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The Stone of Sorrow

(Runecaster #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  64 reviews
In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone ...more
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Published April 5th 2020
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Leslie Bootle Yes! There is a non-binary Valkyrie (who doesn't use gender pronouns) and Runa's sister Syr is in a F-F relationship. …moreYes! There is a non-binary Valkyrie (who doesn't use gender pronouns) and Runa's sister Syr is in a F-F relationship. (less)

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✨Brithanie Faith✨
3.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.5

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Looks like 2020 is going to be the year of mythology for me! The Stone Of Sorrow is one of several mythology inspired books coming out this year- and I was so grateful when Orca reached out to ask me if I'd like to review this one, because it was also written by a Canadian author- and if you didn't already know, I've been trying to challenge myself to read Canadian.

This was a solid start to a series that I believ
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Facing her destiny, Runa feels inadequate, lost and overwhelmed. She is not what her village had hoped for, nothing like her sister, but when her village is attacked, she is put in a position to grow beyond her doubts, her tiny place in the world and become the being she was meant to be, or die trying.

I was so ready to jump into this one, but I never got that “connection” I needed. ALL of the elements are there for sure, but they just didn’t meld together quite right for me.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.0 stars

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This is a good first book in a new YA Fantasy series that weaves Norse mythology and magic into the story of a young woman embarking on a quest to save her sister and clan.

Syr is a powerful runecaster for her clan and keeper of a magical gem called a moonstone. The moonstone magnifies her power and is essential in her clan's survival. Runa is her younger sister. Syr is training Runa to be a runecaster, but Runa would r
Feb 10, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
I did not finish this title. I found the main character changed too drastically in a short amount of time. This made it hard for me to believe the character and connect with them. The main protagonist starts out as a vulnerable girl shadowed by the legacy of her sister. However, within a few pages she is strong and making blood oaths with the boy who cursed her village trusting him wholeheartedly. This left me confused. Also she meets a Valkyrie who is referred to in plural but the story never d ...more
Taylor (TaysBookishThoughts)
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The moonstone boosts the power of whoever is wielding it so that they can help keep their clan prosperous, but during every red moon, it must be taken to moonwater to be recharged and for runecasters from different clans to fight for it. Runa’s sister Syr is the current holder of the moonstone but it’s power is fading because the red moon is near. When a witch from another clan comes to take the stone she puts Runa’s clan into a dreamlike state and kidnaps Syr. Runa must build up the courage and ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Lindsey Rojem
I would like to thank LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program for giving me a copy of this book, because I was blown away. I loved the setting and the mythology and the entire journey. I would love to see the Valkyrie expanded on more and to learn more about the spellcasting, but the whole thing was really well done. The Icelandic setting was a refreshing change and I look forward to the next book! ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was original, exciting and really moving in parts. Highly recommended!
Lily (latestreads)
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-arcs
*Thank you to Orca Books for providing me with an ARC of this book. Some parts may have been changed as I did not read the final book. Please know that all of the expressed thoughts are my honest opinions.

The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke Carter is an Icelandic based mythology book with strong themes of family bonds. The book follows the main character Runa as she goes on a cross country adventure with two other strangers to save her sister, who was taken by an evil witch. Together they face superna
Jas Kaur
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
It had plenty of great ideas and was written wonderfully but fir some reason it was not linking together for me. It just turned out very....meh.
But that's just me, it might be great for you. Give it a shot and see what you think.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Runa is studying to be a runecaster, like her talented sister, Sýr, but Runa doesn't take interest, she daydreams of her own adventures outside the village. There is also this mysterious moonstone that is important for their village survival. When her village is attacked and her sister is kidnapped by an evil witch, Runa embarks on a quest to rescue her sister. Along the way she meets a half human/half elf and a Valkyrie and the three form an odd team of sorts and somewhat comical one.

I really e
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC of this book, the first of a young adult (but early young adult) series featuring Icelandic mythology. Written by a BC author and publishing on April 7 via Orca Books, this series features a lot of magic, a few love stories (not graphic, thus the early young adult comment) and a quest featuring different beings such as Valkyries and Elves.

Runa feels like she always been in the shadow of her powerful sister Syr, the keeper of the powerful moonstone that she uses t
Holly Hughes
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Thank you to Orca Book Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

"We don't worry about things that have not come to pass. I'm just saying that nothing lasts forever. People change, move, grow, journey, and they die. We know this. We can't be afraid."

