Loki
This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard's resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard's most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he's meant to be.

Loki Details

TitleLoki
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherMarvel Press
ISBN-139781368022262
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Mythology

Loki Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    Mackenzi Lee, flexing on Marvel Studios: I'm bringing back canonically pansexual and genderfluid Loki and none of you COWARDS can stop me
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    Make Marvel Gay Again(update: this review just becomes more pertinent every single day)
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Happy Pub Day!"Loki was convinced everyone loathed the feasts but no one dared say so for fear of appearing small-minded. Being quite confident of the size of his mind-large-and his ability to walk in heels, he was comfortable saying it."Hi, hello, YES YOU! Could I have a moment of your time to tell you about this Marvel masterpiece? It features everyone's favorite god of mischief, and the author has portrayed him as canonically intended. I knew this book would be enjoyable, but I wasn't sure ju Happy Pub Day!"Loki was convinced everyone loathed the feasts but no one dared say so for fear of appearing small-minded. Being quite confident of the size of his mind-large-and his ability to walk in heels, he was comfortable saying it."Hi, hello, YES YOU! Could I have a moment of your time to tell you about this Marvel masterpiece? It features everyone's favorite god of mischief, and the author has portrayed him as canonically intended. I knew this book would be enjoyable, but I wasn't sure just how necessary it was until after I finished. Sure, this is a story that follows closely to what you already know about Odin, Thor, Loki, Amora, and Asgard in general, but it also grasps tiny fractures in Loki's early existence and brings to light seemingly small moments that alter the course of what we know about his character. "Is that meant to be a threat?" Loki asked. "If so, you might try and make it a little less tantalizing. Who says I want a place in the court of a king who hits himself in the face with his own hammer?" "That was one time!" "And yet it's burned in our hearts forever."Loki: Where Mischief Lies is such a gem because it combines fresh perspective on the aspects of norse mythology that we already adore. The Loki/Thor banter is present throughout, the tumultuous relationship between Loki/Amora is engaging, and the heartbreaking exchanges between Loki/Odin wrench emotions even after the book has finished. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but these three elements ground the traditional tales while the author adds her own spin on a new adventure, which gives the story a fast-paced, if a bit predictable, nature."Loki didn't know what to say. He knew what it was to be cast out and unwanted and taunted for the fabric you were stitched from. To want to find strength and pride in the things that made you you in spite of the world telling you that you should hide them. It was a particular kind of dissonance that was hard to understand until your ears rang with it."This wouldn't be a Mackenzi Lee original if it didn't dissect the significance of the LGBT community and it's plight in historical fiction, so the reader receives a needed dose of learning all around. One of my favorite scenes in the novel came during the above mentioned quote, where a male character on earth is discussing his hidden status of being a gay man. Loki can't fathom why Midgard isn't as open-minded as Asgard, as Loki is also LGBT and considered just as acceptable in his sexuality and gender as Thor is in his heterosexuality. I feel it's fair to mention also that, while Loki's pronouns in the book are masculine, it's mentioned at one point that he feels equally comfortable as male or female, being both simultaneously and my assumption making him gender-fluid. Knowing that this is the first book in a three part series, I went in under the guise of each book being a standalone that featured different characters in the marvel universe, but upon finishing this one I'm left wondering if it may not be the end for Loki's character arc via the author? Or perhaps she chose to leave things a bit open as a segue into what we already know will happen? Either way, I was very pleased with this read and highly recommend it to any Marvel fan. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    this is what dreams are made of
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    *takes one look and adds it to TBR*- Loki- 19th-century London- Mackenzi Lee Do I have to say more?I'm already SOLD!!! XDThis is the book I've been waiting for without even knowing it! <333I can't wait to read this! September 2019 is going to be an awesome month!P.S: How amazing is that cover?! =)))
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  • Pie
    January 1, 1970
    Mackenzi Lee + more historical novels + Loki?! Quick question, did someone just reach into my brain and take out everything I want in a novel? AND Loki's going to be gender fluid and pansexual according to her announcement on Twitter!
  • Mary S. R.
