Arctic Dawn

Arctic Dawn

by Karissa Laurel


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Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won't last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.

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ISBN-13: 9781940215747
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karissa Laurel always dabbled in writing, but she also wanted to be a chef when she grew up. So she did. After years of working nights, weekends, and holidays, she burnt out and said, "Now what do I do?" She tried a bunch of other things, the most steady of those being a paralegal for state government, but nothing makes her as happy as writing. She has published several short stories and reads "slush" for a couple of short-story markets.

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for speculative fiction. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you'll find her on the slopes.

Karissa also paints and draws and harbors a grand delusion that she might finish a graphic novel someday.

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Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Dawn_Sabu More than 1 year ago
9781940215747I really enjoyed this book, similar to the last book. We got to learn more about all of the gods. At the end of the last book, we were starting to get a better image of Thorin and his life. We also get to see how connected Solina and Thorin have become throughout the series so far. Each character develops nicely through this book. Though Thorin and Solina are the main characters, all the secondary characters grew in this book. We find out a lot about Skyla and Val in this book. We also get a validation about why Skyla doesn't like Val. Also, I can normally tell when a plot twist is coming and I totally didn't see the twist near the end. I loved how Laurel managed to write in that twist so it worked seamlessly and didn't make it seem forced. I found that it actually explained some things from the previous book. This book's storyline felt a little segregated from that last book. Though it's a direct continuation from the previous book, Helen barely mentioned. It seemed to focuses mainly on the Valkeries and the mysterious man who found Solina before she reaches out to Thorin. Though they do go after Skoll in this book, however, he does manage to get away. Or at least that's what they believe. I felt like, though this book does build the storyline, it was mainly focused on character development. There were some lovely action scenes, however, some of them were glanced over because Soline wasn't present for the fights. Overall, I loved this series. I still find it similar to the Charlie Davidson Series. I will say though that this book also seems to pull from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson Series. This is a really interesting book series so far.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel is another great book. I was so glad to see the email from Ms. Laurel about reviewing this book as I wanted to know what Solina Mundy, Thorin, Val, Baldur, and Skyla were up to especially after the end of the first book. I also couldn’t wait to see what Helena had up her sleeves for Solina and the others. The main character of this book is, of course, Solina Mundy. Solina is the one that we see the story through. It’s pretty amazing to see the way she sees the world especially now that she is thrust into learning the Norse legends are real. The book takes us to with where we find Solina is in hiding and trying to find her friend. Solina is still mostly the same girl from the first book but she is now wary of anyone that could turn her into Helena so that the second Ragnorak can start. What I like about Solina is that she is still the same but also being cautious and want to stay alive more so now than anything. I also like that she is aware of what she can do and she tries to make sure that everyone that knows about the Gods walking among them. She can take care of herself if needed and that she can be trusted to help in battle. What I dislike about Solina is that she sometimes does things without really thinking it all the way through. I know that is something that some people make quick decisions in real life but those decisions don’t have anything to do with getting captured by the person that wants to kill you to start another Ragnorak. What I also dislike about Solina is that she is letting something that happened in the past sway her away from Thorin. The antagonist of the book is someone that no one would suspect. Well besides Helena. She had a pretty small role in this book. Helena is preparing for the war. What I like about Helena is that she is still has a lot of cards that haven’t been revealed to us yet and it’s pretty amazing that even after all these years that she hasn’t let anything slip. She is tight-lipped when speaking to the other gods, not allowing them to know about her plans for when she finds the new reincarnations of the Sun Goddess and the Moon God. What I dislike about Helena is that she is trying to recreate Ragnorak thinking it will be better if she is controlling it. Another thing that I dislike about Helena is that she is still trying to hurt Baldor and even more this time around. Especially when it comes to the reincarnations of his beloved soulmate. Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel is an amazing book and a wonderful read. I will certainly recommend this book and the first book to anyone. This book actually has two plot twists in it. Or at least I would like to think of them as plot twists since I certainly didn’t see them coming. I am giving this book a five-star rating and I can’t wait to read the next book of this wonderful series. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove To read more reviews like this please visit my blog:
