Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee – Review

 

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  3 September 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 408

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

 

 

Blurb

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for sending me a copy of Loki: Where Mischief Lies, in exchange for an honest review!

 

I am not really a fan of Marvel, I’ve barely watched any of the movies so I don’t know much about it.  However, that did not detract from my love for this book one little bit!  Knowledge of Loki in the old Norse stories was more than enough to be able to fully engage with the storyline.

After Odin sees a vision of one of his sons leading an attack on Asguard, both Loki and Thor assume the son in question is Loki.  Standing in his brothers shadow, with little to no chance of claiming the throne, Loki wishes his father would allow him to learn to strengthen and control his magic, instead of being judged on his physical abilities like Thor.  The sorceress Amora is the only one he can talk to, but after an ill-advised adventure together, she is banished to Earth.

When Loki is also sent to Earth to investigate some strange happenings, he is pulled into a, very small, secret society, who believe they are doing important work for Odin.   As Loki tries to navigate human interaction, and, though he wouldn’t like to admit it, maybe even make some friends, he learns the investigation is going to involve some difficult manipulation.

Loki was such a brilliant character.  Funny, genderfluid and determined to prove himself, he captivated me throughout the entire story.  I loved the banter between him and Thor and laughed out loud more than once.  Mackenzie Lee is one of my favourite authors and her writing never disappoints. I’d recommend this one whether you have enjoyed the Marvel universe or not, it stands alone as a brilliant story and I can’t wait to see the next books in the series!

 

 

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