I ll start this review by saying that I did enjoy this book, just as I have enjoyed the other books in this series I like the relatively unique magic system though I wish it was explored a littlethoroughly , I am interested in the fates of the characters, and I think that there is definitely potential in this series However, all that being said, there are some glaring problems with this book The first is the lack of descriptions This novel finds the protagonist as well as a few other I ll start this review by saying that I did enjoy this book, just as I have enjoyed the other books in this series I like the relatively unique magic system though I wish it was explored a littlethoroughly , I am interested in the fates of the characters, and I think that there is definitely potential in this series However, all that being said, there are some glaring problems with this book The first is the lack of descriptions This novel finds the protagonist as well as a few other characters actually travelling to another reality or a differing MythOS In this new reality, it is the Norse pantheon rather than the Greek pantheon that rule over creation This concept is instantly intriguing but never felt fully realised What differences are there between the two realities Where exactly in the world are these stories taking place What does each new location look, sound and smell like I struggled to find the answers to any of these questions which made the whole novel feel as though it was taking place in some kind of featureless void My other main issue is that this novel felt like it relied a bit too heavily on telling rather than showing The events have a feeling of the narrator reading off a list, lacking the emotional depth needed to get me really invested in the story Because of this, the action felt like it lacked the necessary stakes to create real tension, moments of loss didn t evoke a similar emotion in me, and overall the novel felt a little flat Again, the premise is interesting enough to keep me reading, but unfortunately, I can t quite overlook these issues to rate the book higher There are other issues just as there are other strengths, but these are the issues that I felt worth mentioning If you have read this series before and enjoyed what you read, then I can recommend this book to you as it is very much in the same vein as what has come before If you have not read this series then I can still recommend going back to the beginning and giving this series a try They aren t long books and they re easy reading if nothing else, so it is definitely worth a try even if you don t end up liking them In the st 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 MythOS is the fourth and penultimate book in the WebMage series written by Kelly McCullough It centers on a hacker and junior at university who just happens to be a sorcerer and the grandson of Lachesis one of the three Fates of Greco Roman mythology.Ravirn is a computer hacker who can get into just about anything in the world ruled by Greek gods, Fates, and Furies However, his Greek familiars don t rule everything, as he finds out when he is very unwillingly transported into a strange new M MythOS is the fourth and penultimate book in the WebMage series written by Kelly McCullough It centers on a hacker and junior at university who just happens to be a sorcerer and the grandson of Lachesis one of the three Fates of Greco Roman mythology.Ravirn is a computer hacker who can get into just about anything in the world ruled by Greek gods, Fates, and Furies However, his Greek familiars don t rule everything, as he finds out when he is very unwillingly transported into a strange new MythOS dominated by Norse gods, and Greek beings are nothan fairy tales.Just like back home, there is a power struggle, this one between Odin, the highest of gods who sacrificed his eye to know everything, and Loki, who believes he must fight to stop Odin s prophecy coming true Both sides immediately perceive Ravirn as a potential threat and ally, but he has no desire to be a pawn or dead, for that matter, so he has to act MythOS is written rather well McCullough has blended cyberpunk, Norse mythology, and techno magic rather well in this fast paced action McCullough fills his book with distinctive, likable characters, as they go through another cyberpunk thriller that questions the themes of fate and omniscience.All in all, MythOS is written rather well and is a wonderful continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series, which I plan to continue in the very near future A mildly enjoyable series meets a huge road bump.These books have been enjoyable but not great This book takes the expected trip to another mythos with all the expected confusion about each side thinking there s only one pantheon that s real.This book starts with a mystery that s never really resolved, just danced around The mystery is kept alive, not so much by growing it as ignoring it The characters go from set piece to set piece without any attempt to resolve investigate understand Cons A mildly enjoyable series meets a huge road bump.These books have been enjoyable but not great This book takes the expected trip to another mythos with all the expected confusion about each side thinking there s only one pantheon that s real.This book starts with a mystery that s never really resolved, just danced around The mystery is kept alive, not so much by growing it as ignoring it The characters go from set piece to set piece without any attempt to resolve investigate understand Constantly on the go because the god players