I received a review copy of the book from the publishers as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.
Genre: Fantasy Age Range: Adult Star Rating: 4 stars Series: second book of trilogy
*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for NORTHERN WRATH*
As Ragnarok looms, the trickster Loki breaks free from his chains.
In the battle to come, all shall die, but Ragnar will do anything to save his gods.
Einer scours the nine worlds for Hilda, who walks among gods and goddesses, searching the truth of the Runes.
For centuries Siv has run from her past, but she knows that to protect her daughter, and Midgard, she will have to face her worst fears.
It is time to confront the Alfather.
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SHACKLED FATES takes the characters and worlds towards Ragnarok, each trying to protect the loved one – or the worlds – while fate and the gods meddle.
The cast are scattered, each on their own journey now, narrowly missing one another or occasionally crossing paths as they travel between worlds. Through Tyra, we get a glimpse at some of the real history woven into the book, grounding the story in our world, while the rest (bar one) go all over the nine worlds.
SHACKLED FATES definitely made me move my definition/categorisation of the series from historical fantasy into epic. It is so expansive, full of action and intricate threads that are weaving together into something. I can’t see the form yet, but I am eager to see how it ends up being shaped.
I really liked seeing more of the world and getting to dive into the mythology. I’m interested to see how this version of Ragnarok is going to play out in the final instalment as the books so far have had an interesting take on it all.
There is a scene with Finn and teeth that was so horribly graphic. It’s a really interesting titbit included but I was shuddering through it because I felt like it was happening to me and nope, it was so unsettling. I kept running my tongue over my teeth through the next several chapters to check that it hadn’t happened.
One book to go – I can’t wait to see how Ragnarok plays out!
Read my reviews of other books by Thilde Kold Holdt:
The Hanged God (this series):