Still, he can’t get the story of Iduna’s apples out of his head; there seems to be an odd connection to the tale his father told. He wants to know the answers, but learning them may put his life in danger.
TORONTO (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
In his new fantasy young adult novel “More Precious than Rubies: The Return of the Norse Gods” (published by iUniverse) Randy Coates tells the story of a boy whose fate becomes intertwined with the gods of Norse mythology.
When Paul’s mother dies, his father, Mr. Brager, begins telling stories to Paul and his little brother, Adrian. The storytelling ritual helps the family deal with the loss while bringing them closer to each other.
Mr. Brager tells one particular story that stands out among the rest. It is the story of Iduna, a goddess who grew apples that made the gods younger and stronger. According to Mr. Brager, one day she disappeared, along with her apples. But Paul doesn’t think much of the myth; he has other things on his mind, such as starting school and avoiding the strange and mysterious principal, Mr. Theisen, who has an extreme fondness for apples.
But things start to go wrong when Paul crosses Theisen’s path. Theisen seems uncomfortably interested in the Brager family, and Paul believes Theisen is after something. Paul resigns himself to stopping Theisen and protecting his family. Still, he can’t get the story of Iduna’s apples out of his head; there seems to be an odd connection to the tale his father told. He wants to know the answers, but learning them may put his life in danger.
Crafting both a fantasy world and a portrayal of what life is like for a young student, Coates offers a story where reality and mythology meet around one boy.
About the Author
Randy Coates graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to acquire his teacher’s certificate at the University of Western Ontario. He is an elementary teacher in the Toronto District Board of Education.
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