Joanne Harris has written another amazing trilogy. I actually should not rave about books I have not read yet. Well, I actually have listened to most of the first instalment – “Runemarks” with my kids on a drive from Calgary to Vancouver. But we didn’t finish it. However, I have thought about it often.
I am drawn to stories by Joanne Harris. I feel them. They are exotic and familiar. I relate to them in a way that I can’t really explain. There is always a bit of magic hiding in there and I like that.
I think we all need to have a little more faith and a little less skepticism. I don’t mean this in a religious sense. For that, we wade into waters too deep and complex. I just mean faith. In ourselves, in each other, in nature, in love.
After a little faith, full-blown magic is not so difficult to accept. At least in the context of ancient stories of gods and goddesses. In “Runemarks”, there are many references to the “Runes”. And this I find amazing to consider. Imagine a time where words spoken foretold a future not yet experienced. Those phrases seemed to foretell the future. In a way, we do the same thing everyday, everywhere in the world. Yet, we blabber on with little regard to our listeners. So the words have far less meaning than they would have back in the times of Norse mythology.
One of the gods featured prominently throughout the period and in the Harris stories is Loki. A trickster. A shape shifter. I like to think of Loki as being quite a character, and so does Joanne Harris.
Through the power of the internet, I even found a band who has written a song being inspired by the last book in the series, “The Gospel of Loki”. I think it is an amazing song and I can’t stop listening to it. Check it out – Routing for Loki by TheBookShopBand.