The Lost Sun

The Lost Sun

Book - 2013
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"In an alternate U.S.A. (the United States of Asgard), Soren Bearskin, the son of an infamous beserker, and Astrid Glyn, daughter of a renowned seer, embark on a road trip to find Baldur, the missing god whose absence has caused panic throughout the country."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307977465
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 26, 2014

Wonderful, well written book! Very much recommended

JCLBethanyT Oct 15, 2013

Gratton's latest is a revival of old Norse mythology, with gods and monsters and mortals at the center of it all. The premise of New Asgard was just plain FUN for me--to see the different names for states of cities and the idea that gods roamed around America, both making and correcting trouble. I think this is absolutely a must-read for 2013 and I can't wait for the second book!

JCLDennisR Oct 12, 2013

In the United States of Asgard, the Norse gods and magic are very real.

JCLChrisK Sep 26, 2013

I love the world that Gratton has created in this book. A contemporary setting akin to our own, except the dominant religion is Norse and the gods and magic are real. The differences range from minor, everyday details to pretty significant, and she develops it seamlessly. I would have kept reading for that alone.
On top of it is a very good story that feels, in its basic structure and contents, like it could be one of the classic Norse myths and well-developed characters that we come to care about. The further I read the more engaged I became and the more excited I was to keep reading.
The one thing that didn't work for me as well as it could have--and I say this both as an introspective sort myself and knowing that saying it is a cliche (though I don't say it that often myself)--is that the telling, particularly at the start, was too much inside Soren's head. I wish we could have gotten to know him and his issues through his actions instead of his angsty, overwrought navel-gazing; I wish Gratton had done more showing and less telling.
That's a pretty minor concern in this instance, though, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Aug 24, 2013

a very good book. kinda sad at the end but it was a good norse god story. i will be reading book 2 when its out

JCLJoshN Jul 31, 2013

Poetic, dreamy, grungy, angsty (in all the best ways), funny, suspenseful, epic, mundane, and heartwarming. Full of all kinds of magic--the magic of myth, the magic of urban fantasy, the magic of storytelling and wordplay. I would love to go on a road trip through New Asgard!


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