The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke Carter
Orca Book Publishers
In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone that ensures the village’s continued survival. But when a rival clan led by an evil witch raids the village and kidnaps her sister, Runa is forced to act. With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.
The moonstone boosts the power of whoever is wielding it so that they can help keep their clan prosperous, but during every red moon, it must be taken to moonwater to be recharged and for runecasters from different clans to fight for it. Runa’s sister Syr is the current holder of the moonstone but it’s power is fading because the red moon is near. When a witch from another clan comes to take the stone she puts Runa’s clan into a dreamlike state and kidnaps Syr. Runa must build up the courage and confidence to make it to moonwater and save her sister and her clan.
Can I have the next book now, please? I absolutely LOVED this book. I was honestly in a kind of reading slump when I started this book, but once I began reading it I was unable to put it down. Sometimes with fantasy books/series there’s a lot of overlapping and similarities to other books/series, but luckily that was not the case with this book. I felt this book was totally original and loved every bit of it. I really enjoyed the Norse mythology and the way the magic was portrayed. I also liked all of the different species/creatures. I think the author did an amazing job with this book and I’m already looking forward to the next book.
Runa is the main character of this story. She looks a lot different from the people in her clan, so she doesn’t really fit in. She is super close with her sister Syr who is helping her learn how to use her runes. Runa sometimes goes into these dream-like states which she calls her ‘sickness.’ This ‘sickness’ makes it hard for Runa to have confidence in herself.
Syr is the holder of the moonstone. It was passed down to her whenever her and Runa’s mom died after giving birth to Runa. Syr takes care of Runa since they are basically all each other have.
While I was reading this book, I kept thinking I knew what was going to come next, but most of the time I was wrong, and to me, that’s what makes a great book and the author definitely nailed it with this one. I have read almost all of Brooke Carter’s books and have never been disappointed, so if you have not checked out her books I highly recommend doing so. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy series or anyone just looking for a good book.
Thank you, NetGalley and Orca Books Publishers for this ARC in return for an honest review.