Book Review – The Gospel of Loki

The Gospel of LokiThe Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book for the Machalo Challenge – A book with a villain as a MC.
Though Loki is more of an anti-hero than a villain, they certainly managed to paint him as one…

The story is told in memoir-style all the way from Loki’s birth to – spoiler? – his imprisonment and is kind of a series of incidents that spirals into a massive misunderstanding (read: war).

And it’s essentially a study of propaganda and possibly character assassination.

This is how Odin sees Loki:

How the world sees Loki (after Odin is done scapegoating him):

How Loki sees Loki:

How Loki actually is:

…some sort of fiery creature that it is totally out of place on earth.

While I had some issues with the abrupt, cliff-hangery ending and the disjointed nature of the narration, Loki is a compelling enough personality to make this interesting. Though perhaps the woe-is-me-i’m-a-misunderstood-soul bit was overdone occasionally. Best read in parts.

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