Friday 2 August 2013


ISBN: 978-0765332080
Series: Midgard
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages/File Size: 384pages/535KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard launches her first urban fantasy series

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….

Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

I received an e-arc of this from Netgalley, and then was contacted by Tor to ask if I'd like to be part of the book tour,in exchange for my honest review.
So the cover gives a quite dramatic feeling,with the lightning. I like the strong stance of Mist which gives an accurate impression of her character.The bridge comes into the plot, as a bridge between worlds not just a physical bridge.I think the cover suits the book quite well. I like the larger sized title and font style works really well.The title and author name are both well placed and enhance the cover rather than impose on it.
So would I pick it up from the shelf in a bookstore? Yes I'd be drawn to the cover, to want to know more, the lightening suggest action and the stance of the female onthe cover suggests a kick butt female lead character!
So this book is all about mythology and Norse Gods and Goddesses.Mist is a Valkyrie.The Valkyrie have been given ancient magical weapons to guard until they are once needed again.Not all the Gods/Goddesses are honorable, so there's lots of deception, and betrayal in the book. Most of the Gods and Goddesses are trapped in a "between world".Mist is in Midguard, where she's been since the "last battle" took place. Many were destroyed but there were others that survived and have been hidden planning another battle for supremacy. An elf know as the betrayer as he was something of a double agent between the different sides of the great battle arrives and finds Mist. Dainn the elf has been sent to prepare Mist so that her mother one of the Goddesses can basically use her body to appear in Midguard for a "final battle".Dainn doesn't plan on becoming attracted to Mist which causes him to question the task ahead of them.The "enemy" is Loki a God who can shapeshift. This Loki has been in the form of a man named Eric and has been living with Mist to steal her ancient weapon and in the hope of Mist giving away the whereabouts of her sister Valkyrie with their weapons.
I have to say this is not my usual/favoured genre of book,but I decided I wanted to read something a little different so decided to give this a go. I did initially think I'd made a major mistake as I found all the different Gods and Goddesses etc somewhat confusing.The plot jumped about a little from before Ragnorak the supposed "last battle", to another time in history to the present day, which I did find a little confusing to begin with.
I persevered with the book and did end up becoming drawn in by it. I did end up enjoying it even though the book felt a more complex read for me.
So did I enjoy the book? I found it difficult going at the beginning, but did enjoy parts of the book later as I got more into the complexities of the plot and story. Would I recommend the book? Yes, though I would point out that it is definitely not a "light" read.I think those who read mythology would enjoy the book more also. Would I read a BK#2? I think I would, I invested the time and patience to read Bk#1 that has set up the scene/plot.I also learnt about the characters and their capabilities,so I would want to know more about what happens next. Also I'd be more prepared for the heavier more complex read next time too. Would I read other books by Susan Krinard? I'd certainly take a look at any books by her.


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