Monday, March 12, 2012

Ice Land, Betsy Tobin

When I was sixteen, I was given a cloak made entirely of feathers. It was made from pale grey falcon wings, unthinkably soft, with no more weight than a handful of ash. 

It is 1000 AD in Iceland. Freya, the goddess of love, goes on a dangerous journey to find a gold necklace that supposedly can alter history. Meanwhile, the country is on the brink of war as a new religion, Christianity, threatens the old ways of the Icelandic people. Tangled amid it is Fulla, a girl who falls in love with someone who her family is determined to tear her apart from. I loved the way that Tobin combined the Norse gods and goddesses with regular Icelandic people (she alternates between Freya and Fulla's narrative, as well as other characters.) This book has a really great plot, and describes the world of Iceland very well. This is a book full of magic and love. It sort of reminded me of The Sea of Trolls, in that it is set in the same general area and time period, where the old faith is colliding with the new.

Read Ice Land:

  • if you are interested in Norse mythology
  • if you like fantasy 
350 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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