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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Imagine that a shy graduate student has discovered the legendary necklace Brisingamen -- whose wearer bears the powers of the goddess Freyja, mistress of love and war...

Imagine that Freyja's enemy, Loki, has come to San Francisco to steal it back, so that he can release his fiery reign of terror...

Imagine that only Karen Ingold can stop him. Together with her unlikely alli
Paperback, 261 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Berkley (first published 1984)
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I have always liked the Norse gods better than I liked the Greek gods. I'm not sure why, but I do.

I am of two minds about this book. Part of me wants to give it two stars, part of me wants to give it three.

We'll take the negative first.

Brisingamen brings the Norse Gods to modern day San Fran and into the life of Karen Ingold.

Basically, this involes her becoming the incarnation of Freya (or something like that) and having sex with three different men over the course of the book. In and of itself
Book actually inspired me to check out opera!
Janet Whalen-Jones
One of my old faves....better than any of her other stuff. As you can see from my many reviews, anything that takes old mythos and plunks it into our modern reality pleases me. Havent read it in awhile, but I know Norse Gods are involved, a great read. Just read again in 2013. Knowing Paxon is an Asatru priestess and has been since before she wrote this book makes it even better. This is not fantasy; it is one reality blended with another. Shows practicing heathens as good Volk. Scholars, magici ...more
One of the few books in my life that I just could not gut out to the end. The main character finally drove me to abandon ship and all I can remember about it was equal parts revulsion for the main character and annoyance at its 'soapy-ness'.
Lynxie Dove
This book, while not the best fantasy fiction I've read, has some very likeable charecters, and I only wish it had been longer, and the charecters more developed.
This month's book club selection - somewhat like American Gods - except they are all Norse goddesses & gods.
1. The 70s took a while to die.
2. Weird, weird, weird weird weird. Weird weird weird.
3. Um, Viet Nam? Really?
Diana Paxson puts a modern twist on the Norse legend.
1970s-ish sex-as-liberation take on Norse fertility myths.
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Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
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