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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,152 ratings  ·  191 reviews
God of Mischief

Father of Lies

Harbinger of Destruction

Exiled and tortured by the gods, Loki swears vengeance on those who wronged him.

He will summon the mighty Fenris Wolf and the legendary Midgard Serpent, and they will lead an army of giants and all the dead in Niflheim as they march on Asgard, the sacred realm of the gods.

He will not rest till Asgard is in ashes and al
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Published by V Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kirstine
"God of Mischief.
Father of Lies.
Harbinger of Destruction.


IT LOOKED SO PROMISING.
(I say promising, I mean badass)

So let me start out saying this:
As an introduction into norse mythology, the characters and the universe, or if you just want a good story (and know nothing about the mythology) this book is probably good (even if it is still somewhat poorly written).

That said, I didn't like it a whole lot.
Because it is meant for readers looking for what I mentioned above. Perhaps some with knowledge
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Megan
After reading American Gods and watching the movie Thor I wanted to read all I could about Norse mythology. I found a free book on my Kindle of all the classic stories and quickly read through them. I absolutely loved the character of Loki, feeling he was the most dynamic out of all of the Norse Gods. And look at that face ;)

But that is besides the point. From there I found this book and it blew my mind.

This book was beyond incredible as soon as I starting reading it I had a hard time putting i
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Mike Vasich
Oct 17, 2011 Mike Vasich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Well, it IS my book!
Jillian -always aspiring-
(Note: This is rather an atypical review in that it's less of a study of the book and more a study of characters, so...you've been warned.)

It should be said that I'm a huge Loki fan. (No, not Hiddleston!Loki. Okay, not JUST Hiddleston!Loki.) My affection for this trickster god probably began years ago when I watched the anime Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, which painted Loki in a softer light than he's usually portrayed. After the fact, I dabbled in reading Norse mythology, but there was alwa
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
OH MY GOD.

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A whole book told from the perspective of Loki, aka, the best freaking villain ever?!

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Moses Siregar III
May 06, 2012 Moses Siregar III rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in Norse Mythology
A brilliant retelling of some of the major events in Norse mythology, and thus an ambitious and worthy--and ultimately significant--literary effort. Vasich brings to life things like the Norns, the gods, and ultimately Ragnarok. He brought to life the wolf Fenrir, the stonemason who offered to rebuild Asgard's wall, and Hel. Vasich has a special ability to imagine and write about mythic events, as you'll see in the final battles between Fenrir and Tyr, Thor and Jörmungandr, Heimdall and Loki.

Vas
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Shirley
I'm not particularly fond of writing reviews, it makes me feel like I'm judging someone, and I hate doing that. But when the work is great and deserves praise, well then, I'm more than happy to raise my voice and say "READ THIS BOOK, ITS AMAZING!" And LOKI, by Mike Vasich deserves all the praise in the nine realms.

Its bloody fantastic. Literally, BLOODY and FANTASTIC.

Having never heard of Norse Mythology before, it should come as no surprise that I found this book after watching the film THOR. L
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Angela
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Saba
Three Blazing Stars
The recent films about Norse mythology, Tom Hiddleston, and a need to read something different was what lead me to read this book.
Loki, the god of mischief now famously adored and loved by the Thor movie fandom, is given a book of his own to speak out his version. It's a tale of how his actions, amongst others', lead to the very destruction of the Nine Worlds.

“You alone are responsible for this. Your twisted schemes have caused the death of all that you knew. I only wish th
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Faith
Oh , author , how you have tricked me. But I'll review this book , here we go. Warning , use of funky gifs ahead.

But firstly , is this really Loki's story?

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Loki;

So this book is a re-telling of the Eddas and no , it is not Loki's story or from Loki's point of view. This book is about Asgard and the stories (some) of Asgard. I was tricked (no pun intended) by the premise , I thought this book would entirely be about Loki , the God of Mischief , as he truly is. But nope , it felt like Marvel after
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Wayne
Since childhood, I have been interested in Norse mythology and Thor has been a hero of mine. As a result, Loki has not been a character I've been particularly fond of. Last year I read Kelly McCullough's excellent "MythOS", which gave me an understanding and some sympathy for Loki.

Mike Vasich's "Loki" is a retelling of many of the Norse myths, ending shortly after Ragnarok. This book is mostly from Loki's point of view and it gives a good explanation for why Loki would turn against the gods in A
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Carry-Atlinder
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Vivi Vocat
Loki is a creative retelling of some events of Norse mythology that brings to life the well-known characters and also those not so note-worthy, although with artistic license. As with any alteration of a well-known original story there were some additions and omissions I liked, others I actually detested.

The book continually changed the POV. In my opinion, this was actually most disappointing, because what I wanted and expected (given the title) was a retelling of the story from Loki’s point of
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Doug Roberts
At the end of this book, in the "About the Author" section, it reads: "This book was inspired by the teachings of Norse mythology in his class, and is dedicated to all the students who have ever said. "Mr. V, you should write a book!"

I would like to add: Mr. V, please keep writing books.

Most of what I know about Norse mythology was deeply instilled by a childhood of engrossed in the Marvel Universe, so I was prepared for this book to pale by comparison to the comics (yes, I still read comics, sh
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Tahni
I give this a three star rating largely because I recognize that the author of this book is a teacher and may have written it by way of sparking people's interest in the mythology. However, already pretty familiar with the mythology, I was really pretty disappointed. The story telling itself wasn't bad, but I felt as though key elements of the mythology were left out, while others that were included could have or should have been elaborated upon and more thoroughly explored. Among those left out ...more
Kris43
Words are not enough to explain how absolutely and totally I loved this! Simply amazing!

