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Mist by Susan Kriand

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Summary: 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.
Review: Mist was a decent read with an interesting premise but took some missteps along the way. The Norweigen folk lore was a little heavy and hard to follow at first but once I got that down the story became more interesting (to be totally honest I kept referring back to the movie Thor). I wanted like Mist she was a strong heroine who was fiercely independent but her impulsiveness kept undercutting her obvious intelligence, which after awhile started to get a little old. Dainn, the love interest, had a lot of potential to be compelling but came off as a little too whiny at times. Their relationship seemed forced and a little misplaced in the story.
The plot had a strong premise but the execution was a lacking. Some of the big reveals of the story came at rather strange times causing them to lack to shock value and emotional impact they were meant to have. The prologue at the beginning seemed disjointed from the rest of the book and the story itself. There were some elements of the story I did enjoy the various creatures from Norse mythology, such as frost giants and the story of the Valkyries were really cool. The world building is solid and how various figures of Norse mythology tie into the larger story was well done and interesting.
Rating: 2/5 Diamonds
Reviewed by: Jennifer
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