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Odin's Queen - Book Review

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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published July 20th 2012
In Odin's Queen, Odinstoy, Affie and the newly renamed Odinsgift (once Apollo Perry) touch down on Mars, where Odinstoy is to be set up in Osbourne as resident God-Speaker.

Affie (going by the name of Freya Atkinson), although happy that she is no longer on Earth as the Perrys' bonder, quickly expresses dissatisfaction with her new life on Mars; as Odinstoy's sister-wife and Odinsgift's step-mother. She feels cramped in their new little house, and pines for her old life as Affroditey Millington the rich Freechild.

Odin's Queen (2006) by Susan Price
Odin's Queen (2006) by Susan Price

Odinstoy is quickly gaining popularity and followers as the speaker of Odin and although this gains Affie some attention, she craves to be the centre of attention. So when Affie goes to a high-end party in Mars' capital, Ares, free of Odinstoy, she's completely susceptible to the wily charms of Jason a man with a motive.

Whilst Odinstoy is busy drumming up followers and 'speaking to Odin' in the rafters of Mars' domes, Affie is attempting to live the fast life once more; going on shopping sprees and dates with Jason, who claims he comes from a very prestigious family. Jason promises to marry her as long as he knows all of her secrets first.

Odin's Queen by Susan Price was published by Simon and Schuster UK Ltd in 2006. Odin's Queen is the second novel in Price's The Pagan Mars Trilogy and is preceded by Odin's Voice (2005) and followed by Odin's Son (2008). In Odin's Queen, Odinstoy and Affie are tense and at odds with each other, mainly due to Affie's lack of understanding about Odinstoy's way of living.

Mars
Mars - the new home of Affie and Odinstoy

This is a coming-of-age story for Affie, because although she fights against Odinstoy's will and beliefs, and shuns Odinsgift, in the end, Affie ends up being the one fighting for everything Odinstoy believed in.

As in Odin's Voice (2005), the main characters of Odin's Queen are Affie (also known as Affroditey Millington or Freya Atkinson) and Odinstoy (also known as the bonder 'Kylie'). Odinsgift (or Apollo Perry), Odinstoy's child, also plays a large role in the story and a new character, the bonder child Boo/John is introduced into their household and lives to become another strong role.

Now, I don't want to ruin the ending, but let's just say Affie and Odinstoy deal with obstacles aplenty. The last few chapters are tense and exciting, and the book was hard to put down, just like its predecessor Odin's Voice.

Odin the Wanderer (1896) by Georg von Rosen
Odin the Wanderer (1896) by Georg von Rosen

Odin's Queen could be classified as Young Adult Fiction and deals with issues of society such as the ideas of a 'hierarchical' system, patriarchy, gender roles and also women/women relationships. Although the characters in Price's Pagan Mars Trilogy are not always likeable, and in fact are at times downright repellent, they are believable and intriguing. Overall I enjoyed this book, and plan to continue on to Odin's Son.
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