All Loki the trickster god of Asgard wants is a peaceful life where he’s free to stir up a bit of harmless mischief. But when he’s struck by a painful vision of blood, ash, and death he knows his fun has run out.
Refusing to have his life obliterated by some stuffy prophecy, Loki feels he must save Asgard. Except the gods stand in his way. They don’t trust the God of Lies—which means his only hope is to return to Odin, the man he wished to forget thanks to their complicated history.
When Loki meets a mortal woman, his plans hit a snag.
Sigyn is delightfully stubborn and quick with a blade. She also, inexplicably, possesses a divine element found only in a god.
As Loki falls deeply in love with her, he never expects their bond to fulfill the prophecy threatening all their lives.
Forced between honoring his oath with Odin or protecting the woman he loves, Loki will discover that the only thing crueler than truth are the lies behind it all.
And the truth changes everything.
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Norse mythology reimagined. This addictive adult fantasy series takes place in a world that is dark, twisted, and deliciously fun.
Please Note: This book contains darker elements that may, or may not, cause some souls emotional damage. A full list of content warnings, or promises depending on how you look at it, can be found on the author’s website.
Lyra Wolf is a Swiss-American author of fantasy and mythic fiction.
Raised in Indiana, home to a billion corn mazes, she now lives in Central Florida, home to a billion mosquitoes. She enjoys drinking espresso, wandering through old city streets, and being tragically drawn to 18th century rogues.
When Lyra isn’t fulfilling the wishes of her overly demanding Chihuahua, you can find her writing about other worlds and the complicated people who live there.
Lyra has earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in English.
An okay read, but overall, the plot felt rushed in the beginning, swiftly bringing Loki and Sigyn together in a whirlwind romance that hardly had any substance, yet the story became dry towards the end, which nearly put me in a book slump.
While I did enjoy exploring Loki’s POV and appreciated his sharp wit and Lokisms, the story’s intrigue came in waves and I couldn’t find myself truly invested in the tale.
The Truth and Other Lies is Book 1 of The Nine World Chronicles by author Lyra Wolf, and I am here to tell you that you are in for quite a ride. If you enjoy Norse-inspired fantasy, I think you will find this to be quite the entertaining read.
It is easy to categorize this book as character-driven, which is not unexpected for a story such as this. There are so many strong characters, starting with Loki (The Trickster and God of Chaos) being the main protagonist, plus a few of the other Norse Gods you probably would have heard of, such as Odin and Thor. Not being an expert in Norse Mythology myself, there are many god-like beings that are part of the story, as well, that I had never really heard of (Tyr, Frigg, Thrym, etc). One of the aspects of this story I loved the most was being introduced to these deities in an atmosphere where I could really get to know their personalities. When I think of deities, I tend to envision all-knowing, perfect beings that can do and have whatever they want without consequence. Truth and Other Lies paints a very different picture: Powerful individuals with vices and flaws just like the rest of us, just on a grander scale. And along with those flaws come consequences, also on a grander scale. The consequence in this case: the fate of the world.
I also love how the story is brimming with tension. Loki in and of himself creates plenty of interesting scenarios just day-to-day, but there is so much more here. The interplay of the gods and goddesses, thousands of years of history buried inside every conversation and interaction. Then, the prophecy of The Destroyer comes into play and every emotion gets intensified. The story has so much depth that it feels like there is always a thread to pull.
Truth and Other Lies is a great start to the The Nine World Chronicles. The ending was perfect, as well, leaving readers something to look forward to in Book 2 (which is also out this year, titled Chaos Rising: A Loki Fantasy Adventure). I loved this book, and I think my fellow fantasy fans will, too. I recommend it very much.
Truth and Other Lies is dripping with gorgeous prose and a strong understanding of mythology. It is wrapped up in a creative flare that takes what we know about Norse legends and bends those things masterfully to its will. Many of the deliberate changes are meant to update and engage a modern audience and set this book apart from other Loki retellings.
Yes, Loki is queer and genderfluid in this adaptation- fans can rejoice to see him in male/female form, as well as engaging sexually with men and women. In that, my biggest criticism of this book is that I did not enjoy the main romance, which is profoundly important in this story. While I would not call Truth and Other Lies a FANTASY ROMANCE, I will warn that the primary romance is deeply central to the story. If you are willing to tolerate insta- love, I will say that the story is still entertaining, but as someone who will normally just drop a book for that alone, it was not my favorite.
That aside, read this book if you love Loki, mythology, retellings, and queer flavor.
