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Children by Bjorn Larssen review


Welcome to the latest review on my blog!  Westu hal to you, I have something very special for you today.  A review of Children by Bjorn Larssen!  This has been one of the finest books I have read this year, partially the subject matter is close to my heart but also Bjorn’s writing is something to savour.

Firstly I want to thank Justine and Timy from Storytellers on Tour for the opportunity to appear on the blog tour, make sure you check out all the awesome bloggers and bookstagrammers taking part via this link.

Right on to the premise!

Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?

Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human?

A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth.

Hopefully this got you interested?  It certainly piqued mine!  Being quite familiar with Norse Mythology, I was curious to see how a retelling of the theft of Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir by a Jotun King could bring together some very minor characters from the mythology, what a story I was in for!  Something that struck me when I read this was the writing, Bjorn is a master at dialogue, writing and setting.  I felt so immersed in this world, it was so wonderful to come in and out and not just because of the spectacular cover that awaits the reader.

It was such a well told story, it really was a page turner.  It will appeal heavily to those who love Norse Mythology or historical fantasy perhaps, but also those who enjoy a really well told tale.  I have never been so invested in a set of characters, dealing primarily with two descendants Maya and Magni, their internal struggle dealing with their legendary counterparts was really quite moving, particularly Magni.

This is a brutal book it does not hold back and in keeping with Norse Mythology (which in itself can violent, brutal and nasty) but also was very moving and yet again I say what a wonderful story Bjorn has instore for you.  I would urge you to read this, you are missing out on a rare talent if you do.  Something that struck me is how long this story has stayed with me, only a few books have achieved this recently but Children really has.  It’s a beautiful story, one that will move, shock, surprise and like any story of Norse Mythology make you think in wonder.

About Bjorn

Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself. His writing is described as ‘dark’ and ‘literary’, but he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.

Bjørn has a degree in mathematics and has worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, and a blacksmith (not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. He owns one (1) husband and is owned by one (1) neighbourhood cat.

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