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It's been 500 years since the end of the world and society has rebuilt itself anew. The old Norse gods are no longer revered. Their tales have been banned. Magic is outlawed, and a new religion - the Order - has taken its place.
In a remote valley in the north, 14-year-old Maddy Smith is shunned for the ruinmark on her hand - a sign associated with the Bad Old Days. But what the villagers don't know is that Maddy has skills. According to One-Eye, the secretive Outlander who is Maddy's only real friend, her ruinmark - or runemark, as he calls it - is a sign of Chaos blood, magical powers and gods know what else....
Now, as the Order moves further north, threatening all the worlds with conquest and cleansing, Maddy must finally learn the truth to some unanswered questions about herself, her parentage, and her powers.
From the bestselling author of Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki comes a fantastical tale of magic, adventure and Norse mythology.
Read by Rosie Jones, with a preface and prophecy read by Joanne Harris.
©2007 Frogspawn Limited (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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By Plannedsea on 12-18-16

This is the better version

Very entertaining till the end. Love this story. I used to own the abridged version and did not like it since there were lots of details missing which actually help paint the world where the main protagonist lives. I fully recommend this book if you enjoy stories that makes you see your world in a different light!

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By Meera on 02-10-18


Where does Runemarks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Meet Maddy, a girl who does not fit into the way of life in her village, she thinks too much and dreams. Dreams are forbidden as is the use of magic for it is the power of chaos. That is what happens to her life that year as One-eye brings her a new challenge.

See the Norse Gods in ways you would never have imagined before. They are more real, more believable and very much amongst us. The characters wild and all of their own throughout. The story whilst slow to start is very much like a stone running down a hill and really does pick up speed. Whilst predictable with many a thing you can see before told you are still left in the dark about some of the deeper twists in Maddy's tale. A very very well written book that I am going to love reading more of the series.

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