My full review can be found here!

There were lots of promising pieces here, but in the end I was ultimately left feeling disconnected from every single character. They felt distant and far away, which made i
Laura Kehoe
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read! I’ve always found mythology fascinating, especially Norse mythology. So when I saw a book that centered around that, I was really excited to give it a go. While at times this plot was a little uneven, overall I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable read!

One of my favorite parts about this book was the unique and strong characters. Each one had their own personality and agenda. There were times when I felt the character growth felt a bit rushed, but for the most
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The Stone of Sorrow is a nuanced narrative that explores a deficient YA Fantasy niche. Brooke Carter deftly weaves Nordic mythology into her story and conjures a world of brutal beauty and magic. It is a bleak world of survival and sacrifice, but at its core is a story of sisterly devotion and love. Though undeniably absorbing, it is plagued by some flaws, especially pacing. It begins with long, languid strokes, but then proceeds with a rapidity that is detrimental to the story. The first part i ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Family bond was the theme of this book. Runa was a runecaster but she would daydream and cast spells that are irrelevant to her practice. Then her sister being the best runecaster in the tribe, gets kidnapped from a rival tribe and Runa is forced to get her act together and help save her. Meeting a gorgeous half-elf and having her minds
Nikki (Dark.Side.of.the.Tome)
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story had me from the start.

I thought the writing was strong and descriptive which I haven't seen as much lately in a lot of other books I've read. It was nice to feel more emersed in the story.

The story itself was enticing and unique. I really enjoyed the mythology and the setting. The way the beginning played out was so interesting to me and I needed to know what was going to happen.

The love the MC's have for eachother and their village really drives the story I enjoyed the journey to get
Heather Roth
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been drawn to books lately with sisters/family bond themes and this one did not disappoint! I enjoyed this and found myself going back for more as the day went on. I'm a little late reading/rating this but I'm glad I did! I'm going to buy this and add it to my collection. ...more
2.5 stars. I was so disappointed with this book as it had so much potential. But it moved way too slowly, the MC was hard to relate to, and I didn’t sense much of a connection between the main characters. It was really 2 stars for me but I upped it to 2.5 for the potential of a cool Nordic mythology based story.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
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Rep: nonbinary and wlw major side characters

Galley kindly provided by Brooke Carter
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Overall, I liked this book quite a bit. The story was interesting, and the characters were likable. Plus, Vikings + magic + mythology + a quest? Sign me up. The writing flowed well and added to Runa’s character and perceptions of herself. Descriptions were enough to let me see without being distracted from the story.

The book did have its weaknesses, but they weren’t enough to diminish my overall enjoyment
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*grabby hands* BOOK TWO PLEASE!
Leslie Bootle
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book: epic quest, social-norm-defying characters, curiosity piqued for the next book!
Jan 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, arc, dropped

It just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t get into the characters, and I felt like there was some pacing issues. I was just not interested and being at the halfway point...I felt like I never would be.
Jen Cameron
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, can't wait for the next in the series! ...more
Jamie Trauth
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Really excited about this one. I was drawn into it by the cover! Looks like a fun ride!

Arc review to come soon!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Runa and Syr are two young sisters, Syr is the guardian of the sacred stone that ensures the security of the village. With her runes and spells she protects and helps the people. Runa has to learn how to cast spells with her runes but she is more interested in the sea and her desire to travel. When Syr is kidnapped by an enemy clan, she will do anything to go and save her, including traveling with a Valkyrie and the enemy's son.
Runa is an interesting character, she has absolutely no self-confid
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this storyline and I enjoyed it very much however I felt like it dragged just to put the story in place. The meanings behind everything to make the end understandable. The novel really set in motion for me when Runa finally began to feel confident in herself even with her occasional doubt, and in the end became such a strong and loving character.
M Jesse
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I did enjoy reading this book, but I found the end slightly confusing. Also, Runa is seventeen?! I thought she was, like thirteen! That surprised me a lot. She didn't really seem seventeen at all. ...more
Rach A.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Thank you to Orca Book Publishers for providing me a digital eARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Stone of Sorrow is a beautiful glimpse into Icelandic mythology, the magic of runecasting and the love between sisters. I really enjoyed these elements, but thought some areas of the book lacked tension.

Runa is a runecasting apprentice, and not a very good one she believes, training under her sister. Her sister is a powerful runecaster who currently holds the moonstone, a powerful rune which c
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