Nov 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Foresworn (Sisters of Fate #3) by Rinda Elliot t- my Review


Foresworn


Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: December 2nd 2014

Synopsis:

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

Kat Lockwood grew up listening to her unhinged mother’s stories about the Norse goddess souls she and her triplet sisters carry, about fiery deaths and a prophecy foretelling the world’s end. Now, to save that world, Kat must find a guy who hosts the soul of a Norse god–a warrior with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

But at a truck stop on her road trip, Kat freezes time while she writes out a cryptic message in runes. The only other person able to see this happen? A gorgeous guy with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

Kat’s not convinced peaceful Arun is the future warrior who will turn the tide in the final battle. Yet, Arun turns out to be a lot tougher than he seems. As soul-carrying teens and underworld creatures gather over the world’s deadliest volcano, Kat finds that no one, including her sisters and mother, is exactly who she thought they were….

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.\

Foresworn
by Rinda Elliott

“Call me later. At this number. Let me know you’re okay.”
“I will.” Other people in the parking lot were stopping, rubbing their ears. “Hey, Raven? Be safe, okay?”
“You, too, Kat.”
The sadness in my sister’s voice cut into me.
Arun came around his truck. “It feels like the world is muffled.”
I nodded because that’s exactly how it felt. Like someone had plugged my ears so all the sound around me came at a different decibel. It was so strange. Like even my nose had been stuffed with cotton balls.
“Come on,” he said. “Maybe it’s better inside the store.”
But the closer we walked toward the store, the quieter it got. I walked around a set of shopping carts, noticed that even the sounds in the air—the cars, birds and snow—seemed to disappear. To test my theory, I went back and walked on the other side of the carts. Sound got louder.
I took Arun’s hand and pulled him back to walk him on either side of the carts to show him. He stared to our left. “Someone yelled over there earlier. Let’s head that way.” He pointed toward the fast-food restaurant at the front of the store’s parking lot. There was a lake beyond the restaurant, and I looked around and realized this was near the place I’d pulled over to talk to Raven yesterday morning. It was hard to believe everything that had happened since then.
We walked closer to the lake. Snow fell hard and fast, coating the trees, the ground. Some even floated on top of the water. A group of blackbirds gathered overhead and I heard the distant sound of their cries.
But they were right over our heads.
They should have been so loud.
After we stepped off the pavement and onto the grass, everything sort of just stopped. I stepped to the right and again heard the cries of the blackbirds above us. Barely. Arun touched my arm and I looked at him. He held up a finger in the universal “wait” signal. Frowning, he took another step to the right, stopped, then moved left. His dark eyes went wide and he gestured for me to follow.
I stepped to the left and even the sounds from the birds disappeared.
At this point, all I heard was the fast pound of my own heartbeat. And it raced, raced, raced because everything in me at this point was screaming for me to start walking backward. Back into the parking lot, back to the truck. As fast as humanly possible.
But another part of me wanted to keep going left so I could see why the noise seemed to be sucked out of the atmosphere with every step.
So I took another.
This time, even my heartbeat stopped sounding in my ears. There was complete and total silence and nothing in my entire weird, crazy life had ever sent this sort of terror singing through my veins. It moved so fast and hard, I half expected to hear it swimming through my body.
I closed my eyes, tried to wrestle back the fear and felt Arun take my hand.
I stared at his hand, then looked up at him, expecting to find one of his kind smiles as he offered me comfort. But he wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were narrow and directed to a group of drooping snow-covered trees right next to the water.
In that moment, something in my chest—this knot that had made everything feel tight and full—sort of loosened up. Warmth flowed through me, and I tightened my fingers around his. His expression, when he looked down at me, turned that warmth into something I hadn’t felt since that night I’d taken another boy’s hand and followed him into the woods.
Excitement.
Hope.
Arun tilted his head left, wanting me to go with him.
I nodded but tugged on his hand first.
He bent close but shook his head. I knew he was telling me he wouldn’t be able to hear me, but I hadn’t planned to say anything. Instead, I stretched up and pressed my lips to his. He smiled against my mouth, then kissed me back. When I pulled away, there was something new in his gaze as he stared at me, something thoughtful. And something kind of hot.
Answering heat crept up my neck, and I guess he could see it because he grinned and touched my cheek.
Brigg’s face appeared right next to ours and he rolled his eyes.
I rolled my eyes back, then glared at him.
He laughed silently, his smile fading fast as he pointed.

The Norns
The Norns (Old Norse: norn, plural: nornir) in Norse mythology are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. The three most important norns, are Urðr (Wyrd), Verðandi and Skuld.  These norns are described as three powerful maiden giantesses (Jotuns) whose arrival from Jötunheimr ended the golden age of the gods.

