The Gospel of Loki Book Review





The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

Published: February 20th, 2014

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Norse Mythology, Fiction


The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel. Loki, that’s me. Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining. So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role. Now it’s my turn to take the stage. With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with the deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this, he vows to take his revenge. From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster. 

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This review will be a mini one since I am extremely busy but I want to make sure I reviewed this lovely book. I love the Thor movies and Loki is my favorite character in the whole MCU (Tom Hiddleston is A MAN.) So, when I saw this story called The Gospel of Loki I knew we were destined to be woman and book. I really enjoyed this story and I am very excited for book two next year. I haven’t read any Norse mythology so I was very intrigued to see what it was about and man I loved it. Loki once again remains my favorite and the Thor in the movies is nothing like in this book lol. As a matter of fact, I hate him and everyone else who treated Loki so poorly which is basically every other character. I love the writing style Joanne uses and how much history we get through Loki’s storytelling. It was comical through Loki’s narration but it was very wordy. It was more story than dialogue so it almost felt like a campfire story. The only problem with this is I am someone who likes to read about 100 pages per day. With The Gospel of Loki, I advise you NOT TO DO THAT. It is a story you have to take in portions because it is so eloquently written and wordy too much at once makes it a hurdle to get through. Almost like it was a chore to read it so I wish I read it in smaller portions. The pace was very slow and it had little action but, I still enjoyed it none the less. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try Norse mythology, loves Loki, likes epic fantasy, and a storytelling writing style.

“My dear, no one does. We all get a life, whatever that means. Go home. Grieve for your son. But don’t expect me to weep for him, when he would never have wept for me.”


  • The writing style
  • The narration style, the story telling, and Loki’s voice
  • The comical aspect
  • The little gospels we got at each chapter
  • The prophecy give at the end
  • Loki’s relatability to thinking friends are overrated lol
  • His scheming, his plotting, his trickery
  • The revenge he seeks (BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY GOES AND DOES IT)
  • How normal Loki was
  • How epic the story really was despite not much action
  • When the action finally came
  • The war!!!!!!!
  • He was true to his nature and never apologized for being WHO HE WAS LITERALLY BORN TO BE WHICH IS CHAOS YOU ASSHOLES
  • When he embarrassed all the “gods”
  • When all the “gods” died
  • Whenever Loki was treated with respect
  • Angie his mistress
  • Did I mention Loki??


  • It was a bit of a very slow paced story
  • Had little to no action
  • Can’t be read fast
  • Little dialogue; wordier
  • Odin’s fake ass self
  • How the gods were so selfish, deceptive, mean, rude, untrustworthy from the get, cruel, etc. to Loki when he saved their ungrateful butts too many times
  • That Loki helped them at all
  • When they killed a blind man because the enchantress cared more about her golden boy son than Horder (the blind man)
  • Loki was supposed to be one of them yet they let outsiders mistreat him when he did STUFF FOR THEM (going to the mines, killing Skadi’s father, etc)
  • Heimdall, Thor, Sif, Skadi, Njörd, Frey, Freyja, Idun, Bragi, and all the ugly gods they treated him so badly since day one
  • How fake Odin was when they were supposed to be “brothers”
  • His wife she was so annoying
  • The two boys he had from his annoying wife
  • How crap all his kids treated him
  • Literally, how horrible everyone treated him they knew who he was so I don’t know why they expected his true nature to be different
  • How all he wanted to be accepted and how when he did things for them he was in their grace but it was never enough because as soon as something bad happened they always blamed him
  • The annoying Oracle and Gullveig-Heid
  • How in the end they all got what they deserved but he still didn’t get a happy ending (HE BETTER IN BOOK 2)
  • How basically every character used him
  • Honestly, I am just mad any of them lived as long as they did

I wish there was more action to the story because it was a real epic story. I am really hype for book 2 and to see how Loki makes his comeback. What did you think of the novel?


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Kathryn Calderon | 24 | Artist of many trades | Villains are my soul

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