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The Characters: Don't trust any of them,
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This review is from: The Gospel of Loki (Hardcover)
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.