Mist by Susan Krinard

By Susan Krinard
Published on July 16th, 2013
Published by Tor
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
Ericka's Take:

Here is a little quiz for you.
Count how many words you know and understand from the following list:
  • Loki
  • Thor
  • Thor's Hammer
  • Odin
  • Valhallah
  • Freya
  • Valkyrie
  • Midgaurd
  • Gladr
  • Seidr
  • Norns
  • Jotunar
  • Vanir
  • Eitr
  • Alfar
  • Einherjar
  • Ginnungagap
  • Ragnarok
  • Aesir
  • Hrimgrimir

0-2 words:
What is wrong with you?  Have you been living under a rock?  I mean, you have not even seen the Avengers or the Thor movies?  Sheesh.  Well you might as well turn around now because there is no way this book will interest you.

3-5 words:
Well congrats, you saw Thor.

6-12 words:
You are probably the average slightly nerdy person who takes interest in fantasy, so you have delved a little into the world of Norse mythology.  Good for you!  You might have a clue when you read this book.

More than 12 words:
You are gonna love it!

Personally, I fall on the low end of the 6 to 12 range.  So dense is the wording of this book with Norse gods and lands and battles that I very nearly put it down.  I constantly had to stop and process who everyone was talking about.  The good news is that it gets better, and the story actually is interesting.

Mist is a Valkyrie who has lived for ages upon ages and has been entrusted with a Treasure of Odin's - basically a super awesome weapon.  She mistakenly thinks the Gods and the old worlds are dead, so she integrates into modern day life pretty well, though she is immortal and has to move around from time to time.

Unfortunately, that is where I need to stop with the description of the story line.  Going further would just give stuff away, and there are some juicy surprises in this book.

Honestly, I think a person's enjoyment of this tale is directly related to how much they know about Norse mythology.  It was hard for me to keep up, but by the end I could mostly keep everything straight.  Would I recommend this book?  Initially I thought no because it does a poor job of explaining the mythology, but by the end I was definitely anticipating what was going to happen.  This book is the first in a series, and I could imagine it has the potential to stretch out into several volumes.  I say pick it if you are looking for a challenge or are a fan of Loki.


p.s. There is some sex in this book, including forms beyond heterosexual, so if that bothers you, I would probably stay away from Mist as well!

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