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4 Stars: Mist by Susan Krinard eARC

Mist by Susan Krinard is one of the first Valkyrie urban fantasies that I’ve read, so I was immediately intrigued by a book that took inspiration from the Norse myths. I haven’t been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately since I previously overdosed a bit, but I’m happy that I gave Mist a try, since I think I’m ready to jump back into that genre again. Mist shows that urban fantasy isn’t stuck in the ruts of vampires, werewolves, witches oh my anymore ;-). I will warn however that Mist is definitely an adult book with all the gritty violence and sex that urban fantasy loves to have.

Note: I received Mist by Susan Krinard through Netgalley for an honest review.

This book has adult content.
4 Stars: Mist by Susan Krinard eARC

Mist by Susan Krinard (Mist #1)
Published by Tor Books on July 16th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Valkyries and Norse mythology? Sign me up! I also quite like that cover that shows the powers of the main character and isn’t as highly sexualized as so many UF covers.
  • The premise of Mist is that Ragnarok happened and Odin sent the Valkyries to Midgard to protect some powerful items. But it seems like Ragnarok didn’t quite happen as much as everyone expected since gods are alive that aren’t supposed to be…. Freaking awesome premise in my opinion ;-).
  • The main character Mist and a number of the secondary characters have some solid character development, including the bad guy that I just loved to hate.
  • I’m not sure how accurate some of the myth details are, but Mist doesn’t just grab hold of the commonly discussed pieces of Norse mythology. If some of these details are correct, then Mist goes pretty deep into the myths which was fun to read.

Weaknesses:

  •  Mist had a bit of a slow start. I had trouble connecting to the MC Mist in the beginning, but it got better soon enough.
  • There were some sex scenes that were rather uncomfortable to read. Loki is a fan of changing shape, tricking people into sleeping with him, and then blackmailing them…. Not cool, Loki.
  • On top of the explicit sex warning, I also want to warn that there is some abuse and manipulation that might give readers trouble.

Summary:

While it took me a bit to get into the book, Mist proved to be a fun incorporation of Norse Mythology and urban fantasy grit. While Mist is definitely not for the faint of heart in spots, those troubling moments do make you root for the heroes even more. Mist is clearly just the start of the adventure, though, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the series brings.

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

 

 Mist by Susan Krinard

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Oooo, sounds pretty interesting! I love pretty much any kind of mythology. Although, I always envision valkyries too look like the ones in WoW (I can’t help it!).

    I do really like that the cover isn’t showing her half naked..lol. And *sigh* Loki, what a troublemaker!

    • Yes, Valkyries will always look like WoW, and Loki will always have black hair in my mind *sigh* But it is a good example of an UF novel that isn’t completely ridiculous, haha

  2. I was rather underwhelmed by this novel. I found Mist to be strong, which is good, but otherwise flat and undeveloped. Loki was possibly the most compelling character through the whole novel!

    I also found the author’s attempts at humour fell flat more often than not, especially with the invocations of Hel. “In Hel’s name” is perfectly acceptable. “What in Hel” is not. It was like Krinard was trying to add more Norse flavour with a modern twist, and it really didn’t work when you consider that Hel is an actual deity, not a place or an ideal.

    • Hehe, Loki was compelling if you count seriously creeping me out ;-) which I do, but sometimes I wished he was less *ahem* compelling ;-). The Hel thing was a bit strange, though I didn’t interpret it as humor as much as trying to make it obvious these characters aren’t from around here, ya know? Excellent point though about Hel not being a place…. When I look back on my feelings for this book, I very much agree with the underwhelmed, I worry that I don’t like adult UF as much as I used to also though

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