The Undiscovered Descendants

Book #1 of the Nordri Series

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
334 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2021
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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite

The Undiscovered Descendants is the first book of the Nordri Series by Jo Visuri. Auor Island is somewhat isolated from the mainland, but it has always been Elin's home. With her closest friends going off to school on the mainland this year, Elin is starting her junior year all alone. Her new neighbor, Aedan, is in a similar boat, and Elin wouldn't mind getting to know him better. Tristan is another new student at school, and he quickly takes an interest in Elin as well. Elin can sense that something is happening around her, but she doesn't know what. It could be related to the electricity that she feels whenever she makes contact with Aedan or Tristan. It won't be long before Elin becomes entangled in a mystical world of folklore and magic, and Elin must choose the right path for unlocking her own potential abilities.

The Undiscovered Descendants is told from three different perspectives, and I love the seamless way that Elin's, Aeden's, and Tristan's tense stories weave together. The characters are fun and easy to both love and hate. Jo Visuri has introduced a unique world that combines modern teenagers and Scandinavian mythology in a delightfully refreshing way with a steady, action-fueled pace that makes it impossible to put down. Even more impressive is the easy-to-imagine setting of Auor Island, likely based on a real place and definitely somewhere I would love to visit. After an ending that nearly left me in tears, I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Nordri Series.

Vincent Dublado

I’ve read plenty of YA paranormal stories. I have reason to believe that the supernatural element further adds thrill to the excitement of the boy-meets-girl plot and is even more exciting if you make it a love triangle. The Undiscovered Descendants, Book 1 of the Nordri Series, by Jo Visuri takes it a notch higher. It is deadly, spellbinding, and takes its storyline seriously. The female protagonist is Elin Bodil. In the humdrum of her ordinary teen existence, she meets Aedan Grady, her new neighbor—the boy next door type who arouses her curiosity. Not soon after that, she meets Tristan Rees by accident—a motorcycle-riding boy. These two young men will soon play an important role in Elin’s life as she discovers that she is an undiscovered Dormant Descendant. From days of long ago, four societies from the Earth’s cardinal points were bestowed with supernatural abilities by their deity. The passing of time has changed their covert way of living, and one of these clans is desperate to track down the undiscovered offspring.

The tale starts with the ordinariness of making new acquaintances, even if it only gives you a background story of what happened a long time ago and how it will figure in the contemporary situation. Jo Visuri has created young characters that are capable of performing deeds with apparent emotion. Her prose gives a sense of urgency so that you can’t help but continue reading to see how Elin, with the help of her two friends, will deal with the Clan. This type of novel can be adapted because of its cinematic qualities, and teenagers would line up to see it in theaters. Young readers will love The Undiscovered Descendants, and they will likely follow this series.

Foluso Falaye

In the first book of the Nordri Series, a secret magical world exists, with supernatural beings hiding in plain sight and protecting humanity from oblivion. Fifteen-year-old Elin Bodil braces herself for a big 'sweet sixteen' birthday party even though she prefers a small gathering of family and friends, but her parents have other plans. Meanwhile, she meets two mysterious boys—one is a new neighbor, and the other is a new student in her school. Both hide secrets about their identities and have one interest: Elin. Caught between two sides, Elin's life will change forever no matter whom she chooses. Jo Visuri's The Undiscovered Descendants mixes fantasy with high school drama and a political tug of war.

Imagine a magically enhanced DNA reader that does much more than identify DNA. With several creative and fresh abilities, the magic in The Undiscovered Descendants is quite thrilling. Right from the start, my attention was raised with the mysterious electric shocks that Elin experienced around the two other protagonists; I was dying to find out which side she would choose, and I loved every bit of the story right to the very last page. The descriptions of the scenes are so vivid that they seem like a 3D projection. Additionally, the thoughtfully constructed story covers an interesting range of themes: jealousy, ambition, infatuation, secret societies, friendship, family, and more. Jo Visuri's book is recommended to readers interested in enthralling twists. It involves an intricate, underground, and magical organization and the tingling sensations of early romantic sparks.