Truth and Other Lies is the story of Loki, Norse god of chaos and lies, prophesied bringer of destruction to the Nine Realms and therefore also to the gods in the form of Ragnarok.
Truth and Other Lies is also a story of love, and tragic loss. It’s a story of the remnants of the uncompromising, heartbreaking love shared centuries before this story between Loki and Odin, of Loki and human woman Sigyn’s all-consuming passionate, pure, romantic love in 16th Century Basel and the immediate unconditional love Loki has for their twin babies. Loki the lover is thwarted from every angle by the jealous gods who, by being dead-set on their own self-preservation, set in motion events which will only bring about their inevitable destruction.
The story begins in a modern day setting in the Münster Cathedral of Basel, Switzerland. A tormented, raving Loki is encountered standing naked on the altar by a modern day human. The human, scared for the safety of this lunatic, engages him in conversation while awaiting the police - who never show up- and Loki explains that he plans to destroy the universe and recounts his story via a flashback to 500 years ago:
“Isn’t wanting such destruction extreme?” “I only know extreme” (Loki)
The flashback begins in Asgard 500 years previously and from this point the story is told from Loki’s point of view, until the final chapter which jumps forward to modern day in the cathedral again, and the point of view of the man in the cathedral.
In Asgard, we are treated to the well-known humorous Norse myth of Thor’s wedding to Thrym. Loki’s mischievous sense of humour is laid out for us, as is the amusing banter between Thor and Loki. There is plenty of humour to be found throughout the book:
“You leave all my bits and pieces as they are,” he spat. “I don’t trust your magic, lie-smith.” (Thor)
The aim of the wedding is to regain Thor’s stolen hammer and once they are successful, Odin decides he and Loki should go away from Asgard to celebrate. This leads to Odin taking Loki to sixteenth century Basel, Switzerland. It is carnival time, the perfect opportunity for Loki’s mischief and mayhem to be unleashed, but Odin gets more than he bargained for - Loki encounters the beautiful Sigyn, who is blessed with the element of fidelity, in a way that only a goddess ought to be. Odin has heard the name Sigyn before, in a witch's prophesy and it strikes fear in him. This chance meeting means the ball has been set rolling towards Ragnarok. He has to try and stop the inevitable and tries to stop Loki from spending time with her, but soon Loki is in love with Sigyn and begins a simple life with her, living in her house while rebuilding her family’s printshop. There is some lovely evocative descriptive detail in these scenes of simple human life:
‘Warmth hugged the room from a green tiled stove of lead-glazed earthenware standing in the corner...’
Loki describes himself as the trickster, a liar and the god of chaos, he is full of fire from the chaotic element within him. He is witty, intelligent, full of quips, passion and love. He does not know how to temper and control his feelings.
Sigyn is a conundrum. She is human and yet she carries an element within her, much like a goddess. Her Fidelity, the element within her, allows Loki to make her into a goddess to save her from death. She is brave, fierce and bold (Loki encounters her bathing naked in a river), a loyal sister and daughter, hard-working and determined. She puts her dying father first, before her own needs and will not sell out her dead-beat brother Simon. She is also kind, she cares about Frau Annan getting home safely despite the Frau's meanness to her. Sigyn is loving, independent, too proud to accept help. She is the perfect woman - is there any wonder a god falls in love with her?
We learn about the other characters in the book purely from Loki’s perspective. Odin is portrayed as a "a masterful con”. He is a natural leader and his element is ambition. Odin will do whatever it takes to save his skin and that of the other gods, but he is a fair god and is extremely angry when his wife Frigg breaks his word to Loki.
'You are a trickster and a liar, as I am a killer and a deceiver. This is what we are, and we cannot change what is our very essence.' (Odin)
Thor’s depiction in this book is of a big, strong, not too smart god of thunder and strength. Loki is bored by Thor's lack of intelligence and sees him as an obstacle who must be manipulated or overpowered to get to the outcome he desires.
Tyr is described fairly stereotypically as fair, yet boring. The dull peacekeeper.
Frigg is shown to be a heartless bitch of a goddess with zero compassion for human life. Loki believes she never loved her husband Odin but was entranced by his power and therefore her own by association.
Loki has been having headaches which lead to visions and eventually he is shown a vision of The Destroyer of worlds. It is a vision of inevitability in a place called Vigridr, or “Fate”. Loki then discovers from Golda the witch that he is The Destroyer who will bring about Ragnarok the destruction of the 9 realms.
