Long ago, Loki the Trickster tried to steal the golden apples of immortality. But why? And what did he plan to do with them?
Now, Loki’s mortal wife Caroline has just given birth to their first child. The sleep-deprived parents struggle to enjoy their first night out in months, but an old song gives rise to older memories, and Caroline finally hears the dark and heartbreaking story of why Loki attempted to steal Iðunn’s magical apples.
And what he lost in the attempt.
My Review ~ 5 stars
Just wow! Beautifully crafted work
I’ve been fortunate to have read all of the books in Samantha Macleod’s Loki series and they are all excellent reads. With The Trickster’s Song however, she has surpassed herself in raising the bar even higher in terms of the quality of her writing and storytelling. The novel is beautifully crafted, weaving scenes of emotional depth and intensity with those of erotic and carnal delight. It can be read as a standalone but I would urge readers to read the other books in the series to fully appreciate the skills of this author in weaving a spellbinding tale.
It is a story within a story, where Loki opens up to Caroline, his mortal wife, revealing his own personal torment of loves won and lost. Throughout the previous books we have gained an insight into Loki’s past and the role foist upon him by the circumstances of his birth and above all by Odinn, the ruler of Asgaard. We have also shared his disappointments and triumphs and rejoiced at his marriage with Caroline and the birth of their first child.
Whereas before we have been treated to glimpses into his dark past this book explains the motivation for his ill fated attempt to steal Iodunn’s magical apples, his subsequent heartbreak and the far reaching consequences. It is an emotional and heartrending tale, recounted by Loki in the first person narrative. As a reader it has both deepened my knowledge of and respect for his complex character. It has also explained some of his actions and relationships with other characters who feature in previous books.
It has elegantly written prose and an original plot line that breathes life into Norse myths and legends surrounding Loki and fellow immortals and their relationships with mortals and others who populate the Nine Realms. It reminds the reader that all of us are to a large extent the products of our pasts, however painful or joyful they may be.
Highly recommended for lovers of tales containing myths and legends, which explore both the darkness and the joy that can mark our existence.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note that a copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.