Book 4: Realm of the Reaper
Publishing Date: November 1999
This book picks up again where #3 left off, with the kids wandering the forest, lost and clueless and without a goal in mind. When they stumble upon a prison-city, they come face to face with Loki’s daughter Hel. Desperate to escape, they jump down a pit and come face to face with Loki’s son, the Serpent of Midgard. Along the way they find Senna, and once again we end on a cliffhanger.
I’m getting sick of these cliffhangers. I need to approach this series more like how it’s written: as a serial. It would be better if it were lumped together in one big epic, each ‘book’ being the section of whosever POV we’re floating in at the time. This time it’s Jalil, and he’s smart, a little sassy, obsessive, and only now beginning to accept that Everworld doesn’t work like the real world does.
There’s lots of action in this book as the teenagers struggle to survive with mounting paranoia not always deserved. It can be frustrating reading it when they have no clue what to do, are tired, hungry, and grumpy with no goal besides finding the elusive Senna and getting home, neither of which anyone has any idea how to achieve.
It finally kicks into interesting when the teens are captured by Loki’s weirdly gross yet attractive oversized daughter and their immediate goal is to escape, but apart from that, this book suffers the same ‘wandering’ issues the previous books suffered from as well.
There’s only so much one can read about clueless kids, their weird dreams or other lives, and unattainable obstacles to overcome before one gets frustrated with the lack of plot.