I finished Evna by Siri Pettersen, and that was fun. And now I'll review it. I realize it’s hard to review the third book in a trilogy. And a book
that was written in another language, but fuck it. It’ll be in English, and
it’ll be fine. I don’t think the books have been translated to English, they’ve
been translated to a bunch of other languages though so get to it English
translators. Or you know, if you read Norwegian, these are great.
This is the last book in the Ravneringene (Raven circles?) trilogy. It’s
the final instalment about Hirka, and the world that she lives in and her
journey. So this is a Norwegian trilogy about a girl who grew up in a world of
people who can do this sort of magic, who have tails, and who have some
connection to Norse mythology. She finds out she’s not from there, but from our
world, the world of humans. And she goes there in the second book. In that book
she finds out she’s half human, half Umpiri, also known as the blind in the
country she came from, and she knows she has to go to their land, and give the
gift of magic back to them and back to humans, and everyone who have lost it.
And she has to balance on this knife’s edge.
I really like Hirka. She’s an exceptional main character. She’s tough,
she’s strong, and she’s very young and vulnerable at the same time. She grew up
fairly poor and isolated, and she doesn’t always fit in with her rich, upper
class friend, but she won’t let it stop her. She also has a lot of great
character growth in the whole story, and a lot of it in this book. She really
comes into herself, and it’s badass, and beautiful, and it’s hard, and she is
tough and scared and I love her.
It was a great conclusion to the whole story. It was full of action and
it’s full of great world building. Pettersen is really great at building
worlds. She doesn’t just info dump, she gives you what you need when you need
it. And since Hirka has to go to places she doesn’t know we get to see the
confusing places she goes to and learn about them with her.
It was pretty obvious how the Hirka-Rime story would end, and I really
didn’t care. I love them together. I think Rime is really friggin’ hot. He’s a
bit broody and he takes pretty much every pain and trouble on his shoulders,
because you know, why wouldn’t he? He is also loving, and passionate, and
beautiful. And Rime also has an amazing growth, he seems to realize he can’t
fix everything, and he can’t take responsibility for everything. I feel like it
ended how it should for the two of them. I think they’re too different, and
maybe a bit too broken for it to have ended in any other way. Their lives might
change, and maybe they’ll live different lives later, but the book ended how it
should have, and I loved it. They’re so beautiful, and broken, and I think
their relationship will save them and they’ll help each other, and yeah. When I
say broken; I have no doubt they will fight through to the other side. They’re
strong and tough, and resilient as hell, but right now they’re sort of broken,
and I think they’ll get through it together and come out stronger and happier
on the other side.
I really loved the world building. Siri Pettersen writes beautiful,
amazing worlds. The setting of the capital of the Umpiri was amazing. It’s set
in a city in a sort of canyon, and on the top there is ice and snow and it’s so
gorgeous and it’s so great.
I really loved it. I kind of want to re-read the whole series again and
read them closer together, and not like on in a year. So, yes. I loved them,
they’re magical. The characters and the world, and everything. It was great.