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Mist (Midgard #1)

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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 Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In qui
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Tor Books (first published June 30th 2013)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Actual rating: 2.5

Throughout reading this book, I had a word floating around in my mind. It wasn't a word, so much as a vague idea of a definition, and it's a shame that my brain doesn't have a CTRL+F function or a built-in thesaurus because it took me a good 3/4 of the book to actually put a word to the sensation that this book evoked within me.

1. Of imposing height.
2. Elevated in character; exalted.
3. Affecting grandness; pompous.
4. Arrogant; haughty.

While all of the above can be true to
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
If you’re a woman with even the slightest knowledge on Norse mythology, I bet you spent some time fantasizing about being a Valkyrie. (If you’re a man… well, let’s not go there.) After all, they are gorgeous, they are practically invincible, either noble or descendents of gods and the things they can do with a sword would make any person drop their jaw in admiration. And there are always those outfits to consider – I for one would kill to wear them just once.

I am fairly new to Norse mythology an
Experiment BL626
The book started off strong but then slid downhill towards the middle and never climbed back up. By the end, things were a mess.

+ the characters

Mist was a strong heroine. She didn’t blindly follow the gods, her superiors, and thought for herself. She moved on with her life, finding new reasons to live in a world that didn’t require her service as a Valkyrie anymore and a belief in magic would institutionalize a person. When confronted with dangers that should have been dead with the past she qui
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A long time ago, all of the great Norse gods and goddesses died in the Last Battle. Only a handful of Valkyrie survived and were sent to Midgard (Earth). Each of them was tasked by Odin All-father to protect powerful artifacts that once belonged to the gods themselves, holding on for their possible return one day.

And so the Valkyrie waited. And waited.

Until the events of World War II moved them into action. Tired of waiting and tired of not fighting in the co
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
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Mist the Mark.

I have conflicted feelings on this one. I happen to love all things Norse mythology and have read several great series that feature it. But where other series merely borrow from the mythology to add flavour to their worlds, Mist is infused with it from root to tip. It's both its biggest asset, and its greatest downfall. And I'll try and explain why.

Kicking off with a prologue set in World War II era Norway, Mist wastes no time packing in t
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy with Norse Mythology
*Rating* 3.0


Mist is the story about an orphan who later became the immortal Valkyrie halfling named Mist Bjorgsen. Mist, along with her Valkyrie sisters, was given an important job of protecting valuable treasures by Odin before Ragnarok was supposed to descend on the Norse Gods. Mist's job is to protect Gungnir, the spear that can never miss its mark, a job she fails at which causes consternation and fits and starts along the way.

Mist is an in
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
DNF at 25% therefore no rating.

I was really looking forward to this being a story of 'just' a Valkyrie, just a regular non-super-powered immortal, not a secret speshul snowflake in disguise.

I've been struggling with wanting to continue this for a whole month, and it's really not for me. I should stop trying to expand my horizons and go back to young adult.
I wanted to love this book. There isn't enough fantasy, or urban fantasy, that deals with Norse mythology. There's such a wealth of history to draw on with the Norse gods, and since it's my heritage I'm always anxious to see it used more. I had high hopes. Mist both did and didn't live up to those hopes.

Firstly, despite the fact that this has a strong sense of place in San Francisco - honestly, I feel like I could have taken out a map and easily followed Mist and the other characters around the
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 01, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it did not like it
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Quick & Dirty: This book just didn’t work for me.

Opening Sentence: ”Just a little further, skatten min,” Mist said, helping the little girl to her feet.

The Review:

I have been holding on to hope that I would want to return to this book and then be able to review it, but I’ve come to the realization it just isn’t going to happen.

This book has everything going for it: a great premise, characters that I already know from my crazy love of comics, and writing th
Jun 03, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
Easily 75% of the text in this first installment of the Mist series is dedicated to world building and contextualization of characters and events past and future. The world that Susan Krinard is building is well developed and intriguing.

Yet, for all of the contextualization, there is little for the reader to latch onto in terms of bonding with the characters.

The version of Mist we meet in this book is a proforma Urban Fantasy warrior heroine without any depth or emotion for the reader to bond w
The Urban Book Thief
Jun 11, 2013 The Urban Book Thief rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book has left me in a quandry. I don't know whether it was A, the massively huge injection of Norse mythology or B, the constant and continuous action that left me in a rather confused tail-spin.

