fantasy

The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M. Harris ★★★★

Blurb; The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.

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.

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.

My Review; This is another from my library pile and another gorgeous cover. After reading this authors The Blue Salt Lane, I had to read more by her and this didn’t disappoint. It was different as Loki is narrating the story throughout (first person) which I don’t read a lot of, but it made the story a bit more personal and funnier in parts.

Loki is one funny, devious, clever and manipulative character but I wierdly love him for it. He’s definately a one of kind character. Memorable. This story does end on a major cliffhanger uhhh, but I have the next book so I can dive in. Brilliantly written. Plenty going on in the story to keep the pages turning, Loki is always up to something…

Looking forward to the next book. Highly recommed. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Short Stories

The Blue Salt Road – Joanne M. Harris ★★★★

Blurb; An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn’s father,
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)

So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

My Review; This is another I picked up because of its beautiful cover. This is the first book I have read by this author but luckily I picked up more by this author which I can’t wait to read.

This is a short story at just over 200 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. It has beautiful illustrations throughout making the story even more magical thanks to Bonnie Hawkins. The chapters are short and the story is brilliantly told.

It had me feeling all sorts of emotions throughout. My heart was with the sea and the animals in this story not the humans. Very cruel. But least we got a compromise in the end and a happy ending for all. Something very different for me again but I enjoyed it! I cannot wait to read more by this author.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Short, so perfect for those who don’t have much time.

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