Nøkken

NøkkenNøkken by Mary Twomey
Series: Undraland
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Amazon Digital Services on May 25, 2015
Pages: 154
Also in this series: Undraland
Also by this author: Undraland

 

Having forsaken her hope of a simple life, Lucy Kincaid continues her journey through Undraland.  Now totally committed to their task, Lucy, Jen, and their companions continue their quest to destroy the portals and thwart Pesta’s plans to gain access to the human world.  However, as the group proceeds, they face constant opposition from not only those who want the portals to remain intact, but also from the growing tension between their members.  How can they ever succeed, if they are unable to set aside old prejudices, jealousy, curses, and fear?  With heightened tension among the characters and the attraction between Lucy and Jens growing stronger, Nøkken is fast-paced adventure that pushes the group closer towards their treacherous goal.

With heightened tension among the characters and the attraction between Lucy and Jens growing stronger, Nøkken is fast-paced adventure that pushes the group closer towards their treacherous goal.

I am so glad I had this book in hand when I finished the first book in the series, Undraland.  Undraland has a very unsatisfying ending—translate cliffhanger. So needless to say, do not try reading Nøkken without having read the first book.  There is a little backtracking, but not much.  Better to read this series in order.

Nøkken continues the story of the group’s attempts to destroy the portals and by extension end the last siren’s devious plan.  However, as the characters spend more time together, the less they get along.  There is a healthy amount of dissention that does become tiresome at times.  Fortunately, from the bickering comes some nice character growth.  It is refreshing to finally see some of the characters start to make conscience decisions to improve situations rather than escalate them.

As with the first book in the series, Nøkken is an incredibly fast read.  It is very much action and story driven with very little time for either the characters or the reader to take a break.

As with the first book in the series, Nøkken is an incredibly fast read.  It is very much action and story driven with very little time for either the characters or the reader to take a break.  The suspense and pacing are quite good throughout. The detail is still pretty sparse, but at this point not a hindrance to the overall story.  However, I am beginning to get the nagging feeling of wanting more.

The reader discovers a little more about Jens’ past, but really only enough to make them want to know more.  The same is true for Foss, but hopefully his backstory will be taken care of in the next book.  Some time is spent getting to know Nik, who actually turns out to have more to him than just bluster.  Getting to know these characters is a treat and I look forward to learning more about their pasts and watching them grow.

While the story is excellent and I am loving the characters, there are a couple of issues that feel unnecessarily addressed.

While the story is excellent and I am loving the characters, there are a couple of issues that feel unnecessarily addressed.  One is hinted strongly at and brought up multiple times, but it feels out of placed and forced into the story.  The story has enough drama and tension naturally without needing to give characters additional personal problems.  This part might work out better as the story progresses, but for right now it doesn’t feel like a good fit. There is also a bit of social issue and commentary added, that at this point I find in almost every general market book I read.  Many general market books now include a gay and/or lesbian and commentary on the subject.  It’s a minor inclusion in Nøkken, but FYI for readers that might not want this type of content.

The relationship between Jens and Lucy is quite good and I’m very much enjoying this part of the story. They have made some excellent progress and I like the direction it is going.  Same is true for Jamie and Britta—these two are such awesome characters I would totally read a series that was just the two of them.

The Undraland series has been great so far and I’m very much enjoying it.  I read primarily for entertainment and these books are fun.  They’re short, incredibly fast reads, which can be finished in just a couple of settings.  As with the first book, Nøkken has a very unsatisfying ending.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before the third book, Fossegrim is released!

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