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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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Mike (the Paladin)
...note no rating and I still have this on the "currently reading shelf. That said a I'm about to lay it aside. We opened with some action and mythological tie in. However the angst is so thick you can cut it with...well with a cliched remark.

Opening on well trod ground (I mean it's not a spoiler if it happens on the first couple of pages) a broken oath (or oaths. If it's one oath made by multiple characters is it oath or oaths???? Oh well) anyway "we broke our oath" and we watched as "one we lo
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   (A Bookish Life)
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 the mythology. Within the first 5 pages
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
*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
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
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
The Urban Book Thief
May 30, 2013 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
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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 that d
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
Jun 03, 2013 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
May 24, 2013 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
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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.
Wolf (Alpha)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
I loved this book. I loved Mist so much. I loved how she didn't give up and how she was willing to fight with everything that she had. I felt so bad for her when instead of being her boyfriend, he ended up being Loki. I never actually trusted Dainn, and I hope that I end up being correct. I love how they continue to defeat Loki and the frost giants. I have always loved mythology, and this was no exception. 10 stars. ...more
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, t
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
Wandering Meander
Aug 22, 2013 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
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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Read the full written review here:

My second time reading this book as I head into my binge-read, since I never did get around to reading books 1 and 2. And looks like my original review no longer exists, which sucks, so I'll just do a quick review here.

What you need to know about "Mist" is that it is book 1 in the "Midgard" series following a woman named Mist who is a Val
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
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
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 05, 2013 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
... 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
Jun 15, 2013 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
Mar 30, 2014 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.

Full review here:

May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not a new series I'll be following. See the full review here:
Ria Bridges
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s been a resurrgence in interest in Norse mythology these days, and Mist is primed to take advantage of that. Taking place in San Francisco, the story centres mainly around Mist, a Valkyrie who no longer has much of an association with the deities she once served, due to believing that they all died after Ragnarok. She spends her time just living life, going through day-to-day mundania, with some breaks for training in order to keep her weapons’ skills up to snuff.

And that’s where the plot
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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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