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Ragnarok Unwound

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Prophecies don't untangle themselves.

Just ask Ikepela Ives, whose estranged mother left her with the power to unravel the binding threads of fate. Stuck with immortal power in a mortal body, Ives has turned her back on the duty she never wanted.

But it turns out she can’t run from her fate forever, not now that Ragnarok has been set in motion and the god at the center of t
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 2020 by Midnight Tide Publishing
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Candace Robinson
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by Jacques, and her writing is so much fun! When I saw there would be a brownie, Valkyrie, and more, I was in!

This book was very character driven, and I loved it! Ives was a smart and awesome character who felt like a real person, a person I'd want to be my friend! Where can I find some cool people like her at?

The descriptions were vivid, plenty of action, and so much quirk that this is another book that this is another one that I wish were a movie. Plus I think
Kristin Jacques
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
(Review from Author)
If you enjoy madcap adventures, mythological mayhem, and amusing deities, you might enjoy this book.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a mythological story that follows our main character Ikepela Ives, who has the ability to change fate, as she tries to discover who has changed the Fate regarding Ragnarok and how she can put it to rights.

I really enjoyed this story; I don’t recall ever reading a book that uses mythology as a tool for writing a fictional story rather than just re-telling the actual myths themselves (and if I have, they clearly didn’t resonate with me), so I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: it-s-a-no-for-me
ARC provided by NetGalley for reviewing purposes.

As much as I ended up enjoying this story, I really struggled in the beginning, mostly because it was hard at first to keep up with who the characters were and what powers they possessed and to whom they were related, but once the plot started developing the story took a turn for the better. Furthermore, the melding of both Norse and Hawaiian mythology was something I did not expect to happen (as the summary leads us to believe this story is about
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

An Urban Fantasy where all the pantheons of Gods exist. Ikepele Ives lives with her best friend and tries to ignore the power flowing under her finger tips. Her mother left her with her father and with no knowledge how to control her power. Until one night she has only once tried to use her powers and it didn't work very well now she has a young Valkyrie asking for her help if not then the end of days for the Norse pantheon is coming. Even though Ragnarok is a prophesied event Hildr,
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques pulls world myths into modern day and spruces up the idea of fighting fate.

Ragnarok Unwound follows the story of Ikepela Ives as she and her fae friend are dragged into helping a young Valkyrie stop Ragnarok. With a power passed down from her mother, Ives is the only person who can possibly save the world from a Norse ending. And with a cast of characters pulled from Hawaiian myths, Norse myths, and her own backyard, Ives won’t be fighting the end alone.

This b
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
(I received a free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

I love that mythologies besides Greco-Roman are on the rise (Norse, APIDA: Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi - in this case Hawaiian, etc), but it also means the market is starting to become oversaturated and I need to stop leaping for books because of their premise. (Plus, the diversity is limited to "bronze-skinned" characters on the Hawaiian side and "inhumanly pale and attractive" on the Norse side.) I especially appreciate
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The idea of this novel is really cool, the cover is nice too and I always love a mix of mythology and modernity in books, so I was very excited for the book.
The book is mostly focused on the adventure and the 'quest' or 'hero journey' with some modern bits, some magic, some strange creatures, gods, giants, family issues, intrigue and mischief and Las Vegas.

I love the concept and I liked some of the characters, like the
Don’t you hate when you sit down for a drink at a bar and a Valkyrie approaches you to ask a favor? Ikepela Ives can relate. Ever since her parents dropped the bombshell that Ives is the world’s designated Fate Cipher--whatever that means--Ives has been trying to keep off the radar of everything supernatural. Unfortunately, Ragnarok is about to kick off and Ives might be the only one who can stop it.

Ives starts to track down Loki and his children (the central characters in getting Ragna-rocking
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Firstly, a huge thank you to Netgalley, Kristin Jacques, and the publishers, Broad Universe, for an advance copy of Ragnarok Unwound.

Ragnarok Unwound is a compelling clash between mythology and urban fantasy.

