The Testament of Loki

Narrated by: Allan Corduner
Series: Loki, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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In the sequel to The Gospel of Loki, Loki’s adventures continue when he finds a way out of the end of the world and plans to restart the power of the Norse gods.

The end of the world - also known as Ragnarok to the Norse gods - has occurred, and Loki has been trapped in a seemingly endless purgatory, in torture, until he finds a way to escape. It seems that he still exists in the minds of humanity and uses that as a way to our time.

Back in the ninth world (Earth), Loki finds himself sharing the mind of a teenage girl named Jumps, who is a bit of a mess. She’s also not happy about Loki sneaking his way into her mind, since she was originally calling on Thor. Worse, her friends have also been co-opted by the gods: Odin, Jump’s one-eyed best friend in a wheelchair, and Freya, the pretty one. Thor escapes the netherworld as well and shares the mind of a dog, and he finds that it suits him.

Odin has a plan to bring back the Norse gods' ascendancy, but Loki has his own ideas on how things can go - and nothing goes according to plan. 

©2018 Joanne M. Harris (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Definitely a change from the first book

It took me a while to figure out this storyline. When I did, it was pretty exciting - I've played such games before, and I saw a lot of potential here. Potential that was alas unrealized.

The story had some nuggets of brilliance but the execution was a bit disjointed and choppy. Adding to that was the fact that midway through the book, perhaps shortly after the first half, the narrator inexplicably started to change the voices up.

Had it been only one character, I might have thought it was just me remembering wrong - though as I've worked as an audiobook technical editor on lengthy works before (double digit hours), I'm pretty tuned in to voice changes during the course of a narration. I noted three distinct and consistent changes, with about two others that were occasional in nature. It got noticeable enough that I started to get confused in an already fuzzy plot, as I couldn't tell which character was speaking.

Despite the above, I thoroughly enjoy this depiction of Loki and the Aesir/Vanir overall, and it was nice to return to Loki as portrayed by Alan. Always makes me smile.

As a side note, I think my favorite part of all came towards the end, when there was a lovely hat-tip (unreferenced) to the Voluspa when the question is asked, "Do you need to know more?" (Can't discuss context without spoilers, but the circumstances were spot-on for the question.) Hail the knower!

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Very disappointed after such promising first book. My review comes with a some spoilers so you have been told...

I loved the first previous book by the author. It follow very closed to the Original Norse Mythology but given some extra liberties bring that was a book on the view point of Loki, not usually as Thor or Odin. I truly enjoyed. It was interesting that the author chose to give sort of nicknames for names that most people would have hard time to remember or to pronounce. Ok loved first book. Went ahead and got second book right after ... so,let me tell you that the Norse Mythology though did not end at the first book to me it did. The second book its the traditional YA book authors will take any Mythology, Fairytale or Theme and turn into teen 16 -17 girl base material. Don’t get me wrong I have lots of YA w teen heroine books but honestly Im choose when come to those cause I just don’t have patience with most teen drama. I also enjoy Most Rick Riordan books with Mythological theme so I can take authors taking liberties with gods and myth creatures. However personally I just didn’t enjoy Loki interactions with the main character. I didn’t buy his way too modern vocabulary though he clearly didn’t know anything about our technology, culture and mannerisms he seemed way too comfortable. Then later out of the blue we find out heroine is also into girls though (Im actually gay myself, so Im not against gay characters at all) only because Loki kind moves on into a girl and you have even gone into the next base but the story moves into a next plot. Then after Loki “open her mind” she decided that she was interested into getting to know the girl and go on a date. Again I don’t like how the author moved the story into another path. I did enjoy the interactions among the gods but that’s constantly been pestered by the “teen characters”. Last the little bits of the Norse realm also happens in a video game based upon Asgard and its inhabitants. After such great Mythological first book this second one felt cheap, like the author didn’t have more inspiration to continue after Ragnarok so she went after the overdone YA 16 years old girl and its teen drama. I wish she had move on to a Greek, Egyptian or Celtic Mythological story. I hope I can return this book, though I ll keep the first book, the story was completed and should have been left at that.

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A fitting sequel to "The Gospel..."

...replete with familiar gods and their "ways" and the excellent performance of Allan Corduner coupled with the ingenious mind of Joanne M. Harris, propelling the old work into this one. Seamlessly written, superbly delivered. No spoilers.

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amazingly done, hope there's another book

great characters, good plot, love loki. This was a very different but interesting take on the after of Ragnarok.

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Influenced by Good Omens??

Loved the narrator! I enjoyed the story, though not as much as the first book in the series. I was left wondering how much Ms. Harris was influenced by Gaiman & Pratchett in Good Omens. Loki, into Testament, has a lot in common with Crowley from Good Omens.

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entertaining from start to fiish.

loved this book it was very enjoyable from start to finish . . . .

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May be the worst follow-up

it was bad for me. wasn't into the plot or characters. didn't seem like Loki was the same chapter from book 1. done with this series.

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Great story but not as good as the first book

While I am so happy I got another story featuring Loki I feel like this story was so much more of a try hard novel than the first
The narrator was amazing as usual just like the first but the story was just drawn out and hard to get behind
Still a solid sequel just not as good as the first

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Nothing like the first, but still good!

So this sequel is really just a YA fiction.. but still filled with the charismatic charm of Loki from the first book, as he inhabits the body of an anorexic teenager.

I love the book, but I have to knock off a star simply for the nature of the story.. Loki is often talking to/arguing with the girl and sometimes it's out loud, and sometimes its in her head.. but doesn't always specify which. This is where traditional pages would come in handy, with italics and such. It's easy to get a little lost.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Though if I'm entirely honest it made me a little jealous at times. If only I had an over-confident, charismatic, self appreciating demon-god in my head forcing me to act against all my insecurities!

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slow start, but great finish

it was a struggle to get through the first dozen chapters. but developed into a great read. Couldn't put it down after that.