Odin’s Child is the first book in the Raven Rings trilogy by Siri Petterson.
15-year-old Hirka has always been an outsider in the world of Ym: she’s the only person without a tail, and the only one unable to access the Might, a current of power that runs through the earth.
Her differences become more and more of a concern as the date approaches for the Rite—the ceremony where everyone is to be blessed by the all-knowing Seer and the Council of powerful families who rule in His name. With only a few weeks until the Rite, Hirka discovers the shocking secret behind why she is tailless and Mightless: she is not from this world. As an infant, she was brought through an ancient stone circle known as a Raven Ring, and as long as she’s in Ym, the passageway between worlds remains open inviting terrifying creatures called the blind to follow.
No one can know the truth of Hirka’s identity, especially not Rime, her childhood friend who just might become something more. But is Rime is hiding secrets of his own?
Odin’s Child is about thousand-year-old secrets, forbidden romance, and what happens to those who make a deal with the devil. It is a slow paced fantasy epic that follows three characters through the book.
Each of the characters are so different. We follow Hirka who is 15 years old, who is very different to everyone else and never feels like she belongs, Rime who is older than Hirka and has a competition between them where they earn points and Urd who has dark motivations that we discover through the book.
I found this book slow to read, but truely ended up loving the interactions between Rime and Hirka. I can’t wait to see how their story arcs develop in the next book. This book is both plot and character driven and has deep foundations in Norse mythology.
I’m definitely going to dive into the next book The Rot and the final book The Might. I can’t wait til they are released.