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in a series of what I can only pray won’t be a trilogy because I need MORE!! The first book, Midnight Burning, introduced us to the main players in the story and hinted at what part they would each play in the war to come. At the time, I thought that the character development was a little bit long winded but now I agree with my original idea that it was essential to help the next story flow. There are so many things that I love about The Norse Chronicles, but if I had to choose a favourite it would probably be the depth of the characters. They have their own personal histories which are based on traditional Norse myths but given a contemporary twist to bring them into the modern day but also to make them characters that we can truly empathise with and care about. I also said in my review of Midnight Burning that if the character of Thorin continued down the right path, I would admit to a literary crush. So… yup…. Consider this my admission. He’s a very intense character who has lost some of his humanity as a result of an immortal lifetime spent alone, but he’s finally becoming more human and altruistic in his desire to save Solina as well as himself. He’s also shirtless a fair amount. Laurel’s writing style is truly phenomenal, there’s something so timeless about her storytelling and the way she weaves ancient mythology into the modern day. The story is told from the perspective of Solina, a former wallflower and current badass, it expresses a whole depth of emotion that you don’t normally experience in a single novel and is what has me so utterly hooked. The story itself is unpredictable and enjoyable, even the mythology hints don’t give too much away. The Valkyries aren’t mentioned as much in this book as they were in the first (for reasons which will become obvious if you do the right thing and read this book) but they’re fixed to play a huge part later in this series which I am looking forward to! I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a combination of ancient mythology, strong female characters and great characters. I will warn you though, the sexual tension in this book may cause you to combust!
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: Arctic Dawn Author: Karissa Laurel Genre: NA Urban Fantasy Format: Ebook Pages: 276 Rating: 4 Heat: 0 Thoughts: Wow, talk about some major twists and turns. I was not expecting the betrayal of a certain someone, that totally shocked me. And now I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. The relationship between Solina and Thorin is frustrating, just get together already lol. And all the revelations about Skyla... very interesting and I look forward to what that means going forward. There's so much corruption and betrayal that it's hard to know who to trust. Favorite quote: "My body had gone zombie, and coffee was the braaains it craved." - Solina Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and voluntarily chose to write a review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Arctic Dawn, The Norse Chronicles: Book 2,  Karissa Laurel Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,Sci-fi and fantasy For those who don’t like those fantasy reads that are all romance all the way – this isn’t. Its now book two and only by the end do we actually get a hint of romance that’s maybe developing...maybe ;-) So don’t let the romance genre put you off. I like both sorts but know others don’t. So, Solina finished the last book with a bang – literally – and has spent the last month as a shooting star. What??! Yep, read book one first, this isn’t one you can start with, you have to read all the story. Its a fabulous take on Norse mythology and its fun to work out who is or isn’t some kind of God, or at least has special powers. You need to be really “in” to the story and to have read the first book, otherwise nothing will make sense, and that’s a shame as its a fabulous, real Fantasy read. I love the way the Norse legends have been woven in, and the way Karissa manages to give an overview of the relevant ones for readers who might not know or remember the stories. I loved the way Solina and the Apple Orchard stuff was woven into her dreams and slipped into reality. I’m a sucker for that sort of crossover, though I do wonder – I know they’re in a very uninhabited place in the world but surely news reports, monitors, all the eyes on the world, cyber spying stuff must have picked up some of their battles. Its not like its a small event when Gods battle after all. Huge fires, cracks that are massive craters in the earth, the noise and firework effects – they must attract some kind of attention. What I didn’t like was that it seemed a bit like running, always running, from someone to somewhere but not actually getting anywhere. Baldur, the Allfather frankly seemed a bit of a lovelorn wimp, but maybe his time with Helen had affected him and I’m just unsympathetic. I didn’t really see why they were trailing with him after Nina, well Thorin anyway, given the magnitude of what they faced, even though there is an explanation. I guess it just didn’t sit right with me. Then again – Immortals – they’ve a different take to time and importance, but this danger affects them too. I’d guessed someone who wasn’t what they seemed from book one, it was nice to be proved right, * huffs proudly * so often I’m, waaay off track. I have the feeling Nina is going to be more important in the next book, there must be some point to all that time rescuing her in this one. I want to read how the Valkyries rally, and I’m glad to see them stand up for themselves, might have been fine in history toadying and waiting around for the males to need them, its different times now and Feminism has found them! Once more is a gripping story, so very different to most fantasy reads about today and so very refreshing to read something so totally unique. Roll on book three :-) Stars: five, a fantasy read in the real sense! ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
