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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Book: Loki

 Book: Loki

Author: Melvin Burgess

Pages: 272

This is my 39th read for the year

I am borrowing from Amazon for the synopsis (I am on vacation and don't want to paraphrase)
"Starting with the Norse creation myths, the trickster god Loki takes the reader on a wild ride through Norse mythology, from the era when the gods—the founders of Asgard—defeated a race of monsters, and then hurtles through legendary stories, including Odin hanging himself on the World Tree, the theft of the corrupting gold ring, and the murder of Baldr, the god of love and the sun.

Born within the heart of a fire in the hollow of a tree-trunk, Loki arrives in Asgard as an outsider. He is a trickster, an unreliable narrator, the god of intelligence and politics. In spite of his cleverness and sparkling wit (or, perhaps, because of this), Loki struggles to find his place among the old patriarchal gods of supernatural power and is constantly at odds with the god of thunder—Thor.

Alongside the politics of Asgard, the novel charts the course of Loki's many loves and families, from his mothering of Odin's famous horse to his intense, turbulent, and, eventually fatal relationship with Baldr the Beautiful—a tender and moving story of a love that goes wrong.

This is a retelling that is contemporary in tone, at once amusing and relatable. It is a heartfelt plea to overthrow the old gods of power and authority and instigate a new era ruled by love and intelligence"

My husband got me this book for my birthday.  I do love Norse Mythology, and I was interested in the story of Loki.  There are so many twist in turns in myths, and with this world, and I thought the author did a nice job with Loki's story.  I have read about him and Thor in the past, but this Loki view book was interesting.  The story is short and doesn't get into the weeds like Norse Mythology can do with all of its "cast of characters" which I appreciated.  Fun read.

Stars: 4

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