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Realm of the Reaper

(Everworld #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,519 ratings  ·  79 reviews
There is a place that shouldn’t exist. But does. And there are creatures that shouldn’t exist. But do. Welcome to a land where all of your dreams and nightmares are very real—and often deadly. Welcome to Everworld.

Things have gotten way beyond weird. First April, Jalil, David, and Christopher end up in Everworld. Since then, they’ve been hunted by trolls, entertained Vikin
Paperback, 173 pages
Published November 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 1st 1999)
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May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
First off, I like that they finally stopped with the silly "Everworld logo over a character's eyes" cover design -- because it was silly, it obscured the cover, and the design on this book is just so lovely. I'm pretty sure my appreciation for Everworld!Hel helped fuel my later love for Mazikeen, of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. I mean:

A trip to the underworld and a return to Norse mythology means that I'm a little subjectively predisposed to enjoy this book. Also, we now have Jalil as a narrator,
Amanda Orlich Ahern
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Realm of the Reaper, we continue our journey through Everworld through the eyes of Jalil, the logical, level headed, and OCD science wiz.

Jalil, April, Christopher, and David find themselves trapped in Hell...well, trapped in Hel's Hell. They come face to half-dead-eaten-face with Loki's daughter, Hel. She sends her eunuch guards across Everworld to collect young, healthy men to entertain her in her harem.

This book was pretty good. It reminded me of Land of Loss in the sense that you experie
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This book picks up again where #3 left off, with the kids wandering the forest, lost and clueless and without a goal in mind. When they stumble upon a prison-city, they come face to face with Loki’s daughter Hel. Desperate to escape, they jump down a pit and come face to face with Loki’s son, the Serpent of Midgard. Along the way they find Senna, and once again we end on a cliffhanger.

I’m getting sick of these cliffhangers. I need to approach this series more like how it’s written: as a serial.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
It's the first Jalil book (my favorite character), and I still really liked this one. ...more
Plot: Teenagers yanked into parallel universe built by old gods and legends encounter Hel.

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Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This one was super good, too. Loved Jalil. Very creepy stuff, though. I am awed at the imagination required to write this book. I actually started liking Senna when she was in the pit with Jalil, before that quickly changed back. Also LOL at Christopher and his leprechaun obsession hahaha.
Joshua Glasgow
Oct 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
The four-star rating is definitely within the context of the series and not generally applicable. What I’m looking for is something that excites or impresses me, and this book delivers in that it provides some of the creepiest images so far. In particular—just jumping right to it—the group gets trapped in a walled city which they quickly realize is some kind of prison; they then learn that it’s a feeding (breeding?) ground for a creature called Hel, who is half Siren-like beauty who cannot be re ...more
Another Norse book, as the cast lands in Hel's underworld. Discovering the reason for a city peopled by eunuchs and the blind, built around an ominous massive cavern, is an engaging mystery. The horrors of Hel's chambers are exuberantly excessive; while I still don't think the creators of Animorphs need to writing something more explicitly adult to make it memorably dark, given the opportunity to do so this is just the sort of thing I hope they'd indulge in. The book's second half is more plot-f ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Okay, that was creepy. Loki's daughter Hel, half living and seductive, half dead and putrid, starts drawing our heroes into her underworld. Not appetizing. (And there's even a nice tee shirt transfer of her face in the middle so you can iron her on a shirt. Nasty.) ...more
   Welcome back to the style of the first two books – one event runs into another, with the loose plot form back, but with the advantage that the essential world-building has already been done. Now, we can run around Everworld in search of Senna again, meeting new and strange groups of people in scary places, without being over-encumbered by stray details to remind us where we are. Basically, we are back to the less coherent and cohesive plot that reigned in the first two books, but at the same ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
So this book is narrated by Jalil. He keeps up the narrative of trying to rationalise things, trying to understand the formula of Everworld. He doesn't deny that things like gods and talking pigs etc exist, but he does try to understand the rules that allow them to exist. Which I do like. Because any well-written magic system should have rules, and costs, otherwise anyone can do anything.

