{Review/Giveaway} MIST by Susan Krinard

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"JUST A LITTLE FURTHER, skatten min," Mist said, helping the little girl to her feet. The ramparts of snow to either side of the narrow path were as high as the child's hips, but Rebekka had refused to stay on the trail Geir and Horja had broken through the nearly trackless wilderness. Snow was falling more and more thickly, reaching down like a smothering hand and flattening the dense forests into shadowy silhouettes.
(Page 7, US e-book edition)

If you're a fan of Norse mythology and looking for something to read, the first book in Susan Krinard's new urban fantasy series may be just what you need. MIST is an adult novel, so I wouldn't recommend it to a kid looking for a Percy Jackson-esque story (And for that, we have Rick Riordan's own Norse mythology series due out in 2015 anyway!).

Mist was one of three Valkyrie to escape her dying world during Ragnarok. She escaped to our world and no longer holds the same beliefs she once did. She never ages, and has lived through unspeakable horrors such as the Holocaust. One day on her way home from working out, she stumbles into an angry Jotunar (frost giant) and Alfar (elf). She realizes that Ragnarok never happened. Loki is back, seeking Odin's Gungnir, which is in Mist's possession. The only problem? Loki was also disguising himself as Mist's boyfriend of the last six months. The jig up, Loki steals Gungnir and runs. It's up to Mist and the all-knowing Alfar Dainn to follow Freja's will from beyond and save Midgard before Loki brings the real Ragnarok down and destroys our world.

There's a lot of Norse mythology going on here. I'm not as familiar with Norse as I am other mythologies, though I wish I knew more. The book was rich with this information, and brought in many types of creatures and gods. There's so much more to Mist than what meets the eye, and she learns a lot about herself that was kept hidden from her over the centuries, information that changes everything. Her love interest, Dainn, knows more than he shares with her, and at first, he's dislikable, but once readers get a glimpse through his eyes, he becomes more endearing. I also sort of envisioned him as Legolas. Sorry, Orlando Bloom. There's so much world-building going on in MIST, and at times, I question the rhyme and reason of things, but I'm hoping these matters become more fleshed out in future books. MIST is still a great fantasy novel for fans of Norse mythology or those looking to learn more about it!
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I like the mystery and intrigue of this cover. There's a sword gripped tightly in one hand and lightning shooting out the other. Action, intrigue! It makes me want to know what's going on, and I'd pick this book up to check out the back!

I like that the title and author info are white, because they complement the glow of the lightning and make it stand out more.
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  MIST
Author: Susan Krinard
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Received: For Review

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.


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  1. Norse mythology for the win! I love Norse mythology, and am very familiar with it. BUT, I'm glad that you liked this one despite not knowing much about Norse mythology! That's always good to hear. I love the Legolas reference ;) He's my FAVORITE :D

    Great review! Thank you for hosting the giveaway! I seriously cannot wait to read this one :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Great review! I really need to read more Norse mythology. I find I know less of it than Greek.


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