Ikepela Ives, known simply as Ives, is drinking away her sorrows in a bar one evening when a Valkyrie straight out of legend approaches her and asks for her help in stopping Ragnarok - the twilight of the gods, the apocalypse, whatever you want to call it. As the Fate Cipher, a role passed
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much into Norse mythology, so I didn't enjoy Ragnarok Unwound. I tried but the story didn't intrest me enough to keep reading. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-2018
3.5 stars

Disclaimer: I received an advanced electronic copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This novel starts with a bang and hooks you right from the start. Despite what the title implies, this is a story about more than just Norse mythology. It's a world where every pantheon of gods is real, and while Norse and Hawaiian gods seem pretty antithetical, Jacques pulls it off and then some.

Each of the characters, from the main hero Ives to such deities as Loki, Hel
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-release, 2018
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc

Full review!
Corinne Sparks
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good! A typical YA paranormal / supernatural fare with focus on the Norse mythologies.

It suffers some of the typical flaws of the genre, ie, an overpowered (minimally flawed) protagonist, who is not nearly as scared as she ought to be.
I often find that nonchalance amusing in these novels - it is never explicitly stated the the novel is set in the supernatural world. We have to assume it is set in the mundane; and yet the protagonist often shrugs off the mind blowing information of gods a
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, modern-fantasy
I simply love the Norse mythology and all the interpretations of it that our culture brings forth. This one is another unique one. With great humor, sass and wonderfully flawed characters, Kristin Jacques tells the story of an unusual heroine: a fate cipher, whose job it is to unravel people from the unjust threads of fate laid onto them. But then she is asked to unravel the biggest fate of them all, Ragnarok itself, and needs a ragtag team of friends to help her tackle this task.

The characters
Krimsin  King
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a Ragnarok story I can get into! This is a great tale that the taps it's toes into many different cultures mythos, in a respectful manner. I love the change of pace one she is sent to Hel. The tale was woven like a fine tapestry (pun intended). I hope this book goes beyond book one, and two, crossing many myths from around the world. The character development was fast for many, or so you think, until you read on. Most are deeply developed in the end. Some are left with bits of backstory, ...more

full review available on my blog.

WOW WOW WOW. I'll start by saying that I've always loved mythology, which is why I decided to pick this book from NetGalley – plus, what's cooler than Norse mythology? But WOW – this book was SO good.

The beginning was a little slow, and it took me a little while to get into it as I didn't actually read what the story was about, and I had NO idea what was going on... but once the book got going, it GOT GOING. And WOW was I hook
ARC Review: Received for free via Netgalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

CW/TW: vomiting, animal death, inappropriate touching, sex work shaming, blood, fire

I— I like it actually. I don't even know why it took so long for me to get into it. But maybe the reason I finally decided T on give it a proper chance and actually read it is because if Netflix's "Ragnarok" (amazing show, must watch!) and I must say I'm glad I finally read it!

Despite the few spelling errors here and th
Pam Sartain
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recently joined NetGalley, where you can receive books for free if you review them, and that just sounds like heaven to me, and this is the first book that I've received!

On her 18th birthday, Ikepela Ives gained the power to unwind the fates of gods, goddesses, and other demi beings, she lost the woman who could have taught her how to use the power, her mother. She has only used her powers once since then, and resisted every other attempt to get her to use them.

Ragnarok has begun, and Ives is
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Broad Universe for this arc.

This was a fun read! It's been decades since I was last familiar with Norse mythology, and I can't claim to have ever been familiar with Hawaiian myths, so understanding the "real stories" behind the story line of this book are not necessary for enjoyment. What great characters! A great fast moving read! Loved the Los Vegas part! What an imagination Ms. Jacques has!. Mayhem and foolishness.... fun, fun, fun. A great read for a rainy weekend. Wh
Zine Smith
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work is an exciting and surprising amalgamation of Norse and some Hawaiian mythology. Jacques uses a simple main character that anyone can relate to as the center of real apocalypse avoiding story. She does not utilize the tired understanding of Norse mythology to advance her story but instead introduces a story around and through the typical story.

