It’s time for another book review! whoop, whoop! today it is the turn of a book that has been on my radar for quite a long time and that book is Runemarks by Joanne Harris. So, let’s do this!
I was actually pretty surprised by this book. although it’s been on my radar for a pretty long time, I don’t think that I have ever actually heard anyone talking about it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it and I actually ended up enjoying it quite a bit!
This is a really unique story. it manages to put a fresh new spin on Norse Mythology while still somehow staying true to the original stories and characters. as a lover of all things mythology, I really appreciated this. it was really interesting to see where the story was going to go. It was such a fascinating take on the old stories. I loved how different that it was. considering that this book is technically classed as a middlegrade (I may be wrong, it might be teen) it doesn’t really feel like it. it is a much more complex story than I was expecting. It was such a well-built world with a lot of different stories weaved together to make up one bigger story. all of which take major inspiration from the stories of old. But at the same time this was also a pretty light and easy read. I whizzed through it. while being complex, it was still easy to follow. It was just a really nice read. simple as.
I also quiet liked Harris’ take on the characters. she managed to stay true to the characters that we knew while also making them fresh enough that they almost felt like new characters. for instance, my favourite, Loki. He was the Loki that we know and love from Norse Mythology while also feeling like a new version of himself. He was witty and mischievous, funny and charming. Everything that we love about him. and tits the same with the other characters as well. Odin, for instance, walked that line between likable and untrustworthy. I really enjoyed getting to see these characters in a new way. I also really liked the characters that she introduced. Like Maggie. She was a breath of fresh air and I really liked her. she had influences of the old stories to her but was very much her own person. I really liked her and enjoyed her story. although I will admit that her maturity level seemed to shift and change a lot during the course of this book. sometimes she felt 14 (her age in the story) other times older but quiet often younger. There were times when I would completely forget that she was meant to be 14 and felt that she was more 10. That aspect of her could have been better, but for the most part I liked her.
Overall, I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I was expecting o. this is a great take on Norse Mythology. if you like anything to do with Mythology that you should 100% give the book a go. I am so excited to read the other books set in this world.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. that was my review for Runemarks. Have you read this book? what did you think about it? and I am curious, who is your favourite character from Norse Mythology? Mines Loki although I do also really like Hel. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.