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A captivating tale of Norse Gods, sea witches and a hero in denial.Young Elof, a descendant of Norse gods, is retracing his father's voyage around the world in a magical wooden yawl, trying to make sense of why his father abandoned the family. When charming Reenie Gyse, an aging denizen of a city marina, draws Elof from his course, he's in danger not only of failing to com ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published January 21st 2015 by Wekivacom
(first published December 8th 2014)
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Despite being so short, this story took me extremely long to read. It had terrible flow and was full of grammatical mistakes. We barely got half a question answered by the end of it, the climax was shattered, the conflict part way too long (practically the whole story), the ending rushed.
I like it! The reason I didn't give it 4 stars was because of the problem I usually have with novellas: they're a bit too short. I felt that events and characters weren't quite as fleshed-out as they could have been, thus making it feel like a cute fairy tale. I did like that the author didn't make Reenie Gyse to be the beautiful young woman siren stereotype; it made her more sympathetic, in a way.
Katherine Starbird is a fiction writer whose rich prose brings fantastical elements into the familiar world. Her wildly inventive stories are populated by vivid characters such as an orphaned young heir to Odin, a siren in a city marina, and a shape-shifting goddess masquerading as an ordinary human in modern Washington, DC. No matter how outlandish or out of place her characters are, their epic-s ...more
“The words she sang were his. They told of evils in the world and an absent hero.”
“He remembered believing there had been a time when monsters roamed the earth. The brave hearted fought flesh-and-blood dragons instead of shadowboxing their inner demons, the sport of modern man.”More quotes…