'You will descend upon the Nine Realms, and your children will end the reign of the gods in a final, glorious battle on Vigridr.' (Golda)
His children were taken away by Odin not for their own safety but for the safety of the gods - to delay the inevitable, but by doing so Odin sets in motion the events leading up to Ragnarok that he has been striving to prevent.
Lyra Wolf's is a great version of these well-known Norse myths. Full of wit, intelligence, passion and romance. There is tension thrown in along the way and I found myself shocked at some of the things Loki does (without giving away any spoilers here). He is the god of chaos, after all, and as such it wouldn't do to be predictable. I am eagerly looking forward to the two remaining books in this series and would recommend it to adult lovers of Norse mythology and love stories.
While Loki may be the god of chaos and lies, he yearns for some semblance of trust and belonging among his fellow gods. Even if that means he must manipulate situations in his favor. Yet despite all he does, Loki is constantly treated as an outsider and scorned. Little does he know a prophecy stands between them. Then Loki encounters Sigyn, a woman whose power of fidelity is fit for a god. Enchanted by her, Loki can’t stay away. And as he pursues Sigyn, weaving his way into her life, he moves closer and closer to the prophecy. A long-buried truth will surface, and Loki finds that he will do anything to stay by Sigyn’s side.
At his core, Loki is such a complex character, to begin with, and the way Lyra Wolf portrayed him was done exceptionally well. From the start, readers are introduced to the family dynamic between the gods and it is tenuous at best. Witnessing the utter detachment the gods have towards Loki and the scorn they inflict on him, it's no wonder he causes mischief and chaos. Yes, he does cause some of it with his actions, but there is a deeper reason they all scorn him. One that will unfold as the story progresses.
Loki is a wonderfully moral grey character. Readers will understand his actions, even if they do not always agree with them. There were times Loki thought his idea was the only good way to solve a problem and it would leave you at the edge of your seat waiting for the inevitable fallout. It was endearing to watch him weave his way into Sigyn’s life, taking small steps to build trust even if some things he did were backhanded. It was also a bittersweet reminder of what he couldn’t achieve with the gods.
I listened to the audiobook of Truth & Other Lies and Casey Eade did a fantastic job narrating. Her voice breathed life into the characters and added to the overall tone and emotion of the story. The depth of range Casey Eade has is phenomenal. Each new character had a new accent and a new voice. No two characters sounded alike and their voices were consistent throughout the entire audiobook. It truly brought another level of entertainment to the story.
Truth & Other Lies is a book that left me craving more. I have to continue this story and know where it goes. The characters are so well done, the story so involved and emotional, I just can’t get enough of it!
Absolutely loved this! Definitely feels like the author decided more concretely what she wanted to do with all the characters between the novella and this book and I really love how she took some moments from the mythology and used them in entirely new ways. Loving that I was right about the past Loki/Odin thing from the novella and I absolutely adore his relationship with Sigyn in this as well. Definitely gonna check out the next one ASAP!
The end is coming, but let us start at the beginning!
Loki, the titular god of mischief has arrived in Basel, naked and five hundred years out of time. He is discovered raving in the Munster Cathedral by an unknown person. Whilst, waiting for the police, Loki tells his story to the human.
Lyra Wolf's Truth and other Lies, is a story of mischief, love, obsession and shocking consequences. It tells of how Loki helps Thor to regain Mjolnir from the giant Thrym. Of how Loki falls in love, and how he loses a couple or five millennia.
Loki is a very popular member of the Viking pantheon at the moment, and I have read several books with the God of Mischief being his usual charming self.
Now you would think that with all these iterations of the silver tongued devil, everyone would be all Loki'd out, but somehow, Lyra Wolf manages to present the God of Mischief in a different light that seems fresh and interesting.
In addition to that, she manages present the rest of the Norse Gods in an equally refreshing light. For instance Thor the God of Thunder is an oaf with no more than one fading brain cell, and Odin is a conniving figure who manipulates his way through eternity.
With Truth and Other Lies, Lyra Wolf introduces us to her version of Norse Mythology, interweaving the tales of the gods in delightfully a modern way and Loki is more human in this book, as we journey with him as he discovers that he has feelings and emotions, whilst accepting his own nature.
His interplay with Sigyn, the earthly woman he meets and falls in love with, shows us that he has a softer side to his personality, although quite a few times throughout the book he makes some extremely questionable decisions in order to protect her.
Truth and other Lies had me gripped from beginning to end, and I have to say that I don't think that I have read a book that uses Switzerland as a back drop, which Lyra Wolf does with tremendous effect.
