Stormbringer: Book 2 of the Wyrd - Alis Franklin

Previously Reviewed: Liesmith : Book One of the Wyrd

Ragnarok has come and gone, and both the world and the gods are still around.  After the defeat of Baldur, Lain, who is perhaps both Loki and Baldur, must return with Odin's spear to Asgard.  Odin, Thor, and many of the others are dead and gone, the god's children seek to claim the former power of Asgard's glory, Hel was slain in combat and seeks to claim her place among the honored dead, and the Wyrd twists lives, pulling gods and mortals alike.

Sigmund is both a young man, a low-level IT tech, and the avatar of a Norse goddess who was the wife of Loki.  Em and Wayne are the reincarnations of the Valkyries slain in battle.  Still coming to terms with what they are, and what that means, they all must reclaim roles to prevent a second Ragnarok.

Stormbringer is a story of relationships, between friends, lovers, family, and enemies.  A story of duty, secrets, vengeance, devotion, and fate.  It pulls widely on Norse lore and creates a post-Ragnarok future, one where old slights are remembered, and change doesn't come easily.

An engaging read, suitable for YA audiences for those that enjoy mythology and complex relationships.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.