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Black Ice

(Midgard #2)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  40 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard continues the thrilling urban fantasy series that began with Mist in Black Ice.

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 known as Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she th
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Tor Books
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

BLACK ICE continues along the same Norse vein as Susan Krinard’s first MIDGARD installment while adding even more characters, mythology and plot threads to the mix. In this book readers get to tag along as Mist preps for the coming battle with Loki by recruiting soldiers, locating the missing Valkyrie & their Treasures, and honing her magical abilities. The influx of new information was once again overwhelming at times, and having a strong understanding of Ragnarok and i
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It’s pretty safe to say that the meaty, old-school urban fantasy Susan Krinard writes isn’t for everyone. This series is the epitome of its genre, heavily based in Norse mythology, with plenty of action but not a whole lot of romance to speak of. The upside, of course, is the abundance of information on Norse mythology, which is both entertaining and very educational. But at the same time, things like character development and humor suffer for it, and there is very little lightness to make this ...more
"Black Ice" is the second book in Susan Krinard's "Midgard" series about the confrontation on Earth between Loki, the infamous Norse traitor, and Mist, a Valkyrie and daughter of Freya.

It will be in stores on August 12, 2014. It is a fresh look at ancient Norse gods and characters, who are often absent from the urban fantasy landscape. For that reason alone, it's a welcome diversion. However, Krinard's story askews a straightforward narrative, adds in two major characters and muddies the genera
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Tor
Publishing Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9780765332097
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1.0/5

Publisher Description: 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 known as Mist one of the only survivors.

Review: The cover art is strangely compelling. Oh right, I am a dude. If I was a bald septuagenarian art crit
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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"Black Ice" by Susan Krinard continues the story of Mist and her allies as they seek to stop the god of michief Loki from collecting the treasures of Odin before he harms the people of Midgard. Mist in the meantime must learn to discover her own gifts and powers and struggle with the problems of leadership.

Book 2 was another "okay" part to this series. I still continued to have fun and overall enjoyed it. I did
I would like to thank NetGalley & Tor Books for giving me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard continues the thrilling urban fantasy series that began with Mist in Black Ice.

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, leavi
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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After enjoying the first book, I was excited to discover this second volume by Susan Krinard. I must say that I have a soft spot for everything about mythology and it’s true that this volume presents everything that can please me.

We thus find Mist, always equal to herself, and who finds herself increasingly at the heart of a war she must lead to save the world. Indeed, now that one of her sisters, Bryn, teamed up with her, she knows that she will have to find
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Midgard series. It follows closely to what happened in the first book, Mist, and this should not be read out of order. If you are looking for action, then this is the series for you. While we had some hints of romance in the first book and it was continued in this book, I didn't feel connected to it. It just didn't quite have the same impact as it did in the first book. Mist's development continues in this story and I have enjoyed how much she has grown. I think th ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great series, Norse mythology mixed in present day. A battle is brewing that may end earth as we know it. The future of Midgard is in the balance. Looking forward to the third book in this trilogy!!!!
Apr 01, 2016 marked it as nope
"And Sigyn--" [Loki] shrugged. "She was never worthy of me." pg. 264

*throws book into a dumpster fire*
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
The battle to stop Loki bringing devastation to Earth continues – Mist has to gather her allies, call in her sister Valkyries and the Norse treasures they were holding, anything that can give her an advantage in the coming conflicts

She’s also attracting mortal allies – but is that through genuine need or her own powers changing their choices? Because Mist is also the daughter of the goddess Freya and that’s definitely a learning curve – and brings complications since Freya’s motives may not be e
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
review posted here...
Black Ice is the action packed sequel to Mist and book 2 in the Midgard series.
We join Mist almost immediately after her showdown with Loki in the finale of book one. Mist, Dainn and her allies are recovering from the battle with Loki, regrouping and working through the discoveries they made. They know that Loki will attack again but whether it’s today, tomorrow or months from now they have no idea, but one thing they do know is th
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Black Ice is the followup to the first book in this series, Mist. I can definitely say that the title of this latest entry is appropriate, not just because there is literal “black ice” in San Francisco (in June!) but also in the sense of “things are always darkest just before they turn completely black”.

This story is not an upper. The situation starts out grim and keeps getting grimmer. Also Grimm-er, in the sense of myths and fairy tales coming entirely to
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

So I love mythology and I enjoyed Mist, the first book in the series. So I had my heart set on more Norse mythology goodness!

And while I did get some of that, I felt like Black Ice suffered from second book syndrome. It just feels like it's a build-up to major events happening in book 3 and while there are several battles taking place, it never really felt like the stakes were high. I didn't feel like either of the main characters was
Marta Cox
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Midgard urban fantasy series and there's certainly a lot going on. I have previously read books by this author aimed at fans of paranormal romance so was quite keen to see what Ms Krinard would do with something based on Norse mythology. It's an interesting idea with a modern day Valkyrie as the heroine and the concept of Loki also known as the trickster god as the protagonist is very appealing but Mist is still following a steep learning curve and as her powers ma ...more
Danielle Annett
So I had to stumble a bit since I had not read the first book in the series but I don't feel that I missed too much. The author did a great job at making this book into a successful stand alone novel though I do feel that had I read the first installment, I may have had a stronger connection to the main characters.

