Monday, 27 January 2014

Book Review: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

Title: The Gospel of Loki
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: 20 February 2014
Pages: 413
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Gospel of Loki is a fun retelling of the famous Norse myths from the mouth of the Trickster himself. Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced and Loki's personality really comes across well right from the first page.

I've always enjoyed Norse mythology and always liked the character of Loki who is fleshed out here and brought perfectly to life. The mythology itself has clearly been well researched and Harris provides a new take on the classic tales.

This book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the Marvel movies.

This is a book I could happily read again and would like to get a copy to keep on my shelf.

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