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November 29, 2016

Review: Too Wyrd by Sarah Buhrman

by MK French

September 2016; Black Rose Publishing;
9781612967523; ebook & print (216 pgs);
urban fantasy
a free book was provided for this review
Nicola is a single mother that is content to live out her life as an herbalist, ignoring her ex and occasionally interacting with friends. One of them, Joseph, comes to her because her stepsister seems to have gone missing when thinking about joining a cult. That her ex seems to be running. Because Nicola has always gone after her stepsister to help her out of her messes, she sends her daughter to her mother and goes to find her stepsister. This quickly embroils her in an epic journey involving magic of the earthly and unearthly variety. It's up to her to save the world, and she didn't even want that job in the first place!

I really liked Nicola from the start. She's a very down to earth character, and even with her very relate-able flaws (quick temper, impulsively lashing back in a catty way when bullied, kind of oblivious when she thinks she's Doing The Right Thing) it makes sense why she would be caught up in the quest.

It incorporates Norse mythology, which is not something that I have often seen in urban fantasy books, so it was a nice change. Of course, every iteration of fiction involving mythology makes their adjustments to fit the plot, but the adjustments here felt very natural. I really liked the commentary of how all the different supernatural and godly pantheons exist and work on different aspects of creation, and that the Bifrost is part of the astral plane.

The description of the magic that Nicola and Joseph has is very approachable so that people who aren't normally into it can still understand what they're doing. There are vivid chase and fight sequences, and the ending completes the story while setting up future books in the series. I can't wait to see what else is in store for Nicola in future books.

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MK French, reviewer. Born and raised in New York City, M.K. started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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