lundi 24 novembre 2014

Mist (Midgard 1) by Susan Krinard

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Back to the book topic,  i love mythology and the Norse one is among my favourite so when i discovered this book i had to read it ^^ and for the fan of Loki... this series is highly promising^^
so  here is my opinion on Mist!

Publisher: Tor Books
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  0765332086
Genre: urban fantasy, mythology, Magic
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: none ( allusion)
Public: 18+
Source: won

Short description from goodreads :

 Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….

Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

My opinion:
          I’m under the charm of this series! If you love Norse mythology this is really a must because the author stays really true to it while managing to put it in a modern setting helping those of us who are new to this mythology. I’m sure it could become a excellent urban fantasy!

Now let see deeper into the story and what I think. Mist is a valkyrie, for new to Norse mythology thinks soul collector mixed with warrior. Mist and others were given the task to protect the Treasures, the weapons and magical artefacts of their gods, and send to Midgard ( our world).
She did not understand Odin’s decision and even feels betrayed in some way because in Norse Mythology you see there is the idea that the world we end, that the gods are going to die. Yes it’s quite a harsh mythology in fact ( so different from the roman or greek one) which fitted the environment in which it took place. Also in that mythology, goddesses and women are quite equal to men, all can fight for example .  …So for Mist it was normal to take place in the last battle even it was meant to fail. Finding herself on earth with the idea that all she knew is destroyed don’t leave her unchanged.

Mist is really a warrior at heart and she can’t stand to see others suffering without acting so when we discover her she is trying to save people from the Nazi in Norvegia. However, her doubt can leads to some problem and actions that could makes her “superiors” angry….When the situation becomes a disaster,  Mist takes all the responsibilities and the guilt.

Back to present time, Mist is still what she is, and not aging, but she has put her magic aside from the guilt but also to try starting a normal life ( and not feel so betrayed). Sadly for her, she was mistaken and the old world hasn’t been destroyed, Rakgnarok didn’t happen… all what simply put in stand-by….and Loki is one
of the first to reach Midgard and true to his reputation he is causing havocs with the help of the frost giants that serves him….
The treasures take a new signification and an importance not imagined but first, Mist must collect them while gathering allies and preventing Loki to win… more responsibilities for one who didn’t want to be a leader.

So Mist is really a character you can come to love as her courage and loyalty are strong… oh yes you can want to shake her for her naivety too^^ but she is really good at heart which is proved by the fact she hates the simple idea of manipulating someone. Even Dainn the elf is a interesting character ( I had forgotten about him in the mythology^^;;) , he is in a dangerous position but he making choices and he does know a lot about the different kind of Magic and teaching Mist.

Now… what would probably interest more some of you: Loki. He is completely himself, I mean he is the trickster so he cannot not to play tricks and of course some of them are cruel…. But does Loki is cruel? That remain to be seen, he isn’t good for sure. Strangely the one I despite the most in this case is Freya but I can’t tell you more about the reason f I want to avoid spoilers.

 The rhythm is really well chosen and we keep learning more about Mist, about the gods and the rest so even if a moment has less action it’s important for the rest of the story. I was completely immersed in it and I do want to check back some legend to see if I can learn more about Valik for example or Dainn  because yes Susan Krinard makes you want more.

For those who hate cliffhanger, there is not one. Of course it’s the first book in the series so nothing is finished, each is gathering their strengths and allies but it doesn’t leave you hanging on  wondering is one of the character is alive or dying or anything like that. No you will just want more but in a safe way^^ ( and thankfully for the impatient one, book 2 is already released ( I want!!))

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


7 commentaires:

  1. Réponses
    1. i do think this is the kind of Loki you enjoy reading about

  2. Thanks for the review. Haven't read any Norse Mythology. Will give this series a try. Ordered Mist, Freeze Warning [prequel], and Black Ice.

    1. ^^ i hope you will enjoy it as much as i did but even if i was the one to introduce you to this series i'm still learning from you as i had no idea a prequel existed^^;;

  3. I unfortunately am a little burnt out from Norse mythology, so I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as you, and liked the next installment even less. This series is all yours!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    1. it can happen when we read too much of teh same thing for a time^^ who knows perhaps in teh future after a break you will come back to it

  4. contente que tu ais aussi passé un bon moment, j'aime vraiment beaucoup cette série.