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Realm of the Reaper

(Everworld #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,374 ratings  ·  64 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
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,
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.
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
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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.)
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.
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
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
Book four of the series really tries to push the horror aspect of Everworld. The story features Hel from Norse mythology and I love the descriptions of her. She's absolutely chilling. But the descriptions of her domain just seem to push the horror factor over the edge to unbelievable, and I didn't feel as drawn into the setting as the other books. Still, the characters continue to grow, and I love the attention to Jalil's OCD. They're beginning to really function as a team and I love the ...more
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 ...more
Heather Mayle
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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.
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.
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.
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.
So I finished the first third of this series, which I read as one book back in the days, and I figure it's as good a time as any to try and write a more in-depth review for the thing.

Plotwise, I think the series is interestign--it goes from one event to the next almost without catching its breath, or just enough so that the reader doesn't become unable to follow the emotional roller coaster. The bigger arc has only just finished setting up (spoiler: they're going to fight the bad guy) but the
Alex of Yoe
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Jalil brings a very different and revealing perspective as we get to see the secrets behind the man whom the reader is so far not sure why he was even brought to Everworld. Included is some more revelations about Senna, growth in April's character, and probably one of the most disturbing and terrifying gods we've seen yet in Everworld. Applegate does a great job of chilling us with the depths of Everworld's evil, but also helping us feel the trapped sensations of what it's like to be Jalil in ...more
Brittney Rz.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
We dive into Jalil's character in this book. I forgot what his issue was but quickly remembered once I started reading. He has OCD. The disease doesn't follow him into Everyworld though. In Everworld he is free form that compulsion which makes an interesting dilemma for him. Go home where the world makes sense or stay here in chaos but free from the chaos in his head.

I liked the the is super logical. He is someone who knows how things work and things have to work that way, no questions asked.
Julie Decker
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Jalil, April, David, and Christopher are traveling to find Senna after a battle with Loki, but they get sidetracked when they stay at an inn and get trapped in a strange town full of mostly fearful, small men. Soon they find out who the mysterious feared person is: Hel, the daughter of Loki, is terrorizing men with her half living and seductive body, half rotting zombie body--because she has an enchantment that forces them to be attracted to her even as they're disgusted by her. And what's worse ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Edit: Reread April 2018

“One by one, slowly, we each turned to look at Christopher.
He nodded. “Saw this coming, man. Had to be. Sooner or later, there had to be leprechauns.”

My favorite line in the series.

I’m slowly working on rereading the entire series. Jalil’s narrations were always my least favorite, but I enjoyed it enough to fly through it tonight in a couple hours.

Holy cow, this book was scary! Hel was most certainly the most horrifying deity. The teens
Greg Kerestan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
In Everworld, and to the Norse, Hell isn't just a place, it's a person too- and it's spelled Hel. Caustic, cynical scientist Jalil takes over as narrator in this volume, and the struggle between lust and horror inspired by lich-goddess Hel lends this book its most memorable moments. However, Jalil's connection to the Senna web is tenuous; perhaps it's very 2016 of me to say, but the idea of an outspoken secular humanist being "closeted" about his mental illness and struggle with OCD feels like ...more
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
A truly brilliant take on mythology. For anyone who has ever been a fan of the religions of yore you'll be enthralled with Applegate's world of aliens and gods. My favorite series when it first came out and still one of my favorite series. The beginning of the first book is a bit difficult to get into, but once you get past that it is simply phenomenal. Applegate creates an entire world within Everworld while drawing enough from our own world so as not to entirely alienate or confuse the ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this series: 4 teenagers find themselves alternating between the real world and Everworld, a universe full of mythological creatures and gods. When the teens fall asleep in one universe, they wake up in the other, and vice-versa.

This book uses the words/concepts 'bitch', 'rape', and 'MSNBC'... so probably is best a series for teens. Overall this is a really friendly and imaginative series. I am counting this book as "a book for children" in my 2016 Reading Challenge from
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is where my knowledge of the Norse gods is iffy, and I will rectify it soon--ish when Rick Riordan puts out his norse series. Anyways, Hel has her own town, and yeah Hel is a woman. We get this book from Jalil's perspective and it's interesting how he sees the dynamics of the group and how he handles Senna. She thought she could control him because of his OCD and in Everworld it doesn't exist. He is now playing her and she hates it.

We also get to find out how terrible Senna really is, and
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I would have to say that so far, this is my favorite book out of the Everworld series (I still have 8 more to go). April, Jalil, David and Christopher have escaped Loki only to be in a never ending forest with not much to eat or drink. They finally come to what looks like a town and the smell of baking bread drives them closer to it. They find that it is more a prison than a town. Mostly everyone in town in male and terrified of "she". Who is this she and why is everyone so scared of her?
Dayna Smith
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-series
This is the fourth book in the Everworld series. It is told from Jalil's point of view. The four teens continue to seek a way out of Everworld and back home. Not everyone is as hot to rescue Senna as they were before however. Now the kids find themselves in a creepy village where once you enter you can't leave. The village is under the control of Hel, Loki's daughter, and it is hell literally. This is the most intensely violent of the books thus far - a definite 8 on the creep-o-meter.
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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)
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