The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon (12 years and over)


Title: The Monstrous Child.

Author: Francesca Simon.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publisher: Faber and Faber (UK).


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

Cost for paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: 12 and over, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.


Hel is a Norse Goddess, and unwanted, even by her own family, simply because she is not one of the elite, oh and that her legs belong to a corpse. And because her two brothers have been prophicised to destroy the Gods, she has been banished to the underworld to be the Goddess to the dead. It’s unfair, but life has always been unfair to her, so she tries to make the best of it and builds herself a home worthy of a Goddess.

Only the world of the Gods is under threat, and Hel suddenly finds herself wanted back amongst those who condemned her to the Underworld. But how will she save them, and will they even thank her for it?


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt.



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