Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by King Arthur, Jun 19, 2016.
Post the details and I will make your cover.
I can't guarantee it'll be good, however...
This could be fun. Sure, try this
The Title is The Longest Winter
The Norse gods were born on earth as humans several years ago with the plan that they would grow up and become leaders of humans. Ragnarok (Norse Armageddon) is coming and the Norse gods are doing this to be ready. However, endowing a human being with the knowledge and power of a god is risky, especially when the human is a child, so the Norse gods decided that they would delay the human incarnation from gaining that knowledge and power until they reached adulthood. Because no one can tell one human from another (with regards to who is an incarnate), the Norse gods presume themselves to be safe.
An artifact has been discovered, a petrified wooden shield, covered in unknown runes. As scholars are working to decipher it, it becomes known that it is covered with many prophecies related to Ragnarok. It may be possible to use this artifact to identify and then kill the incarnates before they grow into adults.
Ymir, the Elemental Lord of Ice and an enemy of the Norse gods in Ragnarok, has acquired the shield. With it, he is going to try to start Fimbulvinter (a three year long winter which immediately precedes Ragnarok). Of course, it is also feared that he will be able to use the shield to find and kill the incarnates. He has only parts of it, however, since the runes aren't entirely deciphered.
Balder who is incarnating a fifteen year old boy named Boone has the incomplete research notes of the foremost archaeologist who was studying the shield (and who was killed by Ymir's minions when they took the shield from him). Can he stop Ymir from killing the incarnates and starting Fimbulvinter?
To do so, he decides to involve the incarnate of Loki (due to Loki's cleverness and ability to think his way out of trouble for the gods). Baldur does this with full knowledge that Loki is destined to arrange Baldur's death.
Loki is incarnated into a seventeen year old boy named Luke. Luke does not know yet that he is Loki. Luke is dealing with a personal struggle. Five years ago, he threw a ball onto a frozen lake. His little step-brother, who idolized him, ran out onto the lake to retrieve it. The lake's ice broke and the step-brother died. Luke did not think the ice would break. Nevertheless, he blames himself for his step-brother's death. Shortly after the death, Luke's biological mother left with nothing but a note on the kitchen table. Luke fears that if his step-dad, Tommy, were to find out that Luke is responsible for the step-brother's death, that Tommy would leave him. So, Luke hides his guilt and remains afraid of ever being shunned. He is desperate for friends who will accept him in total, but is too afraid to reveal who he really is and has trouble accepting himself for who he really is. Learning that he is Loki will make things even more difficult.
The title is "The Longest Winter" because it is about Fimbulvinter and is the first in a series of five YA books involving Ragnarok. However, the book uses the symbols of ice and wood. Ice represents stagnation and death. Wood represents growth, spring, hope, etc. So, "the Longest Winter" also refers to the emotional wasteland that is Luke's soul and the struggle to heal it.
As an aside, there's a valid scholarly idea that the Norse Gods DID exist as humans. They were Trojans who fled to the Caucasus and eventually migrated to Sweden.
I believe it's more likely they existed in the indigenous population of Sweden, though. No proof of that , however.
...Ahhh, but there's a bigger question here: Did they wear socks?
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