So, clearly Solina’s life is NOT going back to quiet normality anytime soon. Just when she finally gets both feet on the ground again, after going all shooting star, exhausted, in need of a plan to survive, Solina had planned to lay low for a while, but Skyla is missing and she needs her best friend by her side, a friendly face and a staunch ally. Danger is coming, of the deadliest kind and Solina doesn’t have time to feel 100%. It’s time to suck it up and gather her ragtag, and often irritating group, find Skyla and save the world from a legendary weapon of mass destruction. The clock is ticking, the tension is sky rocketing and Solina must use her best strategies to stop the destruction of the world. Hang on, because Karissa Laurel is taking us back into her Norse Chronicles series with Arctic Dawn! Rest up, this is non-stop action from the get go and Solina is the girl on a mission to kick butt and take names later, never flinching, never missing a beat and oh yes, she is pretty smart about it, too! Seriously, you think she could count on the gods for a little help, right? She does have Thorin, son of Thor, but his skills as a human are, well, on the slightly lacking side of okay. But we can hope he is evolving, right? As a matter of fact ALL of the characters are evolving into solid individuals and Ms.Laurel has done a marvelous job of bring this world back to life and really sharpening each scene to Hi-Def. Chaos abounds, as evil and good ramp up for more battle. Even within her personal life, Solina has a skirmishes of the heart, as powerful and potently attractive males vie for her attentions. Can she even allow time for romantic thoughts? Who is really on her side without an agenda of their own? Strong female characters fill the pages and Ms. Laurel has done an excellent job balancing their femininity with their boldness, whether they are good or evil. Leap into the fray, feel the heat of battle, the passion of warriors, have that scorecard handy. Right now the fronts are varied, the subplots are deepening and now is the time to start putting the puzzle together, but don’t expect to finish just yet, the gods and goddesses all have their own agendas, their own demands as myths, legends and mortals work their way to the final showdown that has not come yet. Prepare for the next ride, more action and watch your step on that final page of book 2…This is intriguing writing filled with enough action to satisfy every reader! I received an ARC edition from Karissa Laurel in exchange for my honest review.
Snoopydoo77 More than 1 year ago
Finally the second book in The Norse Chronicles is out and I could not wait to get my hands on it. I loved the first book in the series that left us with a huge cliffhanger, But I think I like the second book even better. Ms. Laurel done it again, written a book with the prefect mix of action, suspense, humor and a touch of romance. I love her twist in Norse mythology and how well all of her Character fit in it and just make it their own. I just love her story, her characters and how nicely it all came together. I also love, that while we have Solina as a main character and her story, other side characters and their story or as things unfold are just as important as Solina’s. I love Solina she is super smart and thinks stuff through and not just when it comes to battles. No, also her (kind of non-existing) love life. She not just falls head over heels for the guy and forgets herself or the bigger picture in life. But at the same time that can also be a little frustrating, because there is obviously some pretty chemistry between them. There is a hint of a triangle but then again not really. That part is a little hard to explain without spoiling it, so I will just leave it at that. There are some pretty good twist in this book and some new things come to light about Solina and the people surrounding here and of course not all are good. The end had kind of had a sixth sense effect for me. Once I saw it and thought about it all made sense and there were little subtle hints throughout the book leading up to this shocking conclusion. Of course we are left again we a cliffhanger and have to wait what seems to be an eternity for the next book in the series and if I could I would already pre-order the next book. Overall, another wicked awesome book in the series that I had a hard time putting down. I rate it 4 ½ ★
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There is a lot going on in this second installment of The Norse Chronicles. The overarching plot is the mission to prevent Ragnorak, but there are a lot of subplots that need to be resolved before Solina and her allies can go head-to-head with Helen. Some might argue that all of these tangents detract from the plot, but I think that they add to the plot's mythological origins. If you look at Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, each god/goddess has different motives and those motives play a crucial part in the lore. Laurel does a great job of keeping these different threads straight so that readers can follow along. I liked learning more about the different characters in the book; Laurel really developed Solina, Thorin, Baldur, Val, and Skyla and put a unique and fresh spin on legends of Norse gods. I was ecstatic to see that Solina made the decision to evolve from a dependent, squishy mortal into a force that must be reckoned with. There are a couple of twists in the plot, and I was not surprised by the twist in which one of the group's allies betrayed them. It was just a matter of seeing certain clues coupled with the knowledge that the gods and Aesir are a self-centered and fickle bunch. I am a bit skeptical of the romantic subplot because a romance between a god and a mortal rarely ends well in most legends. I am interested in seeing how the romance plays out in future books. I enjoyed this book immensely. Laurel does a good job of keeping the legends and gods from Norse mythology fresh so that they fit in with the modern setting, there is always something going on to keep readers engaged, and the romantic subplot is intriguing enough to make readers want it to work out. If you enjoy reading contemporary, urban mythology novels, Arctic Dawn is a must-have for your library!