By Leslie Livingston
Published on August 28, 2012
Published by Harper Teen
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.
Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.
Boy was I nervous to read this book. When it came out last year, I thought it looked awesome. I am a HUGE fan of anything that has to do with Norse Mythology and I was jumping up and down waiting for this book. And then it came out... and got a few savage reviews from people that I trust. Enough that I was completely scared off by this book (and who says book bloggers can't make people read or not read a book?). I didn't look for it again until I saw the sequel was coming out and I got a copy from Harper Teen. I decided I needed to give this book a chance and bought a copy. I am so glad I did!
Yes, the beginning- the first 50 pages or so are incredibly confusing. I felt like I had absolutely no idea what was going on. But it did get easier- I felt like the author hit her stride about halfway through the book and I really enjoyed the last half. Did it feel a little rushed? Yes. Was everything explained as much as it could have been? No. Would it be more helpful if you went into knowing about Norse Mythology? Absolutely. But it was incredibly entertaining and fast paced.
I really enjoyed the romance between Fenn and Mason. It moved a little quickly for me, but I accept that because the entire pace of the book is fast. (And when magic is involved, it is more acceptable to me.) I love reading about vikings! It is so interesting and fun to about all of the mythology woven together (although the Norse mythology absolutely takes the front seat). I am also glad that I had Descendant- the ending of Starling was killer.
I have been officially proven wrong- I really enjoyed Starling (and as you will read, loved Descendant even more!) This was a book that I devoured in one day and thought about constantly afterwards. I am so happy that I read it!