God of Mischief.Father of Lies.Harbinger of Destruction.IT LOOKED SO PROMISING I say promising, I mean badass So let me start out saying this As an introduction into norse mythology, the characters and the universe, or if you just want a good story and know nothing about the mythology this book is probably good even if it is still somewhat poorly written.That said, I didn t like it a whole lot Because it is meant for readers looking for what I mentioned above Perhaps some with knowledge God of Mischief.Father of Lies.Harbinger of Destruction.IT LOOKED SO PROMISING I say promising, I mean badass So let me start out saying this As an introduction into norse mythology, the characters and the universe, or if you just want a good story and know nothing about the mythology this book is probably good even if it is still somewhat poorly written.That said, I didn t like it a whole lot Because it is meant for readers looking for what I mentioned above Perhaps some with knowledge about Norse Mythology will like it too, but I really didn t And I m kind of sad and disappointed, because this book could have been AWESOME and so so cool, but it isn t.Firstly, I feel a bit cheated I went into this thinking it was gonna be a deeper look into the character of Loki Because You can t call it Loki, when it s not even about Loki half the time Loki is a prominent character, yes, and he plays an indispensable role in bringing about Ragnarok, but we know this Or at least I know this, and many other people know this too I expected to be toldthan that, to read something that went a bit beyond the already existing myths No dice What this is, is a mostly average re telling, with slight modifications, of a story everyone with even the slightest interest in Norse Mythology is familiar with And I ask you, Mike Vasich WhyWhy did you write this book What is its purpose There are things I just don t get Why would you start new chapters with the original myth, and then proceed to re tell that myth in your own not so original way, when you ve already told us how it endsFx First we get the original myth about the death of Balder, and then we get Vasich s re telling of that same thing, which is just pointless You should have stuck with just your own story Seriously It would have been a lot better Or at least then maybe your own version would have beeninteresting.What I expected wasLoki, a story focused on his character, that incorporated the original myths and characters, but also did its own thing Mike Vasich is way too attached to the core material, had he just let go a little and createdof his own story and attended a writing class , this could have been brilliant Instead what I got was a hot mess of a novel Okay, I am being harsh, there were things I liked and enjoyed, just not enough to make me like this book overall Had it been better written, it might have gotten 3 stars, but alas At the end of the day it struck me as being nothingthan okay You d do better to just go read the original myths Or watch Thor God of Mischief Father of Lies Harbinger of Destruction Exiled and tortured by the gods, Loki swears vengeance He will summon the mighty Fenris Wolf and the legendary Midgard Serpent, and they will lead an army of giants and all the dead in Niflheim Brimming with the power of the most destructive being in the Nine Worlds, he will not rest till Asgard is in ashes and all the gods are dead under his heel After reading American Gods and watching the movie Thor I wanted to read all I could about Norse mythology I found a free book on my Kindle of all the classic stories and quickly read through them I absolutely loved the character of Loki, feeling he was the most dynamic out of all of the Norse Gods And look at that face But that is besides the point From there I found this book and it blew my mind.This book was beyond incredible as soon as I starting reading it I had a hard time putting i After reading American Gods and watching the movie Thor I wanted to read all I could about Norse mythology I found a free book on my Kindle of all the classic stories and quickly read through them I absolutely loved the character of Loki, feeling he was the most dynamic out of all of the Norse Gods And look at that face But that is besides the point From there I found this book and it blew my mind.This book was beyond incredible as soon as I starting reading it I had a hard time putting it down which was difficult because I decided to read this during the time of exams whoops I would like to say this book was EPIC but it was muchthan that I have always had a thing for villians in books and Loki is no exception, actually I would go as far as to say he is one of my favorite villians of all time That is what hooked me to this book because it was from the point of view of Loki Villians always seem to bedynamic characters to me which is why I find them so appealing Loki is known as the trickster god and he is always playing an angle and keeps his motives hidden from those around him Mike Vasich really brought the characters of Loki and Odin to life with his brilliant writing I enjoyed the dark humor in it and getting to understand Loki s desicions even better and his thought process throughout the book And his descriptions especially in the battle scenes were brilliant and you honestly feel like you are right in the battle The writting style made the book intense and like I said before, very hard to put down The last hundred pages or so I had to stay up into the night to finish The details of Ragnarok had me white knuckled view spoiler because I knew the end for pretty much ever character was near hide spoiler Limbs are flying and blood is everywhere as pure adrenaline has your eyes eating up every word as the pages keep turning Even if you are very familar with Norse mythology, which I can t claim to be but even so, I enjoyed the slight twists in the story that kept it