As usual with most books I read I didn’t actually know what to expect going in. I usually have forgotten how the back cover read by the time I started the novel. The book was a mixture of Norse Mythology and Norse Gods, most who people will not even know the name of because there are only a select few most tend to know, with a pinch of those destined for Valhalla. If you barely remember your Norse mythology from school, have no fear. What you need to know is explained flawlessly and if it’s not important it is just left out completely.
This book gets points for not basing itself around Thor or Loki. Both make appearances, but it’s minor. The story is about the end of the world, Ragnarok, and has its major players as Hermod, one of Odin’s sons, Mist, a Valkyrie, and Grimnir, a warrior of Valhalla. What the book gets the most credit for is that is entirely self-contained. In less than 300 pages man-kind faces the end of the world and the book has a conclusion that works for it. Any other author would have written the same story and taken three books to do it, and maybe their story would not have been bad, but that he could do it in one was amazing.
Now because it’s a short story there are some parts where it seems to suffer. Things happen at an amazing pace and there were one or two points where I sort of sat there and went, “Uh, how did this happen?” While that might have dropped it to 4 stars normally the prose of the novel and the need to read and finish bumped it back up to 5. Excellently told story with a focus on myth and Midgard.
Reasons to Read:
- The Gods as they truly are, not a prettied up version
- Easy and quick read
- Interesting story about the end of the world
Reasons not to Read:
- The Gods as they truly are, some of the most self-serving gods in history
- No interest in Norse mythology
- Very quick so some of the characters suffer as a result