Ragnarok was the End of Worlds.
Asgard fell, centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead, while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld – among them, the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten as time passed and the world of humans moved on to new beliefs, new idol and new deities . . .
But now mankind dreams of the Norse Gods once again, the river Dream is but a stone’s throw from their dark prison, and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality.
The first, but not the only one to. Other, darker, things have escaped with him, who seek to destroy everything that he covets. If he is to reclaim what has been lost, Loki will need allies, a plan, and plenty of tricks . . .
About The Author: Joanne M. Harris
(From her Goodreads profile)
Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.
What I Thought:
The second book of the Loki series (following on from The Gospel Of Loki which I read a few years ago) was even better than the first, and I raced through it.
Gospel ended with Ragnarok – The End of Worlds – and Testament opens with our titular character in Chaos, strapped to a rock alongside his son, the giant serpent in eternal torture.
Or not so eternal, as it turns out. Loki, as ever, has a plan, and the pair of them manage to escape into Dream, and from there, into a computer game version of Asgard, facing a digital Thor who wants to bash Loki’s brains out (again).
Next thing he knows, Loki is in the mind of Jumps, the girl who was playing the game, and she is not particularly pleased to have him there.
This results in many entertaining exchanges where Loki tries to convince Jumps that she isn’t going bananas, and both of them have to learn to live with one another in the confined space of Jumps’ body.
It turns out that Loki wasn’t the only one to escape through the digital Asgard, and when he discovers that Odin is inside Jumps’ best friend, Evan, he knows there’s something big happening. But can he trust Odin (of course not), and are they the only ones to find themselves in this world (also no), and how are they going to get back to themselves and out of this very peculiar (but oddly charming) place?
I loved the blend of the familiar present day Earth with the Norse Gods in this adventure, the clash of culture and time was a great source of everything from conflict to humour and kept the story flowing.
I loved how Loki’s brash confident character was the exact opposite of Jumps’ and how they rubbed off a little on each other – Loki learning some softer human traits, and Jumps channeling some of Loki’s wildfire.
This would probably work as a stand alone if you are familiar with the stories of the Norse Gods, but I recommend reading them both.
They lead on to the Runemarks series, the first of which is sitting prettily on my shelf waiting to be picked up.
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