I enjoyed the norse mythology woven throughout the book. It made for an interesting read and was something I hadn't come across very often so that was quit refreshing. Mist is attempt
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful mix of mythology with the here and now. This is the second book and even though I had not read the first one it still was easy enough for me to follow along. There is a battle going on with the main players being Loki and Mist with their prospective fellows that are right there along with them. The is also a child Danny involved that Loki has kept close to him for his advantage that is quite a unusual twist to a story such as this. If as a reader you are looking for lots of a ...more
**I received this book from NetGalley/Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

"Worry only about what you have the power to change." quote from the ARC

Black Ice is the follow-up to Mist and continues Krinard's Midgard series, The series is set in modern day San Francisco centuries after the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war in an effort to stop Ragnar
Brian Palmer
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a surprisingly thick book given the length of time it covers -- I might have miscounted, but it seems to be under a week from start to finish. These are just super-busy days. Mist, a valkyrie who turns out to be the daughter of the goddess Freya and an ice giant, is busy trying to organize a team to fight Loki, the trickster god who alone has escaped from the Void in which the rest of the Norse pantheon reside. But Loki's not the only one who seems to be playing tricks...

I'll avoid spoil
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: norse-mythology
Lots going on, deftly woven in, great imagination. Good setup for the third book. I enjoyed all the mythology references.

Could see the Danny's parent reveal from pretty much the beginning - were we supposed to cos it seemed pretty obvious.

Why did Dainn never end up telling Mist about Freya's plan for her? He had opportunity too, even with his little note. Am I missing something or is it just plot delay?

The book felt a wee too dense though, it needed some pauses and some lighter moments in contra
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mist has started gathering her sister Valkyries along with some human allies to help fight against Loki. Then when her mom shows up things get complicated and really dangerous.

Dain is too depressing. He needs to get a backbone and stop trying to blame himself for every little thing that goes wrong.

Fave scenes: the Jotunn’s dying words, Eir’s place, meeting Ryan’s aunt and finding Sleipnir.
Clay Kallam
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Susan Krinard is a veteran writer, but most of her career has been in the romance genre, which shows in “Black Ice” (Tor, $14.99, 382 pages), the second in a series featuring Valkyrie (yes, an actual Norse legend) Mist. Mist lives in contemporary San Francisco, and not surprisingly is dealing with her attraction to a tormented, handsome elf who has been cursed by Odin.

And Loki (the villain of the piece), Freya, Odin and all the Norse gods and their hangers-on are part of the story, as they try t
DeeDee Lynn
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The story is pretty good but the printing errors are horrible. Doesn't anyone proofread books anymore? It wasn't just a typo here and there either. For example, there were one-and-a-half sentences at the bottom of a page and then at the top of the next page those same sentences were repeated. It was highly distracting and I'm not sure it's worth reading any more of the series once it comes out if the errors are going to continue like this. My college English professors drilled proofreading into ...more
Henry Lazarus
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mist, a Valkyrie who survived Ragnorak till our time only to discover that she has to face Loki, returns with new allies in Black Ice (trade from Tor) Loki has a son he is protecting, Denny who seems autistic, but has more magic potential. At the same time Mist finds some of the lost Valkyries and other allies. The Alfar Dainn has to deal with his dark curse that turns him into an animal. I like this series by Susan Krinard far better than the comic based Thor movies. Review Published by the Phi ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not a bad read, but I was exhausted just following the characters from crisis to crisis. The next "issue" I had was Tom Hiddleston has ruined Loki as a truly nefarious character. Each time Loki plotted ruin, I imagined Hiddleston holding Thor's hammer & Captain America's shield. Or I thought about him making a spot of tea, whilst getting so excited at his plotting. So, sadly, I couldn't immerse myself into a world where I was supposed to root for an annoying Elf and a Valkyrie lacking Cole's sna ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
At first, I thought it was a nice mix of Norse mythology and modern settings. Unfortunately, the further I read, the harder it became for me. The writing is great but the whole plot fell flat, at least for my case.

This book was not mean for me to read, perhaps, it will fare better in other readers' hands.
Ruby Ridge
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This series continues to disappoint as it should be so much better than it is. Great idea, great mc but lousy execution. I will read the last in the series but without enthusiasm, when will we get a good Valkyrie book?
One other thing - lose the damn elf this alone will gain an extra star.
Recommended for students of Norse mythology
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
Loki can't be trusted. He is the trickster god, after all. But aren't all gods duplicitous? You really can't trust any of 'em. Looks like Midgard's in trouble (again).

Full review here:

Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I found the book very entertaining. There were A LOT of typos. There were many times I would have to go back and re-read a sentence because of it. Now if it wasn't for that I would have given it 4 stars.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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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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