The Unmorrow Curse by Jasmine Richards

Publication Date: 5 May 2022

The Blurb

It’s not every day that you find a famous weather woman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that’s just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mari, and it’s only the start of their adventure.

Now, as humanity are forced into a lockdown called the Unmorrow Curse and are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mari must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first.

Cover illustration by Pypah Santos

The Review

Move over Percy Jackson, there are new gods in town, and one of them is intent on causing as much chaos as possible. Now, I am a huge lover of all things mythological, so this was always going to go down well with me, but Norse Gods and Roman Gods blended into one story? Let me at it!

Jasmine brings the rich world of Norse mythology to Tangley Woods where The World Tree connects our realm to all others complete with Nidhogg stalking it’s branches, and Ratatosk in a more helpful role than usually depicted.

From it’s branches, we visit the realms of Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto as the pair race to find the runes of the Day Guardians and put an end to The Unmorrow Curse that has plunged their world into chaos and decay. Each is carefully crafted and set the backdrops perfectly for this fast paced, fantastical quest. Watching our world slowly change as the timelock continues was particularly eerie. I loved the way modern technology is intertwined to both aide Mari and Buzz, and control a Norse God.

Buzz and Mari are a brilliant pairing. Buzz knows little of the mythological world he is stepping into, despite his Dad’s knowledge. His desperation to end the lockdown caused by Loki capturing Sunna so that he can finally be reunited with his mum is clear to see, and gives him an insight into why Theo targets him so much at school. Mari is knowledgeable and open to the magic happening around them, and her technical skills give them a route through what seem to be impassable routes.

With plenty of twists and turns, this is an epic read in every way, and I am delighted that there is more to come!

Great for fans of:

  • Ash Mistry And The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

Huge thanks to Uclan Publishing for sending me an early proof copy.

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