I am happy today to bring you a review and giveaway of The Serpent's Ring, a novel with dragons, trolls, labyrinths and Norse gods and goddesses. Oh, and Evan and Claire the hero and heroine of the story. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once the brother and sister got into Asgard, the story really takes off and Evan, Claire and their imp friends Dunkle and Barfel have to fight off, trolls, fight to keep their ship from hitting jagged rocks as Evan is drawn to a siren, battle giants, a dragon, pick up a hero....Well, that's just in the first few pages. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. There's a reason that heroes and heroines are young, all the energy, enthusiasm and lack of sleep. Old people just can't do it!
Anyway, it was a bit of a slow start even with some adventure thrown in, but as the plot got more complex, things got interested. I certainly learned a lot more about Norse mythology, though the book claims to be "loosely based" on Norse mythology. I still learned some things and found it very interesting. The brother and sister had a typical relationship in the beginning, Evan being 14 and Claire 16, but they seemed a bit older for their age. Under their circumstances, they had to be more mature, but still some sibling rivalry poked through often even in the heat of the battle. It was nice to see though at the end of the story that both of the kids had grown, in their relationship with each other and as people.
There was a definite message that the plot line took- the environment. Aegir, the god of the Sea in Norse mythology was angry with the people of Terra (Earth) over an oil spill on a coral reef. It was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back. He was tired of having his seas polluted with trash and oil spills and other toxins. We are not good stewards of earth. Aegir's solution, a Noah size flood. Wipe us out and start all over again and thanks to a nosy Evan and a little mistake, Aegir has just what he needs to do it. Yep, you guessed it, The Serpent's Ring. Jormundgand, the serpent that is so big it surrounds the Earth and swallows it's own tail, is depicted on the ring, and if given the ring he will no longer swallow his tail and the Earth will flood, wiping the Earth clean of everyone and everything to start all over again. So Evan and Claire have a pretty big quest to accomplish for the first time out.
They met interesting creatures and places, learned unique things about themselves. Was it accidental that they were the ones that were on this quest? And will they see Asgard again when they finish this mission? Will they finish mission? Can they talk Aegir out of his wrath? He isn't known to be a lover of humans. Why send humans to try to dissuade him? And what can one boy do against an all powerful God of the Sea?
I really enjoyed the story. I think it's definitely for the younger YA, to older MG crowd. There is a bit of romance in it, but very G rated. I felt myself smiling a lot towards the end because I knew some of what would be coming and I knew it would be bittersweet. I liked that some of the story was told from Evan's point of view. Always love to hear from the guys.
Here is the cover and the book blurb and just to let you know there is a nice little guide in the back of the book with references for who is who even though it wasn't hard to understand, but maybe the younger set would find it useful.
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Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
And now, a little about the author:
Here is a lovely picture of H.B. Bolton and all her links:
Author on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/
And pictures of what you can win in the giveaway.
A copy of the book which you see above so a picture is redundant and this nifty little rune box along with signed bookmarks.
You can go here to see the other blogs holding their own giveaways and reviews and what not.
I even found a trailer to share with you! (sorry such a jumbled post, just how my thoughts are these days.)
And now for the giveaway!a Rafflecopter giveaway