[ARC Review] Descendent by Lesley Livingston

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Title: Descendant
Author: Lesley Livingston
Genre: YA, Mythology
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC provided by publisher for honest review

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The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

Whenever I pick up a Lesley Livingston book, whether it be about fairies, time travel, or norse mythology, I know it will be an amazing read, and I am so glad to tell you that Descendent was even more than I ever expected.

In Descendant we continue to follow Fenn and Mason has she travels to Asgard, alone and frightened about what just happened to her. Fenn is desperately trying to get her back but doesn't know how. He has to trust his friends in getting him into Asgard safely and getting Mason out without turning herself into the Valkyrie her father wants her to become.

I have to tell you right now that I loved this book, I think I read it in one day, on my two subway rides to and from work. I couldn't seem to put it down and after finishing it I declared that this book was better than the first. This is something I do not say often because most often it is not the case. In a trilogy it is usually the second book that usually sufferes in comparison, but not Descendant.

This sequel had way more mythological creatures which were both terrifying and amazing at the same time, and I found the cast of characters more interesting this time around. Especially a certain Norse god we meet near the beginning. He was one of my favourites of the whole book, even though his spotlight was only for a short time, I hope he is the next book? Lesley?

What I think I loved most about this book was the amount of perspectives we got in the narrative. We did not only get Fenn and Mason, but also her brothers and some friends as well. This made for interesting perspectives on a story that was somewhat one sided in the last book. And just to warn all you readers out there that hate cliffhanger endings? This one is a big one, and it was something i thought would never happen. And I commend Lesley on her ability to take the plot to a place that not all readers might be ready for, but ultimately needed to happen. I seriously cannot wait to see where this series ends.

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