|About the Book|
Trouble is brewing again in Midgard, with the shining city of Asgard at the heart of the storm! Cinder Moss, six months older and ten years wiser, dreams of returning to the Proving Grounds where she can be reunited with her friends—even if it comesMoreTrouble is brewing again in Midgard, with the shining city of Asgard at the heart of the storm! Cinder Moss, six months older and ten years wiser, dreams of returning to the Proving Grounds where she can be reunited with her friends—even if it comes at the cost of death by giant boar, surly Vikings, magical burrowing insects or vengeful gods and goddesses. With Trigga the Valkyrie vouching for her worth, Cinder embarks on a new quest that spans the breath of the Nine Planes—from the fetid swamps of Tennessee, to the very halls of Asgard. And with Loki threatening the imminent approach of Ragnorok—the End of Days—even Canada isn’t safe! On her first day back to Iceland, Cinder angers Grud, leader of the Vikings, and finds herself forced to participate in an ancient contest where death is the least of her worries. At the deadly game’s end, Cinder learns that Thor has been charged with deiticide (murder of a minor god or goddess), and until a proper trial can be held, the god of thunder’s enchanted hammer has been confiscated by the ruling gods of Asgard and sent for safekeeping with the frost giants. Cinder agrees to get it back, but only if Thor will help her in return. Brandon, her half elf friend from Pismo, is still an Irish setter, and her mother is still a rat. With Brandon, Tori, and Grud along for the ride, Cinder must confront the god of potions, a shape-shifting megalomaniac whose talent with alchemy is outdone only by his spot-on Elvis impersonations. From there the company journeys to an ice rink in Ontario, Canada—the only logical location one would locate the portal to Jotun—the City of Ice. After a fateful meeting with Utgard, king of the giants, Cinder and her friends secure the hammer—but not before waking the Grey Fell—Jotun’s most lethal predator. If Cinder and Company can escape Utgard’s deadly pet, they must stop the rise of Nott, Goddess of Night, overcome a civil war on their own soil, stem the tide of war, and ultimately prove their innocence in Asgard’s highest courts. With an epically full to-do list, how will Cinder ever find time to decide whether or not she loves Tristan?