Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Alis Franklin
Series: Of the Wyrd #1
Heroes: Sigmund Sussman/Lain Laufeyjarson
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 308 Pages
Publisher: Hydra Publication
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Random House and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Working in low-level IT support for a company that’s the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired. As compensation for telling people to restart their computer a few times a day, Sigmund earns enough disposable income to gorge on comics and has plenty of free time to devote to his gaming group.
Then in walks the new guy with the unpronounceable last name who immediately becomes IT’s most popular team member. Lain Laufeyjarson is charming and good-looking, with a story for any occasion; shy, awkward Sigmund is none of those things, which is why he finds it odd when Lain flirts with him. But Lain seems cool, even if he’s a little different—though Sigmund never suspects just how different he could be. After all, who would expect a Norse god to be doing server reboots?
As Sigmund gets to know his mysterious new boyfriend, fate—in the form of an ancient force known as the Wyrd—begins to reveal the threads that weave their lives together. Sigmund doesn’t have the first clue where this adventure will take him, but as Lain says, only fools mess with the Wyrd. Why? Because the Wyrd messes back.
Holy smokes! What in the world did I just read?! First things first, if you don’t like Norse mythology or reading about Gods and Goddesses, reincarnation or just don’t like reading books that have a lot of foreign names that has A LOT of depth to the world, then this is not the book for you.
HOWEVER, if those things intrigue you then this book IS for you! So much happens in this story that it is really hard to describe so I’m just going to leave it up to the blurb to give readers an idea of what this book is about. The only other thing you need to know is that this novel deals heavily in mythology and Loki is the prominent God in this book. It’s a story about a geeky IT tech not only finding out that he’s dating a CEO (who’s masquerading as another IT tech) but who also happens to be a legendary God and who gets dumped right into the middle of a world filled with monsters, near death situations and a bit of love.
It’s a CRAZY story that was a TON of fun. Lain, who’s Loki, is a mischievous quirky man who’s just fascinated with Sigmund because Sig is his wife reincarnated. Sigmund, however, is the exact opposite of Loki’s wife (obviously) in that Sig is not just a man but also a chubby, geeky twenty-two year old who doesn’t understand why the gorgeous Lain is attracted to him and completely oblivious to almost everything. Sigmund was a great character; very engaging and entertaining but also a little standoffish and I loved that he was so confused on why Lain liked him. BUT I won’t deny that Lain was my favorite. He was so sweet and adorable and did everything he could to make Sigmund feel courted and comfortable but he was also dangerous and fierce.
I just about ADORED this book because it’s so insane but also seems to follow the stories of Loki and Sigyn very well. I loved reading about that and experiencing the vast differences between what Loki went through and who Lain was but also what Sigyn went through and who Sigmund is now. However, this book isn’t perfect. The beginning is very confusing and choppy to the point that I couldn’t really understand what was going on. It kept switching from a POV to a narrative, which was hard to follow. Plus, at first, I didn’t know this was a story about Loki and Sigyn so I didn’t realize it was the retelling of their history.
All in all, though, this was a great story. It started off rough but as it continues, things start to become clearer and easier to follow. I loved both Sigmund and Lain but also the world that the author was able to recreate. I felt like I was reliving some of the scenes and loved the action throughout. There’s a few twists and turns throughout the story that had me on the edge of my seat and desperate to know that everything turns out okay!
Overall, it was a fabulous start to a new series. I love just about anything that deals with mythology so this book was a real treat in addition to being so entertaining. I can’t wait to read more in this series and seeing where the story goes from here. Plus, I really want more of Lain and Sigmund!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*