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Runelight [Paperback]

Joanne Harris
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8 Nov 2012

Five past midnight, three years after the End of the World, and, as usual, there was nothing to be seen or heard in the catacombs - except, of course , for the rats and (if you believed in them) the ghosts of the dead.

Runelight is set in a world coming back to life, but it is also a world in conflict. For Maddy, born with the mark of magic on her hand, the return of the old gods and the overthrow of the brutal Order who suppressed them is a time of excitement. But for Maggie, raised as part of the Order, it is a time of chaos and desolation, as her family and values are wiped out.

Like the two girls, the new world remains divided - the old regime has gone but with nothing to take its place, anarchy is beginning to spread.

Joanne Harris draws us back into the richly imagined world first introduced in Runemarks -a world not unlike our own, had it been shaped by the Vikings instead of the Romans. But if its inhabitants, including Maddy and Maggie, can't solve their differences soon, they will destroy their world altogether.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552778974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778978
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

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"The author is one of my favourites...The author's wonderful imagination is showcased to great effect." (The Sun)

"Harris has tweaked our world to provide the basis of hers, but given it a complex and attractive back story, mixing up all sorts of Norse myths with a well imagined scheme of her own." (Telegraph)

"Imagine if civilisation as we know had been shaped wholly by the Vikings that invaded our shores more than a millennium ago. Welcome to the world of Joanne Harris's Runelight." (Liverpool Echo)

"A writer of tremendous charm" (Times)

"Runelight is enjoyable, funny and dramatic. (8/10)" (Liverpool Daily Post)

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Norse gods come to life once more in this sequel to the hugely imaginative Runemarks, from the bestselling author of Chocolat .

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Norse legends for our time 17 Feb 2012
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Fans of Joanne Harris's epic "Runemarks" have had a long three-year wait for this sequel, "Runelight". Fortunately, the wait has not been in vain; the sequel is a stupendous follow-on from the earlier book, easily exceling its predecessor in every possible way. Indeed, the book is a veritable tour-de-force, quite as action-packed as the earlier volume but now with a much more balanced and controlled story-line that never feels contrived or contorted, carries plenty of mystery and intrigue, managing to pop up a fair few surprises along the way, usually just at the point where you're convinced you've worked out what's going to happen next. The text has an easy flow to it, provides plenty of humour pitched for all age groups and all in all offers not a single dull moment throughout its entire 570-odd pages. No fan of the earlier volume could possibly be disappointed by 'Runelight' (if you haven't read the earlier book you would be well advised to do so before tackling this one) especially as while coming to a nice, satisfying conclusion, there are nevertheless clear options for more to come in the future.

Let us just hope that Joanne Harris doesn't keep us all waiting quite so long for the next one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need the third book !!! 31 Jan 2012
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I bought Runemarks because I was bored and I wanted to read something and I didn't have great hopes but I was surprised by it. The book is great and the story is just fantastic. So I bought Runelight before I finished Runemarks, because I knew I wanted to read more about these characters.
Three years have passed since the last chapter of the previous book. The gods and the folk are suffering from the consequences of what went on at Hel's kingdom. Maddy is not the main character here, she shares the spotlight with Maggie, another girl that will have to learn abour her true origin.
This book shows us more about the characters, although some gods don't say much apart from: Can I hammer him? Can I hammer him, now?
It is full of adventure and love (although not in the traditional sense, there is no traditional love story here). And it is funny, it is. Some of the dialogues are witty and I couldn't keep a straight face when Loki was annoying Sif or when Mjolnir comes back from the stomach of the Snake to torment Thor (and the rest) with his opinions and personality.
Loki gets beaten, bullied, threatened, used as bait, chained, lost, insulted and almost everyone wants him dead and yet he remains the best character in the book. He is just too much fun to read, the chapters without him are just not as good.
I really need the third book to be published (the sooner the better), as I will miss these characters too much once I finished the last page (I still have 5 more pages to read).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sequel to 'Runemarks' 1 May 2012
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'Runemarks' was a surprise to me a few years ago. A delicately woven plot with some excellent characters and no small amount of surprises and plot twists all set against a fantastic 'ancient gods' backdrop. The only poor thing was the ending, which felt blatantly rushed and designed to lead in to a sequel. This sort of thing is normally reserved for the end of Book 2 but here it was in Book 1. However, I'd enjoyed it so much that I was prepared to forgive Joanne Harris and was delighted when I heard that Runelight was on the way.

