Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: Runemarks

1877314 Runemarks by Joanne Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.

So, so, so good! I have always been big on Norse mythology, but have never really read many books about it. When I found this series, I couldn't wait to get started. I was hesitant at first, since my library only had it on audiobook, but now I'm SO glad it ended up that way! This is the first audiobook I finished, and it was much better than the first one I tried! I loved the narrator's voice, and she did an amazing job with the characters and I could easily picture the character's faces based on the emotion in her voice!

This book was so fun to read (well listen to) that it is now one of my top favorites, AND on my must-buy list! I'm also hoping to pick up Runelight and the Gospel of Loki soon, since neither are at my library.

I loved the characters and while retellings, especially of mythology, have been done before, I enjoyed this one, and have yet to read another like it! This is now to me what Percy Jackson was when it first came out! (Which I am also going to try on audiobook!)