The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris – Book Review

This book is an epic tale of the Norse Gods, their rise and eventual fall in Ragnarok, brought on the elemental Loki, who is used by Odin and others to bring about the end of Asgard. It’s a story told by Loki himself who warns us not to trust him in these “truth-telling” adventures.

The first part of the book was a little tough going, but the rest of it more than made up for the slight issue I had. I enjoyed the way Harris told the story, and even though Loki is supposed to be the “bad” guy in mythology, I found him to be anything but. Of course, we all like the bad boy.  After all, we all like it when other people, or in this case, Gods, get exactly what they deserve. Real life so often is full of nasty people making out well, that when mythological or fictional characters get what they deserve we feel as if justice has been served.   And, Loki was there to serve it up.

The book is told in the voice of Loki, so of course it is his perspective we are allowed to see; however we are also warned that he could be lying. It’s not like he’s trying to pull the wool over our eyes; he warns us he is. So, kudos for being honest – or at least as honest and an elemental born from Chaos can be.  I recommend this book as it gives a new perspective on the whole Loki and Ragnarok thing.  If you don’t know much about Norse mythology this is as enjoyable a way to learn as I can think of.

The last line of the book, “Let there be light…” was perhaps my favorite. It would explain a lot of things from our world.

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