This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Ekkkkk!! This book is so special to my little bookworm heart. Not only does it take place in one of my favorite places in the world, Iceland, but it is written by a fellow Bloggess lover (you do remember my obsession with Jenny Lawson, no?) and internet buddy who really is a super cool dude (check out his blog here!)
Gunnar lives a quietly predictable, if lonely (although I am sure he would argue that he’s not) life in rural Iceland in 1920. When a bedraggled injured stranger shows up on his door step, Gunnar unenthusiastically allows him lodgings until his broken foot is healed enough for him to continue on with his journey (the wad of cash offered for his discretion didn’t hurt either). Sigurd, an enigmatic man with a penchant for telling stories, passes his time in convalescence with Gunnar by telling him a tale of love, adventure, jealously, betrayal and murder. Little does Gunnar know, the story he has begrudgingly come to greatly anticipate hearing each day will collide with his once small world, turning everything he knew upside down.
Alright kids, this one is FOR SURE, a keeper. Bjørn has a knack for writing witty, enjoyable characters. Gunnar is crass and harsh, a raging alcoholic but damn if you don’t root for him every step of the way. The story within a story if you will, that Sigurd tells, sucks you in. It was always leaving you wanting more each time he breaks, yanking me back from his story, into the current story ( are you following me here?). Bjørn seamlessly brings the two together in a fast paced, action packed ending that definitely left me reading way past my bedtime (a bookworms famous last words amiright?) His characters are uniquely flawed, each one, which was honestly refreshing. They each have vices, or personality quirks (or just plain old horrible personalities) that resonates with truth, and was much more enjoyable to read than some cookie cutter character that no one can relate to. There were surprises and twists that I didn’t see coming, and even an appearance from an elf (hello- it IS set in Iceland).
Do yourself a favor and go ahead and pre-order this one now! You can even score some cool merch from his Etsy shop too!
Until next week friends!