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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In Liesmith, a “wildly entertaining debut novel . . . guaranteed to resonate with fans of mythopoeic fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman” (Library Journal), Alis Franklin introduced a band of charming, unforgettable heroes. Now they’re playing host to reincarnated Norse gods who are settling ancient grudges in the twenty-first cen ...more
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Published July 21st 2015 by Hydra (first published April 28th 2015)
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
I received this book as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I really loved this book. Often times the second book in a series suffers when compared to the first, or is slow going because it's setting up for the climax in the third book, or for another arc in books to come, but this was not the case in this book. The plot continued to be nicely complex, and I loved the twists and turns. The new characters fit into the plot well, and I liked that no one, even secondary chara
Alis Franklin
Jan 24, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So I think it's quite important to realise that I wrote this novel almost entirely while listening to bogan rock.

As such, the suggested reading soundtrack is:

And, most importantly:

Jul 08, 2015 added it
The good news is that the first chapter of Stormbringer: Book 2 of the Wyrd confirms all my suspicions regarding the last chapter or so of Liesmith: Book 1 of The Wyrd, the first book of Alis Franklin’s Urban Fantasy series ‘The Wyrd’. I can’t spill any further details here, though, as that would spoil the fun.

When you read a lot of fantasy or speculative fiction in general, you quickly come to the conclusion that dead doesn’t really mean dead. Even when there’s a body. Even when limbs have been
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book ties up some of the loose ends, not only from Liesmith but also some of that tricky business with the ickier parts of the Norse mythos. Hel comes knocking at Asgard's gate for the rights of the 'dishonored' dead, with the help of Em and Wayne's modern tactics. Lain tries to get rid of Gungnir and boy, does that turn out bad for him. Our Hero Sig tries to Save Lain and Learns a Lot. (Like how complicated it is when your boyfriend is an amalgam of two of the big hitter Norse gods.)

E.M. Hamill
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this second book, with Sig, Em, and Wayne riding at the head of Hel's undead army.
This series is a must read, full of the Norse mythos and magic and one sassy ex god who has embraced being Australian with every bit of his immortal self.

**Spoilers ahead. If you haven't read book one, stop here. **

Sig and Lain are settling into their new apartment. Sig's still a little befuddled that his boyfriend was once the god Loki, and isn't human, but jotunn in his native form. Lain has some unfinishe
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stormbringer is the sequel to Alis Franklin’s debut novel, Liesmith (which I reviewed here), and the second book in the urban fantasy series The Wyrd.

Liesmith focused very much as an introduction to the world of The Wyrd, seen through Sigmund’s eyes as a newcomer (of sorts) and human (of sorts) as well as those of Loki/Lain. I loved this book. I loved the relationship between Sigmund and Lain, I loved Franklin’s spin on the Norse sagas. I actually went back and reread Liesmith before reading Sto
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
STORMBRINGER, the sequel to LIESMITH, plays out the consequences of the major reveal. I think that people who haven't read LIESMITH would be quite confused, but they're cheap books so there's no reason not to read it.

There is a shift in focus from LIESMITH. The relationship between Sigmund and Lain takes a backseat, and they are in fact separated for most of STORMBRINGER. Lain is imprisoned and forced on a quest for Mjölnir. Sigmund is working to free him. Meanwhile, Hel is fighting for better r
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I obtained this advance reader copy from Netgalley.

Lain and his boyfriend are back in the second part of their adventure. (Read book #1 first, otherwise you will be utterly confused. Heck, I read book #1 and was still confused for the first few pages.) In any case, Lain holds the souls of the original Loki and a bit a Baldur within him. He returns to Asgard with Odin's spear, intending to deliver it to the heirs/children of Thor and Baldur. He is kidnapped but Thor's children, who intend to use
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have so many feelings about this book that I barely know where to start, a problem compounded by the fact that I just did not see it coming. The first book of The Wyrd, Liesmith, was pretty good. But, you know, just pretty good. A fun read, but not exactly a keep you up all night who cares if you have toddlers and work and shit to get done tomorrow just one more page kind of book. A Stormbringer kind of book, in other words.

Holy shit guys. This book. So many feelings.

So you know how Loki has a
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

The road FROM Hel is also paved with good intentions. And every story needs a villain – but it doesn’t need to be the SAME villain. Not even when that villain is Loki.

One last important point, by way of the American humorist Will Rogers, “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” There are all too many people (and beings) in Asgard that think they know all about Loki and his lies and betrayals, only to discover tha
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent second book to the series, I enjoyed it slightly more than the first.
I enjoyed again the subversion of "good guy" and "villain" and the incorporation of modern actions with characters with a medieval/viking perspective.

The romance between Lain and Sigmund has reached an intimate phase and the language was appropriate and not OTT.

I am looking forward for book number 3.
James Cleveland
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-fiction
Better than the first one, though I liked both. There’s more clarity in the plot lines of this one, and it’s easier to follow what’s going on. Although I’m confused on if there is a third one. GR says there is published in 2018, but it has nor reviews.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction, fantasy
Loki really shines and gets into a lot of trouble (and causes a lot of it), in this sequel to Liesmith, the urban fantasy where Loki and Norse mythology has moved to present-day Australia with a cast of geeks. Stormbringer is a strong follow up to Liesmith, and it takes a more traditional fantasy route with the cast of characters journeying to Asgard post-Ragnorak and dealing with Thor’s kids who are still living in the dark ages literally and know nothing about modern advances—talk about cultur ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own
3.5 stars

Stormbringer is the second book in Alis Franklin's Wyrd series, following the excellent Liesmith, which I purchased just so that I could read the series in order. I loved Liesmith; not only was it a great urban fantasy, based on Norse mythology (which is fresher than the ubiquitous Greco-Roman pantheon), but it rang multiple bells for those concerned about diversity in publishing: female author; one principal character who is queer and a person of color (Sigmund); another principal char
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It's been a while since I've read a well-executed fantasy where romance plays the second fiddle. Forgot how satisfying it can be.

