MythOS Review

By | January 16, 2010

by Kelly McCullough

Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (4) of 5 Stars – “Really liked it”
Recommended for: Fantasy and Geek Readers

This is the fourth book in Kelly’s Ravirn series, starting with WebMage, Cybermancy, and Codespell.  Ravirn once again finds himself in a heap of trouble.  Best intention tends to backfire on him yet again.

Book description:

In the 21st century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital. But when Ravirn-a computer savvy sorcerer-is thrown into a parallel world where magic runs on a different operating system, he’ll need mad skills to get out alive.

As I mentioned in my reviews of both Cybermancy and Codespell these books are a blast to read.  It is a fun mix of cyberpunk, Greek mythology, and fantasy all rolled up into a quirky ball.  Like the others, I finished the book fairly quickly in a couple of days.  Once again however, that had more to do with reading for long stretches than it being an abnormally short book. (Yes, I ended up staying up quite late once again to finish this one… which is why this review is being posted pretty quickly after the last one.)

MythOS is a bit of a departure from the last three books in a way.  We have some of the old cast we have come to know.  Ravirn, Melchior, Tisiphone, and the missing webtroll Ahllan make appearances. However almost all of the other characters are totally different.  See in this 4th book, Ravirn departs the Greek Pantheon and ends up in a universe where the Greek Gods are silly stories and the Norse Pantheon walks the world. Ravirn still is a lesser power, but in a totally different playing field.

Naturally through the course of the novel Ravirn manages (whether through action or inaction) piss off just about every faction in the Norse Pantheon as well.  (Perhaps this is the true talent of “The Raven.”) We also end up meeting everyone from Loki to Odin and quiet a few in between.  It was kind of jarring going to a totally different pantheon.  This probably is what Kelly was going for here.  We really get into Ravirn’s situation when he too is trying to recall half forgotten legends and figure out how that will impact him returning “home.”

MythOS progresses at a fast pace and is enjoyable the entire time.  Ravirn finally starts to build himself up and make his own choices as opposed to just going with whatever seems best at the time.  He consciously starts to turn himself into something greater.  The part that sticks into my mind the most is the point in the book where Ravirn has to actually pick sides. Chaos power or not, Ravirn is building into a heroic figure.  I am really looking forward to what Kelly has in store for us with the 5th book.  I recommend picking these up and following the whole series.

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