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The Gospel of Loki

  • Author
    • Joanne Harris
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  • Published: Jun 04 2015
  • Pages: 320
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781473202375

The beautifully lyrical retelling of the Norse myths, told from the captivating point of view of the trickster god Loki

The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.

Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Readers are captivated by The Gospel of Loki:

'A perfect introduction for the uninitiated . . . Apart from being original, funny and engaging, The Gospel of Loki is also brilliantly written . . . It's a delight to read' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'I've always been a fan of the antihero. While I cannot approve of everything that Loki did, he comes off the page as genuinely sympathetic and, dare I say -- human?' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Harris manages to make you understand Loki, loathe those Gods who are mean to him, and root for Loki to succeed in his plans . . . I can advice this book to everyone who loves retellings of old myths' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Well once again, Joanne Harris blows me away. What a brilliantly entertaining version of Norse mythology' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'The tone is perfectly witty without being too funny for suspense. The banter and humour just clicked with me and I smiled, grinned and snorted my way all through the book' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'If you love mythology and are interested in learning about the Norse Gods, I highly recommend' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Press Reviews

  • Fortean Times
    a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales
    Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun"
  • SFX
    A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat
  • Jonathan Hatfull

    Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun
    A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster
  • Callum Shephard

    Starburst Magazine
    An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end.
  • Violent Henderson

    A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief.
  • Stefan Fergus

    Civilian Reader
    quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing.
  • Chris Nickson

    Chris Nickson
    The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come.
  • Joe Warren

    Fantasy Book Review
    Harris is an expert of Norse mythology...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales.
  • Daniel Liscombe

    Utter Biblio
    Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of Asgard
  • Matt Adams

    Herts Advertiser
    Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filter
  • Rinn Reads
    It could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertains
  • Nicki J Markus Blog
    Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels movies
  • Lucy Hounsom Blog
    Loki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve
  • The Tempered Pen
    It has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour....Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time.
  • Ani Johnson

    Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast list
  • Sunday Sun
    Joanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thrones
    utterly compelling and well worth a read
  • Booktopia
    dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold
    This book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expense
  • SAGA
    a rich, sexy and entertaining tale of imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly!
    the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun
    Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman
    retells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory.
    An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse gods
    fantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too.
    The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved it
    The Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarous
    mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and pace
    An entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the reader
    Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filter
    Funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on life
  • Fantasy Book Review
    inventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again
    Joanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout.