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Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.


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Review: Legend (Marie Lu)

AUTHOR: Marie Lu
SERIES: Legend, book 1
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
PUBLICATION DATE: November 29, 2011
ISBN: 9780399256752
PAGES: 305
SOURCE: my library
GENRE: sci-fi; post-apocalypse; dystopia
GIVE IT TO: anyone! MS, HS, adults–has mass appeal

SUMMARY: In this post-apocalyptic future, plague is killing masses of slum-dwellers. The United States no longer exists, and The Republic is constantly at war with The Colonies. Fifteen-year old June, born into a wealthy family, is a military prodigy, the only person ever to score a perfect 1500 on her Trials. When her beloved brother is murdered, June will stop at nothing to track the elusive street criminal Day and bring him to justice. But meeting Day, who is June’s age, causes June to question everything she knows about The Republic government she works for.

REVIEW: LOVED! I loved everything about this book. It’s a page-turner right from the first chapter.

Character and plot are driving forces in Legend. June and Day are believable, likeable characters. Their lives could not be more different, yet they complement each other well. Though they grew up on different sides of the law, both are smart, resourceful, and will sacrifice anything for the people they love. Their romance is sweet and simple, even as their lives are anything but.

Other characters are equally dynamic. I want to know more about Thomas, a friend of June’s brother’s who secretly loves June. I’m certain we haven’t heard the last of Kaede, a teen bartender and street-fighter who hides plenty of secrets of her own. And let’s not forget about the Elector’s son…he could be an interesting twist in the sequel.

With mystery, action, and romance, the plot has plenty going on to keep readers interested. The political intrigue never gets boring, and it is interesting to see how easily The Republic manipulates and controls its masses. I love the creepy Elector and would love to know more of his story. He reminds me of President Snow in The Hunger Games.

I love how there are several plot threads revolving around the central mystery of who really killed June’s brother. The final chapters bring the story to a pause, wrapping up some problems while leaving plenty unresolved for the sequel.

THE BOTTOM LINE: There are so many great YA dystopian novels in print right now, but Legend stands out among the best of them. A must-read for YA dystopia fans!

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have it. I will have no problems “selling” Legend to my students. It’s relatively short, easy to get into, and engrossing. Plenty of action and romance make it one of my recent favorites.

READALIKES: The Hunger Games (Collins); Blood Red Road (Young); Divergent (Roth)


  • Overall: 5/5
  • Creativity: 4/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5


  • Language: mild; damn is the only one I remember
  • Sexuality: mild; some kissing
  • Violence: high; murder, execution, and detailed autopsy reports, street fighting, military tortures prisoners, massacre with assault rifles
  • Drugs/Alcohol: mild; Day gets tipsy from wine


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