Bjørn Larssen’s Children

Children, the first instalment in The Ten Worlds series, is released on October 3, 2020. Find the e-book here (available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo, and more)

Have you ever wished your parents were human?

Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?

Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human?

A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth.

“A haunting, brutal, and emotional coming of age story, steeped in Norse mythology and written in spare but lyrical prose, Children is a book that demands to be felt rather than read. Its hard-hitting story and dark humor combine to make this a grim book with lots of heart, a book that will stick with me for a long time.” – Angela Boord, author of Fortune’s Fool

“Faced with gods who are interested only in their own goals, happy to use their own children to further their ambition in the face of a foretold end, Children can be read as allegory or fantasy. Drawing on established Norse myths but adding a unique interpretation, Larssen’s tale made me wince with witnessed pain, and cry, and, once or twice, snort with laughter. His evocative prose will linger in my mind for a long time. Not a book easily forgotten.” – Marian L Thorpe, author of Empire’s Daughter

 

Purchase links

The e-book (available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo, and more)

Paperback: AmazonBarnes & Noble – Book Depository (more links coming)

Hardcover: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository (links coming soon)

To order the paperback or hardcover at your favourite store or library, either request “Bjørn Larssen – Children,” or quote the ISBN number: 978-90-829985-4-2 (paperback) or 978-90-829985-5-9 (hardcover).

 

The Worlds and the characters – index (written by Loki)

Excerpt from the first chapter