The Gospel of Loki is a retelling of the stories of the Norse Gods from the point of view of Loki, everyone’s favourite trickster.
Reading it from Loki’s point of view really puts a different perspective on it, and you can’t help but feel sorry for him because he gets screwed over several times.
Before reading this my knowledge of the Norse Gods wasn’t great, and was pretty much limited to the Thor movies, so I actually learned a lot about Norse mythology and some of the things that happened in Thor made a little more sense.
Talking of Thor, if you’re expecting Marvel Loki, it’s not quite the same. Of course, he’s still a trickster and likes to have fun at the expense of others, but he’s much darker in this book and you soon find out why. It’s not the Marvel universe, so don’t expect a hilarious Thor either.
It’s a bit of a rollercoaster of a book; you follow Loki from his first steps in to Asgard, as he forms tumultuous relationships, to battle scenes right at the end.
At the start of each chapter, there’s a lesson from Loki and the pages that follow explain why he learned that ‘lesson’.
It was a pretty fast read, I got through it quite quickly when I was in Sweden, and it wasn’t the most gripping book I’ve read this year. I think because of the way the chapters are split into lessons, it makes it a book that you’d feel happy reading quite casually, picking it up and putting it down whenever you felt like it.
That said, The Gospel of Loki was a really enjoyable read, and I did learn a lot about Norse mythology, so I’m glad this was recommended to me.
Do you enjoy retellings?