Thence come the maidens
Mighty in wisdom,
Three from the dwelling
Down ’neath the tree;
Urd (
fate) is one named,
Verthandi (
"happening" or "present) the next,
On the wood they scored,
And Skuld (
"debt" or "future") the third .
Laws they made there,
And life allotted
To the sons of men,
And set their fates.
The Norse Poetic Edda - Völuspá, a poem collected in the 13th century In the poem also written about Skuld :
Skuld, is in effect also a Valkyrie, taking part in the selection of warriors from the slain: These are called Valkyrs: them Odin sends to every battle; they determine men's feyness and award victory. Gudr and Róta and the youngest Norn, she who is called Skuld, ride ever to take the slain and decide fights
Beside these three norns, there are many other who arrive when a person is born in order to determine his or her future. There were both malevolent and benevolent norns, and the former caused all the malevolent and tragic events in the world while the latter were kind and protective goddesses.
The Prophecy
 It is written that the Kynkvísl, Norse descendants, will one day house the souls of the gods. 
True heroes who know their sad fate in the coming battles but fight nonetheless. 
Their time begins with the portents of Ragnarok. 
Three years of winter, roaring seas that lash the land and an all-consuming fire. The destruction of the world.


I didn't read the previous books in the trilogy but I notice immediately that Foresworn is Kat's book. Kat (Katriel)  is the younger and toughest of the triplets. She is the one who carry inside her Skuld soul a Norse goddess.
The three sisters had split up for the first time in there lives, each going after a boy who could possibly carry the soul of a Norse god. A future warrior who needed to make it to the final battles Ragnarok, that they has to protect from their mother.
She  drives in a snow storm from Florida to Cody, on east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, all the way to find a teenager boy - Arun Dahl (in Hindi sun). He is the guy that she found trough a tabloid article who suppose to have green fingers.
This boy suppose to carry the soul of of Freyr, (The fertility god) reputed to be the most important and stunning of the Vanir,, the sworn enemies of the Aesir. He is the son of the sea god Njörðr, and the twin brother of the goddess Freyja.  The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own "if wise be he who wields it". Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.
She finds herself drawn into a group of people that not only they know what she is, but that have been preparing for Ragnarok for quite a long time! Arun knows whose soul he carries and knows how to work his gift for the most part. Other young people with gods souls inside them have been coming to his farm, drawn there by the music that comes from the lake in Yellowstone, so when Kat arrives she finds herself surrounded by more people like herself and not only feels an attraction to Arun, but also a kinship that was unknown to her before.

Rinda interlace nicely the the details of the Nores mythology in the plot, so the facts I mention in along the review are important to the understanding of the plot. And while Storms hit most of the lower East Coast down to Mexico bay, and other parts of the world Ragnarok is escalating at a crazy rate. She also insert another crazy theme - I think she couldn't help herself in this - too many giants in the plot so.. we got this scene strait from David and Goliath.

The action moves along quite fast, because while Kat is trying to figure out how to help Arun and return to protect her sisters, fires and accidents keep on happening around the farm, dark elves and giants appear and soon the bigger picture become clear.
Arun was very surprised and betrayed to find who is  the guy who was responsible to the fires. This guy carried the soul of Surt. which he never noticed. Surt is the fire giant who lead creatures into the  Ragnarok  battle and  who was supposed to fight the god Freyr
Kat discovered a shocking knowledge about her mother as a part of a triplet, and her mother's side of the family, the Arapaho. And about the legend of the Whirlwind Woman (a powerful force of nature who brings the gift of sight). We also find out a bit more about the triplet's father Vrunlin and his brothers, a part of a triplet too. ans as Arun's friend Branton put it "triplets gone wild".
The sun turns black, earth sinks in the sea, 
The hot stars down from heaven are whirled; 
Fierce grows the steam and the life-feeding flame, 
Till fire leaps high about heaven itself. 
Now Garm howls loud before Gnipahellir, 
The fetters will burst, and the wolf run free; 
Much do I know, and more can see 
Of the fate of the gods, the mighty in fight.
—The Norse Poetic Edda
The final confrontation happens when the three sisters get together and it was quite a show down, with fighting both physical and magical and that would have been a fantastic conclusion. We also learn why the book called the Foresworn and why she was chosen Arun!
Then we got an epilogue that started very satisfying and fuzzy feels but then left us with a direct hook! Amazing but very evil!!

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I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.

You can find me at http://relliott4.wordpress.com & http://www.deadlinedames.com



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