    January 1, 1970
    [1 May 2019]Rejoice! There's a cover and a full synopsis for Mackenzi Lee's new YA Fantasy trilogy about the trickster Loki! And in case you live in the 18th century: she is the author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue :|The cover gives full Marvel superhero vibes which is its aim 😍 love it.HOWEVER. WTF is wrong with the pop culture and this generation! As soon as anyone hears “Loki” they go “Marvel!” 😐Doesn't anybody know that Loki's origins don't lie with Marvel and that they took [1 May 2019]Rejoice! There's a cover and a full synopsis for Mackenzi Lee's new YA Fantasy trilogy about the trickster Loki! And in case you live in the 18th century: she is the author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue :|The cover gives full Marvel superhero vibes which is its aim 😍 love it.HOWEVER. WTF is wrong with the pop culture and this generation! As soon as anyone hears “Loki” they go “Marvel!” 😐Doesn't anybody know that Loki's origins don't lie with Marvel and that they took it from NORSE MYTHOLOGY? He was a Norse god (actually a demon but that's not the point 😁) before Stanley's father's father's father's father even walked the earth! 😒 Oh, for God's sake.Me, silently judging you:Marvel fans be like:Let's clarify things. If you have no idea who Loki the shape shifter, the demon, the trickster Norse god is, I highly recommend The Gospel of Loki which is the Norse myths retold through the formerly dismissed Loki in a hilarious tone and about his mischiefs!But basically, that guy above (who I love), is based on this guy (who I also love):This book is, though, specifically Marvel fanfiction so you can continue your blabbering. But just please, I'm begging you, don't again say Loki is from Marvel because that shows ignorance and is totally INFURIATING 😐 Jesus Christ.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Update: Mackenzi says it fine, so we're back to having outrageously high standards.Ummmm, did you guys read the summary for this book? Where's the queer representation? Who is Amora? Where's the genderfluid Loki? What's happening?
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: We have a cover! Thoughts?Were getting a villain in the DC Icons series? Loki is a villain right? I honestly know nothing about the DC universe| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐THE END FUCKED ME UP. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️THE END FUCKED ME UP.
  • Katie.dorny
    January 1, 1970
    This a very typical ya novel that barely skimmed the surface of its potential from one of my trusted ya authors. It’s engaging but too neatly wrapped for what the story of Loki could have been.Loki is a fabulous lgbtq+ character, blatantly genderfluid and that is something that cannot be undersold. It’s discussed openly and with such a nonchalance that I loved it. I wish we could all live like that.However, Loki is let down by his supporting cast and plot. They are shallow, rigid and just plough This a very typical ya novel that barely skimmed the surface of its potential from one of my trusted ya authors. It’s engaging but too neatly wrapped for what the story of Loki could have been.Loki is a fabulous lgbtq+ character, blatantly genderfluid and that is something that cannot be undersold. It’s discussed openly and with such a nonchalance that I loved it. I wish we could all live like that.However, Loki is let down by his supporting cast and plot. They are shallow, rigid and just plough straight to the point with little nuance. Thor and Odin are incredibly cookie cut out characters.The plot was interesting but jumped from one realm to the next so quickly I ended up skimming back to the previous chapter to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.This was okay, but I expected so much more from what could have been an iconic literary pairing.Received in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    Do my eyes deceive me or does this really say a LOKI YA BOOK written by MACKENZI LEE ??? OKAY I NEED THIS.
  • Lauren Lanzilotta
    January 1, 1970
    Loki will always and forever be my evil snake boy. “You're already the villain in everyone's stories, Loki," she replied, dropping her veil over her face. "Why not start playing your part?” I swear to you, Mackenzi Lee pulled the Marvel straight out of Loki. Dialogue between him and Thor was spectacular, and I mean almost exactly as I would have imagined it coming from an Avengers movie.‘Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic an Loki will always and forever be my evil snake boy. “You're already the villain in everyone's stories, Loki," she replied, dropping her veil over her face. "Why not start playing your part?” I swear to you, Mackenzi Lee pulled the Marvel straight out of Loki. Dialogue between him and Thor was spectacular, and I mean almost exactly as I would have imagined it coming from an Avengers movie.‘Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, although it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity…’ Whimsical and enthralling, this book surpassed my expectations endlessly. The plot was simply amazing to follow- it was such a pleasure to see themes of sexuality explored during the Victorian Era in London as a big portion of the book is set during that time. The method of comparing Asgard’s open mindedness (Loki is genderfluid) to earth’s closed mindedness was just brilliant. The banter between Loki and Thor as brothers was hilarious- I couldn’t get enough of their interactions. It was the perfectly added light-hearted touch to a great story. “Perhaps the future was only inevitable once you began to shape all your actions to fit it.” The side characters were an absolute joy, Theo was easily my favourite. My heart hurt for him and his fondness of Loki, his character added another dimension to the Victiorian Era theme that I loved.If you’re a fan of Marvel or Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki, you will without a doubt enjoy this gem of a story. --------------------------------Before readingTwo things happened today.1: My sister and I began binging the Marvel movies we haven't seen before going to watch Endgame in theatres.2. I found out about this book.Loki is my favourite Marvel character ever, Mackenzie Lee one of my favourite authors. Clearly I need more mischief in my life.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Mackenzie Lee is writing a Loki YA book?? YES PLEASE.
