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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
If I were to tell you the name of any writer that Twe12ve: Twelve Keys, One Secret by Ceri Bladen reminds me of then that writer would be Neil Gaiman. That is enough right there to give you an idea what Twe12ve is about and that it is a great book. I do not make comparisons to Neil Gaiman lightly. Twe12ve is a great novel and, yes, it is a weird mix of present day life and science with aspects of Norse mythology thrown in. I loved it and if you like Norse mythology and great writing, I think you will love it too. All the major Norse players are here. Odin, Thor, Loki, and a host of other Norse gods take sides in order to see the endgame to a mission Odin created ages ago. The stakes are high and the players are serious. You can’t ask for much more in a novel.
I love Norse mythology. It is my favorite mythology and I like them all. Norse mythology just has a certain pathos to it. The gods fight and give their all, but in the end even the strongest will die. There is no final victory. There is only the great fight and dying like a warrior. You can feel some of that gritty realism in Twe12ve. I love the characters. There were even a few sons of Odin that I did not recognize. I liked the plot. A prize centered around the secrets of DNA makes sense to me. This story lays the groundwork for future tales and, with the great way that Ceri Bladen writes, I think the demand for more stories is going to be very high.