Runemarks

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 526 pages
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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.

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I liked the complex plotline and prose. - Goodreads
The ending wasn't anything great. - Goodreads
Well-written and well-researched. - Goodreads
I loved the premise of this book. - Goodreads
Fast paced, easy to read. - Goodreads
That said, Harris' characterizations are delightful. - Goodreads

Review: Runemarks (Runemarks #1)

User Review  - Adele Wharton - Goodreads

I found this light work compared to some of the fantasy I read, which was no bad thing, and there seem to be some definite nods to Sir Terry Pratchett, of whom I'm a big fan. I found the Norse roots gave the plot an interesting twist, and I'm looking forward to reading the second part. Read full review

Review: Runemarks (Runemarks #1)

User Review  - Christine Westermark - Goodreads

Fantastic, love Norse mythology brought to life like this. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Master storyteller Joanne Harris has created a magical and epic romp–a fresh, funny, and wonderfully irreverent new take on the old Norse tales sure to be enjoyed by readers young and old.
Joanne Harris's books, which include Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange, have been published in over 40 countries and have won numerous international awards. She lives in England with her husband and daughter.

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