Norse mythology is rewoven into a boarding school story starring the Vanir “girlgoddess of love and beauty,” Freya.
Freya’s unhappy about transferring away from her school and friends in Vanaheim to Odin’s new Asgard Academy, to which he’s summoning chosen students from all nine worlds on Yggdrasil. Freya’s special magic involves prophecies given by Brising, her jewel—which she drops and loses during the arrival chaos. She’s also uncomfortable because Vanaheim and Asgard were recently at war, a war supposedly caused by her missing nanny, Gullveig, and which has left Asgard’s wall destroyed. There is a lot going on. Prankster Loki exploits Mason, a fellow student who has a crush on Freya, by peer-pressuring Freya into a bet: If scrawny Mason rebuilds the wall in three days without help, Freya will give Mason her heart, the sun, and the moon. But Mason has some tricks up his sleeves. When not in class or sneaking off to recover Brising from dwarves, Freya’s overcoming suspicions and making friends with kids from other worlds, especially her Aesir roommates, and she learns that her true gift is friendship. (In one puntastic storyline the girls brainstorm a name for their group before landing on the series title, Thunder Girls.) Peacemaking is important, both between Gullveig and Odin and between Freya and Mason. The book assumes a white default.
A frothy, occasionally scattered series starter to introduce the wide, entertaining mythological world. (authors’ note, further reading) (Fantasy. 8-12)