A great continuation of the Ragnarok Era series and sequel to The Apples of Idunn, this book continues the story of Odin, Frigga, Tyr, Loki, and Sigyn and the Aesir Tribes as they travel west towards the island of Vanaheim where Odin must lead his people to challenge the Vanir who have been worshipped as Gods by the Aesir because that is the price he promised Idunn in exchange for the apples of immortality he and his chosen favorites have consumed. Some spoilers ahead: But Odin is sought by Gudrun and the NIflungar, an evil family who follow Hel and Hel wants Odin turned to her servant or dead as he seems to be "The Destroyer" prophesied about long before. The Niflungar family command trolls and re-animated dead or draugr both to attack the Aesir. Gudrun loves Odin still and wants him saved from destruction and to join her as one of the servants of Hel. Odin is recaptured by the Niflung and imprisoned again where the Raven King of the NIflung, Gjuki tortures him and brings him to the brink of death where Odin's only option to escape is to call upon evil spirits of the dead and to escape by wandering the land of the dead itself which ages him and explains why though immortal Odin has the appearance of a fifty year old silver haired man, but he stubbornly finds his way back to the world of the living although changed in even more ways and having paid a great price during his journey back. Loki and Sigyn meanwhile went on a journey to Aegir's palace in the sea to try and negotiate passage across the water for the Aesir and then to where Odin was held by the Niflungar to try and rescue him. While these three characters are absent Frigga as queen must rule and try and hold together the fracturing tribes while they are nightly besieged by trolls led by Ve, the troll king and Odin's brother. Tyr is ever more demented by the cursed rune sword Gramr, and yet the tribes need him and his sword to keep their enemies at bay. More information about Loki's mysterious past and possible true identity are revealed, as well as just how powerful he is. Sigyn takes risks to try and assist both him and Odin's people and some of her actions lead to more problems but in the end one of her risks saves Odin and everyone from the machinations of the NIflungar but earns her the wrath of Queen Grimhild. The book ends with a brief respite for the Aesir as they reach the seashore in what is now Spain and begin building boats for the sea crossing to Vanaheim but with Loki and Sigyn deep in trouble amongst the Niflung still, setting us up for book 3, The Shores of Vanaheim. Which comes out early May, so I just have to survive a week and a half or so! The Author plans three trilogies in this series total. so 9 books and I am thinking he means to cover all of Norse Mythology and some of the Volsung saga as we know it and give it this rich fictional treatment that though the elements are still supernatural and fantastical, feel like realistic and historical events that could give rise to the later myths we know. The characters are likeable and fascinating, the action is great, and the imagination displayed is phenomenal.
I have received this advanced copy in return for an honest review. .Once again, author Matt Larkin expands his Mythic Legends Chronicles by delivering the second volume in the Ragnarok Era - THE MISTS OF NIFLHEIM. Carrying on immediately from the end of the first book in this series, the author immerses us once more in the universe of the ancient Norse Gods. Odin, now having achieved Godhood, must unite the Aesir tribes in a battle to end the Fimbulwinter and bring Spring back to a world that has known only Ice and Snow for as long as any mortal can remember. Standing in his way are a legion of monsters and undead led by an ancient dying civilization. The battle to survive and save his people and the world is the driving theme of this story.
This is NOT your father's Norse mythology. Larkin has combined both the Scandinavian Eddas and the Germanic tales of Sigurd to produce a world and people that will pull you in and leave you on the edge of your seat as he weaves a tale of valor, honor, deceit, lust, loss, and joy while driving you towards the ultimate battle.
If you love tales of legends and myths, this book will surely entertain you and keep you wanting more.
Matt Larkin has written a phenomenal series. It is a retelling of the vast collection of Norse myths in a way that is realistic enough to imagine it could have even happened for real. To achieve this while at the same time staying true to the original stories themselves is a balancing act that can only be achieved by a brilliant writer. The Mists of Nilfheim throws light of the history of the Nibelungen and their dealing with the Norse Gods in a way that makes one understand the later myths of Sigurd and Brynhild in a unique way.
Started out great in The Apples of Idunn and just gets better in this. Mythology meets History, I guess you might say. Odin, Frigg, Loki and all the familiar characters of Norse mythology come alive in these books, as does the world they inhabit. This was really hard to put down once I got started as it kept me pretty much on the edge of my seat.
If you are a fan of dark fantasy you'll really enjoy Mists of Nilfeim. Mists is Book 2 in The Ragnarok series....I thought this was an amazing tale of the Norse God Odin and his kingdom of fierce and unforgiving tribesmen and women, Told from the beginning. Told brutally and explicitly. .......this tale weaves quite a picture of Odin and all the Aesir to become the God and people of legend. I Know what I like and I like this story very much. I wish I could write it a better review.