The Order of Time and Odin's Door

The Order of Time Series Book 2

Children - Mythology/Fairy Tale
303 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2021
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Author Biography

Scott is an American author and banking executive who lives in Sydney, Australia. He grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown University.

While he loves his job as a global banker, his true passion is making up stories with his children. His debut novel, The Order of Time, reached #1 in it’s category on Amazon and was the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Childrens – Mythology/Fairy Tale genre.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite

The Order of Time and Odin’s Door (The Order of Time Series Book 2) is a children’s fantasy book by Scott P. Southall. It begins with 12-year-old twins Anastasia and Edward facing the council of the secretive Order of Time in London. The twins are outsiders who were not supposed to know about the Order but learned about it when they had to help a friend. They are given a test to prove themselves, but instead, they head directly into a trap and end up locked in the cold, snowy winter of Denmark in the Viking past with no way to get back and a vicious dragon heading straight for the fortress they now live in. The Iron Blades, Odin’s favorite clan of Vikings, are its target—and the kids are caught smack in the middle.

A rollickingly entertaining novel, Scott P. Southall’s book is firmly rooted in the popular imagination and hits a bulls-eye with its mixture of classic action-adventure elements. The Order of Time and Odin’s Door has echoes of Night at the Museum, Marvel’s Thor, and Tolkien’s The Hobbit, creating an instant winning mix for those who have been yearning for another adventure in the same vein. Also, I learned an amazing amount about Norse mythology from this story, more than I’d ever learned from any other source, and all presented in an astonishingly fun way. The idea of the museum curators who travel back in time is brilliant and if you have a kid who is struggling to care about history, this book is a must-have for opening their eyes to just how exciting long-ago civilizations and their legends really are.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Order of Time and Odin's Door by Scott P. Southall is the second book in the Order of Time Series. Twins Edward and Anastasia Upton have been summoned to the London HQ. Dr. Gregorian, friend and mentor to the twins, is charged with violation of the time travel rules and the twins must testify. After all, it was their trip to ancient Egypt that did it and they are determined to help get the charges dropped. And they want a peek at the secret academy. However, nothing ever seems to go right and the twins find themselves stranded in the Viking Age, 1000 years in the past. The battle is on to save the Nine Realms from the fight between Loki and Odin but can the twins do it without help? Will the Order be able to rescue them? This could be their toughest battle yet.

The Order of Time and Odin’s Door by Scott P. Southall is an exciting kids' story, a blend of fairy tale and mythology with a healthy dose of adventure to complete the mix. It is the second story in a series and I would recommend reading the first one as it is referenced in this book. This is a fast-paced story with lots of action and a plot that makes for compelling reading. The characters are well-developed, likable, fun, and engaging, and the story setting is exciting and exotic. The mythology side of the story is cleverly intertwined with the modern world and a great way for kids to learn. A fun mix of mythology, history, and time travel, and any kid (or adult) is sure to love this adventure.

Pikasho Deka

The Order of Time and Odin's Door is the second installment of The Order of Time Series by Scott P. Southall. Twins Anastasia and Edward Upston find themselves summoned to the Order of Time's headquarters in London alongside their mentor, Dr. Alfred Gregorian, due to their adventures in Egypt that broke a dozen rules of the Order. After escaping punishment, Anastasia and Edward intend to travel to Strasbourg, Germany, in 1439 but find themselves trapped in tenth-century Scandanavia instead. They arrive in Jernhus, where people live in constant fear of the dragon, Nidhogg, and his horde of zombies. They must now help Jarl Soren and Erik the Red reforge the Lykill to defeat Nidhogg and his host and protect Midgard. Can they accomplish their goals and return home?

Author Scott P. Southall builds a vivid world full of Viking warriors, time travelers, krakens, elves, frost giants, and much more in this sprawling fantasy adventure odyssey that incorporates some notable mythological elements. With an intricate plot and colorful characters, Southall tells an enthralling tale bound to entertain both children and young adults. The pacing is relentless as the narrative twists and turns to keep your eyes glued to the pages. You find yourself rooting for Edward and Anastasia and their friends all the way to the end. At times, The Order of Time and Odin's Door feels like a hybrid between Harry Potter, Spy Kids, and The Golden Compass franchises. If you love wild fantasy adventures tales, this is the book for you.