Mischief Maker, a Norse mythology retelling reviewed

4 stars

This book was kindly granted to me by The Book Review Crew and the author, Bruce Nesmith, in exchange for an honest review and as part of a blog tour. Thank you all for that.

This is a new adult or adult (does not specify) retelling of Norse mythology from Loki’s perspective in which there are epic and fierce battles, love, betrayals and, basically, every typical aspect of mythology and its intrigues. But not all is tradition. It focuses on making Loki look like a good guy; one that receives the wrong treatment and image from most other beings in Norse mythology.

I have to confess something. I have never liked Loki and feel instant rejection at an annoying being who show themselves as good, not being able to help themselves or just generally mistreated. I believe there’s a high probability that many others effectively mistreat you throughout life, but if there’s a majority the evidence suggests it will initially be your own fault and there’s always something you can do to improve it, even though it might not be easy at all; but, hey!, a little bit of effort is not going to kill you, is it?

So I do appreciate how well the author did his job and achieved his goal. Loki is here shown so nicely that it’s quite difficult not to feel somehow related to him.

I loved how he rejects being called “god of mischief”, so the reality of his nature is explained and people who believe he was such, get clarified. I was also quite interested in the amount of Norse mythology that is explained here, although it may be overwhelming for someone with no deep knowledge of it, given the amount of events and names.

The writing style was initially hard to read for me, yet I flew through it and enjoyed the sense of humour (especially that of Runnin, the raven) considerably. This happens to me quite regularly when there’s a new to me author, so I never felt stuck by that.

Although the book is plot driven, I realised characters are so deeply analysed and explained that no action is surprising in the sense that they’re coherent with their personalities. However, the reader may reach a few climatic points in which shocking reactions could arise.

The world-building could have been a bit more detailed, but it didn’t feel too short. I could imagine the places and characters easily and really felt on the scene as one more spectator several times.

I’d recommend this book if you’re into Norse mythology and somehow like Loki (Thor was portrayed as evil, which I disliked, but some people may) no matter if you’re character or plot driven. I’m atmosphere driven and, once I got into it, I was totally in!

Hope you enjoyed reading this review and don’t hesitate to comment here if you’ve read the book.

Bear hugs!

Anne

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