I've had a bit of a personal hiatus when it comes to reading Norse Myth books that run too close to my own book. This hiatus has been going on for about... two years. I'm not sure what I thought would happen? That I'd accidentally steal someone's plot? That I'd decide mine was garbage? Whatever it was, Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf was not just an excellent book about Norse Mythology, it was also the book I've been waiting for to chase all my weird anxiety away.
Alright, this book's TLDR: Loki is a god of chaos and lies, and he's damn proud of it. But he's been getting the sneaking suspicion that something in Asgard isn't all it's cracked up to be. Mostly because he's been getting horrific vision-migraines of fire and brimstone. He might need to stop an upcoming disaster, but the thing is, nobody quite trusts him. Oops.
Surprising exactly zero Norse myth nerds, this is a story that leads to a pretty specific Twilight of the Gods. And like most things in life, much of the joy of this book comes not from the destination, but from the journey. While myths can take place on an epic scale, this book manages to distil things down to many touching, domestic, one-on-one moments. We get to explore what makes Loki tick, where he excels, and where he hides his pain.
If you know me at all, you know I love the psychology of Why. Especially the why of people who make bad choices.
But hey, decide for yourself!
Sigyn down there like "You think this even registers on my scale of A Notable Occurrence?"
Why you'll love this book:
Sassy, snarky Loki at his best
Narrative choices for the myths that I haven't seen made anywhere else
A Sigyn that's gonna knock your socks off
A magic system that's easy to believe, interesting, and doesn't require a user's manual to understand
A very cool interpretation of Odin and Loki's history that will induce rage
LGBTQA+ rep from exactly who you'd expect and also maybe someone you won't
Intricate historical research that really shines in the Switzerland chapters
A clear understanding of historical clothing that forced me to grab my dictionary
The writing style is fun, the material is well researched, and the text has an exceptional lack of typos (I write, I notice these things all the time XD)
This book isn't for you if:
You're stuck in a rigid view of the myths and how they happened
You aren't open to LGBTQA+ interpretations of the Norse Myths (which.. if so, how did you get here? My own book is so gay, you'd best move on.)
You're not into badass ladies doing badass things
You don't like villain origin stories
You prefer epic scale fantasy instead of character-focused stories
You have issues with flawed characters making dubious choices
You don't like steamy sex scenes
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was something I thought about when I wasn't reading, both on its own, thinking about the choices in craft, narrative, character, etc. And if you read fast, you'll be just on time for the release of Book 2 on April 9th! Add Truth And Other Lies on Goodreads or snag a copy on Amazon!