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Friday, August 02, 2013

Mist by Susan Krinard

Mist turned out to be a very original urban fantasy read and while I did not dislike it, I’m afraid to say there are more ‘checks’ in my figurative negative column than in my positive one. My biggest obstacle, one that almost made me stop reading, is the Lore. You’re gonna ask me what’s wrong with it? Well there isn’t anything wrong with it per see, but it felt so very confusing and overwhelming that it impaired my appreciation of the story. I don’t know much about Norse mythology (except the very big lines) and Susan added her own twist on it (while this is cool, it made things that much harder for me to follow). In brief, I’m sure the majority of readers will appreciate the originality is this lore, but it simply didn’t work for me.

I started appreciating the novel when I stopped trying to understand the details of the lore. I decided to instead focus on the action and I finally enjoyed the ride. Mist was an interesting character, and I liked her determination and passion, but she was very naive for someone that old. Dainn, the elf who started Ragnarok and is now somewhat looking for redemption, had his perks ( I loved his battle against his inner beast, and his conflicting emotions), but I didn’t connect with him either. Really, Loki, the bad guy, was the highlight for me in this novel. I loved his spunk and his mischievous ways and his point of view was my favourite, but he does tend to talk too much.

Extremely slow paced at first, the rhythm thankfully picked up when the jotunns  started attacking Mist. While the actual battles were somewhat exciting, the story telling made little sense most of the time. Dainn is suppose to ready Mist for Freya to possess her and she is totally oblivious to it all, while Loki and Freya are having some kind of Game we have no idea what it’s all about. There’s also two homeless kids who were ‘drawn’ to Mist via her semi-goddess powers but they bring very little to the story.

The one aspect I liked about the novel is the Magic. I like how the characters use visualization and staves to summon their powers and that it’s taxing. I also appreciated that Mist had a learning curve ( a bit too fast for my taste, but still) and didn’t become all-mighty powerful overnight.

The end proved to be a frustrating experience because I feel like nothing happens. There is a battle between Loki, Dainn & Mist but no one really wins and in the end, we are no closer to this Ragnarok or whatever game the Gods are playing. The whole novel felt like an information packed entree simply setting the table for what’s to come and didn’t fill my appetite for answers.

I’m afraid I won’t continue on with this series. I feel like the series has potential but its very flawed beginning just didn’t bring enough to the table to convince me to keep on reading. You might want to give it a try (maybe borrow it?) because the elements I disliked might not bother you as much as it did me.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. This sounds so good!!! I love German Mythology!! This is going on my list of must haves!!

  2. I do know my Norse mythology Tynga, and I have a question: Do you read the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne? That would perhaps given you more mythology background for this book. I do want to read this book, and hope I will like it a bit more than you did.

  3. I own the books, but only read book 1 so far (which I enjoyed). Morigan isn't part of Mist and I honestly didn't recognize many characters.

  4. I've been a fan of Norse mythology for years and I love it when an author puts a contemporary spin on it. Mist looks really intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy - fingers crossed.