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Saturday, August 15, 2015

REVIEW: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

“Loki, that's me. Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies.” 

This novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Norse gods and does so with the stunning first person narrative of none other than The Trickster himself, Loki. This tells of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many adventures while serving Odin, the countless betrayals and mischief and the fall of Asgard.

Author Joanne Harris has a passion for writing about Norse mythology.  Those familiar with her work will recognize YA titles such as Runemarks and Runelight, both of which I highly recommend if you enjoyed this book.  The true highlight of this novel is the point of view.  Loki's narration is informative yet playful; just like you'd expect him to be.  Harris has captured what I'd call a certain Poe-esque quality to Loki's character.  Readers become enraptured by him; however, know with great certainty that they shouldn't necessarily believe him. This use of the classic literary device--the unreliable narrator--is brilliant.

The audiobook is just stellar. Allan Cordunar breathes life to the characters and make for a truly entertaining read.  Nonetheless, despite this fantastic reading, I couldn't help but long for narration by Tom Hiddleston. That would have made this a 5 star experience.  All in all, I recommend this if you are looking for your next great listen or if you want a new spin on Norse mythology.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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