Let me 'splain. I love mythologies and learning about different pantheons, so much so that I studied ancient history for a spell at university. Unfortunately, my knowledge of Norse mythology is only what I gleamed from Thor - well, when I wasn't panting over Chris Hemsworth's incredibly cute Aussie
Loki is on the rise and his goal is to take control of the earth. Loki arrives in modern day San Francisco.

Valkyrie Mist is a guardian of ancient and powerful weapons entrusted to her by the god, Odin. Mist must reignite her zeal and lost faith and come to the rescue of the world. Enlisting help from a betrayer and a drunken god and then discovering that they are seriously behind in this take over, Mist must pull out all the stops before all is lost.

The battle between the gods and goddesses is
Once, long ago Mist was a Valkyrie, an orphan raised to immortality, who served Odin. But that was before Ragnarok descended on the Norse Gods and Loki and his minions attacked the Aesir. Before her world collapsed into death and destruction, Odin gifted Mist with his Spear Gungnir and each of the other Valkyrie with an immortal weapon and sent them over the Rainbow Bridge to live in old Norway in Midgard among the humans

2050 years go by, and Mist is now living in San Francisco. She has hidden G
Shera (Book Whispers)
***Review copy provided through Netgalley for an honest review.***

Susan Krinard is a new to me author, but once I heard that there would be Valkyries I was all up in this book! Norse mythology! Um, yes please. A classic trickster Loki that can change shape into anything he wants, male or female, making for a pretty steamy and deceptive read! Sexy scandals. Check. Did I mention Valkyrie?? This title had everything that makes me foam at my metaphorical mouth! Then a few pages into the book it hit
May 24, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an advanced copy of ''Mist'' from Tor to review.
Let me start by saying I really did like this book. I couldn't put it down and devoured it in just a couple days. That said, I must also confess that I couldn't love it as much as I really wanted to, and if it wasn't for the compelling story and the interesting characters, I probably wouldn't care if I read the next one or not. My main holdup is on the dialogue and the writing in general. In many parts, it seems to get stuck between for
I would have rated this book about 3.7 stars, but due to a mixture of typographical errors that shouldn't have made it into the final publication, and the overwhelming amount of Norse mythology without a reference guide anywhere in the book, I am forced to rate it 3 stars on almost all public review sites

New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard launches her first urban fantasy series.

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves,
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 17, 2013 Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I did expect more from this cos it had such a cool premise with Norse Mythology. The myths of my genes (my soul is another business). But I just never connected with Mist. For someone that old she was not very smart.

I know I read an ARC but I just came across such an unforgivable thing. "The Border of Norway and Switzerland", oh I did not now that. Has Norway moved? And do not give me the they both begin with Sw. I expect more from an ARC that deals with Norse mythology. I wondered how others wo
All Things Urban Fantasy
MIST is urban fantasy in the most classic application of the genre, taking the intricate mythology and tropes of classic Fantasy and transporting them to the streets of San Francisco. Reminiscent of Mercedes Lackey’s Bardic Voices, but with a Nordic twist, Krinard brings frost giants and ancient godlings to life in the modern world.

While the Krinard’s premise and mythology worked really well for me, the heroine Mist was the confluence of several mechanisms that fell flat. As a Valkyrie with inti
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

If you're a fan of Norse mythology and looking for something to read, the first book in Susan Krinard's new urban fantasy series may be just what you need. MIST is an adult novel, so I wouldn't recommend it to a kid looking for a Percy Jackson-esque story (And for that, we have Rick Riordan's own Norse mythology series due out in 2015 anyway!).

Mist was one of three Valkyrie to escape her dying world during Ragnarok. She escaped to our world and no longer holds the same beliefs she once did. She
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mist is a Valkyrie, one of the last remnants of the Norse pantheon left on Midgard, following her sacred duty to keep the Treasures safe that Odin entrusted to her, and her sister’s, care.

