Book review – Mjolnir


As a huge fan of mythology, I could not resist Mjolnir by Brian James.

The Viking gods have been banished from Asgard by Odin. Today they make the best of life on Earth. Thor is a professional athlete, Freya a prostitute, and Loki sells cheap products on QVC. Lurking in the background of their lives is a prophecy; one that declares that their time is at an end.

Ragnarok is about to throw the gods into a state of civil war and the one who controls the hammer of Thor may be able to change the arc of destiny.

So the Asgardians are on Midgard in 2017, they are using their special gifts to survive among the mortals and get the worship they crave. Ragnarok approaches bring their death and the destruction of the world, or the return of the Gods and Goddesses to Asgard. Depending on who wields Mjolnir and whether they can work together or fight between themselves. Both Odin and Loki seek to hold the hammer and control this fate but an unexpected third party wants it too.

I was hooked from the start. Norse mythology and current events are beautifully entwined, along with the complexities, loaded pasts, and interactions of the Gods and Goddesses. Mjolnir kept the action coming and I couldn’t read it quick enough. There’s action, humour, mythology, and dragons. Think Magnus Chase for adults or American Gods.

Brian James is firmly on my authors to look out for list. I look forward to more.

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