Author: Ednah Walters
Genre: YA Fantasy
Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he’s gone to the underworld to meet the mother he’s never known. Torn between his duty to her and the man he used to be, Eirik struggles to find himself, until a witch appears in his world. Feisty and stubborn, she is a reminder of everything good he left behind.
Celestia Devereaux proudly attends a charter high school for “gifted” teenagers who embrace magic. Witches. However, she keeps a terrible secret—a prediction that she would one day be responsible for massive destruction and death. Though Celestia uses her clairvoyant abilities to help people, she worries that it is just a matter of time before she goes over to the dark side.
Her world changes when she unexpectedly astral projects to a place she didn’t believe existed and meets a tortured man who needs her help. Will helping him cause her fears to come true, or will he sacrifice everything to save her?
MY TAKE ON DEMONS:
A tad bit of witchiness, a nip of spunkiness, a smack of godliness with a dragonish hint and whole lot of Norse mythology gives you an irresistible tale – DEMONS. A fascinating tale which is hard to put down before it ends. Though one needs to surely revise their mythology chapters, but it’s worth it.
The story starts with the return of Eirik to his home realm which is Hel. In the process of knowing himself and embracing his godly-powers as well as his parents, he comes across a feisty witch- Celestia. Celestia is a strong witch as per her age, hiding a secret of her own- which she is afraid of. She finds herself trapped in this realm, unable to go back. While clinging and pining for his past Eirik tries to explore his future possibilities. Believing that she was thrown into this world to help Eirik, Celestia is in for a shock when she finds that she was just being used as a pawn.
All the casts were characterized beautifully. You can relate to them easily. Every character was strategically placed in the story. They do not overshadow each other thereby making a smooth story-line.
Among all the characters, Hel was the most impressive. Her character was beautifully drawn- an awesome mix of good and bad. One could observe a clash between her aim and method to achieve it. Her methods initially proved harsh but her purpose to do so was only to make her son invincible. She was like a shell – hard on the outside but soft inside. As a mother who couldn’t enjoy motherhood – she was confused how to deal with her child. All praises to the author for sketching this character.
The story was very lively. From the very beginning, there were series of events which captured the interest of the reader. The story was easy to understand and quite intriguing. I loved the suspense revealed at the end. Didn’t really see that coming!
There were some very cute moments between Eirik and Celestia. Author has entwined those moments wonderfully throughout the story- a moment here, a moment there. The chemistry between Eirik and Celestia, and the struggle to control their attraction could be easily sensed. It certainly had its own charm.
The language was descriptive and smooth. The world-building was immaculate. The dialogues between the characters were witty at times.
The book ran at an adequate pace which made the reading all the more pleasant. Not forgetting the Norse Mythology of giants, grimnirs, gods and valkyries – it adds to the whole out-of-world ambience of this book.
Though it is the first book in this series, it was related to the story-lines of other series from the same author. I do understand that the character Eirik was from those previous series, but if there is whole new series [even if it is a companion novel] being brought out, shouldn’t the story start afresh. I mean, Eirik remembered his past every now and then but, being just a reader of only this series, I found myself clueless.
If you are interested in Norse mythology, rebellion, budding romance and an awesome plot with a twist – just go for the book. I am definitely going to read all the books of this series and others related. The author has clearly left her mark 🙂
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Author Ednah Walters writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. From her international bestselling Runes series (which focuses on Norse mythology and legends) to her Guardian Legacy series (which focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. Whether she’s writing about Valkyries, Norns, and Grimnirs, or Guardians, demons, and Archangels, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books When not writing YA and NA books, she writes contemporary romance under the pseudonym E. B. Walters.