Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Black Pool by Jennifer Willis (4.5 stars)

About The Black Pool
(from GoodReads)


Sally is taking a break from magick-or trying to. Leaving her runes behind, she's studying in Ireland and doing her best to ignore her roommate's reckless, witchy-wanna-be experiments. But the presence of the Norse Moon Witch on Irish soil rouses the dark and dangerous Badbh-the slumbering keeper of the Black Pool cauldron and a sister goddess of The Morrigan-and Sally once again finds herself at the epicenter of supernatural doom. 


With the treaty between the Vanir and the AEsir hanging in the balance, Thor, Heimdall, and the Vanir twins Freyr and Freya travel to Dublin to face The Morrigan-and to contend with rampaging faeries, a shape-shifting pooka, shutterbug tourists, and marshmallow pixie trinkets exploding from leprechaun hammers. The time has come for Freyr and Freya to choose between Odin's Lodge and their own kin. And Thor is missing another fondue party. 


As AEsir, Vanir, and mortal come to grips with the dark chaos around Dublin's Black Pool, one of their own must make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent Paranormal World War.

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After the perils of Iduna's Apples, Sally is taking some time away from magic to study in Ireland. As fate would have it, her roommate is obsessed with magic; she's just knowledgeable enough to be dangerous. 

A simple mistake, a moment where Sally lacked judgement over irritation, brings forth a great evil.--an evil that threatens a long-in-place treaty and new family bonds. Freyr, Freya, Thor, and Heimdall head to Ireland to help Sally (along with the often-meddling Loki). Can they save the world from the evil unleashed? What losses will they suffer in doing so?

I love this series, and The Black Pool is an excellent third installment--I say this with great hope that the series will continue (it certainly ended in a way that begged for it to). Although loaded with action, the characters and their reactions to the action are forefront. Plus, there's humor and wit to boot. Thor and Loki are as entertaining in this series as they are in the movie franchise--although Jennifer Willis definitely creates her own unique world and traits for these characters. 

A good book touches on as many aspects of our lives as it can: humor, excitement, fears, sadness, happiness, love, friendship, and so on. This book does that in spades. I laughed, I screamed, I cried. I highly recommend it to readers who love mythology books with well-written action scenes and character development. 

Note: My 13-year-old daughter read the first three books in this series over a long weekend and loved them (she's a mythology nut and has read most YA mythology books).

Rating: 4.5 stars

Check out my reviews of the first two books in the series: Valhalla and Iduna's Apples.

About Jennifer Willis

On the fiction side, I write kooky stuff -- frustrated witches, vampires, old gods having to get jobs as photocopier repairmen. It's simply my nature. Apparently, my work is in that popular YA/mainstream crossover category inside the urban fantasy genre, which is really just a happy accident.

I'm a native Virginian living in Oregon, and my fiction is frequently set in one of these locales.

As a freelance journalist and essayist, I specialize in sustainability, religion/spirituality, health, history, and living. I've written for The Oregonian, The Christian Science Monitor,, The Portland Tribune, The Writer, Ancestry Magazine, The Lund Report, The Jewish Review, Skirt!, Heeb,,, HGTV's, Spirituality & Health, Vegetarian Times, and other online and print publications at home and across the globe.

Oh, and I really like dogs. And trees. And bellydancing.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not guaranteed or requested; the opinions expressed are my own.