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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
The Undiscovered Descendants is the first book of the Nordri Series by Jo Visuri. Auor Island is somewhat isolated from the mainland, but it has always been Elin's home. With her closest friends going off to school on the mainland this year, Elin is starting her junior year all alone. Her new neighbor, Aedan, is in a similar boat, and Elin wouldn't mind getting to know him better. Tristan is another new student at school, and he quickly takes an interest in Elin as well. Elin can sense that something is happening around her, but she doesn't know what. It could be related to the electricity that she feels whenever she makes contact with Aedan or Tristan. It won't be long before Elin becomes entangled in a mystical world of folklore and magic, and Elin must choose the right path for unlocking her own potential abilities.
The Undiscovered Descendants is told from three different perspectives, and I love the seamless way that Elin's, Aeden's, and Tristan's tense stories weave together. The characters are fun and easy to both love and hate. Jo Visuri has introduced a unique world that combines modern teenagers and Scandinavian mythology in a delightfully refreshing way with a steady, action-fueled pace that makes it impossible to put down. Even more impressive is the easy-to-imagine setting of Auor Island, likely based on a real place and definitely somewhere I would love to visit. After an ending that nearly left me in tears, I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Nordri Series.