ragnarok (as delightful as it is) was capable of doing. I've always been partial to the Norse legends but almost always on a surface level; I know enough to be dangerous. So by seating myself in the core of the legends with Gaiman, I then launched into Goldin's book about the children of the gods.

And what a wonder it is. The children all ha
Cheryl Carpinello
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a mythology lover, but know little about Norse mythology, so I looked forward to reading this book. The adventures of the Aesir kids continued non-stop. I liked the story of the Frost Giants and the lesson it taught. Similar lessons could be found throughout. It's encouraging to see a young writer venture out into the publishing world. Charlotte has a beautiful imagination, and I hope she continues to write. This book would appeal to good readers as early as 4th grade and could be enjoyed ev ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, requested
I'm a sucker for books that deal with mythology, especially Norse myths because I don't see them around too much. So when I came across The Aesir Kids, I couldn't resist. And I'm so glad I didn't. This book is absolutely fantastic.

The Aesir Kids is a flawless blend of action, adventure, storytelling, and education all in one book. This book smartly introduces a wonderful list of characters from Norse mythology, including Thor's children. Each character has their own unique story to tell- and wha
J.R. Barker
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, loved this action packed little read. Then again I love Norse tales and kids stories, so what’s not to love with this? I’m now filled with the urge to hunt down and read many many Norse tales.
Parents read this to your kids, kids read this to your pets!
I hope there’s more to come from the Aesir Kids.

Suitable for ages seven +

I award this 5 cups of tea!
Autumn Doerr
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. I'd recommend it to any tween or adult.
J.M. Hofer
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Aesir Kids is a delightful book suitable for middle grade and up. It cleverly uses Norse Mythology as the inspiration for its characters and plot, but with a modern twist--for example, young Thrud, daughter of Thor, wants desperately to be a Valkyrie, but grandfather Odin simply won't listen. Freya intervenes and gets her a job waiting tables after school in Valhalla, where she proves herself both resourceful and innovative. Then there's young Hel, goddess of death, who shows up at school on ...more
Oh My Bookness
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book Review by: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
February 24,2015

"This is a coin of Asgard", the old man said in a clear, strong voice, that carried up to the shadowy rafters. "Asgard, the home of the Aesir-The home of the gods. On this side is Odin, the All - Father, in his right hand he holds his spear, Gungnir; on his shoulder are his Ravens. Hugin and Munin who bring him news from here on Midgard, the Earth-"( Book Excerpt from Aesir Kids)

Co-writing a bo
Sharon Tyler
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Aesir Kids by is a middle grade novel co-authored by James Grant Goldin and his daughter Charlotte Goldin. The story takes some recognizable and well known bits of Norse mythology and expands on the stories to create something new and exciting. this books follows the adventures of children of the Norse gods. they have incredible strength, magical weapons, and monsters for pets. They also have problems with school, bullies, family issues, and attacks by giants. When Asgard, the home of the go ...more
Tonja Drecker
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Packed with Norse mythology and adventure, THE AESIR KIDS is a book Rick Riordan and all mythology fans won't want to miss. Although all the favorites (Loki, Thor and Odin) are mentioned or present, this story goes into the next generation. With it's diverse age range of characters, readers of several ages will feel drawn into this exciting world, especially since the powerful kids of Asgard aren't really all that different than normal ones here on Earth.
Starting with a gentle, tale-telling Gran
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Norse mythology , the Aesir are the male gods . They live in Asgard, together with the female goddesses called Asynjur.