With Truth and other Lies, Lyra Wolf has managed to give Loki quite a nuanced character. Yes, he does do mischief because it is in his nature, but she also shows a multi faceted side to his character that gives him more emotional depth and it works to great effect. Oh yes, he does make questionable decisions that you know are going to have repercussions later in the story. However, what this does, is illustrates his fallibility, making him more real and less godlike.
I loved all the characters in this book, even the spiteful Frigg, who spits more venom than a basket full of cobras.
And you cannot leave a review without mentioning the end (no spoilers mind!). The ending is something that I didn't see coming at all (although I should have guessed because Lyra Wolf does interplay myth so effectively throughout the whole story). Nevertheless, I did not see it coming and was shocked by it.
I just wanted to mention that I listened to the audio version of the book, which the author gifted me in exchange for an honest review.
The audio book is read by Casey Eades who does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. Each character is distinct and recognisable, and she manages to evoke personality and individuality to each character by using different tones and intonation for each separate vocalisation. In addition to that, there will be the addition of soft accents that accentuate the character. The production itself is cracking and you can hear every word clearly and distinctly. In fact, I have to say that this is one of my favourite audio books I have listened to recently.
Where to begin? I am literally lost. Lyra brought a new perspective, fresh and action packed. I love reading Norse retellings, but y'all know what I love more? When there are big changes in them. Lyre introduced us to a new type of Loki, who actually has powers (Marvel, I'm coming for you this time!). And besides, seeing Loki USING his powers, we have a lot, and by a lot, I mean A LOT of suspenseful fighting scenes between Loki and other characters (because I don't want to spoil the fun ehehe). We have the same old story, Loki being treated awfully by Odin and the Asgard Gang™️, and then Loki finds Sigyn, etcetera (because, again, I don't want to spoil the fun!!!!). Idk, I had a lot of fun and I won't postpone book two. I'll start it in no time! Thank you Lyra for creating such a thrilling story!
I am going to leave here some quotes that gave me the chills and made me smile and/or cry:))
Chaos flickered in his soul and rose from his skin like a woman's fine perfume. Liar. Being the god of chaos allowed me the ability to sense the turmoil in others, their lies.
Everyone cares. We tell ourselves we can be strong, that words are just words, but every hurtful utterance cuts us, every snide remark brands our flesh. We drown in the criticism of others, all the while pretending we can swim.
"If you are a god, prove it. Fix the vase." "I'm afraid that's not exactly in my repertoire." Her lips curled into a victorious smile, as if she got me. "Of course not. Because you are a fraud." No one called me a fraud. "I'm the god of chaos, not vases," I said.
Yes, I adore the Tom Hiddleston Loki, the Loki of mischief and moral ambiguity. But this first-person tale of Loki puts us in his head, where we encounter him in a different way—the constant parry and thrust of living the experience where everyone is lying, and who lies best—particularly Odin, whom Loki has been in a love relationship with for many years (or was that all part of Odin’s long term plan for the worlds??) But Loki falls hard for a mortal and we see a side of him that is unfamiliar even to himself. Loving, caring, and fundamentally unable to recognize how his innate chaos damages his love interest. Without giving away too much, I’ll say that I don’t often read first person stories, but for me that POV was the best aspect of this book because it put us where we rarely get to be—inside the mind of the god of chaos and deception. This book ends on a cliff-hanger and you’re going to WANT to know what happens next. :)
I did hesitate between 2 and 3 stars, but I'd be almost tempted to read the 2nd book... Even though I did feel like I was reading a Loki x Odin fanfic the entire way through. Entertaining enough but the way it was written wasn't my cup of tea, and books written in the 1st person aren't either.
I wouldn't say I wasn't invested, but sometimes the story dragged a little bit. I had some issues with the narration, for example, the fact that in the beginning and in the end we get that rando POV to whom Loki for some reason feels the need to tell his life story, and the fact that we don't actually see how Loki managed to escape his bonds.
As for the characters, I liked the character of Loki, as well as Sigyn; I hated Frigg, but I gotta respect the bad bitch, she had an aim, she was working towards it, that was true dedication, we all need to take notes. Also, I liked the take on Odin at first, but then he started acting weird and became Frigg's cockhold. I mean, same, but still, that was unexpected considering how hard he tried to calm Frigg down prior to the final battle. The final battle, by the way, was confusing as hell, felt like a video game where enemies take turns at attacking you, and the next in line just stand somewhere in the background like caveman Sponge Bobs.
