The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.
Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.
Funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on life
a rich, sexy and entertaining tale of Loki...an imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly!
dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold
The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved it
Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filter
Matt Adams, Herts Advertiser
It has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour....Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time.
The Tempered Pen
This book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expense
fantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too.
It could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertains
quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing.
Stefan Fergus, Civilian Reader
inventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again
Fantasy Book Review
Loki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve
Lucy Hounsom Blog
Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman
A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster
GEEK PLANET ONLINE
An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end.
Callum Shephard, Starburst Magazine
The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come.
Chris Nickson, Chris Nickson
utterly compelling and well worth a read
BURY FREE PRESS
Joanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout.
Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun
Jonathan Hatfull, SciFiNow
A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief.
Violent Henderson, Vogue
Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filter
mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and pace
An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse gods
The Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarous
Harris is an expert of Norse mythology...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales.
Joe Warren, Fantasy Book Review
Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels movies
Nicki J Markus Blog
Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of Asgard
Daniel Liscombe, Utter Biblio
a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales
retells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES
the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun
THE SUNDAY TIMES
An entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the reader
Joanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thrones
A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat
Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast list
Ani Johnson, THE BOOK BAG
Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun"