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Review: Mist by Susan Krinard

MistTitle: Mist

Author: Susan Krinard

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Midgard (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765332086 (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765332080 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis: 

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, 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 quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….

Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

Quick & DirtyThis book just didn’t work for me.

Opening Sentence: ”Just a little further, skatten min,” Mist said, helping the little girl to her feet.

Excerpt: Yes

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 did hook me for 18% of the story. And yet, I just couldn’t pick it back up.

To be honest, I’m not sure if that is because there are so many other books I’m just holding out to read or if it is because this world doesn’t mesh with the multiverse of Loki that I can’t seem to get past. Every time I see his name some where all I can do is see Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in my head and it just doesn’t work.

The portion of the story that I did read was good but wasn’t enough to make me get beyond my Hiddleston roadblock. The fight sequence with the Jotunn was well written and the inclusion of magic was a good spin, but it just wasn’t enough to encourage me to continue reading.

Some of you may wonder why I didn’t give this book a bit more of a chance, but I had to come to the realization in the past year that life is too short to limit yourself to things that become chores.  My love of reading is something I value highly and as soon as I start to feel like a book is a challenge, I want to either have it grab me by the coattails and not let me go or realize that this book is just not written with me in mind. And I have to accept that and not beat myself up about it.

I truly believe if you are looking for a new spin on Norse mythology you might find this a delightful read. There are many things that this book does so right but the mix just didn’t work for me. After looking at the ratings from GoodReads I’m clearly in a minority. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for Ms. Krinard’s other works and will try her Historical Werewolf series, Touch of the Wolf, or maybe her Val Cache series, Prince of Wolves. What I have loved about this adventure is that it has exposed me to Ms. Krinard’s work and I look forward to delving deeper into one of her other series.

Notable Scene:

Mist had seen its like countless times in Odin’s hall, Valhalla, regal and stately among the carousing Aesir and warriors, fairer to look upon than the sun.  It had always been accepted that the most beautiful of all creatures were the light-elves of Alfheim, allies of the gods.

This man was not so beautiful.  His face was a mask of gore and mud, one eye swollen shut and nose covered in blood.  Yet his features could not be mistaken.

A frost giant had come to Midgard from gods-knew-where.  Now one of the Alfar had arrived as well, against all reason.  Against every “truth” she had known, believed for so long.

Mist touched the elf’s shoulder. “Can you hear me?” she asked in the Old Tongue.

He moved his hand, fingers digging into the soil, and spoke in a voice rough and raw with pain.

“Who…” he croaked, opening his one good eye.  “How…”

There was no doubt, no doubt at all, that he was speaking the Old Tongue with the accent of the Alfar.  He was every bit as real as the Jotunn had been.

Midgard Series:

0.5 Freeze Warning: A Tor.Com Original

1. Mist

2. Black Ice (August 12, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Tor Books/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Mist. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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