Book review - Loki: Why I Began the End by Maia Jacomus
review by Becky
The end of the world is coming. We all know it. I think we knew it the moment Odin and I first met-any indication of camaraderie between a god and a giant was unthinkable. But that was just the first thread of the unraveling world tapestry. Considering my betrayal toward the giants, the gods treating my children like beasts, and my own ignorance regarding the futility of divine power, I'm surprised the world is still standing. I'm surprised the gods can move on unchanged, even after the death of their Prince, the Shining One, the sum of all that's good and worthwhile in the world.
Yggdrasil forbid they should ever admit to a mistake or a flaw, or own up to their share of blame.
If you haven't guessed, I'm Loki, member of the Jotun giant race, sworn blood-brother of the supreme god Odin. If you've heard of me, you've heard that I'm wicked, that I'm the greatest enemy of the gods, and that I began the chain of events that promise the end of the world. Well, yes, that's all true-but not for the reasons you think.
Available on Amazon.com: Loki: Why I began the End
This Amazon e-book is quite easy in its reading style and it helps as some readers who turn to it might havea slight inkling about norse mythology (otherwise they wouldn't have a clue who the key character is from the title) but it also introduces a range of aspects of the norse mythic world to them in a very easy to understand way with a big dollop of humour thrown in. That is the one lovely thing about this particular book in that it doesn't treat the great events and characters of norse mythology with the darkness and depth some other authors I've read have done but the humour doesn't make you connect with each character and Loki's plight through it all any less. Some of the portrayals of characters are certainly different and there are new aspects shown as well on certain events, in particular when Balder became technically invulnerable and showed a deeper more human side to this god and even more so in Loki half-god-half-giant which was truly touching.
It is not a complete overhaul of the legends though but sadly the story doesn't follow the myth of Ragnarok all the way through to its climactic end, instead it brings you to the brink of it occuring which I did find frustrating as I wanted the whole legend not just half of it.
But it was a very entertaining read and read easily in a day as it wasn't very long compared to others I read dealing with norse legends and I can recommend it to norse lovers and those who are just beginning to dip their toes into this norse world.
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