Krinard’s second Midgard book is a wonderfully imaginative, fast-paced tale that brings the larger-than-life characters from Norse mythology into the present day reality with surprising success. Her characters are all passionate, dedicated and engaging, making this story an emotional journey, as well as a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure. The twists and surprises never let up in this book, and fans will undoubtedly be eager for more installments to follow.
Centuries earlier, Norse gods and goddesses waged the Last Battle against the trickster god Loki, leaving a Valkyrie named Mist as one of the only survivors. But when Loki reappears in modern-day San Francisco, Mist has no choice but to accept her role as a warrior and leader of a band of disparate allies — and defeat her ancient foe once again. But with Loki as an enemy, no one is safe and it isn’t long before Mist is facing betrayal from every side — and a threat to her heart from which she may never recover. (TOR, Aug., 400 pp., $14.99)