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Reviewed by Courtney Knoch for Readers' Favorite
Samantha Gregory has taken a historical myth known to many and turned it into a tale far more accessible to a modern reader in Daughter of Odin. Kari is freshly out of foster care, and hell-bent on finding her mother, who had literally left her in a dumpster as a baby. The journey to a small diner in Redwood Cove would be far more exciting than the determined girl had imagined. Upon finding the woman she was so sure she would hate, Kari is instead drawn to the history of herself and her parents. Throwing words around like “demi-god” and “Ragnarok” sure made for an interesting return to her birthplace. The rude interruption involving a psychotic nephew and a giant wolf certainly put a dampener on the homecoming. With bodies trailing her, ravens guiding her, and answers beckoning her, Kari steels herself against the unknown to find any sense of family and learn her place in this world.
Samantha Gregory uses amazing descriptions and modern, accessible references to connect readers to her well-thought-out characters. From the get-go, readers are drawn into a relatable feeling of needing to know more about who we are and where we came from. While staying true to the well-known mythology, Gregory sprinkles details into her modern-day look at the life of an angsty demi-god, and her journey to finding out what family she might have left, and if they are all insane. With a huge potential to be another household name title, Daughter of Odin checks all the boxes of a stellar piece of fiction. Fantastic read. I’m already hooked.