Runemarks by Joanne Harris (*8 years and over)


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Title: Runemarks.

Author: Joanne Harris.

Year of Publication: 2008 (UK).

Publisher: Corgi (UK).


Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 8 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This book is the first book in a series called Runemarks.


Maddy has been an outcast all her life, because of a rusty coloured rune mark on her left hand. If she’d been born an animal, she would have been slaughtered for being so different, but instead she is allowed to live, but shunned, because the rune mark is a sign of the Old Norse Gods and of magic, which is banned by ‘The Order’.

But there’s one person who takes notice of Maddy; One-Eye, her only friend, who turns out be a Nordic God. And it’s up to him to help Maddy discover who she really is, and the part she has to play to stop ‘The Order’ from ‘cleansing’ the world of the world she truly belongs to.

I love how this story introduces you the world of Norse mythology and legend, and I think it shows how old ways can so easily get brushed aside by things we think are better just because they are new. It’s one of those books that will keep you up at night because you just don’t want to put it down.

The next book in the series is called Runelight.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.



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