It is some of the stories taken from the Eddas retold from Loki’s perspective as he lies chained up.
The story is told as if he is talking to his wife Sigyn and telling her what happened to him. Obviously the book is a work of fiction but it still makes a change seeing the tales from a different perspective, the author of the book is approximately the same age as me and this shows, mostly through the use of modern day slang and I find that the use of the language detracts from the story being told little. It’s one of my pet peeves and I spent part of the book getting annoyed with the language, but the rest of it enjoying the alternative viewpoint. I think a little more research could have been done into the work as there is more than just the Eddas out there that describe the Norse Pantheon.
The book is a quick read I read it in less than a day; I am a fast reader so slower readers will find it takes a little longer. I did find it was a book I couldn’t put down; I wanted to find out what happened next. I was a little disappointed in its length as I feel the author could have written and elaborated more on Loki’s life story. For example the story where Loki has to make Skadi laugh is glazed over and only mentioned in passing, the author could have potentially made an entire chapter out of that one incident.
I’m not sure who I would recommend this book to, but I would say that they need to have read or at least have some knowledge of the stories contained within the Eddas to fully appreciate what it going on in the book. I do like how in parts of the book you are given the impression that Sigyn has slapped Loki about the face on a few occasions but given that it is Loki narrating the tale and Sigyn never speaks you can only really speculate. Considering the price I paid for the item, it’s not a bad read at all, certainly a welcome break from the mostly serious and academic style texts I read.
- Adele Hawkes