Interestingly, you find out right at the start of the book that Jalil has OCD, but for some reason, that OCD
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book's synopsis has basically the same problem as the last one: it makes it sound like it's April's book when it's actually Jalil's. More of a minor thing, but it's still odd that this switcheroo happened.

At any rate, this is Jalil's first book, and so far Jalil is the most sympathetic of the group—which might not be entirely unrelated to the fact that Everworld is affecting him the worst. His real world counterpart is suffering from severe OCD brought on by his complete inability to get cl
Brunna Caroline
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy moly, I had forgotten all about Jalil’s particular set of problems.

I’m pretty sure this is the last of the books that I read as a kid, so it’ll be interesting to see how I feel about the series going forward.

In this book, our heroes are taken into a city that is guarded by eunuchs and populated by mostly young-ish men who are petrified of “her”. Lucky us, we’re about to meet another one of Loki’s kids.

Our best friend, Senna, of course, is already hanging out with Hel, and she may or may not
Edward Pissmeoff
first off, lets talk about the cover art. freaking fantastic! glad they decided to leave behind the old design... too busy.
now, onto the story. This time it was told from Jalil's pov. It was a great installment, with our gang having to face off against Hel.
Though Jalil is a good charater, he just pisses me the fuck off. He tries to be rational and scientific about everything going on around him. dude, you're in some kind of parallel universe with gods and magic and giant snakes and you're over h
Tommy Grooms
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Realm of the Reaper is the first book from Jalil's perspective, and we learn that there are more layers to his character than meets the eye. We finally learn his connection to Senna, and see that his obstinate materialism in the face of the inexplicable Everworld has as much to do with his inner battle against obsessive compulsive disorder as anything else. Jalil's narration is ideal for encountering the horrifying Hel, and Applegate's buildup to and description of the goddess is one of the thin ...more
Heather Mayle
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best series I have read in a lot of time. I think it is a very good book because it is very well written and it helped me a lot to understand easily because it was super hard at the start because I started on the 4th book, but I would like to read all the books because they are super interesting.
Katherine Wren
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe Applegate grew as an author over the course of this series. Maybe Jalil is just the best.

That's it. Jalil is just the best.

Anyway, it's nice to see throwbacks to my own YA years, such as Beanie Babies and Borders book stores. The 90s were the best. Fight me.
Yuki Kagayaki
Oct 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I find these books extremely hard to rate and review, so please keep in mind that the ratings I’m attributing are not really equivalent with my usual ones, nor accurate with how pleasant a read it’s being.

Really liked this one. It was creepy and disturbing and hell yes.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
With this book the turns in narration most likely is complete. Applegate did a good job differientating the voices and narration of every character.
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun fluff.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked Jalil as the narrator.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
really gory, jeez. great stuff.
Oct 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I really don't know, what think of this one other than more gory and weirder lol ...more
Valia (beingshelfaware)
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the gorgeous cover, even though my husband spoiled about who the woman on the cover was. This time it was from Jalil's point of view. I'm really starting to find Senna really annoying and manipulative. ...more
Namita ♛
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, we finally get the narration of the fourth member of the group; Jalil, and it is so refreshing.

Jalil, who is all about reason and logic finally reveals how he is tied into all this, how he has a connection to Senna. No one knows about it except, of course, Senna the bitch witch herself. I really enjoyed reading from his POV, understanding how he views the other clowns and April and he did a nice job summarising each of them. I managed to read 95% of the book in one sitting!

Ergh, now the nex
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

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Other books in the series

Everworld (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Search for Senna (Everworld, #1)
  • Land of Loss (Everworld, #2)
  • Enter the Enchanted (Everworld, #3)
  • Discover the Destroyer (Everworld, #5)
  • Fear the Fantastic (Everworld, #6)
  • Gateway to the Gods (Everworld, #7)
  • Brave the Betrayal (Everworld, #8)
  • Inside the Illusion (Everworld, #9)
  • Understand the Unknown (Everworld, #10)
  • Mystify the Magician (Everworld, #11)

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