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Publication Order of Dark Iceland Books

Snowblind (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightblind (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blackout (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rupture (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whiteout (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Dark Iceland series is a bestselling series of fiction, thriller, mystery, crime, and Scandinavian Lite novels. It consists of a total of 5 Icelandic books, which were released between the years 2009 and 2013, and were written by a bestselling author from Iceland named Ragnar Jonasson. Each and every novel of this series features the chief protagonist in the role of a detective named Ari Thor Arason. Other than Ari Thor, author Jonasson has mentioned a few other secondary characters, which play important roles to carry the series forward. The series’ books were originally written in Icelandic and were translated into English sometime later. Also, there were some changes made in the order of the books during their publication in the English language. Most of the settings of the stories are done in Siglufjororur and the regions around it. Siglufjororur is described by author Jonasson as a quiet and idyllic village located in Northern Iceland. One thing well known about this village is that the people living here do not lock the doors of their houses. The route to the village is not an easy one as it is accessible only through a small tunnel in a mountain. The series begins by showing that Ari Thor Arason moves to this village to start his career as a rookie policeman on his very first posting. And while he shifts to the quiet Siglufjororur village, he leaves behind his girlfriend far away in Reykjavik. Ari thor seems to be carrying an event from his past life along with him wherever he goes, a past that he is unable to forget or leave behind. The original publication of the series consists of 6 books and its first novel is called Folsk Nota. This novel introduces the character of Ari Thor Arason for the first time in the form of a young student of theology, who tries to look for his missing dad.

The debut book of the Dark Iceland book series written by bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson is entitled ‘Snowblind’. It was released by the Orenda Books publication in the year 2015, following its first release in 2009. The book’s English translation has been done by author Quentin Bates. At the start of this book’s story, it is shown that a young lady is found half naked, lying in the cold and snowy night. She is unconscious and is bleeding with some serious wounds. In another tragic event, an elderly and highly esteemed writer is discovered dead in a local theater. When these two cases land on the desk of Detective Ari Thor, he gets dragged into the heart of the Siglufjororur village’s community straight away. The worst thing for him while starting to work on these two cases is that he cannot trust anyone as he is totally new to the place and has no idea about the nature of the people around him. After a short while into the investigations of both the cases, Ari Thor realizes that lies and secrets are a part of the lives of the people in Siglufjororur. Because of the unremitting snowstorms and an avalanche breakdown near Silufjororur’s mountain pass, the village faces an unavoidable 24 hour darkness. This makes things even more difficult for Ari Thor and threatens to push him over the edge. As Ari Thor races against time to solve both the cases, his investigation keeps getting increasingly complex, personal, and chilling. And a time comes when his own past begins to play tag with his present and mounting of claustrophobic starts taking place. Ari Thor begins to get the feeling that he is getting thrust deeper into the darkness of his own life. The deadly murderer on the loose and the blinding snow only make things troublesome for him. This book turns out to be a fast paced and twisty mystery. The readers found to be a complete entertainment and enjoyed it till the end. Many of them felt that the book is character driven, compelling, and has a nice appeal to it. Add to it the excellent writing style of Ragnar Jonasson and the attractive setting of the sequences, and it feels like there no other novel as intriguing and mysterious as this one. Overall, it looks like a complete package and sure to entertain the readers with this interesting characters and intriguing mystery.

Another very exciting book written in the series by Ragnar Jonasson is called ‘Blackout’. This novel too was published by Orenda Books in 2016, after its initial publication in 2011. Once again, Quentin Bates has carried out the English translation of the book from Icelandic. The central characters of this story as mentioned by author Jonasson include Kristin, Ari Thor, Tomas, Elias Freyson, and several others. Jonasson has divided the plot between Siglufjororur, Akureyri, and Reykjavik. At the beginning of the story of the book, it is depicted that a man is beaten to death very brutally on a bright night in summer near the tranquil shores of a fjord in the northern region of Iceland. When a young reporter learns about this incident, she sets out from Reykjavik to investigate the murder all by herself. By her journey from Rekjavik to the crime scene turns into a very difficult one because of the 24-hour darkness from an ash cloud that resulted because of a volcanic eruption in the nearby mountains. Also, the young reporter seems unaware of the fact that the life of an innocent person is hanging in the balance. On the other hand, Ari Thor and his team of policemen in Siglufjororur struggle with a perplexing case in their hands. And when their personal problems get added to the serious situation at hand, they feel like being pushed to the extremes of their limits. The questions that begin to bother Ari Thor very much, are what was the secret that the victim was harboring, and what was being hidden by the reporter? Now, as all of them get threatened by the unspoken, silent horrors from their pasts, and darkness deepen even further, it becomes all the more important for Ari Thor & his team to catch the killer before the life of another innocent victim is taken by him. On the whole, the storyline of this book looks terrifying, complex, and dark. It appears to be an atmospheric, exceptional thriller that comes a fine crime writer from Iceland.

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