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Tessa Gratton Books In Order

Publication Order of Blood Journals Books

Blood Magic (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blood Keeper (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of United States of Asgard Books

The Lost Sun (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Strange Maid (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Apple Throne (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of United States of Asgard Short Stories/Novellas

Glory's Teeth (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gold Runner (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Berserk (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weight of Stars (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Queens of Innis Lear Books

The Queens of Innis Lear (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Hotspur (2020) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Strange Grace (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Tessa Gratton was born in the year 1980 on a military base in Okinawa, Japan, and traveled around the world because her father was in the US Navy. She graduated with a BA degree in Gender Studies from the University of Kansas in the year 2003. Gratton is the Associate Director of Madcap Retreats.

She has wanted to be either a wizard or a paleontologist since she was just seven. Tessa is still looking for somebody to teach her magic, but found she is too impatient to hunt for dinosaurs.

Even though she has traveled all over the world, she settled down in the state of Kansas where the sunsets are in Technicolor. She lives with her two cats, partner, and a mutant mutt who is named Grendel. Tessa spends her days looking up at the sky and spinning all kinds of tales about magic.

Tessa writes the “United States of Asgard” series, the “Queens of Innis Lear” series, and the “Blood Journals” series. Her work is from the Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy genres.

“The Lost Sun” is the first novel in the “United States of Asgard” series, which was released in the year 2013. Soren Bearskin, seventeen years old, is trying to escape from the past. His dad, who is a famed warrior, lost himself to the frenzy of battle and murdered thirteen innocent people. Soren is unable to deny the berserking is in his blood, the insomnia, fevers, and feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him.

He attempts to stay calm and detached from everybody that goes to Sanctus Sigurd’s Academy. That is tough to do when a gorgeous girl like Astrid Glyn tells him that she dreams of him. He is not all she dreams of, as the daughter of a prominent prophetess, she is starting to come into her own inherited abilities.

Baldur, one of the most popular gods in the country and son of Odin, goes missing. Astrid is able to see where he is and is able to convince Soren to go on the quest with her. It is a road trip that is going to take them to find not just a lost god, but who they really are beyond the legacy of their parents and all that they have been told they must be.

Tessa uses her distinct writing style to create a fascinating, memorable, and remarkable story. Her sentences are a beauty to behold, and her world building is bold and imaginative. Astrid and Soren make you grow attached to them, and you want to know what is going to happen next with them. Their romance is a beautiful yet subtle one.

“The Strange Maid” is the second novel in the “United States of Asgard” series, which was released in the year 2014. Signy Valborn was just seven years old when she climbed up the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather. Her told her that if she was able to solve one riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. Signy spent the last ten years training in the arts of politics, war, and leadership, but the answer comes in the form of Ned the Spiritless, an enigmatic poet. He tells her she has to kill a Greater Troll Mother and take its heart.

When you follow the god of poetry and sacrifice, everything is just a riddle and there is nothing safe. Signy is running low on time, unfortunately. She is joined by an outcast Berserker called Soren Bearstar. Both Ned and she go across the ice sheets of Canadia to search for the mother of trolls to claim Signy’s destiny, no matter how monstrous it might be.

This time around, Gratton gives the reader a more comprehensive view of Asgard and then melds the first two books together, which evokes a sense of comfort in the reader. Signy is a strong and headstrong heroine that makes it easy to root for her. So much about Signy is revealed in the book, and her character is nicely developed in the book. She experiences things that all adolescents go through on their way to adulthood.

“The Apple Throne” is the third novel in the “United States of Asgard” series, which was released in the year 2015. Soren Bearstar the Berserker is the only person in the entire world that remembers the famous prophet called Astrid Glyn.

Astrid agreed to give up her name, her life, and prophetic dreams so that she could be Idun the Young, who is the almost-godess that protects apples of immortality located in the secret mountain orchard. Since then, everybody has forgotten about Astrid. Everybody except Soren.

The past two years he has been faithfully going to visit her every three months. One day, however, he does not come. Astrid, who is forbidden to leave the orchard, defies the gods by fleeing with one of Thor’s bastard sons to locate Soren.

Astrid is a great character, with a voice that is more poetic than the other characters in this series. This allows Gratton’s voice to sing that much more. She includes everything, too, in her world building, yet there is never the feeling of being crushed under all of the details she is including. This book ties all three books together, and is able to do so by adding to the stories themselves without repeating anything.

“Blood Magic” is the first novel in the “Blood Journals” series, which was released in the year 2011. Everywhere Silla Kennicott looks, she sees blood. She is unable to stop thinking about her parents supposed murder-suicide. Lately, she has been consumed with a book of spells she mysteriously got in the mail.

The spells feature one common ingredient: blood. Silla has no problem casting a few. What is a little bit of spilled blood if you are able to find out the truth? Then there is the new guy at school, Nick, who is making her pulse race. He has some secrets of his own and knows about the lure of blood magic. The pair is drawn together by a mixture of chemistry and fate. The duo has to find out who else in their tiny Missouri town knows their secret and will do whatever they have to in order to take the book as well as the magic away from Silla.

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