I’m not sure how I missed it, but miss it I did, and that was a shame. At once, funny, a bit scary, a bit romantic, and an intriguing scenario, it was a really enjoyable book. My only carp would be the device used so often in teen fiction – that of a “teen” if you could call her that, being snarky, self-absorbed, and blindly refusing to trust anyone, which of course leads to more complications. But that is also part of the book. Nasty, or Nastalya as she is currently known, is a 450+ year old immortal. Not a vampire, or a god, just an immortal, who it turns out, can do magyck. Of the old kind, both dark and light. After something happens that causes her to reexamine her life, and to try and find some meaning, she goes to a small “rehab” for immortals, where they are taught basic life lessons needed to cope with their longevity and to connect to the earth, in order to do light magic and not dark. Dark magyck draws from the energy of living things around you, who often die. Light magyck draws from your own source of magyck, often pulling it up from the earth itself, without harming anyone. While there she is expected to take part in the running and chores of the organic farm where the school is located, to hold down a menial job in the small town, and to participate in the various lectures and lessons as they come. Slowly she learns to find the good, to embrace who she is, and to live in the moment, not the past, where her whole family was slaughtered by invading raiders from the north. but to treasure each moment as it goes. And she meets another immortal there, Reyn, a Viking god of a man, who is cranky, unpredictable, yet she is drawn to him. Full of wit, sarcasm, pop references, and loads of charm, this is a nice addition to the fantasy world, creating a new type of fantasy, with it’s own rules. Well worth your time.
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