in this verse are always out to get them for something An endless list of people chasing them for an endless list of reasons, it seems.I may go back and try the next book at some point as it s setup to be a direct follow up to this but, not for a while The technical IT allusions were what made this series worth reading for me I could hear echoes of Steve Jobs on page 56 let your imagination of what a device should be define your specs instead of letting the limitations of current designs straightjacket you Never build for the engineers always build for the end user. Hard to put this one down This is book 4 in a series of 5, and they just keep getting better Picture of you will, a Greek mythos that includes cyberpunk and a very clever hacker who gets suddenly shoved into a Norse mythos It s hard to explain, but SO much fun to read Can t wait to read book 5, but at the same time don t want the fun to end In the twenty first century, magic has gone digital Ravirn is a talented sorcerer, a computer hacker, and umpteenth great grandson of one of three Fates, who don t like him much and the feeling is rightfully returned by Ravirn Ravirn has had to deal with some difficult in the not so distant past and then to seriously complicate things, he and his best friend, who is a goblin and a laptop, Necessity, who is the sentient computer that runs everything, is broken and Ravirn has to fix it But that In the twenty first century, magic has gone digital Ravirn is a talented sorcerer, a computer hacker, and umpteenth great grandson of one of three Fates, who don t like him much and the feeling is rightfully returned by Ravirn Ravirn has had to deal with some difficult in the not so distant past and then to seriously complicate things, he and his best friend, who is a goblin and a laptop, Necessity, who is the sentient computer that runs everything, is broken and Ravirn has to fix it But that s kind of hard to do when he s thrown in a totally different place a parallel world called Asgard where there s no Greek Gods, and it s run by the Norse pantheon At least he s not by himself, he s got his best friend, Melchoir, and sometime lover, one of the furies born to protect Necessity, Tisiphone This Norse run world is run on magical system that s completely different from what they re used to And let s not forget that the people in this world are not so welcoming, in fact some of them are down right hostile To return to their home universe, Ravirn and his allies are going to have to try to hack into this strange magic operated system, and also tried not to get killed by the big players who call Asgard home MythOS is the first book by Mr McCullough I ve read and the fourth following Ravirn and his adventures I really liked how the Greek gods, and mostly the Norse gods, features in the story It s a very creative addition and it s what originally made me want to read this book While I found myself a little bored at the technical description parts, because while McCullough is very thorough explaining how the magical computerized system works, it sometimes felt a little overwhelming to me However, that certainly didn t subtract from me enjoying the book Ravirn s got this dry sense of humor that comes out at what seems the worse times and those light hearted moments balanced nicely with the most sort of suspense atmosphere He s being through a lot and that seems to only made himdetermined to survive this strange world he suddenly founds himself in While I haven t read the previous books, there was enough back story for me to nicely be able to follow the story and understand what was happening I thought Tisiphone was great, her one purpose in life is to protect Necessity and now that she can t do that, she doesn t let that deter her from helping Ravirn found a way home While she s dealt a huge shock that changes her entire life, she also manages to deal with it She s strong but then again, she is a Fury so that s not very surprising Melchoir, the goblin laptop, is the perfect sidekick He s definitely needed and adds funny comments when the situation really doesn t call for it This is the fourth book in the Ravirn series, and like the others, a very enjoyable read Ravirn is attempting to fix Necessity, the computer who runs the multiverse, and find his dear friend, the webtroll Ahllan, when a glitch suddenly throws him into a different pantheoverse, one ruled by the Norse gods Unlike Ravirn s home reality, this pantheoverse is a universe, rather than a multiverse, which means there s only one possible outcome for any particular event This is particularly troubling, This is the fourth book in the Ravirn series, and like the others, a very enjoyable read Ravirn is attempting to fix Necessity, the computer who runs the multiverse, and find his dear friend, the webtroll Ahllan, when a glitch suddenly throws him into a different pantheoverse, one ruled by the Norse gods Unlike Ravirn s home reality, this pantheoverse is a universe, rather than a multiverse, which means there s only one possible outcome for any particular event This is particularly troubling, as the world s end, the great battle of Ragnarok, has been foretold by fate, and the gods Odin and Loki have drawn up sides And with Ravirn an unknown entity, completely unseen by Odin s omniscient eye, he could be the perfect pawn in the battle between the gods If he were only content to let himself be used.The shift from the Greek to the Norse mythos, I ll admit, threw me for a bit of a loop I really missed some of the characters from the Greek multiverse, especially Cerberus and Eris, though