Author: Joanne Harris
With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge. But while Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the Worlds. From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.
Well, if Marvel hadn’t done a good enough job making the world fall in love with Loki, Joanne Harris has. I’m not very into Norse Mythology, but my sister is. So by talking to her I came across many of these stories. To come across this book in my library was a blessing in disguise (or a curse, considering it came 3 days before my final eval T_T). So the story hasn’t changed much if you’re aware of Norse mythology, but for those not aware, have no fear! It’s alright even if you aren’t aware because this book tells you how the original mythology goes. We learn about all the events that happened and all the wars…and, of course, Loki’s multiple pranks and subsequent effects of said prank.
This book is written in a way that you actually feel as though Loki is talking. He is by no means a hero in this book and he acknowledges this himself. It’s kind of like reading Greek mythology from the point of view of Hades or the Titans…technically, Hades and the Titans. Regardless, it definitely makes for an interesting read!
Okay…so, considering this is a mythological book that closely follows the original story, it is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. While nothing is graphic so to say, there is a slight amount of viewer discretion advised…so I’d say pg-13. And for reading style, you want to be able to read it in one go. Trust me on that. If you leave this book part way through and come back to it (unless you’ve just left it to grab a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate) you will find yourself slightly lost. It’s entertaining to read, but not a light read. You want to read this when you are actually in the mood to absorb what you are reading.
–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–
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