Odin’s grandchildren, twins Modi and Magni are off on a great adventure. They are going to find the cave in which the treasure of Grymnir is hidden. The frost giants are their first obstacle. For the reader, the first chapters of the book introduce the many characters and places and due to the fact that most are names from Norse mythology, the reader may find them confusing
Darlene Cruz
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a tale you weaved with Norse mythology and the Gods and demi-gods, their children. I found this tale so fantastic because no matter your demographic or age this story will entertain you. Characters I heard about and characters I never knew but simply explained. What made this story so enormously out of the realm, monsters, no ..... creatures grace us with their presence. Of course you know the children are not your average children, just watch how powerful they are and I'm talking about ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This very excitingly captivating story will surely entertain both gender of children equally. It is a lengthy chapter book, yet never boring. A few more of the characters are introduced as the tales goes forth. It was never confusing. The adventures began from the very first page and continued on the the very last page. This is a great book that parents and children can enjoy together. Filled with several good morals, there are a lot of similarities to the interactions as in real life. This is a ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by A Simple Taste for Reading:

Co-authored with his daughter, James and Charlotte Goldin have create a fantasy-adventure about the children of the Norse gods. These children are obviously not your normal every day kid, they have incredible strengths, wield magical weapons and even have monsters as pets! The Goldin’s take us to a land where ancient Gods rule but seem like ‘slightly’ normal adults and kids you know problems with school, bullies, fami
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Norse mythology is not a subject I am familiar with, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the book before I had a chance to read it. But as soon as I get started, I knew it would be a worthy and exciting read. The story is very well written, action-packed, and fast-paced. While all the exotic names and complex relationships can get confusing easily, the writer does a wonderful job in keeping the reader on track. The book may be written for kids, but I as an adult also find it fascinating and edu ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

My Thoughts:

I have always had an interest in Norse mythology, from the time I was small. The fantastical stories and larger than life characters have long fascinated me. It was a treat to read “The Aesir Kids.” I enjoyed every minute while reading this book to my daughter, who liked it and is now reading more about Norse Mythology herself. We are both avid rea
Jane Ritz
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Natalie Ritz
This is a great book based on Norse mythology. You will find some of the major gods and goddesses of Norse mythology along with lesser gods and children of the gods.Another main character is Fire, a creation of the three sisters. The story line focuses on the children of Aesir (children of the gods),Fire, and a few human children. Each of the children had special gifts. They used these gifts to save Odin, the All-Father of Asgard and to regain possession of their land. These children showed that ...more
Jennifer Jensen
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! Full of adventure, some mystery, a few bad guys, awesome challenges and quests - a great story for middle-graders and older. (The first adventure was full of kids’ hijinks and made it seem like it would be episodic, but the rest of the book tied together and kept this adult reader hooked.) The Norse gods and goddesses, the frost giants, the Norn, the Valkyries have all come to life for me, now that I have a story and actions to connect them with instead of just a name and descri ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
My son enjoyed this book so much. It was something new for the both of us. Most of the books about mythology we have read or come across are mostly about Greek mythology, so it was great to see a book center around Norse mythology. It has a captivating story line that you won’t want to put the book down. The action is non-stop and it brings something for everyone. Readers 10yrs and older will enjoy this book.
Kay LaLone
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Excerpt from book: That thought was to solve the riddle and find the mysterious treasure of Grymmer. It would be a great victory for Asgard, and it would show the older Aesir that Magni and Modi weren't just children, but your godlings who had to be taken seriously. Magni and Modi take up this secret quest and go on a adventure of danger and mystery. Fun characters. Surprise ending.
Amy Miller
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a superb read for any middle school aged student. The story has a lot of mythology particularly about Thor/Thor's children as well as Odin. Lots of adventure to get any child on the edge of their seat. This story has some very truly memorable and different characters that will most definitely hold a child interest. Lots going on, battles, trickery, and bravery. A must read!
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. I don't know much about Norse mythology but The Aesir Kids got me very interested. Great for fans of Percy Jackson, The Kane Chronicles, Thor and The Avengers.
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This was written by James and Charolette Golden 2 2 Apr 29, 2014 09:39PM  
I live by the sea with my wife and daughter--the daughter who co-authored "The Aesir Kids." and "The 18th Rune." When not writing books, I write and direct nonfiction television; previous careers have included media training, political consulting, dramatic TV writing, and book publicity.
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