Bauldr’s Tears by Alydia Rackham

I do rather enjoy reading mythological books, particularly one’s about gods and goddess’ actually interacting with mortals. This one caught my eye due to the blurb:

‘When young, solitary archaeologist Marina Feroe meets a beautiful young man with an interest in Norse myths, she believes her life has turned for the better. But the last thing she expects, when she sneaks after him into the woods one night, is that he is actually Bauldr, son of Odin—and she has followed him into Asgard.
The Norse gods are real. Only—they are not gods. They are long-living, magical, powerful mortals called Aesir. And danger approaches one of them.
Bauldr has been having nightmares that his death is imminent. His mother has cast protective spells, but he does not believe they are enough—so he entrusts Marina with a secret: should he die, she must search out five stones that he calls his “tears,” and retrieve his body from Hel, the black-garbed mistress of death, and he will be resurrected.
Days later, winter suddenly descends on Earth. Bauldr has been killed. Marina is the only one who knows how to bring him back—but to do so she must travel all through Midgard, with Hel’s wolves on her heels.
She has no choice but to bargain help from the only Aesir who will listen:
Loki, the Mischief Maker.
The one who murdered Bauldr’

I should point out that this appears to be a trilogy of sorts, so the blurb is slightly misleading.
Book one focuses on Marina meeting this young man; Marina has a tragic back story that isn’t really gotten into, but we know that it has to do with her father and is the reason she can’t use her arm very well. I understand that author’s need a hook to keep the reader wanting to read the story; but please give us the reason for our main character’s arm not being as mobile, and the reason why she is still allowed to drive.

Clearly anyone who knows about the Norse gods – or who has read Marvel comics – will know the whole story of Bauldr and his death – you will also know who causes his death – but in this tale I get the feeling that his death isn’t caused out of pure evil, but out of something else; 1, because it needs to happen. The fall of the Norse gods has to happen to allow the gods to die and go to their own paradise. 2; because Loki causes mischief, it’s his title and mischief doesn’t always go according to plan.

Back to this story though, I found it was all a bit ‘meh’. It’s nothing special, it’s not even exciting or riveting. It’s just a light book to read to pass time.

You should note that this book isn’t that long and I suspect that the other books will be the same, they won’t be long and probably will take an hour or so to read. Does that make them a bad read? No. Does that make me want to read the next book? Not really, of course I would like to see Loki interact with Marina because he is a character that would be a challenge for authors to write, but at the same time I am not desperate to read it because this one didn’t excite me, it didn’t make me hunger for more.

Sadly it’s very much a ‘meh’ type of read, which means that I am highly unlikely to read the next book in this series.


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