Review: Mist by Susan Krinard

Posted July 25, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 52 Comments

Review: Mist by Susan Krinard
Mist by Susan Krinard
Series: Midgard #1
Published by Tor Books
Published on: July 16, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Mist lives a normal life. She has a normal job, a normal boyfriend, and a normal apartment in San Francisco. She never thinks about her past if she can help it.

She survived. That’s the end of it.

But then a snowy winter descends upon San Francisco. In June. And in quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Mist’s normal world is falling apart. But thankfully, Mist isn’t quite so normal herself. She’s a Valkyrie, and she’s going to need all her skill to thwart Loki’s schemes and save modern Earth from the ravages of a battle of the gods.

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In MIST, Susan Krinard dives straight into the thick of Norse mythology by assuming that most readers are somewhat knowledgeable about Ragnarök and the lore surrounding it. The lack of back story didn’t bother me overly much thanks in large part to Kevin Hearne’s IRON DRUID CHRONICLES, and Jennifer Estep’s MYTHOS ACADEMY series’ having prepared me beforehand, but if you’re not familiar with the Aesir Gods, you might feel a bit lost in the beginning.

Loki is wreaking havoc in the streets of San Francisco, and stirring up trouble as only a trickster God can. Krinard does a beautiful job of sticking to the roots of this genre by blending fantasy with a classic urban setting, and the result is a nice mix of old and new. The author weaves a fascinating tale of deceit and betrayal that keeps the action flowing, and readers turning the pages. I had no difficulty rolling with the mythology, but the constant influx of terminology and characters was a little much for one novel. The elaborate details made it hard to focus on any one thing which caused the story to feel somewhat disjointed.

Initially, Mist is painted as a fierce heroine, and a brave Valkyrie warrior which is precisely how I like my protagonists. Her character is well-developed, and I enjoyed the strength that she brought to the table considering she’s up against some pretty heavy hitters. However, as the story progresses she’s transformed from a queen into a pawn as fate begins to have its wicked way with her. Mist’s magic is no longer her own, and it quickly becomes evident that she’s just a cog in Freya’s wheel of machinations which drastically changes her role in the overall scheme of things. Her fall from grace was quite abrupt which kind of short circuited whatever connection I had formed with her.

There is an element of romance, but it’s difficult to buy in to thanks to the evil ex-boyfriend and dark elf love interests. Dainn is a complex character, and because of this I think that their relationship would have benefited from a more slow-burn approach. Mist is oblivious to “the game” that the Gods are playing, and I just felt irritated with her for waltzing right into their hands by not only unwittingly sleeping with Loki for months, but also for even considering someone with a name like Dainn Faith-breaker.

MIST delivers a rich story peppered with mythology and action of epic proportions, this book isn’t without its flaws, but series debuts rarely are. BLACK ICE is definitely going on my wishlist.

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52 responses to “Review: Mist by Susan Krinard

  1. I’m a fan of any mythology. But I agree that I would need a lot of background reading before diving into this series. And since i’m not at all familiar with Hearne’s Druid series and Estep’s Mythos Academy ( I read the first two books), I’m afraid I’m going to get lost.

    Great review, Carmel!
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  2. Ooh, I love Norse mythology. Mist sounds like a pretty good intro to a series despite the issues you had with it. But if you’re going to continue it even though you lost connection with Mist, it must be pretty good. 🙂 Great review, Carmel! This one’s going on my tbr.

  3. A Canadian, weee. I think I saw that you live in Québec (me too) but I may be mistaking.
    I don’t even know what Aesir Gods are so it doesn’t start too well I guess.
    The main character seems like…an unlucky one. Don’t think I’ll connect with her and that’s important to me so guess I’ll pass–plus the romance looks ugh.
    Thanks for the honest review. 🙂
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  4. Oooh, I love Norse mythology. Mist sounds like it’s off to a good start, despite some of the issues you mentioned. The elaborite world-building, myth and action sounds pretty awesome. Wonderful review, Carmel 🙂

  5. Uoh, the elements of romance you mentioned have me all drooling at the prospect of reading this 😀 Loki, evil ex-bf and dark elf? That’s the kind of romance I wanna read about :)) I’m twisted, yep 😀

    Sounds like a really good read, I’m pretty okay with my Norse mythology, more or less as good as with Greek, meaning no expert or anything but mention a significant name and I’ll know the basic idea of what you’re talking about, lol. I figure it’s good enough? 😀 The novel should do the rest for me, right?
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  6. LOL so i’m reading your review and reading all the different elements this story has and I just think “this story is pretty OUT there isn’t if?” LOL i hadn’t heard of it before!

  7. I love mythology but I’m not really familiar with Norse mythology so I’m definitely excited to try reading a book that has it as part of its story. I’m quite apprehensive because you said the story just went straight into the thick of things and some of the issues you mentioned might irked me a little bit. I’m still inclined on trying this one though, just to see it for myself.
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  8. I think I will add this to my TBR because even though it has its share of flaws, you seemed to really like it. Sometimes the first book in the series can be a bit bumpy but then the series, not always, but most of the time gets better and better. Hopefully book 2 will rock your world. 😉

  9. I know that the reviews were quite mixed about this one but I”m happy you liked it like me too. I have book 2 but I still need more time to get into it. Maybe when I’m back at home.