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.
This is a particularly hard review to write. I have a special place in my heart for an author who writes Norse mythological fiction, and I admit forthright I can be biased towards the subject due to my Norwegian heritage, yet ‘Mist’ was an arduous journey as both a reader and a reviewer.
The hype and giddiness I felt after I read the cover blurb weaved euphoria of anticipation. I wanted to play in the San Francisco streets among Norse Gods. I wanted Mist to be my guide to action, love, and mystery. Most of all, I wanted sleepless nights, a feeling of dread as the finite pages crept closer to the end, and to sneak a read on a bathroom break. I want to say that my wants came true, I want to say I am giving this book a glowing review, and I want to say I will picking up the rest of the series, but I wouldn’t be truthful. I’m not saying this book is horrible, there are some many great moments overall, but what I am saying is that I didn’t connect to the book the way I desired.
The main issue lies with the characters and the detachment I felt throughout. Most of the characters never fully bloomed into people I could relate to. Even Mist seemed a little aloof and dry at times. Of all the characters Loki was about the most engaging for me, and I think it’s because he had the most forward emotions of them all. I knew what he was feeling and I felt the intent of his actions. That could be that he had a little more of a highlight throughout and readers need to know his motivation.
This felt like an unfinished book. Mist’s story never felt as complete as it should have if this is to be her only book. There was a sort-of ending that is obvious in intent of continuation. I truly don’t know how the author will be able to continue Mist’s development while introducing stories of the other Valkyries. This might be a better read if more of the books were published closely and I could maintain an interest in what the future lies for the characters. But as a first book and introduction, I wish it stood better on its own.
'Mist' does delve into some fun twists involving Norse mythology, it has some fun fight scenes, San Francisco living comes alive at times, and the story does have a definite path, albeit a little chaotic and stepping stone path, but it does have intrigue on a whole. I’ll pick up the next one out of curiosity for the flow and if the story and characters start to make sense.