Friday, 14 February 2014

FANTASY REVIEW: The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris

Release Date: 13/02/14
Publisher:  Gollancz


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.


I love a book that’s a little different and whilst Joanne is well known for her YA Fiction, her first adult Fantasy is one that not only hit the right notes for me but also gave me a mischievous as well as fascinating character with Loki. Add to this some cracking mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern storytelling alongside wonderful prose and pace all round left me a more than happy reader.

Definitely a book that I’d recommend to young readers looking to move adult titles and when blended with a wonderful sense of awe all round makes this a book that deserves to do well. Great stuff.

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