So, I did have a good time, and really want to read the next instalments, and even plan on reading the prequel novella since I loved the idea that Loki and Odin have a very specific history together. But for now, I cannot say it was my favourite interpretation of Loki's story. It didn't have enough feelings and boring moral ruminations to my liking, nor it was feisty and adventurously enough to grip my attention; but I have high hopes that my opinion might be changed by the next books.
So this I listened to the audiobook and it was quick work. I was captivated from the start and the whole different take on things. Characters you think you know but in a whole new light. The dynamic with Odin was one I wasn't prepared for but totally fits. I was completely engrossed with the story waiting for the turn because we all know things are going to happen with a Loki story when all I want is to give the poor thing a hug!
4.5 stars Pros: -refreshing to see a (mostly) accurate Norse mythology -really good worldbuilding and exposition -great ending -LGBTQ+ representation -emotional roller coaster -great well rounded and thought out characters -kept me interested and wanting more
Cons: -the entire thing is told as a flashback -first person narrator -instalove between the min love interests -random POV in the beginning and end
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
An interesting view into the perspective of Loki—however it doesn't follow the lore exactly, which was somewhat irritating. Frigg is portrayed as vengeful, Odin and Loki were lovers (which is believable, but not something I picked up when reading through the lore). There are more inconsistencies, but I don't want to spoil the story. It seems to glaze over Slephnir's parentage and doesn't acknowledge Loki's fluid gender. It was entertaining, but there are better stories about Loki. I highly recommend The Goddess of Nothing At All by Cat Rector, which is written from Sigyn's perspective, or The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris.
A retelling of the events leading towards Ragnarök… like no other. Is it even still called a retelling when everything is put upside down and given a thorough shake?
The following review does its best to avoid spoilers… if you know the Norse lore, you're definitely in for a surprise (yes, if you think you know what's going to happen… you don't).
Can love be real if it's built on fear? When one side is tasked with destruction, but doesn't know it, and the other builds a relationship to placate a fury that doesn't exist – who is to blame and for what? When a man's wife blames The Other Person and sees absolutely no limits to her revenge, because she happens to be a Goddess and it's better not to piss those off, is she entitled to go so far that once she's done, so is everything and everyone?
What if Loki met his significant other in Switzerland in the 16th century and would have possibly left her there… had the God of Lies not been lied to, the Trickster cruelly tricked, the Bringer of Chaos a victim of chaos?
Wolf's version is built on the idea of inevitability – self-fulfilling prophecies. When the end is set in stone, or so it would appear, those tasked with preventing it panic… and in their attempts to avoid it, bring it closer. Is there such a thing as free will when a prophecy tells you what to do – and the attempts to stop you are the reasons why it's going to come true? Would the events come to pass, had someone not explained in detail what they would be, thus inspiring those who take part?
The Norse lore is not for the squeamish, and some parts of the book that follow the myths as they are, are…not for the squeamish. The Norse lore is also funny, full of Gods' mistakes, mockery, treachery, lies (and other truths, rarely) – and you'll find them all in the book. Including a few hearty laughs. (When you get to "blah, blah, blah…" you will know exactly what I mean, and I can't think of many books that make "blah, blah, blah" a highlight.)
As a heathen, I felt slightly torn out of the story when a character called himself a sinner; the Norse have no concept of sin, which would make a Norse deity a Christian. While it felt fitting in the context of the story and I'm quite certain 99.9% readers wouldn't have noticed, the otherwise solid research suffered at this point. Also, Loki is such a strong character that he makes others feel somewhat flat – Loki himself would be very pleased with that, and as the story is told from his point of view, it never gets boring. There were, however, moments when I felt either slightly confused, or knew that had I not known all that I do, I would have been.
Truth and Other Lies is a wonderfully fun read. With some gruesome bits. So, basically, like life – if you're a Norse God, that is.
I definitely recommend continuing to the sample of book two at the end, by the way – if you are reading on Kindle, it tries to close the book before the sample ("Before you go…") – close that screen and read on. I'm looking forward to it. Let's see how the worlds end before they do, shall we? It's always good to be prepared.
I love this book from start to finish. The tricky part with myth retellings is always bringing something new to the table. A new perspective, a new lesson. And Lyra does this perfectly, bending things ever so slightly to keep us guessing. Loki's inner monologue felt authentic, with that perfect layer of snark to hide all those vulnerabilities. Her work's clear appreciation for the more recent LGBTQA+ interpretations for Norse Myth and the gods is evident and it pays off in spades. I was so pleased not just to see it, but to think of the skirt-clutching reactions some readers might have to some of their favourite Gods XD
Loki walks a fine line between the sassy, problematic bad boy, and "being good is a novel concept, let's try." Sigyn, however, is likely my favourite because of a litany of reasons too fun to spoil. The magical concept of elements is something I appreciated as both a reader and a writer, and I loved that the magic system felt believable and immersive, even without a litany of rules and regulations of use.
