There’s never a bad time to make a new reading list, especially when you’re finally aiming to catch up on books that focus on your favorite God of Mischief. Loki, the (sometimes infamous) figure from Norse tales and Norse pagan worship, has become increasingly popular ever since his comic incarnation was given new life thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—but no, this isn’t a list of MCU Loki-centric fanfic (although I could definitely write a whole post just about that). Here are five books I’m hoping to read this year, ranging from modern classics to comic book adventures.
Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf
The first tome in The Nine World Rising Trilogy, Truth and Other Lies follows Loki as he navigates catastrophes of mythological proportions, falling in love with a human girl, and doing the “right thing” for once.
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
The Gospel of Loki has been on my list for ages—I think I even mentioned it in a summer reading list right here on this blog! And yet somehow, I have yet to dive into this “unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.”
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Recently recommended to me after reading The Song of Achilles, this reimagining of the jötunn Angrboða takes the off-handed mention of her in the Poetic Edda and brings a new story to life. An outcast witch who meets Loki in her darkest hour, Angrboða finds love and family in the places she least expected.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
As a long-time fan of Neil Gaiman, it’s hard to admit that I haven’t read Norse Mythology yet, but I know that his unique storytelling will help these ancient tales come to life and I can’t wait to see how he approaches the character of Loki. (There is also a recent comic book series based on Norse Mythology that was released in 2020 by Dark Horse Comics.)
Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth by Daniel Kibblesmith
The recent comics centering on Loki’s story have been so enjoyable, particularly Agent of Asgard. Unfortunately, The God Who Fell to Earth only had 5 issues and was cancelled. Regardless, I’m excited to explore this version of Loki who is trying to team up with…Tony Stark?? (IRONFROST???)
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