Updated *Originally posted 8/12/2013*
Book Description: Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason’s world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn’s identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason’s family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.
Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.
My Review: This book combined some of my favorite things; storms, trees, and mythology. You don’t need any knowledge of, or interest in, mythology to enjoy this book. Explanations are seamlessly given for all of the mythology references. If mythology isn’t your thing you won’t even know it’s happening. I, personally, love it when books are smart. This is one smart book and Mason is one smart girl.
Mason’s life is torn apart by a storm. Her life of fencing, studying, and having a crush on the school’s fencing superstar comes to an end during that storm. Being billionaire Gunnar Starling’s little princess has kept Mason safe from a great many things such as betrayal. That doesn’t last but with the help of new friends it looks like she may just find her way. She’s smart, responsible, and reliable. Those are traits that will help her save the world. She also has a sword and a destiny. Those will help too.
Fennrys, our token mysterious character, having amnesia was a fun twist. He would have been overpowering if he had remembered who he was and what he was capable of. This way, by the time he remembers, he’s playing catch up and left scrambling to save Mason (who, by the way, is completely capable of saving herself). He gets to be mysterious without even trying.
A character who surprised me was Heather. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of her. Is she a prophet? A seer? A fairy? What do you call someone who can see people’s true love? I was all ready to hate her as the “mean girl” of this story but as it turns out she couldn’t be further from mean girl territory. She even covers for Mason and Fennrys. That’s how you know who your friends are. Will they cover for you when you really need them to? That is the age old question.
If you’re looking for a fun adventure then this is it. It has monsters! It has goddesses! It has talk of Ragnarok! It has it all.
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