The 17 June is Þjóðhátíðardagurinn (Icelandic National Day) and celebrates the day in 1944 that The Republic of Iceland (Lýðveldið Ísland) was formed. The date of 17 June was chosen because it is the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.
The 17 June is also the one-month anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, The End Of All Worlds. By way of celebration of both of these events, now seems like an excellent time for a round-up of the brilliant reviews I’ve had so far for my novel, The End Of All Worlds.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Lover, 17 Jun 2012
I really enjoyed this book! Took me a few days to finish but it is so worth the read. I’m like obsessed with paranormal, fantasy, Sci-fi, etc… so this book wasn’t as big a leap from what I usually read. It tells of the Huldufolk in the Icelandic Mountains trying to save their home as well as protect it from evil. Now, I’ve never been to Iceland, but I imagine if I were to venture there now i’d be kinda spooked or maybe too curious for my own good. Reading this book has only heightened my love for all things legends and folklore. The author did an amazing job and trust me, you will not be disappointed. I just recommended this book to my cousin who is just as obsessed about all things legends as I am. It’s truly a great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 🙂 !!!, 16 Jun 2012
I have not finish the book yet only a few chapters, i think the text is easy to read the little drawings on the chapter pages are a lovely touch. the story its self is very addective i cant put the book down and i have enjoyed very bit i have read its been a very long time since a book got me hoocked so fast. Great book would very highly recommend it to every one
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!, 15 Jun 2012
By LindaKnightHall (Dorset, UK)
Not my “usual” thing, I wasn’t sure this book was going to hold my interest for the duration. I needn’t have worried! Combining modern science and ancient folklore, this book takes you on a journey from the dangers of Iceland’s natural elements to the supernatural world of the huldufolk and their fight to preserve their ancient home and protect them, and us, from evil. Starting off it was, seemingly, a tale of one woman’s survival against the unforgiving Icelandic weather and her family’s struggle to come to terms with the fact she may be lost forever.It soon developed into something much more complex and unusual and I got immersed in the characters’ journeys through time and the race to save our world. I was pleasanlty surprised by this book and I look forward to more from this talented author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with an icy twist, 24 May 2012
By hdd (worcester, uk)
I’m not a reader of fantasy fiction, but what makes this story different is the overarching theme of climate change, the effect people have on their environments, and most of all the setting of Iceland. The author clearly knows the country well, and I found it fascinating to read a story set here, which definitely gives a twist to the story. It’s an atmospheric, original story, well-told by an author who has a gift for writing fantasy fiction with a wider appeal. I can imagine this story being enjoyed by both young adults and adults.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 17 May 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mixture of science and fantasy in it and keeps you rivited throughout. The folklore and history in Iceland is fascinating and I can’t wait to visit there to find out more. I will be expecting to see huldufolk hiding in the rocks of course.
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