Grimnirs work for Goddess Hel, doing her bidding and bringing back souls to the underworld. They can create portals, carry around scary weapons and are dressed in all leather. They are not, however, Grim Reapers! Don't get them confused!
Cora has had a rough go of it lately, being in a psych ward and all. It gets even more confusing when everyone seems to not even know she was away - in fact - shes been in two places at once! Or has she? Is it astral projection? Impersonation? Cora must delve deep into the world of Gods and Spirits to discover what really happened the months she remembers being committed.
Echo is a bad ass Grimnir, and hes the only link that Cora has to the hidden world she is now part of. Only he can tell her why she sees Spirits, and he seems to know a little too much about Cora when she's never seen him before!
Ednah writes a novel concerning Gods, spirits, a touch of magic and mystery. Once you think you understand whats going on she throws another wrench into the story. The reader is constantly guessing whats going on, and trying to stay one step ahead of the author.
Cora and Echo's relationship begins to develop at a believable pace, and thankfully Echo never gives up his bad boy persona in exchange for a love sick puppy. The reader is left wondering what Echo wants from Cora and why Echo is so interested in a girl who knows so little.
Grimnirs is a gritty AND witty, with an ounce of intrigue. A melting pot of Gods and modern day life. This book should most definitely be part of the series as its own book - rather than a tie over to the next novel
You should all start off by knowing while this is kind of a novella, it is both full length and continues from where we left of in Immortals. If you are following the series, don't let the .5 next to the book number deter you. You want to read this, and you will need to read this to understand what is going to be happening in book 3 Seeress set to come out sometime this April.
Now on to the actual review. This story was completely in Cora's POV, and, unfortunately, extremely predictable. I think that was it's biggest draw back. It followed mud of the same pattern found in Runes and I found self getting a little bored. And poor Eirik... for a deity (god?) he sure does get the shortest straw over and over... doesn't he? My only other complaint is that the relationship between Echo and Cora seemed a bit unrealistic. Echo is kind of an ass... all the time, but Cora doesn't see much fault in him. Not even Raine saw much fault in him. The on;y time Cora was ever mad at him is when Echo plays the moral high ground and doesn't give her the attention she wants. I would have liked to see an instance where Cora had a series moral conflict about her relationship with him like we saw in Runes.
Of course, the story wasn't all bad. It was far from bad because it did have a lot going for it. For example, we do get to find out a lot of whats going on in Cora's mind set and how she feels about things that are going on in the other world around them. We get to learn a bit about what happened while she was in PMI (like why she was there) and the after effect Maliina had on her. As an added bonus, we get to see Raine and Torin's relationship dynamic from another point of view, which I found very intriguing. The story does branch a little into the New Adult spectrum, because there is a little bit of mature content in there, but it is brief and is vague on major details, so it kind of hits a blurred line of where YA stops and NA begins. Saying that, seeing that type of dynamic and writing style in this series only benefitted the story and is probably the main reason the book received a 4 star rating rather than a 3.5 star one.
Overall, Grimnirs is an obvious must-read for the Runes series lovers out there. It was well written, but the plot did suffer in its predictability. It was great to see the character development in this book that we might not have seen if it had remained in Raine's POV. From what I hear, Ednah Walters is going to continue with this new trend and post novellas (which will actually be full length books) in different POVs of the other secondary characters in the book following the release of a book in Raine's. I am both excited and wary of this. Excited to learn everybody's story, wary because I have a feeling that the same love story pattern might be put on repeat. Only time will tell!
I don't want to give anything away but I really liked this book and it was nice to see Cora's perspective after everything that's happened in Runes 1&2. Ahh I love Cora and Echo! They are so awesome together even though getting to that point takes some maneuvering on Echo's part. You really feel for acorn and want to see her be happy. I loved that this book did exactly that. This book is a little more racey than Runes and more descriptive of sexual situations how not in a tacky or explicit way. I loved this book and really like Cora more after reading this.
This book is from Raine's best friend, Cora's, point of view..
I'm not one to give things away during reviews so I'm not going to do that....I just have to say that it was an excellent book and that there is a new bad boy in town, Echo. Trust me when I say readers are going to love him