The skalds sing about Ragnarök, the end of the world as we know it.
Their epic tales speak of gods clashing with the giants.
Good versus evil.
How heroes will endear immortal glory by defeating their arch-rivals in duels that will see mountains crushing and seas boiling.
After Ragnarök, the poets prophesy, there will be a new beginning, a fresh start.
The soil will be fertile, the gods caring, your fellow beings neighbourly. Hearts will at long last be pure.
A golden era, they say.
This is perhaps true.
Or an outright lie.
The truth is that everyone has their own Ragnarök.
Imagine fate crashing down on you like wildfire.
It does not ask any questions.
It just wrings your heart and mind to surface the person you truly are, whether you like it or not, for good or ill.
The End / Beginning of Everything is not your run-of-the-mill fantasy novel set in the imagination-kindling Norse mythology (plus some Slavic folklore added for good measure) and with humanoid animals inhabiting Earth.
Great battles, ripped guts, and flying limbs have their charm, but even more - personal struggles, especially when taking place in heroic circumstances.
Is it possible to escape destiny? Defy fate? Outrun the end of the world?
Is Ragnarök only about wreaking havoc, the world going ablaze, or is it the ultimate answer to who one actually is?
But most of all - what love really means when everything about you turns into ash.
Meet Maya and Ragnar, for whom the world's end brings about a new beginning.