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Dis: An Urban Midgard Short Story

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Colbie Moss has bigger concerns than being one of the dísir, the undead avatars of the Norse spirits of fate known as Norns. She has lost a mythic blade entrusted to her by her uptight yuppie mentor, no less than a Norse god of old. Now the blade is in the middle of a gang war that has left a beloved friend on the brink of death. Colbie will have to decide how far she is w ...more
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Published May 29th 2011 by Margo Lerwill, via Smashwords (first published May 25th 2011)
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Sommer Leigh
Jun 19, 2011 Sommer Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With mythology as popular as it is in fiction these days, there are a surprisingly few people taking advantage of the rich and scandalous mythological history of the Norse which is just one way Margo Lerwill stands out from the crowd of storytellers.

Where Lerwill braids the supernatural unknown with the scary urban landscape of gang warfare and honor delivered at gun point is where this short story really shines. You wouldn't think that these two very different sets of characters, ideals, and hi
Matt Larkin
Sep 01, 2011 Matt Larkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fantasy at a good price already has my attention. Throw in an enticing cover, and I wanted to know more. And when I heard about Dis's premise and use of Norse mythology, I was sold. Our heroine Colbie is a dis, spirits of fate servings the norns. And that's too cool not to read.

I know Lerwill's published stories before this, though not how many. I'm guessing more than a few, because Dis flows really well. Her descriptions are natural and evocative, never jarring, which helps me fall into the wor
Misti Wolanski
Jun 08, 2011 Misti Wolanski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, urban-fantasy
"Dis" is an enjoyable short story that introduces the reader to a promising world. Definitely recommended to urban fantasy fans. A few details are confusing if you aren't familiar with Norse mythology, but I'm sure they'll be clarified as Margo writes more in that world.

Colbie didn't seem to like Zaj much, which made me wonder how he got access to enter her apartment. Also, I felt the… avatar-ish thing… needed another line of introduction; it completely lost me about what was going on there unti
A.R. Miller
Loved it. The world building is great, storyline exciting and I loved Colbie and the other characters. Ms. Lerwill did her job, she entertained me and kept me reading. Then why only 3 stars? Dis and it's follow up, City of Dis, felt more like excerpts of a much larger work. Don't get me wrong, I'll probably be hitting that buy button when she releases the next installments. I just wish she'd release them all as one book.
Jul 24, 2011 Coral rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Dis is a fabulous introduction to an Urban Fantasy world inhabited by spirits, ancient gods, and other mysterious forces. Colbie is an interesting character already, and I hope there is more in store from her. Norse mythology is a favorite of mine and it fits wonderfully into the overall mash-up of myths that make up this world.

This short story leaves the reader in the perfect place, with a resolution and more questions to drive the need to read more. I'll be waiting in line to pick up the next
Aug 07, 2011 Regan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting short story that reads like the beginning of something much larger. New twist on Nordic mythology, and my first glimpse of Hmong spirituality/mythology in Urban Fantasy.

Well-written, a short twisted mystery with an ending that surprised me. I'd love to see more of heroine Colbie Moss and her world.
R.W. Hansen
Oct 18, 2011 R.W. Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this story I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had never read anything by Margo before and I am not super familiar with the mythology. I absolutely loved it. It was original and entertaining. Dark without being depressing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Sep 26, 2011 Sift Book Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"The premise behind Dis is certainly fascinating- a story I haven't heard anything very similar to..."
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Hektor Karl
Jun 04, 2011 Hektor Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent short urban fantasy based on Norse myth. Brutal gangs, mythic blades, and fateful choices.
Kait Nolan
Feb 04, 2013 Kait Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Tight and concise, nice worldbuilding. Looking forward to others.
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