  • Faith Simon
    January 1, 1970
    He could be the witch. He could be the villain. He could be the trickster, the schemer, the self-serving God of Chaos, prove the mythology books right. Prove them all right in what they had all thought, that he was rotten from the start. He would serve no man but himself, no heart but his own. That would be his choice. He could be the witch. Be the witch, and know everything.So uhhh yeah I finished this in a day. My partner and I read this book as a buddy-read, and I was so engrossed in the stor He could be the witch. He could be the villain. He could be the trickster, the schemer, the self-serving God of Chaos, prove the mythology books right. Prove them all right in what they had all thought, that he was rotten from the start. He would serve no man but himself, no heart but his own. That would be his choice. He could be the witch. Be the witch, and know everything.So uhhh yeah I finished this in a day. My partner and I read this book as a buddy-read, and I was so engrossed in the story that I ended up just finishing it that day. When I asked them where they were in the book, they ruefully said they'd finished it. So no harm done!Anyway, one of my fav authors, writing a book for Marvel about an absolute chaotic fan-fav?? Sign me up! Obviously I've been waiting for this book since it was announced, and I'm so happy to say that I was not disappointed! I was picking up what Mackenzi was laying down when reading this, you'll catch my drift when you read it, and oh my god I loved this book so much. This is my entire review, just talking about how much I loved it. I'm thinking that I may have enjoyed it a lot more if I hadn't breezed through it in a day, but I just couldn't help it, I couldn't put it down! As per usual, Mackenzi had AMAZING pacing and storytelling and a certain amount of foreshadowing, absolutely perfect writing for a Marvel novel. She was honestly the perfect choice. And of course, we get a genderfluid/Pansexual Loki?? (There's no actual labels, which I really enjoyed, and of course, Loki is canonically not cis, but we don't ever get this in the male-centric Marvel movies, so I was very happy to see this side of him represented via novel form). I absolutely ADORED the characters in this book. Especially Theo, he is now my son. I love him with all of my heart. And I'm seriously hoping for some Theo/Loki fanfiction to come up sometime soon, from creators who love them as much as I do (and who cried at the ending as much as I did). I think that every character was really alike their movie counterparts, yet still held an air of originality, I liked that there were some aspects of these characters we never got to experience before, I also really enjoyed how the book tackled Loki's inner demons. A lot of this book made me outwardly go "oof." This book is perfect in every way. Please read it.
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  • Orla
    January 1, 1970
    yes,,,give me the greasy teenaged loki
  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    Loki is my favorite omg I’m living for this. This book is why I have hope in the world. Lee is going to nail this. Im so incredibly PUMPED.
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    guess who got an ARC of this and will probably drop my 50 other reads to cackle with delight over this??? I AM HERE FOR MY FAVORITE GOD OF SASS AND PRANKS!!!! and now the wait . . . BUT JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER AND BLURB!!!!!!
  • Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
    January 1, 1970
    2/5 ⭐I honestly don't know how to rate this book. I liked it but at the same time I didn't so it's kind of a weird situation here... I'm not sure it's a 2 stars but I'll leave it like that for the moment and maybe change it later. Sorry if this review is a mess, I'm a mess, everything is a mess. "Asgardians don't want their princes to be magicians. It's not the sort of power they value." In itself, I thought the book was pretty okay. I didn't know what to expect of it after Marvel what Marvel 2/5 ⭐I honestly don't know how to rate this book. I liked it but at the same time I didn't so it's kind of a weird situation here... I'm not sure it's a 2 stars but I'll leave it like that for the moment and maybe change it later. Sorry if this review is a mess, I'm a mess, everything is a mess. "Asgardians don't want their princes to be magicians. It's not the sort of power they value." In itself, I thought the book was pretty okay. I didn't know what to expect of it after Marvel what Marvel did to Loki in the Avengers movies and I'm still petty about it but when I heard there was going to be a book about one of my absolute favorite characters in the Marvel Universe, I was really excited. I wanted justice for poor broken Loki, the same kind of justice he got in Ragnarok where he FINALLY got the love he deserved. So, long story short, that was me:I mean, an entire book dedicated to Loki? Big YES from me!But then I was disappointed... It's not that it was bad, not at all, it's was just... Average? I honestly guessed the entire plot from the beginning. Also, it didn't really make sense. Maybe that's just me but I don't remember in any of the comics I've read or in any movie I've seen Earth sucking so much that even magic doesn't want to exist there. We stan a broken planet I'm being sarcastic, by the way. Speaking of broken, was there even any character development in it? It felt like all the characters except for Loki and Amora were the same. Don't get me wrong, I liked Mrs S. and Theo but they seemed to be cutouts from the same cardboard. Also, can we please talk about Thor for a second? Why is it that everybody makes him seem like he is the stupidest person in the room? Can Thor please get the recognition he deserved or is it just impossible? I really like Mackenzi Lee as an author but I think she missed the train with the majority of the characters in the book. Thor isn't even my favorite character in the Marvel franchise Love you 3000 Tony but reading the way he was written in this book made me angry. He was portrayed as a stupid mountain of muscles which is as smart as a pinecone. Anyway. Back to Loki himself. According to the amount of reviews I've read, people are reacting the same way as me when it comes to Loki's magic. Loki is, from what I remember from the comics I've devoured, one of the most powerful magical beings in the Marvel Universe. He mastered the use of magic thanks to Frigga's teaching but also from books I read on his own. So can someone please explain to me WHY he looks so dumb at the beginning and is portrayed as not even capable of using a simple spell to trick a guard in Asgard to make him believe he is Odin? I'm just... Ugh. Honestly I don't even know at this point, the more I'm writing this review, the more I'm finding flaws to this story. I'm sad to give this book such a low rating especially since it was centered about Loki and I was so excited about it. I didn't even root for Theo and him so like uhgghghg.My Bookstagram
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  • rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi
    January 1, 1970
    mackenzi lee is writing a series abt marvel anti heroes and it starts with loki and it's in a historical setting and there's a big mf possibility it's going to be queer please take all my money mackenzi
  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    i’m ready for this, whatever it is.
  • Lauren Elise
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-Reading Updates Right okay so I’m just finding out about this now?? Loki is my favourite Marvel character so I really hope this doesn’t turn out horrible. 🤞🏼also if Loki dies in Infinity War so help meInfinity War Spoiler: (view spoiler)[well fuck (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    loki: i think yes bitch (Loki is chanelling those Kaz Brekker vibes on the cover here I see)ALSO LOKI IN NINTEENTH CENTURY LONDON ARE YOU JOKING MARVEL KNOWS HOW TO GET MY CASH
  • ♛Primadonna♛
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks goodness I'm auto-approved for Disney Book Group on Netgalley!!!!!!!*My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher and the author through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
  • Fiona✨
    January 1, 1970
    SEPTEMBER 3, I REPEAT, SEPTEMBER 3!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!
  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing to say but Loved it:)
  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, a book about my evil son.
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Loki is one of my favorite characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in Norse mythology as well. I'm not very familiar with his comic book counterpart - yet. So when I heard Mackenzi Lee was writing a young Loki novel set in the 19th century I was already sold. I love her brand of historical fiction and somehow I managed to get approved for the ARC via NetGalley. Luckily for me this was a great introduction to young Loki. His voice is spot I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Loki is one of my favorite characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in Norse mythology as well. I'm not very familiar with his comic book counterpart - yet. So when I heard Mackenzi Lee was writing a young Loki novel set in the 19th century I was already sold. I love her brand of historical fiction and somehow I managed to get approved for the ARC via NetGalley. Luckily for me this was a great introduction to young Loki. His voice is spot on and she has created a marvelous sibling relationship between him and Thor. The banter between them, by the way, is pretty much perfect. She also does a brilliant job with Frigga as we learn more of Loki's relationship with his mother who helped train him in magic. As for Loki visiting Victorian era London, it's clear that Lee has done her research on the time and place. I also appreciated that she discusses the LGBT+ community there in Victorian London in comparison to Asgard's open mindedness and Loki as genderfluid. Overall, you will absolutely need Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee if you loved her Montague Siblings series, Norse mythology, and Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of Loki in the MCU. I can't wait to see what happens in the next two installments of this projected series. Mackenzi Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a simple woman who likes simple math:+Him being pansexual=Me screaming "Hell yeah!"
  • Becky (CoffeeCocktailsandBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t know how badly I needed this book until it was revealed it was in the works. I need this now. *grabby hands*
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