When I reached the end of the book and discovered a little more about the author, like that she studied history and has a Swiss background, it made perfect sense to me. Lyra's settings are vivid and the details are enthralling. I actually had to Google a few words, like Snood. (Turns out I have a few snoods. Snooooood, what a word.) In fact, some of my favourite parts of the book were the ones that took place in Switzerland and with a certain lady that I am now a fierce fan of, where these types of details were plentiful.
I'm so glad that I read this close to the release of book 2. I have the novella to tide me over, but at this point, I feel ravenous for more of the story.
I was about to write a different kind of review until I finished last a couple of chapters which really changed it for me.
It was advertised by the author as a book about Loki who is going to burn the worlds for you. Naturally, I was really expecting... well, burning worlds. None of that in this book, though. I would describe it more as a prequel or a very long setting for the actual story, which I assume is going to start from part 2. However, the story in this book wasn't too bad, a bit too soapy for me, and I found it hard to be connecting with the main characters. Loki mostly talked about him being a god and showcased his powers there and there, but I really did not feel the god of mischief in him (perhaps in the very first few chapters only at the 'wedding'). He was just an immortal guy simping over a human woman who somehow is special just because she is. Other characters were interesting and I liked different interpretations of Fryga and Odin and other gods, and I think they were done quite good in overall. I also definitely felt more spark between Loki and Odin than him and Sigyn. Actually, couldn't care less about the girl and what happens to her.
The ending had me eyerolling for a bit, until the very very final scenes, where I went from "I don't know if it's worth to continue the series" to "Hm, I kinda really want to see what happens next". I really hope though that the burning of the worlds actually happen in the sequel and that Loki will get a bit tougher than he was in this book. And also, a better love interest, please.
Quite alright read, intrigued to see where it goes.
Found this book through BookTok from the author. I was really looking forward to it because I’m on a Loki obsession at the moment (Marvel Loki, actually). I have never read anything related to Norse mythology because there is just so much and so many different versions, but this was a good start. I am not aware if this is just a “fan made” (I can’t think of a better word) or actually follows the mythology, but it’s a good story nonetheless. There are some things in the story that don’t happen in the mythology, but it’s not terribly difficult to follow along anyway. I know the very gist of Loki, his children and his reputation, so having at least a little knowledge about Norse mythology would be a good idea when reading! But if you just look up little things here and there works, too! This book follows the story of Loki meeting Sigyn, which ultimately leads him to his punishment of venom poison for eternity. Except with a twist. The way that the book ended, and how badly I wanted to see Loki get his revenge, is making me want to continue with the rest. If you’re a fan of Loki or Norse mythology, I’d give it a whirl!
Despite all the glowing reviews for this book, I personally really couldn’t get into it. The writing style was rather lacklustre and often struggled to find the voice it wanted to use. The plot was dry and stale. I found it a chore to read (probably why it took me so long, I just didn’t want to pick it up)
First things first. As an avid lover of viking reenactment and Norse Mythology I do enjoy a good retelling. It's truly interesting to see how authors twist the original stories into their own thing. There are a few buts to this, mainly that I dnf instantly the moment authors go all Marvel on me. Nothing against Marvel, but it just isn't Norse Myth, and sadly I see many authors not doing their research and often grasping for the obvious. Thankfully this was not the case with Truth and Other Lies. In fact, I applaud Lyra for letting Loki take the piss out the Marvel interpretations of the Norse Gods in that sneak preview for the second book. 10 points for that. It really made me snort.
I have to admit. I am not much of a Sigyn stan. I prefer our dear Angrboða over her. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by her portrayal in this book. It reminded me a lot of one of my own muses, hence me connecting to her character far more easily than I had expected. The relationship between Loki and many of the characters also left me pleasantly surprised. It was not something I had expected at first, not even after reading some of the comments, but ones I definitely applaud. Very cleverly done, in my opinion.
The story does differ a bit from the original sagas, but in the end it did fit the book and I completely understood the direction Lyra was taking it. It was a short read, had a bit of a slow beginning, but truly managed to amuse me and I'm excited to start the second book in this series tomorrow.
