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Mist was once a Valkyrie, until Ragnarok. She and her sisters were tasked with guarding the gods’ treasures and living among humans on Earth. Ever since a disastrous attempt to use the treasures in 1942, she has lost touch with her sisters and focused on living a normal life. She’s mostly successful until—in one night—she fights a frost giant in a local park, finds a wounded alfar, and discovers that Loki has been passing as her human boyfriend and the gods aren’t dead at all. Loki and his frost-giant allies have been plotting to bring about a new age and the end of everything Mist has grown to love about Earth. The alfar, Dainn, claims to be working for Freya, and together they have a plan to foil Loki. Mist, despite believing herself to be the least of the Valkyrie, is stubborn and determined to fight for her adopted world. It’s a fast-paced, gripping thriller, with a few interesting twists and turns and some excellent divine conspiracy. --Regina Schroeder


Praise for Susan Krinard:

“A master of atmosphere and description.”—Library Journal

“A vivid, talented author with a sparkling imagination.”—Anne Stuart, USA Today bestselling author

“Impossible to put down.”—Booklist on Lord of the Beasts

“Krinard's readers will be captivated.”—Publishers Weekly on Touch of the Wolf

“An extraordinary story.”—RT Book Reviews on Secret of the Wolf


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Product Details

  • Series: Midgard (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332080
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can tell she really want to make this a substantial series, but for me...... it just didn't work.
There were far too many lengthy explanations and narratives to make me feel as though I was involved in the story as actively as I would have liked.
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“How…” There was no doubt, no doubt at all, that he was speaking the Old Tongue with the accent of the Alfar.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on July 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

MIST is urban fantasy in the most classic application of the genre, taking the intricate mythology and tropes of classic Fantasy and transporting them to the streets of San Francisco. Reminiscent of Mercedes Lackey's Bardic Voices, but with a Nordic twist, Krinard brings frost giants and ancient godlings to life in the modern world.

While the Krinard's premise and mythology worked really well for me, the heroine Mist was the confluence of several mechanisms that fell flat. As a Valkyrie with intimate knowledge of the history an politics of the gods, Mist had many expository conversations that poured all of that knowledge into the narration, too much and for too long to keep me interested. At the same time, the heroine is also experiencing changes in her magic, lifetime secrets are being revealed. Fated, innate magic that swoops in to save the day distanced me from the story as well, as the mechanics of these transformative events are beyond the character's grasp (or being kept from her) and thus not interesting to unravel.

In addition to Mist's developing magic, both the hero and lover-turned-villain points of view make it clear that there are a lot of machinations behind the scenes of which Mist remains unaware. Though the story initially paints Mist as a strong, kick butt Valkyrie, these key elements of the story repaint her as progressively more vulnerable and oblivious. The narrative took on flavors of an old school romance, complete with a damsel in over her head, a hero with a tortured past and a secret, and Loki providing the sexually depraved villain point of view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shera on August 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
***Review copy provided through Netgalley for an honest review.***

Susan Krinard is a new to me author, but once I heard that there would be Valkyries I was all up in this book! Norse mythology! Um, yes please. A classic trickster Loki that can change shape into anything he wants, male or female, making for a pretty steamy and deceptive read! Sexy scandals. Check. Did I mention Valkyrie?? This title had everything that makes me foam at my metaphorical mouth! Then a few pages into the book it hit . . .

Valkyrie titles must be jinxed for me. Especially, the characters. To be honest I think Krinard was trying to make Mist the mythical legend--AKA the Valkyrie in question--more human. She isn't aware of how stunningly gorgeous she is, or when men are openly lusting after her. Mist also suffers from serious self doubt. Now I'm not saying those are bad qualities. But Mist is old. I mean she's a walking fossil old. At a certain point in her centuries old life I'd expect her to realize that "girls got sex appeal." One huge mistake in her past causes her to question every step she takes after that. It's just so unrealistic. Yes, it's good to question yourself. But not to a point where you would blindly trust a stranger, who clearly has evil intentions. Or to ignore your instincts when a "clue" just up and slaps you across the face. Mist has to be rescued numerous times, comes off as really-really stupid, and while her genuine kindness makes her endearing it can't save her character.

That stranger I mentioned above just happens to be a elf named Dainin. Who is a emotionless, cold hearted guy, who just happened to start Ragnarok. Of course he was tricked and is now living with a monster inside him. So for the write price he'd betray Mist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LITERAL ADDICTION on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*Copy gifted for an honest review
-Actual rating - 3.5 Skulls

This review is going to be a bit hard for me to write, because while there were things that I loved about this book, there were things that are stopping me from giving it a higher rating as well. I'll try to break it down the best I can though...

Overall, Mist was a really cool concept - Valkyrie sent to earth with her sisters and several powerful & mystical artifacts during Ragnarok (the battle of good vs. evil between the Norse Gods), then forced into living a 'normal' life after she loses her sisters and assumes Ragnarok was lost by her side and everyone but she and a few others were locked away in another dimension. The problem... Ragnarok really never ended, the end is still coming, and Mist's 'normal' life is completely turned upside down when she finds this out the hard way by being attacked by a creature she never thought she'd see again, and learning that everything she believed in recently had been a lie. Unfortunately, to properly set all of that up in a debut novel, there was a significant amount of set up involved, so it started a bit slow for me honestly. The book also requires a decent amount of Norse Mythology knowledge and/or research for pronunciation and proper understanding of several things, so that slowed me down a little as well and didn't allow me to get lost in the story as I wanted to.

The characters and story were strongly developed though, and like any good series debut, their introductions were both positive and negative allowing for further growth and development and the building of the reader/character relationship.
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