Ericka reviews Black Ice (Midgard #2)

By Susan Krinard
Published on August 12th 2014
Published by Tor Books
Source: Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard continues the thrilling urban fantasy series that began with Mist in Black Ice.

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 known as Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

The trickster god Loki has reappeared in San Francisco, and he has big plans for modern-day Earth. With few allies and fewer resources—but the eyes of the gods and goddesses of an old world upon her—it’s up to Mist to stop him before history repeats itself.

Oh Midgard, so full of people and references I still have yet to understand!  This time around, it was not nearly as bad as the first book in the series, Mist.  However, if you did not have the strong urge to pick up a Norse God Dictionary after the first one, you still might be a little lost here.

Our adventure picks up exactly where it left off.  Loki is still causing a lot of trouble.  Freya seems to have multiple plots up her diaphanous sleeves.  Odin may or may not be in trouble and may or may not be around to help.  Or not help.  Honestly, I am not sure that a lot happens in this book.  There IS a bit of a whoa, shocker, which I had pegged incorrectly, so that was exciting.  The rest of the story just seems to be a stop-gap.  Hopefully this is all leading to a ridiculously big battle where Mist fully comes into her own.

Would I recommend this?  I am not sure.  I mean, I liked it, and it progressed the story, but you definitely should not read this if you did not enjoy or understand the first book.  Personally, I would still like to see where it is all going and would be happy to read the next installment, so I guess that is something.

I have to apologize for the bland and somewhat uninformative review.  Really, there is not much to say!


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