The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris

thetestamentI just loved The Testament of Loki.  It was such good fun, a really quick read and jam packed with humour and goodness.  Arguably, I would say that this is even better than The Gospel of Loki, although it does have a younger feel which might not appeal to everyone.  Where the Gospel of Loki was a retelling of Norse mythology and the fall of Asgard told from the tricksy perspective of Loki, Testament goes a step further.  With this book Ms Harris opens up a whole new realm of possible stories.  Of course, I have no idea if that was the intention but I would love to think that there are more Loki stories yet to come.

Personally I don’t think it’s necessary to have read The Gospel of Loki before reading Testament however, I would suggest you do so as it helps to build up the characters and whilst you might already have some knowledge of Norse mythology I still think the extra time spent with the characters, particularly Loki, can only be of benefit.

I’m going to give very little of the plot away so I’m sorry if that’s what you’re hoping for here.  Suffice to say, and no real spoiler, Loki manages to escape from his dark prison.  Of course if he can escape then others can surely do so too.  And, whilst he begins to form a plan, and enjoy all the things denied him over the centuries it seems that others of the same nature have similar designs and Loki could be the key in bringing those plans to fruition.  It simply doesn’t bode well – and just as he was enjoying cake, and pizza and girlfriends!

In terms of the world building, well, Loki find himself in our modern world and he’s prepared to enjoy himself enormously.  Of course he has certain restrictions that I won’t elaborate on only to say that I loved this particular aspect of the story.  Obviously there’s more to the world building.  The realm of dream plays a fairly strong role in the overall story arc and things certainly become quite fantastical, not to mention twisted, as Loki begins to scheme and then scheme some more.

The characters.  You may be pleased to hear that Loki isn’t the only one who has escaped.  I won’t tell you who else joins the cast but I will say I don’t think readers will be disappointed.  The rest of the cast are fairly young, teenagers around 17 ish.  Jumps is particularly great to read about with all her trials and tribulations and fortunately she shares great chemistry with Loki which makes for some highly entertaining dialogue.

There really isn’t too much more I can say without giving things away and I realise that this makes for a rather short review however I can promise that it isn’t a reflection on the book.  This is creative, entertaining and fast paced.  The characters are diverse and the storyline allows for focus on teenage issues such as acceptance, self perception and eating disorders to name a few.  but, more than that, Loki – do I really need to say more.

A great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.  The fun feels almost comic like and the dramatic finale has a fantastic feel that goes a little batshit crazy.  What is not to love.  Really?

I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.