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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: In Honor (Kirby)

AUTHOR: Jessi Kirby
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781442416970
PAGES: 235
SOURCE: public library
GENRE: realistic fiction
SETTING: Road trip from Texas to California
GIVE IT TO: upper-MS; HS–great biblio-therapy for grief

SUMMARY: A few days after burying her brother Finn, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, 17-year old Honor receives a letter from Finn that was posted before his death. Honor views the letter and enclosed concert tickets as Finn’s last wish for her, and she is determined to carry out his plans. Honor piles into the car with Finn’s former best friend Rusty to travel from Texas to California to attend a popular musician’s farewell performance.

REVIEW: I have seen some high praise for In Honor, but for me, it was just okay. I think the main problem is that I expected a romance along the lines of Morgan Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour; however, the romance really takes a back seat to Rusty and Honor’s grief over Finn’s sudden death. While the grief is very realistic and well-written, I had hoped for more romance.

I did not care for Honor or Rusty. I get that Honor is grieving and people have every right to grieve in their own ways, but she whines incessantly and makes some incredibly dumb choices. Honor’s behavior with the police officer near the end was just silly, and I got annoyed at the stereotype of the power-hungry police officer. Rusty, who eases his pain with a little brown bottle, does not seem like a healthy choice for Honor at all. Rusty is only 19 years old; far too young to drink constantly, and I felt like his alcoholism was supposed to be justified because he is grieving. I just couldn’t root for either of them.

Despite all my complaints and minor annoyances, I do see why people love this book. Author Jessi Kirby does a beautiful job making the reader really feel Honor’s grief, and I think In Honor would be a wonderful choice for students experiencing the recent death of a close relative. I especially love the way Honor and Rusty find their own way to honor Finn’s memory that is both simple and peaceful and absolutely perfect. In Honor will help grieving students understand their grief and see how others in a similar situation cope with loss.

The little twist on the last two pages was really cute and made me smile. Endings are tough to write, and that one fit the story so PERFECTLY.

THE BOTTOM LINE: While I wasn’t a fan, I have seen lots of great reviews for this book. A great selection for teens dealing with loss.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We don’t have it. I am undecided on whether to get it because I felt like Rusty’s constant drinking was excused away as a coping mechanism.

READALIKES: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (Matson); The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Smith); Return to Paradise (Elkeles)


  • Overall: 3/5
  • Creativity: 3/5
  • Characters: 2/5
  • Engrossing: 3/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Appeal to teens: 4/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

CONTENT: *It’s been a week or so since I finished this book, so all my content notes here are from memory.

  • Language: mild
  • Sexuality: mild; some kissing and visual appreciation of body parts (boy’s chest, girl’s legs and breasts); a few mild sexual jokes
  • Violence: none
  • Drugs/Alcohol: very high; both protagonists get drunk at a bar (where they are illegally served and receive no consequences other than a hangover); Rusty drinks constantly to swallow his pain; Rusty’s father is described an an abusive alcoholic
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