Short Books 2009
“She craves the unexpected. Each day, she rides her horse across pock-marked fields of blackened lava to the hot pool…”
I had a serious book hangover after finishing this one. Absolutely gorgeous.
Nutshell blurb: We follow the lives of two women, Freya and Fulla, and the choices they make as they go through life. The story takes place in Iceland during a time when Christianity was inching its way through the populace.
It sounds really simple when I put it like that, but it was an elegant take on Norse mythology. Asgard isn’t some city in the sky. It’s actually in the mountains of Iceland and the people live alongside their gods. I will admit to my vast ignorance as far as Norse mythology and Iceland is concerned. I love mythology, but have just never gotten around to reading any from that area. I’m totally gonna now.
Fulla is a young orphan who lives with her grandfather. She’s impetuous and pushes him into making a decision that will change her life. Freya is the Freya from legend and is determined to acquire a necklace made by dwarves and will do anything to attain it. Their lives are intertwined with that of the volcano Hekla which serves as the backdrop for this beautiful story.
I was so enchanted by this book that on several occasions I was tempted to stay on the train past my stop just to keep reading. Also, when I finished it I wanted to start it all over again immediately. I have quite a backlog of books to get through, however, which is the only thing that prevented me from doing so.