The Aesir Kids
Author: James Goldin and Charlotte Goldin
THE AESIR KIDS. They're the children of the Norse gods, with incredible strength, magical weapons and monsters for pets. They've got problems with school, bullies, family issues and attacks by giants. And when Asgard, the home of the gods, is threatened with utter destruction, it's up to the children of Thor, Sif, Loki, Freya, Balder...along with some very extraordinary friends...to save it. THE AESIR KIDS tells the story of... THRUD, the teenage daughter of Thor, who has to balance fighting trolls and giants with her after-school job waiting tables at Valhalla... FIRE, young master of flame, the son of the three mysterious Norns and perhaps the key to saving the Nine Worlds... MAGNI AND MODI, Thrud's younger brothers, whose strength is matched only by their knack for getting into trouble... ULL, the greatest skier of the gods...except for, maybe, SKADE, the four-year-old goddess of skiing... TJALFI, the human boy who can run like the wind... ROSKVA, Tjalfi's sister, who can hear something happening many miles away... FORSETI, the level-headed son of Balder, who's as good with a bow as he is with a written test... NOSS, the beloved daughter of the Goddess of Love... HELA, the sensitive little girl who hates her destiny of growing up to be the Goddess of Death... Along with other gods, godlings, light-elves, trolls, dwarfs and creatures, these young heroes must find a way to save the universe...and find the core of courage within themselves. THE AESIR KIDS is a fantasy novel based on many actual characters from Norse mythology. It's the first published collaboration between author James Grant Goldin and his ten-year-old daughter, Charlotte Goldin.
Book Review by: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
"This is a coin of Asgard", the old man said in a clear, strong voice, that carried up to the shadowy rafters. "Asgard, the home of the Aesir-The home of the gods. On this side is Odin, the All - Father, in his right hand he holds his spear, Gungnir; on his shoulder are his Ravens. Hugin and Munin who bring him news from here on Midgard, the Earth-"( Book Excerpt from Aesir Kids)
Co-writing a book is not uncommon, but with your 10 year young daughter, I the we can all it is different to say the least. But it works. James Grant Goldin and Charlotte Goldin are a father and daughter writing duo that established a wonderful middle school adventure, fantasy, with Norse mythology (I personally always found fascinating), that is great for both boys and girls. As it should be. A story that can be loved by all.
This book brings something for everyone, all audiences, for our history and mythology lovers, to the comic or graphic reading crowd, to the average and everyday fantasy fiction readers with a twist on the Nordic Mythology.
In the Aesir Kids, it is a fun story that any fan of Percy Jackson will fall in love with. It may hold one thing very similar that incorporates mythology into its characters but beyond that we have something different. Beyond the infusion of the Norse Gods and the having children, the authors add a whole wheel house of new characters to create diversity within these gods and Demi-gods.
I personally got hooked when I read that Norse Mythology was a key factor, actually I was super excited! I had to read it no matter what. When it comes to mythology you can guarantee I have read stories and stories crossed with fiction, Loir, even comics such as Thor being one of them and Wonder Woman being Amazonian.
For those who are interested but are unsure, the Aesir Kids is a great book for anyone who is a fan of fantasy, mythology,adventure, the mix of mythology is just a added bonus. The father and daughter duo created a cohesive, fluid, fun, adventurous tale. It's also a great way to introduce the young to the noir and Greek Gods. They can learn where they stand in their story, the Loir like Loki and Thor.
This is a book I would read again soon when I finish other priorities. I rarely read a book a second time so close apart from finishing it once. The last time I remember re-reading a book back to back was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. For me that is saying a lot, this book is packed and filled with adventure, mythology, and a fun and exciting read. One I recommended to any graphic novel enthusiast, adventure and fantasy lovers to the action packed mystery lovers. This book reaches a wide span of genres to people.
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