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This was seriosly one of the worst UF novels I have read. I literally coulnd't even get past the first three chapters without my mind drifting off elsewhere. ( )
  Shiinale | Jul 7, 2017 |
I did expect more from this cos it had such a cool premise with Norse Mythology. The myths of my genes (my soul is another business). But I just never connected with Mist. For someone that old she was not very smart.

I know I read an ARC but I just came across such an unforgivable thing. "The Border of Norway and Switzerland", oh I did not now that. And do not give me the they both begin with Sw. I expect more from an ARC that deals with Norse mythology. I wondered how other would feel about this book, strange words and things are scattered through out it I know Norwegian, I know my myths so that was not a problem, but did others feel the same? Or was it confusing?

Still it had its good moments. Action with frost giants, a strange Elf, and of course the great trickster Loki causing havoc. And I know he is a lusty devil, but enough is enough. And there is a good cliffie ending that promising bad things to happen. How on earth Mist will get out of this one I do not know. Maybe Ragnarök will finally happen.

But for me connection is important and sadly it did not happen for me this time. But the story is good and promising. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
Review to come closer to release date. ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

In MIST, Susan Krinard dives straight into the thick of Norse mythology by assuming that most readers are somewhat knowledgeable about Ragnarök and the lore surrounding it. The lack of back story didn’t bother me overly much thanks in large part to Kevin Hearne’s IRON DRUID CHRONICLES, and Jennifer Estep’s MYTHOS ACADEMY series’ having prepared me beforehand, but if you’re not familiar with the Aesir Gods, you might feel a bit lost in the beginning.

Loki is wreaking havoc in the streets of San Francisco, and stirring up trouble as only a trickster God can. Krinard does a beautiful job of sticking to the roots of this genre by blending fantasy with a classic urban setting, and the result is a nice mix of old and new. The author weaves a fascinating tale of deceit and betrayal that keeps the action flowing, and readers turning the pages. I had no difficulty rolling with the mythology, but the constant influx of terminology and characters was a little much for one novel. The elaborate details made it hard to focus on any one thing which caused the story to feel somewhat disjointed.

Initially, Mist is painted as a fierce heroine, and a brave Valkyrie warrior which is precisely how I like my protagonists. Her character is well-developed, and I enjoyed the strength that she brought to the table considering she’s up against some pretty heavy hitters. However, as the story progresses she’s transformed from a queen into a pawn as fate begins to have its wicked way with her. Mist’s magic is no longer her own, and it quickly becomes evident that she’s just a cog in Freya’s wheel of machinations which drastically changes her role in the overall scheme of things. Her fall from grace was quite abrupt which kind of short circuited whatever connection I had formed with her.

There is an element of romance, but it’s difficult to buy in to thanks to the evil ex-boyfriend and dark elf love interests. Dainn is a complex character, and because of this I think that their relationship would have benefited from a more slow-burn approach. Mist is oblivious to “the game” that the Gods are playing, and I just felt irritated with her for waltzing right into their hands by not only unwittingly sleeping with Loki for months, but also for even considering someone with a name like Dainn Faith-breaker.

MIST delivers a rich story peppered with mythology and action of epic proportions, this book isn’t without its flaws, but series debuts rarely are. BLACK ICE is definitely going on my wishlist. ( )
  RabidReads | Jul 25, 2014 |
I would have rated this book about 3.7 stars, but due to a mixture of typographical errors that shouldn't have made it into the final publication, and the overwhelming amount of Norse mythology without a reference guide anywhere in the book, I am forced to rate it 3 stars on almost all public review sites

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.

Ms. Krinard is certainly not tentatively testing the waters of urban fantasy with this book - she is diving in head-first. And what a dive it is, leading us into a book full of interesting characters, rollicking fights, mind-blowing magic (sometimes literally), all led by a take-no-prisoners style heroine. If you don't know your Norse mythology, be prepared for a crash course, as you'll need it when the groundwork is being laid and when the story moves forward.

Mist is a complicated character, a Valkyrie stuck walking the earth longer than can be imagined, bearing guilt over a choice she made, which influenced some of her Sister Valkyries, only to later learn just how widespread the ramifications of her choice were. She even lost some beloved Sisters because they followed her lead, or so she believes.

She has seen the best and worst of mankind, but still she feels attached to Midgard, the realm she and her Sisters had been banished to at the start of the Last Battle. Once mortal, she still longs for love, sex, companionship. However this is mostly denied to her as she appears to never age, and most of the men of Midgard (Earth) don't appreciate a strong woman. So when she learns she's been played by Loki she is enraged. But even that takes a second seat to her shock, for she learns of the betrayal from an Alfar (elf). But they were supposed to have all died in the Last Battle, the one which killed Odin and all the Aesir, the one that left the Valkyrie stranded, alone, and guarding weapons for Gods that would never rise again.

Thus begins Mist's education about what really happened. Well, at least as much the Alfar Dainn can recall. He is working for one of the Gods on their side, which is one reason he was attacked by a frost giant, one that Mist ended up scaring away. Though she later learns the frost giant was simply a distraction to allow Loki to circle back to Mist's loft to steal Gungnir. Gungnir, Odin's magical spear that never misses its target, the spear that had entrusted to Mist to guard with her life. The very same spear that Loki now had in his possession. Thus begins of the real Last Battle, the battle for the ownership of Midgard.

Mist is one heck of a resilient character. But it seems her downfall may be her feelings for the people of Midgard. Even after witnessing all the atrocities they put each other through, she still has faith in their innate goodness. One of the more recent atrocities was the Nazi invasion, a event which left a lasting impression on Mist and her Sisters. So much so that it was the last time Mist saw any of her Sisters. And that means the race is on, for both Loki and Mist want to reach all the Valkyrie first, in order to gain possession of, or safeguard, the weapons entrusted to each of the Sisters. Mist knows it is crucial to gather and protect those weapons until Odin and the others can find more bridges into Midgard, bridges like those Loki used. For if Loki gets his hands on those weapons before the Aesir get to Midgard the game is over, this time forever.

In addition to all this Dainn is teaching Mist to access her inner abilities, for she is no mere mortal as she'd always been told. Yet she's smart enough to initially understand that she isn't being taught out of love. But with all the truth and lies she's being bombarded with, will she be able to separate fact from fiction before it's too late? And will she catch on to the fact that her role in this war is likely to be far larger that she anticipates? Who is really her friend, and who is her foe? Will her Sisters ever forgive her for her prior error, or will they string her along and then drop her just when she needs them most? So many questions, and this is only the end of the first book! ( )
  Isisunit | Jul 19, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765332086, Paperback)

New York Times bestselling author SUSAN KRINARD launches her first urban fantasy series with MIST.

Mist lives a normal life. She has a normal job, a normal boyfriend, and a normal apartment in San Francisco. She never thinks about her past if she can help it.

She survived. That’s the end of it.

But then a snowy winter descends upon San Francisco. In June. And 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.

Mist’s normal world is falling apart. But thankfully, Mist isn’t quite so normal herself. She’s a Valkyrie, and she’s going to need all her skill to thwart Loki’s schemes and save modern Earth from the ravages of a battle of the gods.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:38 -0400)

"Mist lives a normal life. She has a normal job, a normal boyfriend, and a normal apartment in San Francisco. She never thinks about her past if she can help it. She survived. That's the end of it. But then a snowy winter descends upon San Francisco. In June. And 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. Mist's normal world is falling apart. But thankfully, Mist isn't quite so normal herself. She's a Valkyrie, and she's going to need all her skill to thwart Loki's schemes and save modern Earth from the ravages of a battle of the gods"--… (more)

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