fresh and original and the italicized sections that told the orignal tale Overall this book definitely gets 5 out of 5 stars and I am adding my new signed copy Thanks again Mike to my favorites shelf Even if you aren t totally familiar with Norse mythology or even have no idea I would still recommend reading this book It is an epic ride 4 and a half stars.I am clearly on a Viking kick lately Gaiman s Norse Mythology , Harris silly The Gospel of Loki , Eaters of the Dead I read Vasich s short story collection earlier this year and I loved it the man is witty and he clearly knows his subject inside and out It also doesn t hurt that he chose to write about my favorite Norse mythology character, the Trickster god Loki After devouring Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster , I was c 4 and a half stars.I am clearly on a Viking kick lately Gaiman s Norse Mythology , Harris silly The Gospel of Loki , Eaters of the Dead I read Vasich s short story collection earlier this year and I loved it the man is witty and he clearly knows his subject inside and out It also doesn t hurt that he chose to write about my favorite Norse mythology character, the Trickster god Loki After devouring Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster , I was curious to see if he could be as riveting with a novel.If you have read stories about Norse Mythology before, you won t really find new material here, but what Vasich does is nevertheless brilliant he took a few specific and rather well known stories from the Edda namely the building of the wall of Asgard, the abduction of Idun, the capture of Fenris and the bonding of Loki and wove them together in one continuous narrative leading to the inevitable Ragnarok Let me just say that I love that he took stories usually told in a few pages and fleshed them out until they were several chapters long, making the tales I already know feel so much richer andcomplicated than previous version This is what I had actually hoped Gaiman would do in his Norse Mythology use the traditional tales as inspiration and foundation for an even grander tale Of course, the tone of this tome is very dark, brooding and violent quite a contrast to Vasich s humorous, salty short stories based on the same stories, which I admit I did not expect He develops the characters, gives them dimension and takes them a little bit further than the usual simple archetypes they are often represented as.An aspect that really struck me is the position in which Vasich puts Odin the predetermination of the gods fates is a heavy burden to carry for the Allfather, who here exists in the past, present and future simultaneously He is never quite sure if what he sees has already happened, is currently happening or is an image of something that will come to be This emphasis reminded me strongly of those Greek myths about the fruitless efforts of mortals and gods to escape their fates their attempts to avoid the outcome of various prophecies only ever seem to make the result happen faster, and withdevastating consequences Vasich s representation of Loki is also interesting the misfit Trickster originally means well, but some things about him are held against him no matter what he does, turning his heart and intentandsour and he feels the constant slights of the Aesir and their arrogance This leads him down the dark path of anger and revenge, that culminates into Ragnarok.The writing is clean and the descriptions simple but rich enough that I could visualize everything perfectly as I read Vasich s prose is not as enchanting as Gaiman s, but he is a wonderful and talented story teller nevertheless, and this book might be my favorite retelling of the Edda so far Very highly recommended Note This is rather an atypical review in that it s less of a study of the book anda study of characters, soyou ve been warned It should be said that I m a huge Loki fan No, not Hiddleston Loki Okay, not JUST Hiddleston Loki My affection for this trickster god probably began years ago when I watched the anime Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, which painted Loki in a softer light than he s usually portrayed After the fact, I dabbled in reading Norse mythology, but there was alwaNote This is rather an atypical review in that it s less of a study of the book anda study of characters, soyou ve been warned It should be said that I m a huge Loki fan No, not Hiddleston Loki Okay, not JUST Hiddleston Loki My affection for this trickster god probably began years ago when I watched the anime Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, which painted Loki in a softer light than he s usually portrayed After the fact, I dabbled in reading Norse mythology, but there was always one thing that niggled in my mind as I read through various myths why, among the capricious and sometimes immoral whims of these gods, was this giant turned Asgardian so reviled among them all Was it simply because this outsider had no qualms about making these gods face themselves, their flaws, and sometimes even their fears Even with the unfortunate events that lead to the Twilight of the Gods also known as Ragnarok , Loki s character never struck me as outright villainous rather, he almost seemed a misguided, god powered class clown character who does anything and everything to try and gain the attention and respect of his peers In the end, however, he strikes out against those who have never fully accepted him into their fold.With all that in mind, I had a feeling I would love Mike Vasich s Loki because his Loki is in tune with my own head canon take though crafty and true to his moniker the Sly One, Loki yearns for the approval of the Asgardians and has long pledged his loyalty to Odin and the well being of Asgard However, every action Loki takes for Asgard s sake often lampshaded as a betrayal of Asgard is seen with scorn by the other gods Even as the Allfather