Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles #2) by Karissa Laurel #mf #review @KarissaLaurel


Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Kim Talks TomesTAG

After the cliffhanger in the first book in this series, I was left anticipating the release of Arctic Dawn and seeing where the characters would go. Solina is a strong, smart, and resourceful character. It’s refreshing to have a heroine who is as well developed and independent as her. She thinks everything through before acting upon it and doesn’t hastily jump into any decision. So, when she reaches out to Thorin for protection it is done out of desperation and need. The two fall back into their dynamic, easily.

While I adored Sol and the way her character grew, I do have to say that I thought the Norse Mythological references and comparisons overwhelmed the rest of the story. The action was great, the world building was great, and the overall character development was really good! But, the Mythology took over parts of the story and distracted me from the meat and grit of the overall plot. Otherwise, it is a well done book that I really enjoyed. I do have to say, with the cliffhanger at the end of the first book and the one at the end of this one (eek, I need more!), this book would not work as a standalone and the series should be read in order. With that in mind, I’m having on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series.


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