It’s my tour stop for Children by Bjorn Larssen! Thank you Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Read all about it on this Tour Post!
Children: Book Information
Children by Bjorn Larssen
Age Group: Adult
Length: 460 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2020
Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?
Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human?
A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth.
Children: Author Information
Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself. His writing is described as ‘dark’ and ‘literary’, but he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.
Bjørn has a degree in mathematics. He’s worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, and a blacksmith (but not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. He owns one husband and is owned by one neighbourhood cat.
**I received a complimentary copy of Children through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Children is a very creative Norse mythology retelling! We enter Magni and Maya’s world, two Norse descendants with traumatic upbringings. Their tales are raw as they attempt to live life away from their parents’ shadow. Norse Mythology is certainly unfiltered, and Larssen isn’t afraid to share these characters’ experiences.
Indeed, Children is very emotional, yet this provides rich storytelling. Bjorn Larssen weaves a different account of the classic Norse mythology tale, yet his twists are unique. Told in dual POVs, we share in Maya and Magni’s stress and difficulties. Their parents left unthinkable scars in their lives, leaving them to rebuild their senses of self.
To sum up, Children is truly a remarkable take on Norse mythology. Bjorn Larssen provides a reinvented look to a classic tale!
What are your thoughts? Will you put Children in your TBR?
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