Review: Mist by Susan Krinard (Mist #1)
July 16 2013
Received from publisher via NetGalley
Kick Ass Chick – Mist
From Goodreads –
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.
Mist is the first book in Susan Krinard’s series by the same title. Unfortunately I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I think a part of it was because it is filled with Norse mythology and it reads as though it assumes we are current in that subject. And honestly, if it weren’t for Kevin Hearne and the mythology lessons in his Iron Druid books, I would have been even more lost.
Mist is a book one so, of course, you will be getting more questions than answers in the first bit but I found that too many things were thrown up in the air too soon. Add that to my already confused mind and you have Julie sitting there scratching her head a lot. Eventually things settled and some revelations were coming to the page and I got with the program but then I still found the book dragged a bit. If I sit and think about it, that doesn’t make much sense since this book is pretty much non-stop action but some books read that way for some people and for me, this one read slow.
And now that I got all the ‘boo’ stuff out of the way, let’s talk story and characters.
Mist is a Valkyrie. Valkyries are fierce fighters gifted with a bit of magic and are charged with guarding treasures that were gifted to them by the gods. Oh, and the gods seemed to have vanished too. In fact, they have been ‘missing’ for quite some time now. Mist isn’t overly bothered by all that because she just wants to lead a normal life.
As I mentioned above, there are many questions that pop into your head while reading this book and one of them is about Mist herself. She has to call onto her powers after a certain event occurs and is curious to find that her powers aren’t quite what they used to be. They are more. So with that comes the why and the how and all that. That part I found quite interesting. Mist is a solid character. I had no issues with her but I didn’t feel as much for her as I should have. She is well developed and strong but I guess and her passion for the world she lives in is wonderful. She is brave but not impulsive. Yet even with all that, I just didn’t click with her. *insert ‘aww..’*
Dainn is another interesting character. He is an elf – an Alfar to be precise – and shows up to help Mist. I didn’t love how much of his story was hidden behind secrets and lies in the beginning (I found it more frustrating than mysterious) but the more you learn about him the more you understand why everything was kept hush hush. The more I learned and more I liked. I think I actually enjoyed him more than I did Mist.
Loki is the main villain in this tale. This wasn’t my most favorite incarnation of Loki nor was it the worst I’ve read. He is rather unlikable, as expected, but there are moments here and there where you wonder if there is not something more to him. Then he goes and does or says something bordering vile and you lose that feeling.
The world Susan created is rich and interesting (once I got over the scratching my head phase). The way past events are blamed on the gods was a neat twist.
Overall, this wasn’t a terrible book but I just didn’t click with it the way I really hoped I would. Susan wrote strong characters and a good plot. If you are interested in books written around mythological theme, check this one out. It might just be for you.