I was worried at first, because, from the summary, it didn't sound like Lain and Sig story anymore. And indeed, they spend a lot of time apart, and there are new characters taking up the stage from time to time. But, contrary to the dreaded 'second book of a trilogy' syndrome, what they do on their own is actually interesting enough that you're sympathizing an
Grace Evans
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-reads
Loved it.
Loved it loved it loved it.
I so often feel like sequels never live up to the first book, but this one did. It gave me everything I wanted and more.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked this a lot, but there were some weird snags.

First, that opening. It reads like a "last time on As The Wyrd Turns" kinda thing, but it doesn't feel like it lines up with the ending of Liesmith? Also, I feel like there were some things glossed over in that timeskip-- Sigmund is moving in with Lain? After two months? Nothing more about what his Dad thinks about Lain, who he recently hit upside the horns with a pan? Nothing more about Sigmund and his Dad's little family drama re: Sigmund's mum
Isana Skeete
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally received this book on Netgalley for review.

So, I love Alis Franklin that's common knowledge . . . at least to me, and I'd like to think Alis Franklin as well. Liesmith: Book 1 of The Wyrd was amazing. Brown chubby queer boys doing awesome stuff has always appealed to me, so obviously since Stormbringer is much of the same, I love it as well.

I love the distinct narrative voices for the characters. I love Lain throwing the f-word about everywhere and I like the third person through whi
Jill Hornor
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I started this series this morning. I couldn't put it down! If there is another book that would be awesome, but if not, this was tied up really well.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via hydra in exchange for an honest review.

book two of alis franklin‘s wyrd series finds sigmund and lain separated and dealing with another ragnarok. sigmund’s gamer friends play a much larger role in this book and while that’s a welcome change the separation of sigmund and lain make the book less enjoyable. franklin’s writing is still good, and she once again shows an incredible mastery of norse language, customs, and, gods. unfortunately, part of wh
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

Coming back with the second book in The Wyrd Series, things pick up fairly close to where they left off in the first book, Liesmith, as Lain is preparing to return to Asgard in order to tie up some loose ends before coming back home to his boyfriend, Sigmund. Things will never be that easy when it comes to the God of Lies, however, and after the dust cleared after bringing about Ragnarok, things are worse than ever in the other realm. Death threats, unantic
Paul Allard
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Second volume of Norse gods fantasy series

This is the second in the series and I made the mistake of asking to review it, having forgotten that I hadn’t enjoyed the first one much!

However I did enjoy this novel more: it’s less confusing and more engaging.

It’s a tale of the Norse Gods after Ragnarok and the conflicts that emerge. This is mixed with 21st century references since several characters from Pandemonium, Australia find themselves dragged into the conflict.

There is a glossary to explain
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had consequences from the first book. I really enjoyed the clash of modern world vs post-Ragnorak Norse mythology. There were a lot of "minor" god characters, and some interesting secrets that flowed throughout the book. I'm still somewhat confused about Lain's identity, but I think everyone is.

I'm hoping the third book will spend more time in the modern world - this story is at its best when the gods are clashing with modernity, rather than the mortals dealing with the god's reality.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
This could use some better editing to neaten and tighten, but I enjoyed the story. The move to Asgard with all its players was interesting and kept me engaged well enough that I didn't even mind that Lain and Sig were apart for almost 80% of the book. However, I had some confusion with the whole Lain is Loki is Baldr stuff and there were bits here and there that no amount of rereading could make clear. If you don't know Norse mythology, be prepared to refer to the glossary or Google frequently. ...more
Jay Williams
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second episode is better than the first. A wildly imaginative story with more than enough strange and eerie creatures to make your blood run cold. Lain, Sigmund, Em and Wayne join the forces of the dead, led by Hel, in a visit to Asgard that couldn't possibly go right. There are new creatures to contend with and an adventure that traverses the tree of life, the forest of the juntan, the underground land of the dverger, and a massive underground sea. This narrative was less confusing than the ...more
I am a judge for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. This review is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. To be safe, I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the Aurealis Awards are over. ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe one day I'll write a proper review for this book, but as for now: I'm so often disappointed by endings not living up to the build-up these days, but this one? This one was brilliant. (And obviously not exactly predictable, either.) ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2015
I liked it, not as much as book one but nevertheless it is a great book. My personal wish was more about the Sigmund-Lain-Story but it was more about the north sagas. Like book one I like this newe version of the old stories. Hope ther will be a new book soon.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fewer horror elements this time around, but digs more deeply into the themes of equality. The sense of humour remains strong and Australians will get an especial kick out of some of the jokes. Highly recommended.
Josef Hernandez
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting read

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Alis Franklin is a thirtysomething Australian author of queer urban fantasy. She likes cooking, video games, Norse mythology, and feathered dinosaurs. She’s never seen a live drop bear, but stays away from tall trees, just in case.

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