Book Review: Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen

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Title: Child of Odin (Odinsbarn, original title)
Author: Siri Pettersen
Publisher: Gyldendal
Publication date: September 9th, 2013
Pages: 621
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

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(translated from Norwegian to English by me)
Imagine missing something everyone else has. Something that proves that you belong in this world. Something so important that without it, you are nothing. A plague. A myth. A human being.

Fifteen winters old Hirka learns that she is a Child of Odin - a tailless rottenness from another world. Despised. Feared. And hunted. She has no idea who she is anymore, and someone will kill her for it so that it remains a secret. But there are worse things than a Child of Odin and Hirka isn't the only creature that has broken through the gates. Child of Odin is an original fantasy based on Norse Mythology. A settlement with xenophobia, blind faith and the right or the will to lead.

I was a real sceptic at first when it came to this book. I had seen it in various book shops, but I never got around to pick it up because I thought it wasn't something for me. The main character was to young for my taste and I didn't really feel like reading about a girl who was tailless. I just imagined a whiny main character and her "oh feel bad for me" moments.
The one thing that actually made me buy it, was the word "Norse Mythology". I am a real sucker when it comes to Norse Mythology. So I spontaneously bought it while I was in town and I do not regret it one bit.

What I think shocked me the most was Hirka, the main character of this book. I had imagined her to be a whiny and attention seeking character that was on a mission to save herself for all I know. Hirka is far from that! She is a person that cares for those few people she has around her. She also has a good side, even though her badass side is portrayed most in this book. I loved how Siri made Hirka come alive as I read. I swear, at some points I got a really strong picture of how she looked. She actually reminded me of Merida from Brave at some points.
Another character I fell in love with was Rime. I think I had a few swooning moment. He is just the perfect male character. His attitude was spot on, and I adored him for not being a jackass because I am really growing tired of those. There are many positive sides about him, and he was also made alive. I think it has a lot to do with the realness of Siri's character. She knows how to bring them to life.

The world building. I just have one thing to say: WOW! It's been ages since I have been sucked into a fantasy world like I was when I read Child of Odin. I could imagine myself being there with the characters as the scenes were "acted out". I imagined beautiful Norwegian nature, thick forests and high mountains. I always knew where I was.

Another plus is that there was almost no romance drama. It didn't overwhelm the book at all, and that made it shine in all it's glory. Even thought I wish there could have been some action between a certain two, I did not crave it. The book managed just fine without all those romance sequences that you usually see in Young Adult books. It's clear that the author did not need romance to suck her readers into an amazing world.

Now, the reason I didn't give it a full 5 star review is because of the beginning. I was struggling real hard to get into it at first and had to put it down multiple times to even have a chance on reading it. It was just too slow for my taste since it lacked action. I liked the fact that we got to know the environment and characters better, but I wish it was done it a way that made me intrigued - not bored.

All in all, an amazing book! I'm already looking forward to read the second one. If you are into Norse Mythology with tailless, badass women that has a great side kick and an amazing friend that is just as badass as her, well then this book is without doubt something for you!

(4.5/5 stars)

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