Today is my stop on the blog tour for Storytellers. Check out my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember him – they already don’t. All he wants is peace, the company of his animals, and a steady supply of his medication. Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own. He’s about to find out.
Sigurd – a man with a plan, a broken ankle, and shocking amounts of money – won’t talk about himself, but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed. The blacksmith’s other “friends” are just as eager to write him into stories of their own – from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar, then marry him, his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention, The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar’s “heathen ways” – even the wretched elf has plans for the blacksmith.
As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?
Everything about Storytellers is unique. The book is told as a story within a story, moving back and forth between past and present, interweaving character’s lives to reveal the truth in the end. Bjørn Larssen skillfully and subtly leaves puzzle pieces of truth throughout the story, creating twists and turns that kept the pages turning for me. This is a bit of a slow burn, but the payoff is so worth it.
Storytellers, as I said, is unique in many ways. The characters aren’t particularly likeable, with so many secrets and frustrating behaviors. Gunnar is set on an interesting journey of character development. He starts off lonely, miserable to wanting to be the hero. Not many novels can pull off such an unlikable MC in the beginning. I love it about this one.
The setting of Iceland in the late 19th/early 20th century is absolutely beautiful. Bjørn Larssen’s descriptions of both the geographical setting and the time period are absolutely breathtaking. It created such immersiveness for this story and created a new fan of this author.
I highly recommend checking Storytellers out. It’s one of those novels you think you know the story, but your mind will be blown in the end.
Bjørn Larssen was made in Poland. He is mostly located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one. Since then his short stories and essays were published in Rita Baum Art Magazine, Writer Unboxed, Inaczej Magazine), Edurada.pl, Homiki.pl, and Holandia Expat Magazine. He is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors and Writer Unboxed.
Bjørn has a Master of Science degree in mathematics, worked as a graphic designer, a model, and a blacksmith. He used to speak eight languages (currently down to two and a half). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland, even though he hates being cold. He has only met an elf once. So far.
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