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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms Amanda Thompson on 12-17-17

A book of books already written.

Overall the story had some wonderful aspects and it was interesting how the use of the runes carried it along most elegantly. However, I could hear traces of the Lord of the Rings not written but they were there and other less known books but those that have read them will know. The narrator curiously has collected a range of voices from films i already know, so like old friends finding different words she ‘glamoured’ me. The ending poetry? was awful I couldn’t listen to it. Will I listen to a second one? I will let you know.

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