Ravirn was accompanied by Melchior, as always, and his sometime girlfriend, the fury Tisiphone However, there are fun new characters from the Norse myth, including the Midgard Serpent and Laginn, the Hand of Tyr, and Loki is always fun I am considerablyfamiliar with Greek mythology than Norse, so I ll admit I was a little disappointed to be temporarily, it appears to leave the former for the latter However, the Ragnarok story line allows McCullough to return to one of the original themes of the series the conflict between fate and free will a welcome development which allows Ravirn to further explore his newly chaotic nature It was also fun to read the analogies between the Greek and Norse mythology for example, Ravirn, who is also Raven, is further dubbed Intuition or Impulse, as one of the three ravens of Odin.This series has always been one designed to appeal to both the myth lover and the technophile, and I ll admit that the technospeak did overwhelm me at times here, though maybe I was just distracted Then again, maybe wrapping my head around the technology was easier in the books where I was NOT wracking my brain tryiing to remember what Norse mythology I knew trying to understand two different unfamiliar worlds and lingo might have overwhelmed me a bit Whatever the case, the technospeak has not previously been an issue for this technophobe, and wasn t a big one here If you do understand computers, you will probably appreciate that aspect of the series even Kat Mandu saysRavirn honestly can t catch a break While repairing Necessity the world s supercomputer he s thrown into a parallel world One where Greek gods don t exist and the Norse pantheon does Now his cybermagic doesn t work, he s got new enemies to deal with, and he s running out of time to fix Necessity before it s too late Small spoilers head.Weirdest ending ever It was a little too fast and abrupt and left so many questions unanswered Like when and why did Tisiphone decide Kat Mandu saysRavirn honestly can t catch a break While repairing Necessity the world s supercomputer he s thrown into a parallel world One where Greek gods don t exist and the Norse pantheon does Now his cybermagic doesn t work, he s got new enemies to deal with, and he s running out of time to fix Necessity before it s too late Small spoilers head.Weirdest ending ever It was a little too fast and abrupt and left so many questions unanswered Like when and why did Tisiphone decide she needed to stay in the Norse MythOS I know she d enjoyed some parts of it but her will to go home seemed higher up on the list than kicking back and enjoying herself.There were some things that confused me about this book The shrinking spells at the beginning when they met up with Ahllan after getting shipped off to the Norse MythOS which is not explained, how or why really got me because that whole scene was very rushed and a little off And of course, quantum descriptions and code still confuses me since I m not exactly the computer type.But everything else man, I wish I had McCullough s brain His blending of magic, Greek myths, and technology is just so amazing I love Ravirn s I m not a hero personality and that he just does things out of whim without thinking about the consequences.All the Norse big guys are out to play in this I loved the fight scenes with Laginn and Tyr and Heimdall I also love love love Fenrir And on the Greek side of things, I like that Tisiphone is finally showing truer,forgiving,HUMAN character traits and that her decision to stay in the Norse pantheon gives her a weakness in that tough shell Sad to see a character go, though glad she s somewhat still part of the Norse world in her own way.A shiny four for the usual awesome world building, hilarious dialogue, and great characters Weirdest ending ever It was a little too fast and abrupt and left so many questions unanswered Likewhen did Tisiphone decide she needed to stay in the Norse MythOS I know she d enjoyed some parts of it but her will to go home seemed higher up on the list than kicking back and enjoying herself There were some things that confused me about this book The shrinking spells at the beginning when they met up with Ahllan after getting shipped off to the Norse MythOS which is not explained, how Weirdest ending ever It was a little too fast and abrupt and left so many questions unanswered Likewhen did Tisiphone decide she needed to stay in the Norse MythOS I know she d enjoyed some parts of it but her will to go home seemed higher up on the list than kicking back and enjoying herself There were some things that confused me about this book The shrinking spells at the beginning when they met up with Ahllan after getting shipped off to the Norse MythOS which is not explained, how or why really got me because that whole scene was very rushed and a little off And of course, quantum descriptions and code still confuses me since I m not exactly the computer type.But everything elseman, I wish I had McCullough s brain His blending of magic, Greek myths, and technology is just so amazing I love Ravirn s I m not a hero personality and that he just does things out of whim without thinking about the consequences I loved the fight scenes with Laginn and Tyr and Heimdall I like that Tisiphone is finally showing truer,forgiving,HUMAN character traits and that her decision to stay in the Norse pantheon gives her a weakness in that tough shell Sad to see a certain character go, though glad she s somewhat still part of the Norse world in her own way Eager to see what s to come in the final next installment of the WebMage series