Do you want a story that starts with Loki and Thor showing up at a wedding clad as ladies? Well, have I got news for you! I think like many people, I spent the past ten years with Tom Hiddleston's take on Loki in the various Marvel films. Thus, when I hear the name Loki, he is who I immediately default to. He really shaped Loki in to an unforgettable character with his own brand of charm, and I love that. So when I heard there was a whole book ripe with the charisma of Loki, I was there. Wolf truly captures Loki's voice and spirit, and he practically walks off the page. By that I mean Loki will do whatever he wants no matter what, but he's not a cruel, heartless god. He's just a bit chaotic. There are plenty of other characters breathing life into Truth and Other Lies including some we love to hate, and I mean truly hate. More than that Wolf really has Thor and Loki as classic Thor and Loki trading brotherly banter at every opportunity.
I was fortunate enough to listen to the audiobook narrated by Casey Eade, and I think I may have a new favorite audiobook narrator. She really became Loki, and her performance was amazing.
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to Lyra Wolf for feeding my unhealthy obsession with Loki. So real of her tbh.
Secondly, If I loved Loki before this book, I am 10 times more in love with him now. I am in awe of how perfectly written his character is. Absolutely amazing.
Next, I love this book for bringing out my crazy villainous side. I too would like to destroy the worlds and wreak havoc among the universe. So this book made me feel very empowered and cool but it also managed to rip my heart out and crush it and drive my soul underground so slay ig.
(I know I'm being very dramatic with this review but it's so true.)
Finally, the story was amazing but I would like to mention the writing. Literally magnificent. The language, the way the sentences are crafted so well as to bring out the dramatic effect or the essence of what is being told. Inspiring.
If you're as infatuated with Loki and Norse Mythology as I am, I'd really recommend this lovely book.
Lyra Wolf,really knows her how to tell a story! All sorts of going on with Loki,he's gotten into real trouble this time! Not only does Loki fall in love but she's not a God of Goddess, she belongs to the real world. Trouble is all around and Loki has to figure out how to get out of it! Excitement, suspense, fantasy is all included in this story with a variety of characters that belong to not thus world! This story was longer then the first,more details and it's me for sure I had a hard time following this one. If you like fantasy, Norse mythology and all that goes with it, then this is your book. Miss Wolf holds nothing back with this amazing story of Loki and his friends and his enemies! By the way,did I tell you I have a miniature schnauzer name Loki? I do! Enjoy the story!!
I was excited for this book because Lyra Wolf sent excerpts from it in her newsletter and it made me want to read it. I love Norse Mythology, especially Loki, so it was right up my alley. Lyra has a great character development for Loki in this book. The story starts out with Loki appearing in a church ready to destroy the world by bringing on Ragnarok. The book then gives you the background on why he wants to start Ragnarok and why he is in a church. The relationship between Loki and Odin is different than I have seen in other books but makes sense for the story. It went beyond my expectations and I couldn't put the book down. I will look forward to the next book and prepare for some late night binge reading. Thank you Lyra for an awesome story!
I found out about this book through TikTok. I expected power, chaos, passion. I didn't really find any of that. In fact, I'm not sure that Loki felt enough like Loki? He didn't feel like a mischievous trickster, and I couldn't quite see his motivation for much of anything. I especially didn't see why Loki was all about this human woman--whom he proclaimed to be madly in love with but also told nothing about himself. I didn't really care for her at all.
Most of the book felt slow, but the ending was suddenly interesting. Interesting enough to pick up book 2? I don't know.
