The Finnish Underworld Gods

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Happy Thursday Book Fiends !

I hope this post finds you well! I was super sick over the holidays. The weather is changing here in Cape Breton, finally, and I had an awful allergy attack. I am back to breathing through both nostrils again now, though, thankfully. Now, if it would just stop raining long enough for me to get out and clean up my yard.

I have a new recommendation for all you Mythology Lovers out there.

I just finished reading River of Shadows by Karina Halle & I really like it. Unlike most mythology retellings or the source material used, this series is not based on the Greek or Roman myths the general population is accustomed to. Halle has chosen to base her series on Finnish Mythology, with the setting taking place in Tuonela.

finnish underworld gods mythology Karina Halle

River of Shadows ★ Underworld Gods #1  Karina Halle

River of Shadows

When 24-year old Hanna Heikkinen’s estranged father dies, she reluctantly makes the trip to Northern Finland for his funeral. Being in the enchanting land of ice and snow feels miles away from Hanna’s busy life back in Los Angeles, especially under the complicated circumstances.

But when Hanna discovers that her father’s body is missing, that’s when things really get weird. A mysterious man, Rasmus, tells Hanna the truth: her father was a powerful shaman who went into Tuonela, the Realm of the Dead, in order to barter for more life, and has been held captive by Tuoni, the God of Death. The only way her father can be freed is if she travels with Rasmus into the mythical underworld to rescue him.

Willing to do anything to have a second-chance with her father, Hanna accompanies Rasmus into the dark and bloody realm, traveling via the River of Shadows, stalked by dangerous creatures, monsters, and the living dead, until they finally come into the haunted kingdom ruled by Death and his family.
Only for her to be captured and held prisoner by the God of Death himself.

Turns out Death is intrigued by Hanna’s beauty and fierceness and makes a bargain with her. If she marries him, and spends an eternity in the Realm of the Dead as his wife, he’ll set her father free.

But even the most noble sacrifices come with hidden costs, and Hanna’s might involve the most unexpected of all things: her heart. 

Underworld Gods series Karina Halle

Kindle Edition 356 Pages ★ Published January 2022


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I loved book one. I devoured it in a day. It helped that the story is quickly paced, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and immediately looked for book 2. Unfortunately, it isn’t up for release until May 2022.

finnish underworld gods mythology

Crown of Crimson ★ Underworld Gods #2  Karina Halle

Crown of Crimson - Underworld Gods 2 Karina Halle

All Hanna Heikkinen wants is to be reunited with her father again. After all, that’s why she ventured into the dark and dangerous fantasy world of Tuonela, the Land of the Dead, in order to save his life. But this time her devotion to her father comes at a cost—her growing relationship with Tuoni, the God of Death himself, who held Hanna captive in exchange for her father’s life. The last thing she expects is to feel remorse at how she left things with Death, yet the dark and sexy God is all she can think about.

Death has always prided himself on never trusting the living, but Hanna’s apparent betrayal has left a scar fathom’s deep. Vowing revenge on his future bride, and making sure she upholds her end of the bargain, Death sets out across his realm to steal Hanna back, which only fans the flames between them. But Death and Hanna aren’t just fighting each other—malevolent Old Gods are rising to power within the realm, magic is being poisoned, and buried secrets are brought to light, secrets that may cause Hanna to lose everyone she loves dear once again.

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Expected Publication May 23, 2022

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River of Shadows ends on a cliffhanger and I can not wait to get my hands on Crown of Crimson. I want to know everything about the Finnish Myths now. Truthfully, I hardly know anything about the Finnish Gods beyond who their Greek and Roman counterparts are. I am super intrigued now.

Halle also has a prequel in the works for her Underworld Gods series.

God of Death ★ Underworld Gods 0.5 ★ Karina Halle

God of Death - Underworld Gods 0.5 Karina Halle

The Grim Reaper.
The Destructor.
Darkness personified.

There are countless phrases and words to describe Death, but none matter much to Tuoni, God of Death and Tuonela, the Underworld. He’s got his hands full, trying to keep his errant family in line while lording over the unruly dead in a dark and fantastical land.

But even all-powerful Gods have enemies, and Death will have to rely on his quick wits and merciless drive to reclaim his throne as life’s ultimate villain, even if it means sacrificing those closest to him.

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Release date TBA

That’s it for today friends. Let me know if you decide to add this series to your tbr, so I have someone to talk to about it! & if you did read Book One already – What did YOU think?? Let me know in the comments!.

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