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The Gospel of Loki [Kindle Edition]

Joanne M Harris
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Book Description

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.

But while Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the Worlds.

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world's ultimate trickster.

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a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales (Fortean Times)

Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun" (THE TIMES)

A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat (SFX)

Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun (Jonathan Hatfull SciFiNow)

A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster (GEEK PLANET ONLINE)

An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end. (Callum Shephard Starburst Magazine)

A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief. (Violent Henderson Vogue)

quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing. (Stefan Fergus Civilian Reader)

The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come. (Chris Nickson Chris Nickson)

Harris is an expert of Norse mythology...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales. (Joe Warren Fantasy Book Review)

Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of Asgard (Daniel Liscombe Utter Biblio)

Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filter (Matt Adams Herts Advertiser)

It could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertains (Rinn Reads)

Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels movies (Nicki J Markus Blog)

Loki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve (Lucy Hounsom Blog)

It has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour....Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time. (The Tempered Pen)

Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast list (Ani Johnson THE BOOK BAG)

Joanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thrones (Sunday Sun)

utterly compelling and well worth a read (BURY FREE PRESS)

dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold (Booktopia)

This book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expense (THE INDEPENDENT)

a rich, sexy and entertaining tale of imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly! (SAGA)

the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman (THE METRO)

retells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory. (THE FINANCIAL TIMES)

An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse gods (CHOICE)

fantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too. (GEEK NATIVE)

The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved it (BELLA)

The Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarous (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and pace (FALCATA TIMES)

An entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the reader (FANTASY FACTION)

Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filter (HERTFORDSHIRE ADVERTISER)

Funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on life (SCI-FI BULLETIN)

inventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again (Fantasy Book Review)

Joanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout. (SFF WORLD)

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The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million-copy bestselling author Joanne Harris.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1473202353
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Feb. 2014
By Mrs B
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This book is great read for those who are new to or have read the legends of the Norse gods. Written in an engaging entertaining way the reader can easily identify with Loki who is definitely mad bad and dangerous to know and yet a sad lonely being for all of that. Joanne Harris has assumed the Aspect of bard bringing an often overlooked pantheon of God's and heroes to our notice. Thanks for a compelling read with a gripping ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Characters: Don't trust any of them 24 Mar. 2014
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I've always had a soft spot for Loki. Among the grim, and mostly insufferable Norse gods he has a sense of humour and though I'm sure he'd be impossible to live with he does, mostly, engage the sympathies.
This is his story, told by himself, from the time Odin comes across him in his original guise as Wildfire from Chaos, and tricks him into joining the squabbling community of the gods in Asgard. He comes across as a trickster par excellence, glorying in his games with the gods and his own cleverness, but far from averse to self-pity when things go wrong for him. A far from admirable character and maybe too chirpy, but, even with knowledge of the Norse myths, I couldn't help wishing him well.
The author's treatment of the story is mainly breezy and very witty, with modern slang: Loki's favourite saying is 'Don't shoot me!', and Loki is really only interested in his own story, but the gods are always there and the people of the Middle Worlds make their contributions with gusto.
I loved Runemarks and Runelight, found them truly satisfying epics, and I think I was possibly expecting more of the same from this novel. It felt rather slight in comparison. I won't say I was disappointed; Loki, in this book, is a marvellous creation and I loved the treatment of the story, but the 'epic' was somehow missing.
The artwork on the cover is truly beautiful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Before I start raving about how much I enjoyed this book let me make a few things clear.
You DO NOT have to have read Runemarks or Runelight to read the Gospel of Loki.
You DO NOT have to know much of anything about the Norse Gods to read the Gospel of Loki.
This is a RETELLING, some could even say Joanne Harri's own version, of the myths, legends and sagas of the Norse Gods.
Nearly every written record of said myths, legends and sagas of the Norse Gods are retellings to some degree because the originals were all oral.
YES IT IS ALL FROM LOKI's point of view.
Is he as good as Tom Hiddleston's characterisation? YES IT MOST DEFINITELY IS. And to quote this particular Trickster's words 'not only that good, I am that much better'. Or something to that effect.
Any more questions? No? Good - then I shall begin...
This book is a true gem of norse mythology and passion combining in the wonderful medium of words. It covers all the basics (character list + myths of the beginning and the end of the Gods) in such a refreshing and unique style. It no way degrades or tarnishes the legends and the norse gods themselves. I believe this version of them keeps them alive with the power and fizz of fireworks. The length of each retold legend and myth is almost that of a short story so even train users and bus commuters could comfortably rediscover the truer and better versions of Thor, Odin and Loki unlike Marvel's depiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The story is centered on and narrated by Loki, the trickster god. The plot follows his birth in the world, how he befriends Odin and the other gods, his schemes and the eventual downfall of the gods.

“Loki, that’s me.
Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.
So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.
Now it’s my turn to take the stage.”


I have never read the original stories surrounding Odin and Thor and so was only partly familiar with the myths. I found it a really interesting read and loved the first person narration style. It focuses completely on Loki, what he wants us to see and know. If you’re in the same boat as me and don’t know very much about the Norse gods, the book serves as a great introduction to that. The book is fun and brilliantly written, and Loki is a great character, he’s mischievous and clever and a very likable narrator.

One thing for me that became a slight problem is with the success and popularity of the marvel Avengers series, the characters of Thor and Loki were already drawn up for me. I couldn’t help but imagine Tom Hiddleston or Chris Hemsworth as I read the story. I imagine this isn’t a problem for the many many fans the Avengers has, but it ruined the story for me slightly, as I prefer to imagine my own versions of the characters. Despite this I think Harris did a wonderful job at putting her own spin on the characters and making them distinctly hers, I just had a hard time not picturing the marvel versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much of the story we already know from previous books ...
Much of the story we already know from previous books in the series but this is still a compulsive read and a small insight into loki's thinking , if you can trust him that is !!'
Published 17 days ago by E. M. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 28 days ago by charles b riach
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A ripping yarn for anyone interested in Greek mythology. Interesting characters and fast moving plot.a a a a a a
Published 29 days ago by henry j powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cover!
Really enjoyed this book.
I know a little of Norse Mythology and I really enjoyed reading these stories to gain more knowledge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, I gave up half way through the book ...
Very disappointed, I gave up half way through the book it was just poor. I think it was written for teenagers.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An intriguing read. Nothing is ever as it seems and this book enlightens on the base aspect of Loki
Published 2 months ago by Michael Donoher
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Somewhat enjoyable, but left a lot to be desired.
Published 3 months ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging take on Norse mythology
‘The Gospel of Loki’, by Joanne M. Harris, is a fantasy fiction book focusing on a retelling of Norse mythology from the point of view of Loki. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clay R. Haase
5.0 out of 5 stars any fan of loki or mythology should read this book!
any fan of loki or mythology should read this book!

witty and a good paced read!
this is one of the books i'm proud to own and read often!
Published 3 months ago by laura gane
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