Author: Alexander F. Patterson
Published: December 2015
Richard Orlendr’s story takes place in the Norse world. He clung to the ancient ways and trusted his gods. However, he wasn’t sure why they gave him a sarcastic dragon. He did not charge blindly at their orders. The goddesses of Fate, the norns, may be no more. Does that mean he can change his fate in a world hostile to people touched by magic?
Richard, his cousin Eadric, and Aiden the dragon set off on a quest to find the truth. Richard shares an empathic bond with Aiden that allows them to communicate over distance. Creatures of legend (in addition to the dragon) are dogging their steps. What’s left of the two clans of gods, the Æsir and Vanir, are at war and vying for control of Richard and Aidan. Ultimately, Richard has to choose.
Alexander F. Patterson’s novel, Choices, is set in the realm of Midgard. When one of the last gods gifts Richard with a dragon, it means trouble. Part of the mystery is who Richard and Aidan can believe among the forces warring on their world. Mages are hunted by special hunters. (Granted, some mages haven’t been all that nice to non-magical people.) Eadric is a young mage in training. Richard is developing magic powers because of his connection to Aiden. Definitely big trouble.
It wasn’t a particularly fast read. Richard isn’t cast into the role of a typical Norse hero. This made it easy to feel for him. It was an all right read but not particularly gripping.