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Odin's Son - 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 29th 2012
Odin's Son: Book Review
Odinsgift is old enough now to be wondering. Is Odin his real father? Is Odinstoy his real mother? Why can't he speak and communicate like everyone else? But where does one start looking when one is trying to find the truth?

It's been years since Odinstoy died, and Affie remains on Mars: not a freewoman, but not exactly a bonder either. She has made her own fortune through the phenomena that was Odinstoy, and now believes that Odinstoy was right – about everything. Affie seeks out John, the bonder she bought when she was younger and more foolish, and tries to rectify her past behaviours.

Odin's Son (2008) by Susan Price
Odin's Son (2008) by Susan Price

Odinsgift is 15, 16, 17 and everyone sneers at him for being the 'Son of Odin'. Everyone asks him questions, but then laugh at him when he can't formulate his response. Everyone looks at him: huge broad shoulders, thick neck, tall and ugly – and wonder how he came from petite, little god-speaking Odinstoy. Odinsgift decides to find out about his parentage, and Affie and John are going to help him.

Their search takes John and Odinsgift to Earth, where for Odinsgift, life began as Apollo Perry. There, he meets Artemisia Perry, the woman who had tried to raise him separate from Odinstoy, and Sherri, a female boxer who looks and speaks exactly like him. When Odinsgift starts piecing his past together – the work of Odin is strong.

Odin's Son by Susan Price was published by Simon and Schuster UK Ltd in 2008. Odin's Son is the third and final novel in Price's The Pagan Mars Trilogy and is preceded by Odin's Voice (2005) and Odin's Queen (2006). Odin's Son is a story focused on the now adolescent Odinsgift, years after the death of Odinstoy, his mother.

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

Odin's Son could be classified as Young Adult Fiction and deals with issues of society such as the ideas of a 'hierarchical' system, paganism, patriarchy, family and friends. 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.
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