Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a soft spot for these books, so I’m delighted to be able to share my review again as part of the tour.

About the book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

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About the author:

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.

Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

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My thoughts:

Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different. 😍

 

Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.

An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.

There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.

With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.

 

I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður

Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.

 

I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.

All the stars. Always. 

Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:

Blackout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

 

You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

Happy reading 😊📖

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

About the book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.


About the author:

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Ragnar Jonasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.

Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

 

My thoughts:

Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different. 😍

 

Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.

An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.

There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.

With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.

 

I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður


Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.

 

I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.


All the stars. Always. 

Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:

Blackout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

 

You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

Happy reading 😊📖

Nightblind Blog Tour

Woop!! It’s mine and Grab This Book’s turn on the blog tour for Ragnar Jónasson’s latest offering in the Dark Iceland series, Nightblind. 😊

 

 

Jónasson is easily one of my favourite authors of 2015, and I am beyond thrilled to be on the blog tour for one of my top series of 2015!

 

I waited patiently (ahem 😂) for Nightblind and was lucky enough to get a review copy early, as well as a signed first edition (which I am quoted it!) for Christmas. So without further ado, here’s my review for Nightblind…

 

About the book: (via Goodreads) 



Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.
The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.
Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
My thoughts:

 

I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page…

In Ragnar Jónasson’s case, ABSOLUTELY!!!
I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months.
Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir.

The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town.
Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation.
Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.
Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way.
The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson’s superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way.

Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery.
This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list.
The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read.
An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️

 

You can buy your copy here: Nightblind (Dark Iceland)

 

Make sure you follow the tour, the dates and blogs are listed here!

 

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

 

Snowblind was another book on my radar that sounded amazing so I knew I had to get it! (I’m an advertisers dream 🙂 )

Jónasson writes Icelandic Noir, with Nightblind to follow. I’ve not read and Icelandic based books before, just the usual Scandinavian (Nesbo, Holt, Mankell et Al.) thrillers.

Snowblind was beautifully written, the landscape alone makes for good reading. The book follows Ari Thór after being posted to a new position in Siglufjöður, a very quiet fishing village in the north of the country. 

This is a place where nothing happens, but of course, these things change very quickly. I don’t want to go into the plot. It’s a really good story though, plenty of twists and turns between the characters. 

It’s a really enjoyable read, cold and well paced. 

I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.