This book does a good job on staying true to spirit of original Norse myths, while at the same time it breaths new life into them. Lets say i will newer again look at Odin and Loki in the same way. Each Asgardian God is given distinct personality that is not far from how they where portrayed in folklore, it also gives them a little extra and makes them believable. Its all deliciously dark and very tragic.

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Kathy
While it's true that the author plays merry havoc with a few of the classic Norse myths, this novel ties together the rise and fall of the Aesir like no other book before it. Odin is not simple a wiseman. He is a tormented manipulator actively setting up the events of the impending Ragnarok. The other gods, such as Tyr, Frey and Frejya, get equal treatment with dynamic personalities that make the progression of the story refreshing, believable and, at times, surprising. For instance, Baldar, bea ...more
Kristine
From the first unforgettable scene straight out of Norse mythology, this fantastic book just keeps getting better. It follows the story of the trickster god Loki, including many of the favorite Norse myths while following an engaging plot that fills in many of the holes the original mythology had left. The pantheon of gods, each with their own distinct personality, inhabit a rich and colorful world that is easy to become completely absorbed in. Mike Vasich brings new light to the hammer-toting T ...more
Audrey
THIS BOOK GAVE ME ALL THE FEELINGS.
Sandra
Oh my.

If you're interested in either Loki or Odin, give this a try. It's a re-telling of part of the Norse mythology, changing events slightly here and there, to adapt the stories for a contemporary novel. And I must say, it was very well done. Besides the re-tellings, the book includes the relevant original texts in italics, so you can compare to your heart's desire, should you wish. Though not all of the mythological stories were incorporated into the story, there are plenty of references, if
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Traci
Okay, this is less of a novel like the description leads me to believe, and more just a basic retelling of some Norse legends centered (for the most part) around Loki. It's okay, the book was all right... it just didn't show a whole lot of originality. I like retellings of fairytales and mythology, but I also like to feel like I can't look the same thing up on wikipedia. (I looked these up on wikipedia. For the most part, I feel like I read the same thing. I'm not crying plagiarism, I'm saying I ...more
B.C.
I give the author some serious recognition for what he was working to do. Retelling mythologies is very difficult and tedious work (I would assume). There are parts of this book that I loved and parts that were not my favorite. So here it goes:

Wins:

-Knowledge: The author actually inserted sections or excerpts of the real myth. This added a knowledge base to help me understand the story better. If he had not provided that background information, I would have been lost on some things. This also al
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I.S. Anderson
As an author who writes stories based on mythology, I felt obligated to read this. I am always curious to get another take on a subject so dear to my heart. When you do that though, you always take the risk of being disappointed because somebody else’s spin on your favorite stories could be too far from your own interpretation to enjoy it.

I can tell you right now; this author does know his stuff. At no point in the story did I feel like tearing my hair out thinking: “where did this guy get his
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Sofia Andersson
This is one of the best books I've ever read; not exaggerating. It had complex characters, vivid battles and an interesting story. The best part is that I knew all of the myths as a fan of Norse mythology and it was wonderful to see them "come to life". Also, it doesn't hurt that I visualized Loki to look like the movie-version of him ;)

Anyway, before I start fangirling, I must say that the battle scenes were AWESOME. They were gory, bloody and freaking amazing. I found myself holding my breath
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[Name Redacted]
This book is not so much about the Norse god Loki, as it is a retelling of the various events leading up to the final moments of Ragnarok -- many of which happen to be initiated by or somehow related to the God of Lies. Loki is the title character and initial protagonist, but Balder, Freyja, Tyr, Heimdal, Thiazi, Fenrir, Hel and especially Odin all take their turns as P.O.V characters. Certain elements of the mythology have been "re-imagined", with the einherjar as walking corpses, the giants as ...more
Leodora Murphy
I didn't have that high expectations for this - based on the very prejudice assumption that foreigners can't really write properly about Norse mythology. I have been proven wrong. It's actually quite brilliant the way it tells the old tales and then re-tells the story, but from the gods perspective so it all comes alive and you get under the gods' skin - get the feelings behind some of their crazy actions. I'd forgotten most of the tales I've been taught back in school about the old norse gods, ...more
Marizabeth
This was my first foray into the realm of Norse mythology, and it was very interesting.

I kept finding that Loki is almost a peripheral character in this novel, though. There are several chapters that do follow him exclusively, but for the most part, I felt he wasn't very prominent. Others may disagree. I also was really irritated with Odin. He plays to the fates, which I understand, but he also keeps pertinent information to himself and frequently deduces that nobody else could understand the bu
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H.R.
I picked this up on a whim because it sounded interesting and I've always loved the Norse myths and stories. I am so glad I did.

This story is a brilliantly crafted interpretation of some of the Eddas, and completely captivated me from the first paragraph. The pacing is fantastic and I found myself having a hard time putting it down because it was so engaging.

I am not one to normally write reviews, but felt it was absolutely necessary for me to voice my opinion on how incredible this novel is!

Mr
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Maja
I don't usually write reviews, so I am going to keep this short.
I really enjoyed this book and more than that I found it very educational. Thank you for teaching me about the wonders of Norse mythology! :)
Mel
This book was a fun read and a great take on Norse mythology. I loved it.
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Mike Vasich teaches English to gifted and talented students in suburban Michigan. He continues to write novels in his spare time so that he can avoid any real work around the house.

He likes stories where bad guys win and goody-two-shoes get crumpled into the dust. His hobbies include taking naps, sowing disrespect for revered institutions, and making children cry (especially his own).

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“He was unique among the Aesir in this respect; while all were powerful warriors, he alone wielded death as a weapon.” 11 likes
“As the venom streamed down once more, he heard the unmistakable sound of a wolf howling. It would not be long now. Ragnarok had come, and he would see Asgard crushed and burned till he trod on the ashes of all of those who had wronged him.” 5 likes
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