In Rob Neuteboom's second novel " The Fallen Queen," Ask is determined to defeat the giants he narrowly escaped. He allies himself with his Aunt Freyand, the most powerful of the Asgardian goddesses and Asgard's last queen. She can render flesh to dust by simply forming a fist. She has another power, too, that muddles Ask's mind, subjecting him to her influence. Her intentions, Ask will discover, are not noble.