(tw: violence, blood, gore, cancer, childbirth, infanticide, probably more) (english is not my first language so bear with me) Ok, so first of all I saw bi&gender-fluid rep and didn't hesitate to buy the book. I really should have. The writing varies from lackluster to honestly cringy (esp when it comes to descriptions), also it should be noted that the book is written in first person pov which by itself is not a flaw but for me it way annoying to read. The narrator himself (so Loki) is inconsistent and not in an unreliable narrator way, more as if the author had no idea whether she wanted him to be a suave mischievous sexyman or a poor little meow meow. When it comes to the representation the book claims to have... well it is there... kinda. Loki is bi/pan and has a romantic/sexual relationship with both men and women in the book. On the side note, the romance with Odin is... well I have mixed feelings about it - on the one hand their little toxic exes if genuinely fun to read and one of the best parts of the book, on the other I cannot not see the old guy from mcu but that's a me problem. When it comes to the gender-fluid rep... it's not really there. Ok so there is the one scene with the wedding (spoilers but not really because it's a myth) where Loki acts as a handmaiden to Thor, and that's kinda it, I'm not even sure what pronouns to use because the book is written in first person pov and as far as I can remember no one addresses Loki directly in the scene. It's not really mentioned again and Loki presents and identifies as a man for the rest of the book (also it should be noted that his status as the mother of monsters is not there and from the context of the book he didn't mother Sleipnir). Sigyn and the romance. It's insta love ok? It just is. You can't write "they bonded over the weeks they spent together" and suddenly expect me to care or even believe that they love each other and are willing to die for each other. They love each other just because. Loki watches Sigyn bathe without her knowledge or consent but oh goody there are hoodlums he can save her from. (minor spoilers again) He killed her brother and I'm pretty sure she still doesn't know about it. Also minor note, I don't know much about XVIth century Switzerland but I'm pretty sure an unmarried woman living with a complete stranger would be a massive no no. Sigyn is... a #girlboss. Every single woman in this book is a nagging, cheating, baby murdering b*tch, except for sweet, pure, loyal Sygin, who somehow is running a print press, studies medicine (and she knows better than those silly doctors) and takes care of her dying father, while also wielding blades to protect herself from men trying to get to her brother and not needing anyones help because she's just so special. Literally her main character trait is being loyal, or possessing fidelity (which yes I know why she would be characterised as such in the myths but in this book it's kinda cringy). When it comes to the mythology part of the "mythology retelling", it's all over the place. The author clearly did some research (or watched that one video essay about how Loki could be a fire sprite), and I'm not here to point out inconsistencies because it is a retelling, however... I deeply did not enjoy some of the choices. Mainly that the other gods were one-dimensional caricatures (again, especially the women). Also, despite acknowledging Loki's children, the author clearly (and I think purposefully) ignored Sleipnir, he shows up but it's never said that he's one of Loki's children, which at first I found strange but then there was the birth scene. So without spoilers, there is a birth scene in the book, and Loki outright says that he has no idea what to do, that he always avoided the subject of birth and like... seriously?? Why? it makes zero sense to remove that part of his story from the book, it wouldn't change the scene and would add to the tragedy of his loss and to his conflict with Odin, who takes Sleipnir as his steed. At first I gave it two stars but writing this made me realise that I hated every minute of reading this book (also chihuahua's were not bred until the middle of XVIIIth century, how the ever loving f... does Loki know what one looks like)
This is mostly a retelling of Norse Mythology, specifically of Loki, told from his point of view. Loki is mostly minding his own business, being the god of mischief, dressing Thor up as a bride (for reasons), pissing off Balder (like ya do), avoiding Odin, and sleeping with… pretty much everyone. He starts getting headaches, which start turning into more vision than headache and his visions show the destruction of not just Asgard, but of all the nine worlds. Despite being the last person anyone would expect it from, Loki decides that he must save the world.
I really enjoy mythological retellings, so this one was right up my alley. Loki is, even despite all of his shortcomings, a really easy character for me to cheer for, and seeing this one from his point of view was nice. He’s definitely not a hero, but he’s not really an antihero. He’s somewhere between those things, but ultimately leans towards the side of good, though usually for selfish reasons.
Truth and Other Lies tells some of Loki’s stories from mythology, like the time he had to convince the Jotnar that Thor was Freya to help get Mjolnir back. It places him in relationships that mythology puts him in too. Loki’s wife Sigyn is in this story as a mortal woman who Loki falls for after visiting Midgard. In his travels, Loki visits Angrboda, the mother of his kids (Hel, Fenrir, and Jormungand), when he needs help with the problem at hand. But the most interesting of Loki’s various relationships in this novel to me was the implied love affair between Loki and Odin, which happened at some point before the events taking place in the book. That was something I hadn’t ever considered about their relationship in mythology before, but I will admit that I was 100% here for the pining. Dear lord, the pining. ^_^
The book was well written and was paced pretty well. I never found it boring or slow. Admittedly there were a few times where the language seemed overly modern for the story at hand. More modern-sounding colloquialisms or words would make appearances. For the most part it didn’t bother me, but occasionally it was enough to take me out of the story a bit, as this does take place more or less in the 1500s.
All told, I had a good time with Truth and Other Lies. I’d definitely read more into the series, to see where it’ll go, because it ended, not in a cliffhanger, but more in a place that seems like it would be fun to continue from. I had 7/10 stars of fun with Truth and Other Lies, and if you’re a fan of Norse retellings, or just of Loki in general, you might like it too!