who sees and knows all, Odin never corrects these assumptions even though they harm Loki s place within Asgard Why Because Odin does only what fate bids him to do Fate is a large crux in the plot of Loki Many of the characters within this story paint it as a certain thing, something that is set in stone no matter which winding paths are taken, yet Loki rails against this mentality even as he irrevocably plays into its hands The sequence where his fate is laid before him within the Well of Urd, the dwelling place of the three fate seeing Norns, is tragic due to his bewilderment and incomprehension of the weight each word bears on his eventual future Vasich s take on Loki almost has a Macbethian quality to it in that sense There are actually a few parallels that can be drawn between Loki and Shakespeare s Macbeth, and I found that fascinating because I had never really pondered those likenesses between Loki of myth and Macbeth Of course, the theme of fate and its inevitability would bear little weight without Odin, the Allfather, the one who constantly reminds all the gods of how much he sees even as he explains to them very little beyond what they need to know Vasich s Odin is a wanderer of the mind he may sit in Gladsheim among the other gods, but his mind ever drifts among past, present, and future His greatest power of seeing the future also proves to be a great flaw that detaches him from the gods and any responsibility he bears with them Given how much faith they place in his wisdom even as he sees their ruin approaching, it s no wonder Odin sometimes has reminders of what role he s truly playing among the gods It was ironic that the gods found deceit and treachery in Loki s every word and deed, that they would condemn him for his actions, when he was merely a tool for the High One In truth, Odin was their greatest enemy Pages 72 73, Kindle Edition The above quote is actually really telling of Loki and Odin s true roles and how they relate they re foils to one another, both tools to fate s workings and possessors of great and sometimes ill used power The expression,The road to hell is paved with good intentions,quite honestly fits both Loki and Odin within this novel Loki believes that he is acting in Asgard s best interests when he follows Odin s commands just as Odin himself believes he does right by not trying to fight the fates of himself or the other gods All of this culminates in a tragic scenario which sees Loki eventually spurned from Asgard and his vengeance ploy against his once home begunand the tragedy extends much farther than Loki or his own flesh and blood.Though not without some flaws, Loki isthan a simple retelling of Norse mythology the story shows how blatant neglect and disregard can plant seeds of malice and mutiny how the idea of fate is kind to no one not the powerful or the weak, the good or the bad and how even those deemed good can be riddled with unlikable qualities while those labeled bad can bear quite a number of sympathies It proves to be a journey filled with betrayal, chaos, bloodshed, and death.I think Loki would approve OH MY GOD A whole book told from the perspective of Loki, aka, the best freaking villain ever OH MY GOD A whole book told from the perspective of Loki, aka, the best freaking villain ever I grew up immersed in stories of Norse Mythology and over the years I ve enjoyed every book I could find I ve been wanting to read Vasich s Loki for quite some time and I recently acquired an autographed copy Read the tale in italics, as you remember hearing it as a child, and then Vasich picks it up and transforms it with his storytelling into something new and exquisite You will wonder if you missed important details the first time you heard the tale A retelling done by an author that tr I grew up immersed in stories of Norse Mythology and over the years I ve enjoyed every book I could find I ve been wanting to read Vasich s Loki for quite some time and I recently acquired an autographed copy Read the tale in italics, as you remember hearing it as a child, and then Vasich picks it up and transforms it with his storytelling into something new and exquisite You will wonder if you missed important details the first time you heard the tale A retelling done by an author that truly loves his subject is something that you can feel while you read their book Maybe, just maybe, the tales I was told as a child were not at all as I imagined And that is the wondrous and fascinating theme in this book A book that makes you feel exactly the way you felt when you heard the tale for the very first time Vasich writes from the perspective of bystander He describes with such beauty and heartfelt passion there is no doubt that he was standing beside Loki as he wrote these pages He has traveled to Asgard and seen it firsthand If you go into this book expecting to read the same tale that s been repeated over and over, you won t find it here This is a retelling that is true to the original telling but it s polished and as you turn it over and examine it from other angles, you see that things are not always as they seemed at first glance.I highly recommend this book I eagerly anticipatebooks retelling the tales of Norse Mythology by Mike Vasich.Thank you to Mike Vasich for breathing new life into Loki and for writing such a wonderful book I purchased this book with my own hard earned Cash and this is my honest review A brilliant retelling of some of the major events in Norse mythology, and thus an ambitious and worthy and ultimately significant literary effort Vasich brings to life things like the Norns, the gods, and ultimately Ragnarok He brought to life the wolf Fenrir, the stonemason who offered to rebuild Asgard s wall, and Hel Vasich has a special ability to imagine and write about mythic events, as you ll see in the final battles between Fenrir and Tyr, Thor and J rmungandr, Heimdall and