'Runelight' is one of those sequels that blissfully just gets on with it from the get go. There's minimal Basil Exposition about Where We Are and How We Got There, just The Story moving forward at the same rollicking pace as the original. It suffers the same fate as many sequels when more information is revealed about the characters and the overall backstory - the sheer amount of information that you are being presented with can get a little bit overwhelming, but Runelight just managed to stay away from indulgence and keep its eyes on the prize: the plot. I'll keep it spoiler free but there's even more skullduggery, derring-do and questionable loyalties than in 'Runemarks'. Yes, there's a set up for Rune3 but I actually found the ending to be more satisfying than the first book. A no-brainer for fans of the first, and a must for anyone who likes a well crafted tale on a large scale.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes life into Norse mythology. 11 Nov 2011
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
You know from my review yesterday that I enjoyed the first book in this series, Runemarks but this one really blew me away. I LOVED Runelight. This book totally absorbed me like a Venus fly trap, then spat me out at the end after controlling my mind for the whole journey. After reading it, I couldn't help but feel that with Runemarks the author was testing the waters, but with Runelight she swam the Channel - unaided!

We find ourselves returning to World's End, which has basically taken a noise dive in the most beautiful places to live guide. No one seems to be able to forget the events that occurred at the end of Runemarks and the clearing up operations seems to still be going on.

It was lovely to be reacquainted with some friendly old faces and it was interesting to see how they had developed in the three years since the previous events. Many alliances and friendships were in need of rebuilding, which resulted in a group of argumentative and nit picking Norse Gods, who were still having issues with past misdemeanours . The humour in this book really has gone up a notch and it really reminded me of the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, where humour is carefully hidden within the high drama.

Just to show you what I mean, here is a scene that could have come straight out of a comedy.
'So protecting me was just a ruse to ensure I survived to cement your deal.' Loki appealed to the party of gods. 'You're really going along with this? You're going to watch them sacrifice me? Sif, we've had our differences, but...'
The goddess of grace and plenty smiled. 'You bet I'm going to watch,' she said. ' I only wish we had popcorn.'
Fabulous! Now imagine 572 pages with humour like this.

I absolutely adored Loki!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for a present after seeing someone reading ...
I bought it for a present after seeing someone reading it on a train - I did dip into it however and it seemed superb : maybe I'll download it for myself.
Published 3 days ago by CPH
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough Going
This is the second book in the fantasy series for young adults by Joanne Harris.
This book follows on directly from Runemark which should be read first. Read more
Published 8 days ago by DJF
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than runemarks
I enjoyed this more than runemarks. It has good characters and great humour. I still found it to be a little too long and found myself losing interest half way through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire Louise Lennox
4.0 out of 5 stars Joanne Harris does fantasy!
A change from fantasising about chocolate or coastlines in France, this is good teenage Gods, swords and magic fodder for enquiring minds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john cable
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent fantasy novel.
I couldn't put it down and had many late nights. The best Norse Mythology based book I've read. Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Celtic Muse Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Candy for the imagination
A magical writer of magical things. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Joanne Harris' books and hope there will be many more.
Published 6 months ago by oceanswim
5.0 out of 5 stars unfinished tale
Really have enjoyed both books.couldn't put them down.just finished rune light and have to say the ending is not enough.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by angeleyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this book it kept me enthralled from start to finish. For all ages. A must read. Loved it.
Published 12 months ago by Jarred Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
A captivating book that keeps the reader hooked from the very beginning. Impossible to put down and walk away from.
Published 13 months ago by Paula Patriarca
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book please!
Runelight - what an amazing tale! Joanne Harris' imagination is given full power here and the story is gripping from start to spectacular finish. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Hesketh
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