Jacques leaves us with a story that can easily continue and expand to other mythologies and people. I look forward to what I hope is a series of
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books, netgalley
I really loved this peppy little adventure story. The characters are fun, the plot is interesting, and the world that Jacques created, melding Hawaiian and Norse mythology together, was really fun to explore. I already can’t wait for book two!

I got this book for free to give my honest thoughts. Read my full review here:
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ragnarok Unwound is a fun romp of a story that blends Norse mythology into an urban fantasy setting. It follows Ikepela Ives, a human girl with the superhuman ability to see and change fates. One day, she is confronted by a Valkyrie, who needs Ives for the one thing she has been trying to avoid: her powers. But Ives quickly realizes she can’t avoid this situation, for something terrible has been set into motion - Ragnarok, th
Anne Morgan
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Unraveling fate might sound like a good job, but Ikepela Ives has been ignoring her own fate since her absentee mother dropped that surprise on her three years ago. Until now Ives' closest contact to the supernatural has been her best friend, the brownie Jules. Now an insistent Valkyrie is claiming Ives needs to use her abilities as the Fate Cipher to help stop the Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok. Seeing outside the box and possessing high-level snark may be two of Ives' biggest talents, but will the ...more
 Diana Davis
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ragnarok Unwound (Ikepela Ives Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Kristin Jacques
I received a review copy from NetGalley and am choosing to leave a fair and honest review.

A book for fans of Neill Gaiman's American Gods and Norse Mythology, RU drags you into a sassy, funny world of Gods and Immortals.

Ives, as Ikepela Ives prefers to be called, has a secret fated role in the Ragnarok! It is a role passed down from her Goddess mother. Ives can stop the Norse version of the Apocalypse, Ragnarok if only she ca
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
There's a lot to like about this book. First and foremost: it's different. Where else would half the Norse pantheon combine with Pele and the very modern humans inhabiting places like Las Vegas and Hawaii? Many of the characters are well developed. And their interaction is often hysterical. It never got old for me to hear the Norse goddess of death slinging shade. I happily suspended disbelief to enter this weird world of shape-shifting gods and goddesses, Valkyries, humans with divine powers, a ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored the laugh-out-loud funny ZOMBIES VS ALIENS (if you haven't yet read, you need to fix that immediately), so when I discovered author Kristin Jacques had another book coming out, I had to get my hands on an advanced reader copy!

RAGNAROK UNWOUND follows Ikepela Ives (but you'd better call her Ives or she’ll break every one of your fingers!), a cynical fae who’s overwhelmed, to say the least, with her ability to manipulate fate. Along with one tenacious Valkyrie and a group of q
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars.

This was an interesting read, and definitely different than what I usually go for. If follows the story of Ives, a Fate Cipher, who, unlike those in the past, is mortal; however, despite her morality and inexperience, she is still responsible for helping to stop the coming of Ragnarok.

There are gods, magic, and faeries. Everything is woven together with humor and human-ness that make the characters seem real. It also offers very cool visuals, including fate being threads connected t
Joanna Bennett
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
eARC received from publisher through NetGalley

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Ragnarok Unwound is set in the 21st century and follows Ikepela Ives as she tries to figure out who she really is and stop the world from ending. She meets notable Norse Gods along the way as well as other mythical  beings that are sure to delight readers.

It was a pleasurable weekend read filled with enticing characters and a fantastic world. She has a way of bringing Norse and Hawaiian mythology together that doesn't feel odd.
Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
I loved this book! It pulled me in from the beginning and wouldn't let me go!
Ives meets her destiny in a bar, and no it's not a romance. As the Fate Cipher, Ives has tried to brush off her power and ignore it; she doesn't need or want the responsibility. But when Ragnorak becomes imminent, she has no chose. Accepting her blood given gift, Ives see the whole world in a different way and makes friends she would never have imagined.
The book has dashes of Christopher Moore and a sprinkle of Rick Ri
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Mother of two, caffeine addict, sleep deprived book eater.
Kristin Jacques writes primarily speculative fiction, dabbling with dark adventures, monsters, mayhem, and the occasional sarcastic zombie.
When not at her computer spinning tales she is generally herding cats or snuggling with her gremlins.

A Multi Award Winning Author of Fantastical YA & Adult Fiction.

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