book review, fantasy

One in the Hand by Rhonda Parrish

Autumn lives an ordinary life working two jobs, looking after her two fabulous wolfhounds, and chilling with her policeman boyfriend.

After her grandmother is attacked in her retirement home, Autumn discovers that her life isn’t so ordinary after all. With magic swords, wings, giants and gods all set to complicate her life, will Autumn ever be the same again?

I loved this urban fantasy novel full of Norse mythology. Parrish writes the best characters. They’ve suffered, but are in no way defined by it, and are so human and relatable. I loved Autumn and her dogs. It was refreshing reading a book where the everyday needs of canines was not ignored.

Norse mythology is huge at the moment, so it was fun guessing which of the characters would turn up in the book. Props to the author for putting a new spin on something so prevalent in current fantasy.

The plot is great, but I wish certain elements had developed a bit quicker. I understand that people unused to Norse mythology might have needed the longer introduction, but I would have liked to get to the meat of the story earlier on.

I award One in the Hand

One in the Hand is available for $4.24 ebook and $14.99 print book on Amazon.

Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.


Interested to read my reviews of other Rhonda Parrish works? Click on the names below to be taken directly to the review.

Her collection of zombie poems, White Noise.

Her collection of funny zombie stories, Waste Not.

Her collection of ghost stories, The Other Side of the Door.

Her wonderful young adult book about grief and trauma, with a magic Polaroid camera. Hollow.

Her non fiction book about haunted buildings. Eerie Edmonton.

Short story anthology about dragons, Hear Me Roar, edited by Rhonda Parrish.

Short story anthology about pirate cats. Swashbuckling Cats edited by Rhonda Parrish.

Fantasy short story collection, F is for Fairy, edited by Rhonda Parrish.

5 thoughts on “One in the Hand by Rhonda Parrish”

  1. Great review, I must check it out. Interesting that Norse mythology is so big. I loved your short story Heart of Gold with some figures from Irish myths – hope you will write more stories in that world!

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