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Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.
As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
An enjoyable, modern interpretation of Norse legend!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Solina Mundy, a baker from North Carolina, has never wandered far from her family's bakery whereas her twin brother, Mani, struck out on his own and traveled to Alaska where he found a job as an adventure guide. Despite the great distance between them, the bond between Solina and Mani was not diminished. Mani shared his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness with Solina and encouraged her to discover adventures on her own, but Solina was content to continue helping her parents with the family business.
One night Solina had a nightmare about Mani being brutally attacked and killed by a wolf-like creature. The next morning, the family was notified that Mani died from what appeared to be an attack by a wild animal; however, his apartment showed signs of a break-in. Unable to ignore what she saw in her nightmare, Solina travels to Alaska to settle her brother's affairs and investigate the odd circumstances surrounding Mani's death.
Solina considers the flight to Alaska an adventure in of itself, but she discovers that she plays a vital role in an epic battle that was waged centuries ago between Norse gods; a battle that will determine the fate of humans and gods alike.
My first impression of Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel was that Mani got caught in a war between two groups of supernatural creatures; which is not entirely true. About halfway through the book, readers discover that the opposing sides in the upcoming battle are Norse gods and the battle being waged is Ragnarok. I was not disappointed by this twist, but I was a little surprised. I found it a refreshing change from the werewolf versus vampire theme, and I happen to enjoy reading modern interpretations of legends from different cultures.
The story does have a slow start and the characters seem superficial at first, and there is a reason for this. If you keep reading, Laurel adds depth and interest to the characters once their true natures are revealed.
Despite the slow start, I am glad that I stuck with the story. It is a modern interpretation of a Norse legend and a really enjoyable read. I am anxious to read more about Solina and the upcoming battle in the next book of this well-written and fascinating series.