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Secrets of Valhalla

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Secrets of Valhalla

Jasmine Richards, author of the enchanting BOOK OF WONDERS, has penned a mythological masterpiece in the form of her new book, SECRETS OF VALHALLA.

Buzz leads an ordinary life. Aside from his father’s eclectic love of mythology, Buzz’s days are filled with school and soccer games. That is, until he meets the quirky new girl, Mary. Buzz’s acceptance of odd personalities draws Mary to seek out his friendship, and she happily accompanies him on his trip home from school. 

Along the way, Buzz and Mary stumble upon missing local weather woman, Eleanor Bright. Tied to a tree, Eleanor pleads for the duo’s help in freeing her from this hostile predicament. Little do they know how much this small act of kindness will change everything.

This modern-day mythological gem is a wild ride from start to finish.

Eleanor quickly informs Buzz and Mary that she is, in fact, an ancient Norse god named Sunna. Long ago, Sunna and a collection of gods and goddesses known as the day guardians engaged in a battle against Loki, the trickster god of Saturday. Though the day guardians won and imprisoned Loki, the battle left these mighty figures exhausted and nearly powerless. A prophecy issued by the head god, Odin, predicted that Loki and the day guardians would face off again. In order to better their chances, the guardians deposited their powers into a collection of stones known as the Runes of Valhalla, and allowed their sleeping souls to travel down the bloodlines of their most faithful followers. The day guardians now rest in an enchanted sleep within these “host” bodies.

With Sunna unexpectedly held hostage by a sinister dragon, it is up to Buzz and Mary to gather the protected runes and awaken the sleeping gods. After all, without some otherworldly interference, the human realm will rot from the chaos of reliving the same Saturday over and over again.

During this wild quest, Buzz and Mary encounter a series of challenges (including a giant worm of knowledge and a group of bewildered merfolk) that tests their sense of bravery and ability to face unforeseen threats. Armed with just their sense of courage, Mary and Buzz will do whatever it takes to save their loved ones from the decaying human realm. But will their bravery be enough to save the day?

This modern-day mythological gem is a wild ride from start to finish. The author masterfully navigates Buzz and Mary through a host of imaginative and engrossing adventures that keep you on the edge of your seat. Through her thrilling odysseys, Richards will undoubtedly entrust the new generation of readers with a love of mythology. I cannot wait to see what this tremendous talent comes up with next. 

Reviewed by Christi Sheehan on January 19, 2016

Secrets of Valhalla
by Jasmine Richards