The Raven God

The Raven God : The Legends of Orkney Series

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After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney-and it's all Sam's fault. After all, he took Odin's life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death.

Orkney's only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what's needed when the odds are stacked against them-even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Tempe, United States
  • English
  • 1943006369
  • 9781943006366
  • 1,767,960

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2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards: Gold Medal, Best Book Series - Chapter Book

2017 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Young Adult

2017 Beverly Hills Book Award Finalist in JuvenileFiction

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."

-Kirkus Reviews

"A fantasy-filled tale of courage and redemption, revenge and remorse, The Raven God captivates with colorful characters and rich Norse legends"

-Foreword Review

"Gorgeously written, The Raven God delivers a fresh, lively fantasy with enough twists and turns to keep a young reader captivated. Sam, Mavery, and Perrin, tasked with saving Odin, make for delightful heroes. Set against magical ships, powerful witches, and determined armies, the three must summon both courage and smarts if they are to reach their goal. In the end, the three discover that the power of friendship is perhaps the greatest weapon of all. A magical read filled with other-worldly beings both good and evil-and always entertaining."

-Jennifer Gooch Hummer, award-winning author of Girl Unmoored and Operation Tenley

Praise for The Legends of Orkney Series:

"Sam's internal struggles and focus on the dark side of his witch heritage are reminiscent of Anakin Skywalker and will likely appeal to fanboys and fangirls, particularly as he 'must face the darkness inside.' Combined with strong female leads, both heroic and villainous, the ever growing and changing cast of characters has something for everyone. Fantasy, mythology, a touch of romance, and enough sword fights and battles to appease even the most action-hungry make Kalifus Rising a well-rounded, solid choice for those craving a new type of adventure."

-Foreword Reviews FIVE STAR review

"Adams is a master of exposition, never letting it slow the narrative by immersing it in rapid-fire dialogue . . . Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."

-Kirkus Reviews

"This series will do well with the Percy Jackson crowd and fans of Norse mythology."

-School Library Journal

Featured on Girls' Life Fall Reading List

Praise and Awards for the Legends of Orkney series:

For The Red Sun:

2016 International Book Awards: Fiction: Young Adult Finalist

2015 USA Best Book Awards: Best Cover Design: Fiction, Winner

2015 USA Best Book Awards: Children's Fiction, Winner

Beverly Hills Book Award: Best Juvenile Fiction, Winner

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards: Best New Voice Children's/Young Adult, Silver Medal

Readers Favorite Awards Children Preteen: Silver Medal Winner

"This fast-moving adventure-the beginning of a trilogy-is sure to appease mythology fans who are outgrowing Percy Jackson's antics and looking for darker, weightier storytelling. VERDICT: A great choice for middle school collections."

-School Library Journal

"Percy Jackson meets Norse mythology in this captivating and unique adventure."

-Foreword Reviews (4 stars out of 5)

"The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams is a book that will take children on a roller coaster ride of adventure and fantasy where whimsical and menacing creatures and witches will enthrall readers."

-Readers' Favorite (5 stars out of 5)

"This novel may appeal to young readers who have enjoyed other 'chosen one' fantasy stories: It moves along at a speedy clip, and preteens will likely identify with Sam?s anger and frustration with the world . . . it's a high fantasy tale that maintains a quick pace?"

-Kirkus Reviews

"The Red Sun is a roller coaster ride of adventure, Norse mythology, magic and mayhem. Between Sam facing awesome villains in the magical realm of Orkney to teachers turning into lizards, I had the best time doing the voiceover for the audiobook. Don't miss out on this terrific story!"

-Karan Brar, actor on Disney's Jessie and Bunk'd
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About Alane Adams

Alane Adams is an author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and The Coal Thief and The Egg Thief, picture books for early-grade readers. She lives in Southern California.
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Rating details

44 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 50% (22)
4 34% (15)
3 14% (6)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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