Review: Mist – Susan Krinard

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.
My thoughts:
I did expect more from this cos it had such a cool premise with Norse Mythology. The myths of my genes (my soul is another business). But I just never connected with Mist. For someone that old she was not very smart. She is like 1000s of years old, but does not act it.
I know I read an ARC but I just came across such an unforgivable thing. “The Border of Norway and Switzerland”, oh I did not now that. Has Norway moved? And do not give me the they both begin with Sw. I expect more from an ARC that deals with Norse mythology. I hope it’s fixed in the final book.
 I wondered how others would feel about this book, strange words and things are scattered through out it I know Norwegian, I know my myths so that was not a problem, but did others feel the same? Or would it be confusing?
Still it had its good moments. Action with frost giants, a strange Elf, and of course the great trickster Loki causing havoc. And I know he is a lusty devil, but enough is enough. It just got icky and he was not a baddie I was scared of. But there is a good cliffie ending that promising bad things to happen. How on earth Mist will get out of this one I do not know. Maybe Ragnarök will finally happen.
But for me connection is important and sadly it did not happen for me this time. But the story was promising.

Mist #1
Urban Fantasy
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Tor Books
For review


36 thoughts on “Review: Mist – Susan Krinard

  1. Darlene says:

    This book sounds like it would be too confusing for someone who didn't have some knowledge of Norse mythology as you did. Too bad it wasn't a great read for you.

  2. Carol says:

    I love that it deals with Norse Mythology, but as someone who is not very familiar with it, I wonder if I'd be lost? It doesn't sound like it matters really, doesn't sound like one I would enjoy.

  3. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    Sometimes it throws you off when something is so easily fixed and so badly written as location. That is bad. That happened to me with one where I knew the location well. I mean… maps people. Plus, yours is more unforgivable. :(Still the rest interests me and I do like Norse Mythology. Hopefully I will connect better with the character.

  4. Mel says:

    I know Norse mythology as well – or at least the basics so I wasn't lost but I must have mixed the geography error – that would bug me as well!

  5. says:

    Hmm…this is the second review that I've seen that didn't have the highest ratings. All the confusion and the details being incorrect is not promising. The question here is, would you read the second novel when it's released?

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    Two other reviews I remember spoke of that cos of another Uf author they knew what the book was talking about. But they had to mention that, so yes I think it might be too much

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    Hehe, i really want to read them too! I just read that darn prequel novella and felt meh about it and still have not picked up book 1 cos of it :/ Note to self, do not read novellas, they always disappoint

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    I know right maps! It also feels so, well there is this US stereotype about how you always mix up Sweden and Switzerland and then to see it here. Just cos of the Sw? Well then I guess Norway could be next to Swaziland too.I do hope so too

  9. Blodeuedd says: I would not buy it, I have so so many other books I want to buy. I mean if the book showed up at the library, maybe one day, when I have read all the other books I need to get from the library

  10. Aurian says:

    I was looking forward to this one Blodeuedd! But I need my heroine to be smart, and likeable and kick ass. So now I am hesitating a bit.

  11. BookaholicCat says:

    Yes! to the Border of Norway and Switzerland! OMG I need authors to keep the facts straight. Once I read a book in which the author said the cars drove on the "wrong side" of the rode in Germany, in another book they needed a corkscrew to open a bottle of champagne!! *headdesk*

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    Hihi. I did not know that about Germany 😉 Books usually get things right. Movies..well many feel weird at times. And here, I mean if you studied myths, maybe a look at the map would have been good too

  13. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    Aww sorry you didn't connect with this one! I really hope they correct that border line in the book, that's just sad. I had high hopes for this one and will still probably give it a try, but I've got tempered expectations now. Thanks!

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