Author: Bruce Nesmith
Publisher: Craig Martelle, Incendiary
Released: April 13, 2021
Received: Blog Tour
Let’s be real, who can resist a novel that takes a different spin on Loki? (I was going to say the one and only…but that’s not quite accurate, now is it?). Written by Bruce Nesmith, Mischief Maker is a book that immediately caught my attention.
Loki may be a creature from Norse Mythology, but that has never stopped him from stepping into the modern world. Now he lives in modern-day Chicago, but there’s a bit of a twist. He’s not a god anymore. Just an odd magician trying to make a living.
He was cast down from godhood when he took the blame for the sins of all the Norse gods. Now, he’s trying to make peace with what he is. Or rather, he was. Naturally, something came up that distracted the once-god.
Fans of Loki unite! No, seriously, can we get together for a meeting or something? Anyway, moving on! Mischief Maker is a true fan novel – this is a book that has a deep understanding of Norse Mythology and all of the foundations that make Loki who he is.
It makes for fantastic reading. However, I’ll admit that readers should probably have a decent understanding of Loki’s mythos to understand (and appreciate) everything that happens within Mischief Maker.
I love that there’s a blend of the classic alongside a more modern take. It feels both familiar and new – which is the perfect balance for this character when you think about it. There were a few other delightful surprises as well, but I will not spoil them for other readers! They’re worth finding on your own, promise.
Thanks to The Book Review Crew for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
From the lead designer of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes an epic journey into Norse Mythology. What if Loki was never the bad guy?
Loki, once a god, now nothing more than a stage magician in modern-day Chicago…
…his enemies from a thousand years ago have long memories.
Victors wrote the history, and Loki was blamed for the sins of the Norse gods. They can’t let him live in peace.
He has to set aside his new life to settle old grudges while coming to terms with what it means to be a man.
And a god.
If Loki fails, the nine realms will fall.
This is not superhero fiction. Mischief Maker breathes new life into Norse mythology, reinterpreting the legends through Loki’s modern lens.
Mischief Maker could be one of the best stories you read this year. Try it today.
Author Guest Post
Every author has their own process. Mine is to write the story, beginning to end, focusing on the plot. Once that is done, I go back through and layer in other aspects. For example, in Mischief Maker, I went through the entire book and made sure Manny was present everywhere he needed to be and had something fun or important to say. Unfortunately, he was an easy character to forget. On another pass, I when through and added the pranks that Loki played on everyone. It’s really easy to get caught up in the plot and forget to maintain things like this. So I take care of them with subsequent passes.
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