Friday, January 11, 2008

Runemarks by Joanne Harris, reviewed by Nick Capriola


If you're a fan of Norse mythology you probably know that when we last left off there was a big battle and all the gods died. Well, the book Runemarks by Joanne Harris suggests that Ragnorok, the Norse battle to end all battles, wasn't really the end.

The story begins with a girl named Maddy who lives in the town of Malbury where general imagination is not approved of; townspeople sleep on boards on wood to prevent themselves from dreaming and they refuse to tell their children made up stories. But Maddy is different from them. She was born with a strange mark on her hand- a "Ruinmark" that makes everyone treat her as a witch. Maddy meets up with a man named One Eye. One Eye teaches her that her "Ruinmark" can lead her to much more. She begins learning magic, and she is soon swept up in a journey that could very well be the end of her.
Runemarks is a great book! There's action, magic and secrets to be revealed. It could even be the next Harry Potter! Once people read it and realize how good it is, it will be the next big craze!


Editor's Note: Runemarks is an epic fantasy that reads part Pratchett, part Faerie tale, part something completely new and fresh. Nick is the Jaded Offspring of a Bookseller. However, he refuses to let this title interfere with his love and enthusiasm for truly great books. He has claimed Runemarks to be one of the best books he read in 2007- despite the fact that the book was published in 2008- because he was privy to an advanced copy. You see, Nick, there are advantages to being the Offspring of a Bookseller. Don't tell you mom we said that, though!

1 comment:

Steven said...

'Runemarks' sounds great. It is interesting to me that some of the more creative and entertaining writing these days is for young adult readers. I suppose we have Ms. Rowling to thank for this in part but I wonder if it is also because of the readers themselves? Unfortunately, I have turned into a sometimes-responsible adult and read far less now than I did as a kid. The impression I have from the recent author signings I have attended for young adult fiction is that readers at that age are voracious. They also seem to hold very honest opinions about books they like. If they like them, they want more of them. Also, unlike many adults, dark themes that mirror some of the harshness of real life does not seem to repel them. I also wanted to say that I am especially excited by your reference to Pratchett. I very much enjoy his books and find that all of the wordplay and not-always-so-gentle satire appeals to me. Is there any special significance in that they are both British writers and that some of the best young adult fiction has been coming out of England?

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