But many centuries have passed and she has lost a lot of faith in this role – she is slowly adopting a normal life in San Francisco with the Norse firmly in her past. Until she runs into a Jotun who tries to kill her and an Alfar who has some ominous news – the 8 other Realms are gone, but Ragnarok has not yet
Andie K.
Note: I received this as a free eARC through Netgalley

I’ve never read any of Susan’s book yet, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing style, but what I hoped for was an enthralling, fast paced, compelling story with a strong, smart and dignified heroine, a crafty, so-much-more-than-simply-evil REAL villain and plenty of Mythological references.

What I actually got, fortunately, doesn’t alter much from those above. I got what I expected and I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to r
Wandering Meander
Aug 22, 2013 Wandering Meander rated it liked it
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You know, I think vampires have had their day in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I totally got on the Greek mythology bandwagon (and positively squee'd when Sherrilyn Kenyon combined both vampires and Greek mythology in one series). But I think it's time for me to respectfully bow out. It's not you, vampire fiction; it's me.

And then I saw Mist sitting in my favorite bookstore, with a kick-ass heroine holding a sword with one hand while grabbin
... the idea that fuels this book is a unique one that will appeal to all the people who look for unique urban fantasy books to read. There’s a huge amount of promise here, but unfortunately Mist just doesn’t deliver any of it. Krinard has a clunky execution. Her characters are underdeveloped. The world barely exists in my mind’s eye. There’s no emotional appeal due to a tell-rather-than-show style of writing. Infodumps and overly long scenes are distracting and wooden dialogue makes whatever in ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
My rating is probably really only a 3.5 on this one. I love all kinds of mythology and wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. There were parts I realky enjoyed but then I felt that there were so many parts where the characters would dodge the truth to one another and that only served to make things a little more dull and drawn out to me. It was frustrating because I thought this had so much potential. So, I don't know if I'll read the next one or really depends on the synopsis ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
After Ragnarok and the fall of the gods, Mist and her Valkyrie sisters have been charged with keeping the Treasures of the gods until the gods themselves return. Mist now lives a normal life in San Francisco - or as normal as it goes when you're an immortal norse warrior-maiden. And then things get weird again.

I have a nearly bottomless appetite for mythologically-inspired stories, and it seems like Greek myth has had its day in the sun. Time for the Norse to start shouldering their way in! Booy
Jan 06, 2016 Azuarc rated it liked it
I wanted to like Mist. I'm working on a story of my own where valkyries factor prominently, so I wanted to check out related works. So I read the other reviews, which were all incredibly biased against Krinard's extensive use of mythology, and thought it can't be that bad. And it wasn't. Those reviews were all incredibly unfair -- anyone who knows the names Sleipnir, Gungnir, and Hel will be fine -- and I'm sorely tempted to give Mist an extra star or two to compensate.

However, the novel still w
Jul 08, 2014 Jana rated it it was ok
Not so much. Too many disconnects for me. First, she's a Valkyrie--really? With a name like "Mist"? All the other Valkyries have cool Norse names, but she has a weather phenomenon?

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Feb 14, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Norse mythology heavy, I really wanted to dive right into this book. In fact, it was so mythology heavy I had to at times reread sections just so I got it straight. This isn't a bad thing because I do like books that just take you for a ride and hope you catch up. I'm not as familiar with Norse mythology as I'd like to think and this one challenged my knowledge. Yes, I did like that. However, some people might have a bit of a problem with having to go back and reread sections. Perhaps a small se ...more
Clay Kallam
Feb 07, 2014 Clay Kallam rated it liked it
Susan Krinard has embarked on a series with “Mist” (Tor, $13.99, 382 pages). Hers, though, is a mixture of urban fantasy, Norse legends and her extensive background as a romance novelist.

As Krinard is a professional writer, she makes the complex plot easy to follow, but basically it’s the fantasy staple of good (Mist, the protagonist, who is a Norse Valkyrie) vs. evil (Loki, the Norse trickster god). “Mist” is plenty of fun in its own right, but basically is a table-setter for what looks to be a
May 24, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
Odin's hairy balls! Freya's tits! Loki's piss! The interjections come fast and furious when Norse gods run amok in San Francisco.

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Trained as an artist with a BFA in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Susan Krinard became a writer in 1992 when a friend read a short story she'd written and suggested she try writing a romance novel. A long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, Susan began reading romance -- and realized what she wanted to do was combine the two genres. Prince of Wolves, her first ro ...more
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