Loki.Vas A brilliant retelling of some of the major events in Norse mythology, and thus an ambitious and worthy and ultimately significant literary effort Vasich brings to life things like the Norns, the gods, and ultimately Ragnarok He brought to life the wolf Fenrir, the stonemason who offered to rebuild Asgard s wall, and Hel Vasich has a special ability to imagine and write about mythic events, as you ll see in the final battles between Fenrir and Tyr, Thor and J rmungandr, Heimdall and Loki.Vasich successfully brought his major characters to life, mainly Loki and Odin The secondary characters such as Tyr, Balder, and Freya weren t drawn as well, but the good news is that Loki and Odin always seem to carry the day whenever either of them were involved with a scene, and they seem to show up in at least half of the book The book suffers a bit in the second half from Loki s relative absence, but I still enjoyed every new element introduced.With Loki, we get to experience his ups and downs, his hopes and rejections, his realizations and transformations, and there is a pleasing element of sympathy for the devil here With Odin, we experience his unique problem, knowing the future while possessing a profoundly passive acceptance of that future or, at least, that s how he s presented here This makes Odin a frustrating figure, but Odin s attitude is a perfect representation of the Norse outlook and what makes Norse mythology unique I found myself wondering what would ve happened if Odin hadn t believed so much in Ragnarok, and maybe the author wanted us to think about that, too Because Odin s vision of the future became self fulfilling in so many ways.What didn t I like The copyediting on a grammatical and sentence level was mostly very good, but also occasionally problematic I think the author could benefit from a better copyeditor The proofreading and formatting were great, though I found very few typos, which is outstanding The writing was excellent, although a bit distant with a somewhat omniscient style the book is mostly written in acurrent third person limited, though.Having frequent point of view changes with no conventional protagonist made the reading a bit slow for me I agree with what Hepius said in his review on this, as well as his comments about skipping the italicized parts which function as spoilers for Vasich s rendition of the myths However, I think Vasich still did the right thing here To retell this mythology requires multiple points of view, and he wrote them well It s just that this same technique distances the reader from the story a bit Nonetheless, I m glad he wrote it in the way that he did I just read it in daily chunks rather than being swept through the entire story over a short period of time Your mileage may vary Even read in chunks, there s plenty to savor here.My last complaint is that the reader often has to wait, to read about the same event multiple times through multiple points of views At times this technique was used well at other times I felt it slowed down the pace too much The book is written in relatively short scenes, though, so you never have to wait for anything for too long, and it s nice to see things from different angles.I came into this book knowing very little about Norse mythology, and I feel incredibly thankful to the author for writing these stories as he did This book allowed me to explore the myths from a tight narrative perspective, to experience the major players and the events in a way that not only brought the tales to life, but which also feels like a modern continuation of the myth Vasich takes some creative liberties with the mythology and he favors Loki and Odin as he does so , but I feel this only keeps the stories fresh and alive People who have read Norse mythology will enjoy his twists on the familiar, and people unfamiliar with Norse mythology will get to experience such a grand tale in a thrilling way A brilliant effort, and one that deserves to be a classic resting on every bookshelf with space for works on Norse mythology I m not particularly fond of writing reviews, it makes me feel like I m judging someone, and I hate doing that But when the work is great and deserves praise, well then, I mthan happy to raise my voice and say READ THIS BOOK, ITS AMAZING And LOKI, by Mike Vasich deserves all the praise in the nine realms.Its bloody fantastic Literally, BLOODY and FANTASTIC.Having never heard of Norse Mythology before, it should come as no surprise that I found this book after watching the film THOR L I m not particularly fond of writing reviews, it makes me feel like I m judging someone, and I hate doing that But when the work is great and deserves praise, well then, I mthan happy to raise my voice and say READ THIS BOOK, ITS AMAZING And LOKI, by Mike Vasich deserves all the praise in the nine realms.Its bloody fantastic Literally, BLOODY and FANTASTIC.Having never heard of Norse Mythology before, it should come as no surprise that I found this book after watching the film THOR Like many who enjoyed the movie and Tom Hiddleston s performance as Loki , I wanted to take in as much Norse Mythology information as humanly possible and immerse myself in the world of the Norse Gods.LOKI does not disappoint.From the very first page I was addicted to the Trickster s narrative Hearing his side of the story was refreshing Each passing chapter proved to beengrossing than the last with Vasich illustrating the world of the Norse Gods, their interactions and conflicts with his brilliant prose and character development Filled with gory incredibly detailed battle scenes and raw emotions from the start, LOKI had me hooked.And while my crush on Tom Hiddleston Loki in THOR may have brought me to this book, it was Mr Vasich s writing that made me LOVE it.Do yourself a favor and read LOKI You won t regret it 3 January 2015 0.00 FREE on Kindle12 April 2014 0.00 FREE on Kindle