The Gospel of Loki

The Gospel of Loki

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With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.

But while Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the Worlds.

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world's ultimate trickster.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 426g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781473202368
  • 170,672

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a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales Fortean Times
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a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales * Fortean Times * Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun" * THE TIMES * A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat * SFX * Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun -- Jonathan Hatfull * SciFiNow * A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster * GEEK PLANET ONLINE * An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end. -- Callum Shephard * Starburst Magazine * A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief. -- Violent Henderson * Vogue * quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing. -- Stefan Fergus * Civilian Reader * The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come. -- Chris Nickson * Chris Nickson * Harris is an expert of Norse mythology...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales. -- Joe Warren * Fantasy Book Review * Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of Asgard -- Daniel Liscombe * Utter Biblio * Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filter -- Matt Adams * Herts Advertiser * It could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertains * Rinn Reads * Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels movies * Nicki J Markus Blog * Loki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve * Lucy Hounsom Blog * It has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour....Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time. * The Tempered Pen * Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast list -- Ani Johnson * THE BOOK BAG * Joanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thrones * Sunday Sun * utterly compelling and well worth a read * BURY FREE PRESS * dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold * Booktopia * This book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expense * THE INDEPENDENT * a rich, sexy and entertaining tale of Loki...an imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly! * SAGA * the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun * THE SUNDAY TIMES * Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman * THE METRO * retells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory. * THE FINANCIAL TIMES * An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse gods * CHOICE * fantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too. * GEEK NATIVE * The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved it * BELLA * The Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarous * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and pace * FALCATA TIMES * An entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the reader * FANTASY FACTION * Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filter * HERTFORDSHIRE ADVERTISER * Funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on life * SCI-FI BULLETIN * inventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again * Fantasy Book Review * Joanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout. * SFF WORLD *
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About Joanne M Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted CHOCOLAT (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.

Find out more at www.joanne-harris.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @Joannechocolat
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11,745 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 24% (2,826)
4 38% (4,461)
3 28% (3,242)
2 8% (952)
1 2% (264)
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