Its Saturday! So that can only mean one thing, that it is time for another book review. today it is the turn of one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year, Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee. So, without further ado, here is my review!
I really enjoyed this book. it was such an interesting exploration into Loki’s backstory. I am a huge MCU fan and I love Loki, more than anyone else, so this book was absolutely perfect for me!
Mackenzi Lee did such a fantastic job with this book. she blended together what we know and love about Loki with new ideas and stories perfectly. At times it was almost impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. It kept this book feeling really interesting. Kept my attention. I loved getting to explore Loki more as a character. he is so complex and there is just so much to him that has yet to be explored. This book did a great job at diving into that potential and using it to weave a complex and intriguing backstory for both him and Thor. It was great. I loved that we got to explore the darker side of the pairs childhood. That we got to witness some of the evens that would shape Loki and ultimately play a part in him becoming the villain. We got to see what lead him down that path to beginning with.
I also just really enjoyed this storyline in this book. I do admit that it was kind of predictable, but I still really enjoyed it wasn’t quite what I had initially expected it to be, but it was good. I loved that we got to explore Asgard but also Midgard (earth), I loved seeing the differences between the two worlds and the people who live there. I loved watching all the magic and the mayhem. I also loved that this book didn’t shy away from the dirty side of the time period. It openly discussed the lack of women’s rights, and societies general attitude towards them as a whole. But then it also doesn’t shy away from the topic of homosexuality and the homophobia at the time. I really liked that this book didn’t just sweep it under the rug and skip over it. there could have been more discussed about it, but at least it was there.
My only real complaint about this book is hoe predictable it is. Nothing that happened really shocked or surprised me. I figured out all of the plot twists and what was going to happen in the end very early on. I had the same issue when I read The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue earlier in the year. Mackenzi Lee isn’t very good at writing suspense and plot twists. She spells things out far too much in her writing, which unfortunately, leads to her books being very predictable. It is a shame really. If she can master suspense and building tension, and not spelling it out, then she could make what is a good book, a great one!
All in all, while there was improvement to be had, I did really enjoy this book. I loved that we got to see gender fluid, bi-sexual Loki. I loved exploring his backstory and reading about magic. I just wanted a little less predictability
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read Loki: Where Mischief Lies? What did you think about it? who is our favourite Marvel character? I hope that you have enjoyed today pot and I will see you all again very soon.